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#224297 11-Nov-2017 17:51
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What with free lightbox, netflix for 1 year etc, the current Spark offer is tempting me to move from Vodafone. Any quick thoughts on Spark's service?

 

none of the big players seem to feature in 'best of' lists but I can save a bit on our streaming services this way for a while.

 

any horror stories switching form VF to Spark? I use DNS4me and presume that's as easy to access admin settings with the Spark provided router?

 

many thanks for any comments....Theo


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  #1899341 11-Nov-2017 18:42
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We are in the process of doing this now, its poor service / order quality checking that has pushed us to move so finally want to free of Vodafone.

 

I had to explain to the Spark rep a couple of times our line is actually connected to Vodafone's own POTS network (Cable/FibreX network) so will see later next week how they get on getting chorus out to re-jumper our copper back the Chorus copper network. Unfortunately we still have around a 18 month wait for fibre where we are currently living.

 

Interestingly they are still handing out Huawei HG630b routers for VDSL which doesn't support 5ghz wifi so I'll put my own one in to get around that.


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  #1899359 11-Nov-2017 19:45
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I work for Spark, disclosure. The common theme with this question over the years is it is a good move. 

 

I'm a bit surprised we still send out 630's, maybe thats for capped or ADSL connections? I am not sure of that till Monday :-) Maybe others can elaborate 

 

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  #1899366 11-Nov-2017 20:16
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tdgeek:

 

I work for Spark, disclosure. The common theme with this question over the years is it is a good move. 

 

I'm a bit surprised we still send out 630's, maybe thats for capped or ADSL connections? I am not sure of that till Monday :-) Maybe others can elaborate 

 

@hio77

 

 

This webpage and the Social Media team both confirm its handed out for VDSL, and looks like Fibre also: https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/internet/modems/

 

I would of thought they would be handing out a router that can do 5ghz by now.


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  #1899368 11-Nov-2017 20:26
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tdgeek:

 

I work for Spark, disclosure. The common theme with this question over the years is it is a good move. 

 

I'm a bit surprised we still send out 630's, maybe thats for capped or ADSL connections? I am not sure of that till Monday :-) Maybe others can elaborate 

 

 

Can't really comment on that one.

 

 

 

I personally don't see a purpose of the 630 at all (ok it is cheaper but still..)

 

I'll happily hand out a 531s however, It took a surprising beating from me so i can't complain about what it can pump out and for those low volume customers were switching to Wireless or fibre isn't really an ideal upgrade path (think elderly customers)





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  #1899455 12-Nov-2017 00:33
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DjShadow:


This webpage and the Social Media team both confirm its handed out for VDSL, and looks like Fibre also: https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/internet/modems/


I would of thought they would be handing out a router that can do 5ghz by now.



For fibre it's the hg659b.
To buy it out right it's $199, plus $14.95 delivery.

You could ring them and say you only interested if it's that one, (as for VDSL it looks like the free one is model below that one) they might discount the price.
They knocked $50 off a $100 modem for me once.
I haven't tried playing with DNS settings in it, but on my fibre 100/20 can do full speed on wifi devices that do 5ghz and ac.

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  #1899456 12-Nov-2017 00:37
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I've got a Fritzbox I'm going to use, it does everything I need and the 5ghz wifi on it is great.




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  #1899491 12-Nov-2017 08:27
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Thanks all.....

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