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#257136 17-Sep-2019 10:49
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Hey all,


figured i'd post up here before it surprises any techys out there..




Spark Smart Modem:


Fibre customers will have a new Default modem, Copper to come at a later date.


Headline Specs are...


  • 4x4 Wifi AC
  • Band-steering and beam-forming
  • no 32 device limit (it's 54 and 64 per band if i recall the numbers correctly)
  • Available in store, Online and through normal channels.
  • 4 Gbit Ethernet ports (LAN 4 used as WAN)
  • VDSL/ADSL Modem inbuilt
  • Further enhancements to come down the track :)

Overall, I've been very impressed with the device itself.


Even testing in the office (which is very dense in 5ghz utilization) I've had peak speed tests just shy of 700mbit and iperfs at home in the 800mbit ballpark (I have no interference) testing on my 4x4 Mate 20 Pro.
While i wouldn't expect that performance in all situations, that's peak real world..

now who said providers didnt do 4x4 routers? :P




Spark Smart Mesh:


(Buy online here -


Headline specs are...



880Mhz dual core CPU
1 auto-sensing 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet LAN port
MediaTek MTK7621A Wireless network card
128MB DDR3
32MB NOR flash


4x4 WiFi 5 (802.11ac) with 256 QAM support
4x4 WiFi 4 (802.11n) with 256 QAM support


AC2533 (800 + 1733 Mbps)*


WiFi roaming IEEE® 802.11k/v
WiFi band steering


IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz


Dimensions: 154*154*60mm





This Mesh is quite a seamless setup, there are two different setup modes.


The first is with the Smart Modem, Connect it with a cable up for the first sync then it will Connect over Wireless from there. You may also use Wired Backhaul. (Firmware 6.0.12 or Greater required)


The Second is with another Router, You will need Two Mesh units. one to connect to the existing Router, and then Wireless from there to the secondary mesh units.



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Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.

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  #2321011 20-Sep-2019 10:47
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The new one holds up well on Fibre with 900/500 like the HG659b but better on WiFi with my phone getting 230-250Mb where this was more like 180 on the HG659b.




Much like the HG659b though it has a simple interface and lacks geek knobs so got replaced pretty quickly. It has one light that is red if not conencted to the internet and green if it is.




One odd thing (that 99% of people won't care about) is the power conenctor is an odd size.  We have a PC power supply with a bunch of 12V plugs powering most things but this one does not fit the two sizes that fit everything else (from Cisco to Huawei)



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