Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1068 posts

Uber Geek


# 257339 26-Sep-2019 14:53
Send private message

According to Chorus, we won't get fibre until 2022, so on Tuesday last I asked Spark to change my ADSL connection to VDSL.

 

They said OK, and told me I'd get a new modem within a coupla days.

 

It's just turned up and it's a HG659b.

 

I thought the HG630b was the latest model?

 

 





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
719 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2325374 26-Sep-2019 14:58
2 people support this post
Send private message

HG630b is rather ancient - the HG659 is basically current, although Spark have just started supplying a new router the last few weeks.

 

 

 

I'm sure there will be stock of the HG659 that they will still be shipping for a bit. 


8877 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 2325377 26-Sep-2019 15:08
One person supports this post
Send private message

HG630 = 100mbps Ethernet ports and crappy 802.11 b/g/n WiFi

 

HG659 = gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi


 
 
 
 




1068 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2325385 26-Sep-2019 15:27
Send private message

Thanks, guys. If it works as well as my ancient TG582n I won't worry.





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325389 26-Sep-2019 15:36
Send private message

HG659b is our current modem for copper. If your still using a TG582n, i'd switch it out... otherwise it wont work when the port flicks to VDSL (which is why the agent sent the modem)

 

 

 

Ideally this should have been explained when you signed up.

 

Hg630 we have not sold for... 2 years if i'm not mistaken....





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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




1068 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2325416 26-Sep-2019 16:11
Send private message

The Spark guy didn't say a lot - only that that there'd be no probs 🤪

 

Oh, and $15 freight, the only cost.

 

Just reading the manual, it mentions a VDSL splitter. There's none in the box, does a tech visit and bring one?

 

 





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325431 26-Sep-2019 16:40
Send private message

geekIT:

 

The Spark guy didn't say a lot - only that that there'd be no probs 🤪

 

Oh, and $15 freight, the only cost.

 

Just reading the manual, it mentions a VDSL splitter. There's none in the box, does a tech visit and bring one?

 

 

 

 

Nope, plugs in the same as the TG852n.





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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




1068 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2325434 26-Sep-2019 17:01
One person supports this post
Send private message

hio77:Nope, plugs in the same as the TG852n.

 

I don't understand (duh). The manual sez: 'To get a VDSL connection, a technician will first install a VDSL splitter and a VDSL jackpoint (RJ45). Your home phone remains connected to its current jackpoint.'





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


 
 
 
 


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325435 26-Sep-2019 17:03
Send private message

geekIT:

 

hio77:Nope, plugs in the same as the TG852n.

 

I don't understand (duh). The manual sez: 'To get a VDSL connection, a technician will first install a VDSL splitter and a VDSL jackpoint (RJ45). Your home phone remains connected to its current jackpoint.'

 

 

The manual is out of date..

 

 

 

Literally unplug the DSL cable from the TG852n and plug it into the HG659b.





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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




1068 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2325441 26-Sep-2019 17:12
Send private message

Okay. So the VDSL 'ingredient' is added at the cabinet?

 

(There's no exchange building in oor wee Southland hicktown).





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325445 26-Sep-2019 17:17
Send private message

geekIT:

 

Okay. So the VDSL 'ingredient' is added at the cabinet?

 

(There's no exchange in Hicktown).

 

 

Yes that is right. You need a modem that's capable of talking VDSL (which the HG659b does) and the cabinet needs to be told to send VDSL.

 

 

 

Years back, there was a full installation requirement with chorus, this has since been removed in favour of same priced product etc





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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




1068 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2325781 27-Sep-2019 10:43
Send private message

Okay, thanks.

 

BTW, how will I know when VDSL is working? Or do I just keep checking file download speed?





Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325786 27-Sep-2019 10:48
Send private message

geekIT:

Okay, thanks.


BTW, how will I know when VDSL is working? Or do I just keep checking file download speed?



You will get confirmation by email assuming that was provided.
It will seamlessly switch over.

If you dm me your details happy to let you know the exact time...




#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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


402 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  # 2325875 27-Sep-2019 11:56
Send private message

Hi - I'm butting in here... but just wondering if we might expect to notice any difference in our VDSL experience if we swapped out our old HG630b modem for one of these new-fangled ones?

 

We're on a Spark VDSL connection in Miramar, Wellington - thanks if anyone is able to supply any info.





Cheers,
Mike

Photographer/Videographer clickmedia.nz


'That VDSL Cat'
11043 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  # 2325876 27-Sep-2019 11:57
Send private message

clicknz:

 

Hi - I'm butting in here... but just wondering if we might expect to notice any difference in our VDSL experience if we swapped out our old HG630b modem for one of these new-fangled ones?

 

We're on a Spark VDSL connection in Miramar, Wellington - thanks if anyone is able to supply any info.

 

 

You will gain 5ghz wifi, which undoubtedly is a bonus.

 

 

 

if your sync rate is over 100mbit there is also gains... 





#include <std_disclaimer>

 

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


719 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2325877 27-Sep-2019 11:58
Send private message

clicknz:

 

Hi - I'm butting in here... but just wondering if we might expect to notice any difference in our VDSL experience if we swapped out our old HG630b modem for one of these new-fangled ones?

 

We're on a Spark VDSL connection in Miramar, Wellington - thanks if anyone is able to supply any info.

 

 

 

 

Not likely to make a difference to your actual line speed unless you have an awesome line, but it could well improve the experience on your local network, especially with the 5GHz wireless and gigabit LAN.

 

 

 

Edit - Hio beat me to it. 😆


 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27


New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18


Norton LifeLock Launches Norton 360
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:11


Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards results
Posted 18-Oct-2019 10:18


Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36


MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28


Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15


D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31


Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29


Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24


Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59


Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07


Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02


Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41


Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.