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#275989 20-Sep-2020 10:29
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Just wanted to give a shout out to Spark guys and ladies that assisted me to resolve my connectivity issue a couple of months ago.  It has been running very well since then.  This is actually an understatement, it is running perfectly really, not even a single manual reboot. 




Now this weekend I noted that Steam and Epic are updating at much greater speeds.  I'm seeing speeds of up to 130Mbps, typically hovering around 100Mbps now!  Previously I got around 60-80Mbps, which I thought was the limit of the Huawei 618B router.  This morning I Googled the specs on the router and see it is rated at up to 600Mbps.  This means I'm still only running at a 1/6th of the maximum rating of the router.  


That made me wonder what are the maximum speeds currently being recorded by Spark Wireless Broadband customers?   Am I already one of the privileged few in the 100Mbps plus range, or am I one of the poor guys still struggling along at "only" 100Mbps.




Also, now that I know that more speed may be possible out of these 4G routers, does anyone know the roadmap for the speed increase that they can share?

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#2568598 20-Sep-2020 10:46
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Totally agree with you :) the last few months get the feeling a lot of the sites have had some good TLC. 




Upgraded to the same modem and seeing the average of 90Mbps during evening and weekends but also find 170+ Mbps very easy to be on most of the time, 


What has been great for me is the upload speed always sits at 30+ now with a few times of 90+ :) so very happy to stay wireless as no problem with streaming or any heavy video use. 


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  #2568601 20-Sep-2020 11:00
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Upgraded to the same modem and seeing the average of 90Mbps during evening and weekends but also find 170+ Mbps very easy to be on most of the time, 





I have never seen speeds of 170Mbps+ before!   Now I'm envious.   Still amazed by this technology though. 




Did you do any fiddling or tweaking with the modem settings, or just left it as per the default?




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  #2568602 20-Sep-2020 11:04
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:) think ive been just kind of lucky but was on the older version of the modem for a long time so kind of used to finding a good location at home. 




No tweeking with settings, just playing around with where I put it and also I find im a bit of a night owl so one can get some very good speeds when people are either at work or asleep 

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  #2568636 20-Sep-2020 13:38
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Really appreciate the feedback.




on a solid 4x4 site with multiple carriers it certainly can go higher, but that's all about having ideal conditions etc.

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  #2568646 20-Sep-2020 14:03
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We're down a concrete drive, so (B618) great not to have to bother with fibre.

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  #2568651 20-Sep-2020 14:26
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I'm pulling 160 - 180mb/s almost every time I test. 180mb/s is the highest final result number I've yet had. My urban Skinny WBB has dropped below 100mb/s only once in the last 4 - 5 months when reported 70+mb/s. I rebooted the 618S & nothing changed, then figured that 70mb/s is still fully ok for all I do & got back to work.

Comparatively, my nearest neighbours are all on VDSL & have seen their connections decimate from 60-70mb/s down to 22-25mb/s over the last 6-8 weeks. For the pleasure of such performance, they get to pay more than I do for whatever the period of their contract is.

Chorus has invaded & are currently digging holes & generally making a mess all over town, preparing Te Aroha for UFB. As Skinny WBB customer getting substantially better performance than I anticipated - to the point where I'll require a premium UFB connection to exceed the current performance, I'm in no hurry to change my provider nor my service.

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