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  # 261858 6-Oct-2009 21:38
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Am intrested in swaping to this new plan, However I like to play Cod4 etc. so am hesitant.

Please continue to post your results so I can see if they have done anything to improve :D

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  # 261859 6-Oct-2009 21:41
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johnrutter: Sorry for the confusion guys. What I meant to say was:

-We don't want to change our calling plan from Vodafone to Telecom but we want our home number to be Telecom Broadband.

But that won't work since my home number is not connnected to the Telecom Network.

I'm going to wait until Vodafone provides a better broadband deal. Hopefully by the end of this year. My Dad has already said that if Vodafone aren't improving their broadband deals, he might be thinking to move back to Telecom or another ISP that can provide him a better deal with both Calling and Broadband Plans.

Cheers for the help guys!!!


Great news guys yet again. Laughing

My dad has finally decided to switch our calling plan from Vodafone to Telecom.

The only downside to it is that free calls from home to BestMate mobiles on Vodafone is gone since I'm on telecom now. Frown...........I think this is correct if we switch from Vodafone to Telecom
 
But I guess broadband is more expensive than local and mobile calling and now unlimited broadband for us so I guess we are saving about $110 for overusage of broadband.

I'll let you guys know how the plan is coming along and if I'm finding it much better than Vodafone broadband. If theres anyone thats lives near the howick/dannemora/east auckland, let me know how connection speed is going.


Thanks to Tel, Paulthegerous, Kilack and others for all your help. This thread has been very helpful.

Cheers






 
 
 
 


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  # 261900 7-Oct-2009 00:25
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Ok guys/girls ive been put over to the Big time plan from the go large plan "yes i got the very sad letter" after 4 years of go large im very sad to see it go it worked super for me.

I get these speeds no mater what time of the day on big time. downloading pictures kinda reminds me of the old dial up days.

0.46Mb/s down
0.10Mb/s up

On the Go large plan i got

3.50Mb/s down
0.13Mb/s up

I never abused it and i always had very nice usable speeds

I see i very very big difference. I also find that doing multipl things on Big time like say youtube and an online game is basically impossible they appear to cancel each other out and packets get blocked.

Gamming on Big time? You can forget it! over seas ping times average around 2,000 msec to 45,000 msec yes thats a 45 second delay.

Is telecom offering a fair product? I think not. I am very mad that a company would remove a great plan all because it doesn't benefit the "Company" they don't wont us to have unlimited broad band they want to sell us highly restricted "unlimited" broad band thats completely unusable.

I loved go large.. Because i really did go large averaged about 50 to 90BG a month. and believe me this is basic usage youtube HD Second life many online games and documentaries all legal.

thanks telecom i now pay $10 more for less...

I will be changing over to "" internet provider in a few days.

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  # 261902 7-Oct-2009 00:51
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Gamming on Big time? You can forget it! over seas ping times average around 2,000 msec to 45,000 msec yes thats a 45 second delay.



I've been getting bad pings during peak hours, but the worst i've seen is around ~500 to the US and ~600 to London.. Combined with your low connect speeds I'd log a fault with telecom before I ragequit, believe it or not Big Time hasnt been all that bad (recent peaktime latency aside).





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  # 261907 7-Oct-2009 00:59
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@samalon

You should contact the helpdesk and log a fault because that doesn't sound like the normal experience.

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  # 261910 7-Oct-2009 01:15
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Ragnor: @samalon

You should contact the helpdesk and log a fault because that doesn't sound like the normal experience.


I did that already The guy at the help desk didn't even understand what ping time means :( he sounded worried and put me on hold many times during the call i guess to make out that he was actually working or some thing?. and he once again wanted me to collect download speed data over days and days that i have done countless times with telecom before witch did absolutely nothing. im sick and tied of being screwed by telecom. ADSL+2? dream on


Please READ!
Why would there be a problem with any hardware local or abroad when i just cam off Go large witch worked perfectly? I got respectible speeds wasnt fast but it was usable. 


Im still going to change ISP's i would rather spend my money on bandwidth that i can at lest use. 


Edited: Just so every one can see just how amazly fast Big time is here you go 


[img]https://www.speedtest.net/result/584432853.png[/img]


Ok this forum doesn't appear to allow outside image posting rather annoying.. 
well any way just copy and past it with out the [img] parts at the end 
take note of the time this was done


1:02PM GMT
Pinging a server only 150 miles away! is 505ms? WHAT! your kiding me?
0.30Mb/s down
0.11Mb/s up




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  # 262065 7-Oct-2009 14:46
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Hey guys,

I have a question about the free router Telecom provides with the broadband plan:

Thomson TG585 Wireless Multi-User ADSL2+ Modem.

Is a decent router or should I purchase a different router?

Could you give me some recommendations of a router under $200?

Cheers

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  # 262076 7-Oct-2009 15:02
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Edited: Just so every one can see just how amazly fast Big time is here you go 






1:02PM GMT
Pinging a server only 150 miles away! is 505ms? WHAT! your kiding me?
0.30Mb/s down
0.11Mb/s up



That's very highly likely to NOT be a result of typical Bigtime performance. You should log a fault with the Telecom broadband helpdesk.

Cheers - N




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  # 262080 7-Oct-2009 15:07
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What exactly do you mean when you say "decent"?

Reliability wise it's most likely just as good as all the other consumer-grade routers you could buy.

The best (and arguably the only) method of increasing reliability of anything like this would be to:

1) Replace all capacitors with high quality Japanese ones (Rubycon/Sanyo/Panasonic etc)
2) Put heatsinks on the CPU and anything else that needs better cooling, modify enclosure suitably.

This is based on observations from cases involving routers (and many other things) at www.badcaps.net forums.

And yes, all your precious Linksys etc suffer the same problem.


Personally I find that badly made firmware is the main problem with routers. Badly written firmware will cause performance problems, badly designed interfaces will cause you headaches.

I can't comment on the Thomsons as I've never even seen one.


Overall, the best router in my mind would be one built on a stable and well designed platform, with the hardware modifications outlined above, and running a custom firmware like OpenWRT etc

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  # 262094 7-Oct-2009 15:29
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@samalon

Same thing happened to me. I was told that those speeds were acceptable to Telecom for Big Time.

No resolution, i was told to just accept it or change plans.

I was forced to change plans after suffering 10 days of those same 0.5Mbs speeds..

Once the plan change took place my speeds went back to normal.


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  # 262099 7-Oct-2009 15:37
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johnrutter: Hey guys,

I have a question about the free router Telecom provides with the broadband plan:

Thomson TG585 Wireless Multi-User ADSL2+ Modem.

Is a decent router or should I purchase a different router?

Could you give me some recommendations of a router under $200?

Cheers


Excuse my french, but they are a pile of shi!.

Speeds and performance will increase getting something half decent. I went from one of these to a Cisco and wow, performance was a lot better.

Cannot update firmware on those things, all controlled by telecom.

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  # 262103 7-Oct-2009 15:49
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johnrutter: Hey guys,

I have a question about the free router Telecom provides with the broadband plan:

Thomson TG585 Wireless Multi-User ADSL2+ Modem.

Is a decent router or should I purchase a different router?

Could you give me some recommendations of a router under $200?

Cheers


Excuse my french, but they are a pile of shi!.

Speeds and performance will increase getting something half decent. I went from one of these to a Cisco and wow, performance was a lot better.

Cannot update firmware on those things, all controlled by telecom.


Thanks. I might as well get the free router then sell it on Trade Me. Then use that money to buy a better router.

My dad has been using this router for a few years and found it an excellent router. What do you guys think?

DYNALINK RTA1025W ADSL2+ Wireless Modem Router w/4 Ethernet Ports

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=MODDYN1025W

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  # 262104 7-Oct-2009 15:50
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Yep, Dynalink have always been a good choice.

My Favs are:

Zyxels (cheap ciscos)
Cisco (if you have cash to burn)

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  # 262106 7-Oct-2009 15:51
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I have been using Telecom "Big Time" since Day 1, and it was rubbish for a few days, then it went pretty fast like 500kbps all the time. Now its like 0.3mbits at the most to anything international no matter what time of day, even 3am. Im finding at 11pm its unusable, it drops, times out, pings are like 1000ms internationally. Telecom are absolute rubbish. They say its optimized for everyone. What they have done is made it dial up for everyone. Also they say they don't throttle Local Traffic, but they must do, even with a local download its impossible to get over 200kbps. Some times downloads start at 200kbps and the speed steadily drops to 13kbps. I rang them and they say its fine, Come ON telecom, this is slower than slingshots 256/128k plan. Also I find torrents are faster than HTTP downloads. I thought they are trying to stop piracy, so why are torrents faster than legal downloads? this is just plain BullS**T TELECOM




 

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  # 262107 7-Oct-2009 15:52
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I've noticed in the last few days from 6pm-11pm it's pretty rubbish. I have a vpn to work and it crawls at night. Just opening 100kb files is a mission.

They do need to look in to it.

If you need someone at Telecom who knows what they are doing, call Complex Support. I don't think there number is published: 0800287463

They actually know more than pull out the power to your modem.

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