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Topic # 115733 4-Apr-2013 20:04
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I was just on the Vodafone website, when requested I popped in my address and it said I could get Cable Internet.  So what is the difference between Cable and UFB for the end user?  Also in the past, I reall Telstraclear had Saturn phone, is that still available, I had a look the cable internet plans seem to provide phone with their tv packages only ...

Edit - for cable - I would need to pay the wiring etc fees right?  The property is not wired up for cable. 

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  Reply # 793464 4-Apr-2013 20:20
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Cable uses a coax medium instead of fibre. You use their own Cisco DOCSIS 3 modem and plug your router to this modem. It's a static IP address. Speeds are pretty good, up to 100 Mbps down/10 Mbps up depending on plan.

You'll need a point where the cable enters the house and plug the modem directly to it. Then you do your own LAN depending on needs.

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  Reply # 793509 4-Apr-2013 21:31
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A cable connection comes with 2 networks; the coax cable for tv and cable internet, and 2x copper pairs for classic analogue voice as telecom delivers today. Cable terminators are normally placed in the house where you want them (reasonable limits apply, talk to Vodafone), while the copper pair is wired into the back of your telecom master socket. Vodafone will provide their own voice services and not use telecom's, and the telecom network wire will be cutoff. Your number can be ported if you wish. Voice is powered from the exchange and pretty compatible with house alarms etc.

With Ufb, a fibre will be connected to your property and brought to the inside of the house (normally behind the tv). A powered device called an ONT - optical network terminator - will be connected to the fibre, and from there you will have a 4 port router in the house, with 2 analogue fxs ports for providing analogue voice (VoIP in the background). Typically ISPs are supplying their own additional device to connect to the ont, to supply Internet and VoIP. These devices are powered from your house, and their suitability for use with house alarms is pretty hit and miss.

On fibre the most common access profiles for raw speed are 30/10 and 100/50. Note these govern the maximum speeds of the lines and are not a commitment from the ISP to every known point on the Internet (!).

On cable the speed profiles are 15/2, 25/2 and 100/10 respectively. Again, these are maximum speed of the line, not a commitment from the ISP to every known point on the Internet (!). Vodafone will always supply a suitable cable modem to present a single Ethernet port to the user - most people then plug in a wireless router like an Apple Airport Express.

Cable is available where it is in kapiti, wellington and Christchurch, and has a fairly robust service delivery method (its been around for years). Installs are typically 1-4 hours depending on what actually is required.

Fibre is brand new and still going in, and its fair to say the service delivery method is in its infancy. Some installs are taking days, but I have also seen new installs go in under 4 hours.

Enjoy the choice!



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