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# 18083 26-Dec-2007 22:19
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Hey well i am looking at changing from my Xtra go large plan to Telstra Clears Cable Service with either 20gb a month or 40gb a month im not sure. However i have some questions regarding it and was hoping you kind people would be able to help me :)

1) Is it possible to just get the internet service with them and not get phone and/or tv aswell?

2) I live in wellington and was wondering on how i would pay them? I had a look on there website and the only two ways it had listed of paying them was internet banking and Credit Card - Are these two the only ways because i dont do internet banking and dont have a credit card.

3) Similar to the first question - is it possible to have my internet connection with telstra and phone connection with telecom?

4) What equipment is needed for the cable - ie: do i need to buy anything or will it be in the cost of installing it all?

Thats all i can think of for now - Thanks in advance :)

Please if u can use the following format to answer my questions as it would help me to read..

Q1 Answer:

Q2 Answer:

Q3 Answer:

Q4 Answer:

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  # 101858 26-Dec-2007 22:23
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1) http://www.telstraclear.co.nz/residential/inhome/internet/cable-broadband/plans.cfm

    Only the two base plans require other services, ie TV or phone.

2) I pay my bill at the post office. Otherwise you can do DB.

3) Why do you want to? You can port your telecom number over if you really want to keep your number.

4) They will provide you with a cable modem to connect to one PC. If you want to have wireless or connect to multiple PC's then you will need to buy a broadband router.


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  # 101863 26-Dec-2007 23:11
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Further to (4). You get a cable modem, which has a USB 1.1 connection and a 100Base-TX (Ethernet) connection. So you need a free a USB port or an Ethernet connection. You can't have them both active at the same time---the cable modem won't bridge between them. The Ethernet connection is strongly preferred.

If you want WiFi or otherwise want to have more than one PC on your home network then you'll need a suitable firewall/router.

 
 
 
 


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  # 101877 27-Dec-2007 08:29
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M_I_C_H_A_E_L: 4) What equipment is needed for the cable - ie: do i need to buy anything or will it be in the cost of installing it all?


I recommend you go for a Linksys WRT54GL They are well worth the money, I have had one connected to my Cable Modem for over a year and never had to reboot the router ever.  Loading  the DD-WRT firmware onto it instead of using the stock Linksys one makes the box hum, stateful firewall, Wireless, all things nice.  One of the features I REALLY like is the "One Touch Setup" button with the DD-WRT firmware turns the wireless on and off, helpful if you don't want your wireless on all the time.






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  # 102333 30-Dec-2007 21:30
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Hi Bartender

Having successfully bricked a WRT54G - see my later thread and the problems I had with it connected to the cable modem I am interested in your comment on the WRT54GL

What version is it and what is the difference between the G and the GL?

I am still keen on getting a wireless router



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  # 102336 30-Dec-2007 21:39
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Tatou: Hi Bartender

Having successfully bricked a WRT54G - see my later thread and the problems I had with it connected to the cable modem I am interested in your comment on the WRT54GL

What version is it and what is the difference between the G and the GL?

I am still keen on getting a wireless router



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Going back a few years ago there was only the WRT54G and this router is now up to about it's 14th hardware revision since it was launched. The V1 - V4 hardware allowed you to load 3rd party firmware onto the router which is what made the router so popular as the stock standard Linksys firmware was only fairly average.

Then came the V5 hardware which has reduced memory (2MB vs 4MB) which prevented 3rd party firmware from working. Linksys kept the price the same but obviously reduced their costs and at the same time launched the WRT54GL which was the old model hardware with 4MB RAM still however the price was slightly more than the old model WRT54G sold for.

Both models are still available however current model WRT54G's cannot have 3rd party firmware installed on them (well they can but only cut down versions) however the WRT54GL lets you run the various 3rd party firmware versions that exist.

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  # 102348 30-Dec-2007 23:08
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Thanks Steve

I assume its the fact that the GL version can load other firmware that makes it work better with TCL cable modems rather than the fact its a better modem per se






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  # 102351 30-Dec-2007 23:51
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Q1 Answer: Yes, with some plans.

Q2 Answer: Cheque, Direct Payment, Credit Card, NZ Post Shop.

Q3 Answer: Yes.

Q4 Answer: The cable modem is supplied. Installation costs will depend on location and plan.




 
 
 
 


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  # 102355 31-Dec-2007 06:45
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Tatou: Thanks Steve

I assume its the fact that the GL version can load other firmware that makes it work better with TCL cable modems rather than the fact its a better modem per se


Well I would say it's a better modem because you can load other "more functional" firmware on it ;) 





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