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# 262199 9-Jan-2020 19:55
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I've had to change my online backup service provider so will be uploading a couple of Terabytes of data to the new one (mostly from a decade of pics and vids).

 

I've currently got an UltraFast HFC 200 connection, so I think my upload speed is around 20Mbps, which would pretty much mean a month of uploading.

 

If I called up Vodafone to upgrade my plan to a faster speed connection for a month or so, would that entail new hardware etc, and would any additional speed be worth the effort?


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  # 2389318 9-Jan-2020 21:11
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I’m in the process of backing up 6TB to Backblaze. While I can get 270 Mbps upload on the Spark Speedtest (over wifi), I can’t get that much to the Backblaze server in the US. Maybe consider if you can utilise the speed (Wi-Fi vs ethernet cable), and if your backup provider will take higher speed uploads.

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  # 2389320 9-Jan-2020 21:15
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Can you move to a fibre connection? I was uploading to OneDrive over a Voyager connection and getting close to 400Mbps.




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  # 2389343 9-Jan-2020 22:08
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There's fibre nearby, but it'll take more than a month to go through the scoping etc to get it installed as I'm on a private lane with several other properties, by which time the upload would be done :)

 

I was just wondering whether a soft upgrade of my existing HFC connection was possible or worthwhile - if it doubled my speed I would only need to have it at the higher speed for a month, as standard maintenance incremental backups wouldn't be an issue.

 

If I needed new hardware to increase the speed or if the max speed was only 10Mbps faster than my current connection, it probably wouldn't be worth the effort though.




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  # 2389345 9-Jan-2020 22:11
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Also I'm not sure how easy it is to get Vodafone to let me swap from my HFC to a fibre connection, as I'm sure they would prefer to keep me on HFC if possible, but that's something I'll look at later in the year :)


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  # 2389375 9-Jan-2020 22:47
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tieke:

 

Also I'm not sure how easy it is to get Vodafone to let me swap from my HFC to a fibre connection, as I'm sure they would prefer to keep me on HFC if possible, but that's something I'll look at later in the year :)

 

 

Glad I stayed on HFC as they always give me a good price when I re-sign.


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  # 2389378 9-Jan-2020 22:54
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Colleague of mine phoned up - got upgraded to Gigabit from 200Mbit and his bill comes out as less per month.

 

I don't think they do 200Mbit on HFC anymore. It is either 100Mbit or Gigabit.





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  # 2389379 9-Jan-2020 22:57
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And if you want phone as a option they only offer VOIP on a HFC connection.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2389380 9-Jan-2020 23:17
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ajw:

 

And if you want phone as a option they only offer VOIP on a HFC connection.

 

 

All good - my phones have been VOIP with Worldxchange for the last decade, although that of course now makes them Vodafone too.


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  # 2389424 10-Jan-2020 08:16
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I used to do backups on 20mbps and I just used local options for data security until the first backup completely uploaded after a week or two.

 

We later got a cable modem upgrade when we moved from 20 to 100 mbps upload. The upgrade required a 12 month commitment which is why you probably won't be able to get it for a month.

 

https://www.vodafone.co.nz/broadband/ultra-fast-hfc/

 

we expect you'll get download speeds of up to 700-900 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 90-95 Mbps.

 


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  # 2389507 10-Jan-2020 09:43
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ajw:

And if you want phone as a option they only offer VOIP on a HFC connection.



@ajw That is good then



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  # 2389519 10-Jan-2020 09:55
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Hammerer:

 

The upgrade required a 12 month commitment which is why you probably won't be able to get it for a month.

 

 

You were right about this - the customer support rep I spoke to said that they couldn't just do a month or two, although they could upgrade me to the Max plan at my current price on a new 12 month commitment. They also said that this probably wasn't worthwhile if my major reason was upload speed as the upload speed probably wouldn't really increase unless I was on fibre.  Looks like I'll have fibre to premises in a month or so thanks to a neighbour's request, so will wait until then and make the switch I suppose.




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  # 2389520 10-Jan-2020 09:58
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Hmm - this morning after uploading around 130GB overnight I see that my current connection speed according to the Vodafone Speedtest is 27/0.3 Mbps, as opposed to last night's 200/20ish (Same PC, same wired connection etc).

 

Do Vodafone traffic shape if you max out your upload connection for too long or is it just coincidence?


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  # 2389521 10-Jan-2020 09:59
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No traffic shaping is done

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  # 2389522 10-Jan-2020 10:01
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Suggest you just try prioritising your upload, if your service allows that. Of those 2TB I guess the most valuable information like documents and insurance is really small, there's a bigger set of things like family photos, then a large set of stuff that's not really that important.

 

Of course you need to have a local backup, ideally offsite, so not having cloud backups as well shouldn't expose you too much. You have to test your local backups regularly to ensure they work.




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  # 2389528 10-Jan-2020 10:25
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Suggest you just try prioritising your upload, if your service allows that. Of those 2TB I guess the most valuable information like documents and insurance is really small, there's a bigger set of things like family photos, then a large set of stuff that's not really that important.

 

Of course you need to have a local backup, ideally offsite, so not having cloud backups as well shouldn't expose you too much. You have to test your local backups regularly to ensure they work.

 

 

I agree about the prioritisation - my general documents drive was the one I uploaded to Crashplan overnight, and now I'm adding the 1.5TB photos and videos drive to gradually upload. Both drives are also already backed up with Google Backup and Sync as a secondary online backup - the standard photos and videos with that option are re-encoded, but it's better than nothing :)

 

Also nightly and weekly local backups are automatically made onto a separate hdd in the same machine in case of local drive failure, as well as monthly backups onto portable hard-drives which I rotate off-site. And whenever I outgrow a system harddrive I store the old one until I do some pruning - finally got around to clearing out a decade's worth of  old drives with duplicate data on at the end of last year.

 

So my backup regime is probably pretty excessive but it's unlikely I'll lose more than a month's data with local backups, and hopefully less thanks to online.


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