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Topic # 32585 20-Apr-2009 11:28
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Im thinking of joining Xnet for thier VFX service over my TC cable broadband.
I see that you need certain hardware to be allowed to join and ive been looking at the
Linksys PAP2T as its the cheapest offered and is all i need.

What id like to know is if i have to buy one preconfigured from an xnet partner
or if i can save myself a little coin and buy one from trademe? (~$99)

OR by any off chance does somebody have suitable hardware for sale?


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  Reply # 208104 20-Apr-2009 11:59
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It makes no difference - for a non configured one you just need to enter a URL into the provisioning box in the device and it will register itself and download the configuration. It's a very simple process.

Just be aware that the PAP2T is an older device and doesn't support T.38 if you ever need to use faxing. The SPA2102 and 3102 both support T.38 for faxing.

VFX works very well over TCL cable as it's a good rock solid connection, just make sure you enable QoS in your router to prioritise voice traffic over other internet traffic.




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  Reply # 208114 20-Apr-2009 12:21
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Thanks for the quick response!

I barely use the phone at all let alone send or receive faxs so that makes no difference to me,
im just looking to save a bit of coin monthly and a little on the hardware.

A friend of mine has been using TCL cable + VFX for some time and said the only issue he has
had was during a powercut (no power = no modem obviously) so theres no reason for me to pay
~$30 a month for phone when VFX is only 11.95.

Im still keen to hear if anyone has some cheap hardware....

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 208120 20-Apr-2009 12:46
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Be aware that there are fake PAP2Ts sold on TM (and more on eBay), and also that there are PAP2T-NA which are different from PAP2T-AU and can not be used with VFX.  I would much rather buy from a shop with warranty.  They are selling for as low as $99 retail, look on www.pricespy.co.nz to find a cheap store near you.  The few dollars you save on a once-off purchase is nothing compared to having brand new equipment from a shop with warranty.  Consumer goods are manufactured cheap and do fail prematurely.

If you want to upgrade your network equipment, I've got a WRTP54G which is a 4 port cable router plus wireless plus 2 phone ports plus a good firewall.  It works well and is only $170 new.  That is a very good price for what it is.

The PAP2T hardware is not as good as the other models, and is (probably) supported only due to legacy.




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  Reply # 208135 20-Apr-2009 13:28
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I have an SPA2102 which you can have for $99 + postage. I upgraded mine to a WRP400 wireless system. If you're interested send me a pm.

I also have TelstraClear cable and have had no problems with Xnet/Vfx on TelstraClear.



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Reply # 208171 20-Apr-2009 15:10
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My TP link 4port wireless router does the job pretty well so im not looking to uprade that as im trying to do this as cheap as possible.


the PAP2T's for as low as 99$ on pricespy are "warranty returned" ones and only come with a 30 day warranty so would be effectively the same as buying second hand if not worse.


Im fairly keen on your SPA2102 geek4me is it still in reasonable condition? are you in any kind of hurry to get rid of it?


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  Reply # 208192 20-Apr-2009 17:03
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halfbaked: What id like to know is if i have to buy one preconfigured from an xnet partner
or if i can save myself a little coin and buy one from trademe? (~$99)


I would purchase one from a dealer as they can setup your new account, plus help you if you get stuck getting it connected, at no extra charge to you.

All my $0.02


(sidenote: I used to be a dealer, and am currently a shareholder in a current dealer)

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  Reply # 208298 21-Apr-2009 09:56
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Im fairly keen on your SPA2102 geek4me is it still in reasonable condition? are you in any kind of hurry to get rid of it?


It's in good condition, bought from Ascent 20 months ago. It's been languishing in the cupboard for 6 months so it's available if you want it. Got a 3 year extended warranty when I bought it which Ascent tell me is transferable.

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