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Topic # 68536 24-Sep-2010 09:40
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I have just switched from Woosh Wireless to Vodafone Naked Broadbrand and I'm very impressed so far.

I had been with Woosh for about 2 years as at my last apartment the performance on Telecom ADSL was abysmal.  We didn't really want or need a home phone so I went with Woosh to save the cost of the landline.  The perforamnce wasn't much better but the price was right.  Midway through September I got an email to say that my $40 plan was going up to $45.  I was aware than Telstra has a cable plan around $55 but when I looked into it, I found out that the service wasn't avilable at my address.

Fortunately for me Vodafone released their Naked Broadband offer at just the right time.  I've had a Vodafone On Account mobile for ages which would save me $30 a month off the offer.  So it looked like I could get decent performance and double the download limit for only $10 a month more than Woosh was going to cost.

Very simple signup process over the web.  Equipment arrived on time, email to say service was available came the next day.  All very smooth so far.  Quick setup guide was easy to follow and I was connected and up and running in about 15 minutes.  Very happy customer.  Unit claims to be connecting at 8.5Mbps and speed tests show a lower limit of about 2.5Mbps which is a lot more than adequate for my needs.

I'd like to specifically mention the quality of the free equipment.  The Vodafone Complete home gateway is pretty impressive.  Apart from being an aesthetically pleasing wireless access port and ADSL2+ router, it has a couple of USB ports to that canbe used to share a printer or HDD.  Even the line filters are prettier than any I've seen previously.

The one thing I haven't yet been able to figure out is that I seem to need to have my laptop within about 2 meters of the device for the wifi to work.  Being 4 meters away (uninterrupted line of sight) give marginal performance (despite Windows XP shows "Excellent" signal strength).  Being at the other end of our apartment (20 meters away through 2 walls) is a no-go (despite XP showing "Good" signal strength).  I'll keep fiddling with with this and see if I can figure it out.  I haven't changed the wifi settings from default (the default settings were actually pretty secure, well done Vodafone).

Apart form this one niggle, I've very happy.

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  Reply # 383933 24-Sep-2010 09:47
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Try changing the channel on the wifi, there may be something in the building interfering with it.

Good to hear that VF have such a great service. We need all the competition we can get :)

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  Reply # 383936 24-Sep-2010 09:54
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Unit claims to be connecting at 8.5Mbps and speed tests show a lower limit of about 2.5Mbps which is a lot more than adequate for my needs.


This seems very low for modern day DSL connections

Cyril

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 383943 24-Sep-2010 10:06
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I also moved from Orcon+ network at my auckland residence to VF naked dsl couple of days ago. national speeds are the same @ 16mbps but international is just so much better. youtube and netflix videos load straight away and don't buffer. $30 cheaper too with 5GB more data!




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

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  Reply # 384006 24-Sep-2010 12:07
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72 pages of moans about latency sorta puts me off

http://forum.vodafone.co.nz/topic/5643-high-latancy/page__st__1420

I was considering jumping to their new naked plan

still seems to be an issue... i checked one of our work connections that is on Vodafone and get 200 ms to Aus compared to 65 ms to Aus on my home connection with Snap.



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  Reply # 384231 25-Sep-2010 09:17
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I've posted my plea for help in the networking forum

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=40&topicid=68577

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