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# 100017 1-Apr-2012 15:21
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We are increasing testing three-fold and need some Maxnet customer volunteers.  Help us to improve New Zealand broadband performance by volunteering to host one of our probes.    

The probe is a bridged router with an 802.11n wifi on board that we encourage you to enable through our website.    

Volunteers will be gladly accepted from any location at present, although we are filling our allocation in Auckland quickly, I'll update here when that changes.  

To discover more about being a volunteer, click here https://www.truenet.co.nz/get-involved-become-volunteer-tester 

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  # 603540 2-Apr-2012 06:22
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How would your "probe" work with a separate modem and router?  Does it just replace the modem?

I really don't want to make any changes to my router and home network. 




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  # 603720 2-Apr-2012 12:12
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w2krules: How would your "probe" work with a separate modem and router?  Does it just replace the modem?

I really don't want to make any changes to my router and home network. 


A simple way to look at it is that it replaces a cable between your modem/router and all your equipment.  It takes one port on your modem/router and turns that to 4 ports on the probe, plus the wifi if you want.  It does not have a modem function.

Your changes to your network are a bit like the replacement of a cable with the probe, it delivers 4 ports plus Wifi though, and we ask you to move your cables from your router to the probe, you should not notice any changes to your network.

 
 
 
 


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  # 603974 2-Apr-2012 16:20
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JohnButt:
w2krules: How would your "probe" work with a separate modem and router?  Does it just replace the modem?

I really don't want to make any changes to my router and home network. 


A simple way to look at it is that it replaces a cable between your modem/router and all your equipment.  It takes one port on your modem/router and turns that to 4 ports on the probe, plus the wifi if you want.  It does not have a modem function.

Your changes to your network are a bit like the replacement of a cable with the probe, it delivers 4 ports plus Wifi though, and we ask you to move your cables from your router to the probe, you should not notice any changes to your network.


Thanks John.  So it effectively takes over the networking of internet traffic then.

Is the wireless dual band - I run G on 2.4 GHz and N on 5 GHz?  Or would it be OK not to use the wireless in your probe?




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  # 603997 2-Apr-2012 16:41
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w2krules:
JohnButt:
w2krules: How would your "probe" work with a separate modem and router?  Does it just replace the modem?

I really don't want to make any changes to my router and home network. 


A simple way to look at it is that it replaces a cable between your modem/router and all your equipment.  It takes one port on your modem/router and turns that to 4 ports on the probe, plus the wifi if you want.  It does not have a modem function.

Your changes to your network are a bit like the replacement of a cable with the probe, it delivers 4 ports plus Wifi though, and we ask you to move your cables from your router to the probe, you should not notice any changes to your network.


Thanks John.  So it effectively takes over the networking of internet traffic then.

Is the wireless dual band - I run G on 2.4 GHz and N on 5 GHz?  Or would it be OK not to use the wireless in your probe?


It's only n, but your g would be able to use it, although we only run on 2.4Ghz

It would be OK to use your wireless, best if you can get the traffic through the probe though 

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  # 604103 2-Apr-2012 19:49
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Thanks John.  I'll sign up then and run our g traffic on your probe provided it performs as well as the existing router.




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  # 604701 3-Apr-2012 19:17
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How much data cap does the probe consume?



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  # 604710 3-Apr-2012 19:28
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mm1352000: How much data cap does the probe consume?


Datacap is set by the Volunteer.  We offer 1, 3 or 5GB per month

1GB provides enough cap for all tests plus a little extra for some "interesting" tests
3GB allows a lot of cross-checking as well as the 1GB cap probes
5GB is as yet used much like 3GB, but we do some really heavy testing of future products on it (Video?) 

 
 
 
 


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  # 604718 3-Apr-2012 19:36
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Considering that we're only on a 10 GB cap, that is quite a lot. I don't think other people in the house will agree, but I'll ask.



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  # 604727 3-Apr-2012 19:49
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mm1352000: Considering that we're only on a 10 GB cap, that is quite a lot. I don't think other people in the house will agree, but I'll ask.


That's pretty slim, maybe ask Maxnet for more? Innocent

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