Nope, the modem is connected directly to demarcation point on the house.
I am 1.5km from Cabinet though in a rural location ...
I wonder if I should get a modem more suitable for long distance ... I know of several that are better than the Fritz
Mmmmm. 1.5 Km from cabinet. The longest distance that Chorus would fit VDSL2 is 1.2Km. You are just too far from a cabinet. Don't think any modem is going to help much with that kind of distance.
Hio77 is right. At that sort of distance, you are probably better off with ADSL2 unless you can get fibre ...
That distance limit got changed up a bit.
On the note of distances though, Chorus put out another update today: https://sp.chorus.co.nz/product-update/predicting-vdsl-connection-speeds
Sounds like chorus are doing away with shapemaps that cause these issues to happen atlast! moving up to my dynamically actual situations.