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Topic # 151553 28-Aug-2014 21:37
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Hi, I live in Zest apartment (Auckland CBD) and they just finished the UFB installation so I want to upgrade to the UFB as the speed on my ADSL is quite slow for me then. I'm still on the 12 month naked ADSL contract until next year so I can't change to other IPS because of the termination fee. So I think I'll go for the Vodafone UFB plan but I want to know more about the quality then.

1. Which service should be better, Vodafone VDSL vs UFB Fibre vs UFB Cable ? After seraching around I think that should be UFB Fibre but want to double check again.

2. So if I choose the UFB Fibre, there is 2 option:
 - UFB 30 (30 Mbps/10 Mbps) - $75 ($10 off from on account plan)
 - UFB 100 (100 Mbps/50 Mbps) - $105
 Ignore the UFB 200 as it's quite too expensive for me (my naked ADSL is $79 now). So do you guys think that the $30 difference between the 2 plan worth it ? I play game not too much (2h/day - dota 2 with friends) and my flatmates watch youtube quite a lot so the speed is quite important for us then.

3. Can I use normal router for UFB ? It should be OK but I want to double check again. Is the router from Vodafone good enough ? I got the standard Vodafone modem for ADSL and it is not very good. We have around 10 devices connect and the connection is unstable if we using the Vodafone modem then.

Any advise is very much appreciated


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  Reply # 1117569 28-Aug-2014 21:37
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.



If you are posting regarding DSL speeds please check that



- you have reset your modem and router



- your PC (or other PCs in your LAN) is not downloading large files when you are testing


- you are not being throttled by your ISP due to going over the monthly cap



- your tests are always done on an ethernet connection to the router - do not use wireless for testing



- you read this topic and follow the instructions there.



Make sure you provide information for other users to help you. If you have not already done it, please EDIT your post and add this now:



- Your ISP and plan



- Type of connection (ADSL, ADSL2, VDSL)



- Your modem DSL stats (do not worry about posting Speedtest, we need sync rate, attenuation and noise margin)



- Your general location (or street)



- If you are rural or urban



- If you know your connection is to an exchange, cabinet or conklin



- If your connection is to a ULL or wholesale service



- If you have done an isolation test as per the link above



Most of the problems with speed are likely to be related to internal wiring issues. Read this discussion to find out more about this. Your ISP is not intentionally slowing you down today (unless you are on a managed plan). Also if this is the school holidays it's likely you will notice slower than usual speed due to more users online.



A master splitter is required for VDSL2 and in most cases will improve speeds on DSL connections. Regular disconnections can be a monitored alarm or a set top box trying to connect. If there's an alarm connected to your line even if you don't have an alarm contract it may still try to connect so it's worth checking.



I recommend you read these two blog posts:



- Is your premises phone wiring impacting your broadband performance? (very technical)



- Are you receiving a substandard ULL ADSL2+ connection from your ISP?

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  Reply # 1117600 28-Aug-2014 22:37
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  1. I'd say UFB fibre is your only option as if you are not getting good speed on ADSL, then VDSL availability is unlikely. UFB cable is only available in Wellington & Christchurch.
  2. If speed is important to you then definitely go for the 100/50 option.
  3. You can use the Vodafone supplied RGW then hang whatever existing wireless router/AP you are using off it.

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