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Topic # 191558 8-Feb-2016 19:17
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I noticed that Lightwire wireless' plans are becoming much more competitive and usable in terms of data caps for large families, particularly the 300GB plan. I was curious to see what speeds people were getting on the Lightwire network. We have been told that we are within range.

 

I'm thinking it may be a smart choice to move over from our horrendous Vodafone ADSL. (can't get VDSL, pretty far from exchange so DSL speeds suck, hover between 2-4.5Mbps.


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  Reply # 1487654 8-Feb-2016 19:17
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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.

 

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  Reply # 1487693 8-Feb-2016 19:58
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From all the feedback I have had you should get between 10-20mbps.

 

 




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  Reply # 1487694 8-Feb-2016 19:59
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Stan:

 

From all the feedback I have had you should get between 10-20mbps.

 

 

 

 

Omg I drool at the thought of those speeds. I'm going to call them tomorrow :)


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  Reply # 1487697 8-Feb-2016 20:02
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Im guessing it would depend on the tower you are connected to.

 


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  Reply # 1487823 9-Feb-2016 07:24
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It's hard to tell from there website if it is an RBI service or a private wireless solution.
My assumption is because they don't actually say what speed you will get it is an RBI connection which can fluctuate greatly but from all accounts is a pretty good solution compared to a long ADSL line.



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  Reply # 1487825 9-Feb-2016 07:32
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It's not RBI. I think they do offer RBI but this is their own network, it's not really possible to get RBI plans of around 300GB.

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  Reply # 1487827 9-Feb-2016 07:51
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JoshWright: It's not RBI. I think they do offer RBI but this is their own network, it's not really possible to get RBI plans of around 300GB.

 

Ultimate broadband offer a 500GB plan but it's speed limited.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1488253 9-Feb-2016 18:39
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JoshWright: It's not RBI. I think they do offer RBI but this is their own network, it's not really possible to get RBI plans of around 300GB.
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If you get connected do some speed tests. I have spoken to a few of there customers who say they are happy with the performance but it would be good to get some feedback from a geekzone member :)


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  Reply # 1488333 9-Feb-2016 20:40
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At work we have quite a few customers on their wireless network and most get good speeds because they are in good line of sight to the towers.





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  Reply # 1488407 9-Feb-2016 21:50
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sbiddle:

 

JoshWright: It's not RBI. I think they do offer RBI but this is their own network, it's not really possible to get RBI plans of around 300GB.

 

Ultimate broadband offer a 500GB plan but it's speed limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz/rbi-wireless.html 

 

The 500GB plan is a 250peak + 250offpeak data plan. It is a 3G only plan due to 4G plans not actually being regulated RBI plans. Speeds will depend of tower capacity and proximity. A good tower may achieve 20Mbps+. Busy towers maybe 5-10Mbps, the odd really busy tower 2-3Mbps :(

 

 





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  Reply # 1488466 9-Feb-2016 23:16
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Last saturday I set up a new customer on our network who moved down to hawkes bay from waikato. He reckons he used to get a solid 25mbits on lightwire's network.





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