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Topic # 191873 18-Feb-2016 21:21
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Hi All, 

 

So following on from my prev thread about moving to Dunedin (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=48&topicid=180803), I've arrived and have now found a place to live which is fiber ready - Belleknowes.  We move in mid-March so wanted to get the ball rolling now to see if I can get it all set up by the time I move in.

 

As per subject, I'm just after suggestions from you guys on who to go with.  Will be going on an unlimited plan, preferably with a phone line (as I will be working from home).  

 

We have a lease at our rental until the end of this year, so not quite a full year, but the landlord has said that they will extend the lease to a periodic lease if both parties agree.  With that said, I was at the mall the other day and saw MyRepublic offering a short 6-month contract for fiber (for students) which looks suitable.  However, have read a previous thread on here that said they got the most complaints out of all the ISPs?  I was going to sign up with them then and there but found some inconsistencies with what the CSR rep was saying and the conditions attached to the plan, so didn't get a good vibe and decided to 'have a think about it'.     

 

So, suggestions please.  Who has the best 'free' router and plans in your opinion?

 

Cheers!


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  Reply # 1495276 18-Feb-2016 21:25
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I am currently using 2degrees Broadband on a gigabit connection in Wellington - apparently the only consumer connected to a gigabit service around here. It works really well, so you might look for more information here: 2degrees gigatown.





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  Reply # 1495277 18-Feb-2016 21:30
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If you want no contract, go with Bigpipe. But it is BYO router and no phone line (Around $120-$200 for a decent router, $10mfor VoIP)

If you want to minimise upfront costs and get a free router probably go with 2degrees. Other alternatives would be spark or Vodafone. However prepare your wallet for a more expensive plan and also minimum 12 month contract (and make sure you check how much the termination fee will be if you leave in less than a year - some ISPs charge a LOT more than others)

When yo say 'fibre ready'' do you mean the property already has it installed? or that it is just in an area that can get fibre? Those are two very different things.



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  Reply # 1495283 18-Feb-2016 21:39
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I am currently using 2degrees Broadband on a gigabit connection in Wellington - apparently the only consumer connected to a gigabit service around here. It works really well, so you might look for more information here:2degrees gigatown

 

Thanks, have considered 2degrees.  I'm guessing you're using your own router??  or can you comment on the router that they provide?

 

 

 

NonprayingMantis: If you want no contract, go with Bigpipe. But it is BYO router and no phone line (Around $120-$200 for a decent router, $10mfor VoIP)

If you want to minimise upfront costs and get a free router probably go with 2degrees. Other alternatives would be spark or Vodafone. However prepare your wallet for a more expensive plan and also minimum 12 month contract (and make sure you check how much the termination fee will be if you leave in less than a year - some ISPs charge a LOT more than others)

When yo say 'fibre ready'' do you mean the property already has it installed? or that it is just in an area that can get fibre? Those are two very different things.

 

Sorry, yes I should have made it clear.  By Fibre ready I mean fibre is in the street.  I know it's not hooked up at the property yet, hence why I want to get the ball rolling now so I can sort out an install date close to when I actually move in.  

 

No, unfortunately I don't have suitable router for fibre.  I've got an old ASDL slingshot router which I've used with Bigpipe before, but I'm pretty sure that it's not a suitable 'fibre' router... Is there such a thing?  So, what are peoples thoughts on these 'free' routers anyway?  

 

If the DIY option is not too complicated, then I might look into going on Bigpipe and getting my own router/setup (with suitable router suggestions of course!).  But I'm leaning more towards the easier option of getting an ISP to do it all for me...


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  Reply # 1495287 18-Feb-2016 21:46
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NonprayingMantis: Around $120-$200 for a decent router

 

 

Do you have any recommendations other than the HG659 that's $200 and can do gigabit on PPPoE?

 

 

 

Blurtie: I'm pretty sure that it's not a suitable 'fibre' router... Is there such a thing? 

 

 

 The main thing regarding fibre routers is that you need it to be fast. Not just any router can handle a gigabit.


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  Reply # 1495295 18-Feb-2016 21:55
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I have a HG659 for sale if anyone wants one (Dunedin)


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  Reply # 1495306 18-Feb-2016 22:25
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freitasm:

 

I am currently using 2degrees Broadband on a gigabit connection in Wellington - apparently the only consumer connected to a gigabit service around here. It works really well, so you might look for more information here: 2degrees gigatown.

 

 

I was supposed to be on that back in the Snap days. Changed to BigPipe now and so far everything is good.

 

joker97:

 

I have a HG659 for sale if anyone wants one (Dunedin)

 

 

OP - Grab this then sign up with BigPipe:

 





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  Reply # 1495309 18-Feb-2016 22:31
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Give Wicked Networks a call they are a local Dunedin Based ISP and have been doing Gigatown since it began

 

 

 

http://www.wickednetworks.co.nz/gigazone-new.php 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1495325 18-Feb-2016 23:23
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Blurtie:

 

I am currently using 2degrees Broadband on a gigabit connection in Wellington - apparently the only consumer connected to a gigabit service around here. It works really well, so you might look for more information here:2degrees gigatown

 

Thanks, have considered 2degrees.  I'm guessing you're using your own router??  or can you comment on the router that they provide?

 

 

I used my own router and it worked fine. They sent me the Fritz!Box 7490 and it's good too - although I think the WiFi could be a bit better.





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  Reply # 1495352 19-Feb-2016 04:13
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My stepbro uses a Fritzbox too but he said the wifi doesn't go too far in his (multi-storey) house - what's the range you get with yours?


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  Reply # 1495354 19-Feb-2016 05:28
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Another vote of support for Wicked Networks, they're a good operator.

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  Reply # 1495369 19-Feb-2016 07:47
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quickymart:

 

My stepbro uses a Fritzbox too but he said the wifi doesn't go too far in his (multi-storey) house - what's the range you get with yours?

 

 

Have your brother done anything to optimise it - checked channel in use and how crowded it is? Any WiFi access point might have problems in a large house. It will depend on walls, floors, distance, how crowded the band it's set to is, etc.







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  Reply # 1495755 19-Feb-2016 16:01
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Thanks all.  Looks like I'll be going with 2degrees.  

 

I know the telcos offer a temp DSL connection for pending UFB requests, does anyone know how easy it is to ensure that a temp DSL connection hooked up and ready to go for our move in date?  Obviously i know a UFB request takes a while.  I just don't want to be in a situation where I'm left without an internet connection for any great length of time, and would really need a connection from the date we move in as I will be working from home.

 

 

 

The CSR didn't fill me with confidence that I could and wasn't really that clear to be honest.  


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  Reply # 1495757 19-Feb-2016 16:03
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get DSL first then get UFB




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  Reply # 1495764 19-Feb-2016 16:11
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Jase2985:

 

get DSL first then get UFB

 

 

 

 

Ah dang... that would've been a better idea.  Oh well. Back on the phone again.  

 

Cheers for the tip.


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  Reply # 1495795 19-Feb-2016 16:15
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a UFB install could potentially take 6+ months. if the previous people had internet it should take a matter of days to get DSL


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