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# 205840 29-Nov-2016 11:30
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OK I"m currently on WXC - looking to move next month when the contract expires.  Current speeds on my laptop running wirelessly is  My laptop has a wireless ac card which seems to help 


Currently we stream content by connecting this laptop to the TV via HDMI and it generally streams tvnz ondemand tv3 fine with minimal buffering. 


I'd like to upgrade to chromecast  - and I want to leave Vodafone. 


My question is - if I  got a 100/20 provider (which WXC doesn't offer go figure)  AND get a fast modem e.g. NETCOMMNF8AC would that combo be  good enough for me to chromecast with minimal buffering? 


It's not a deal-breaker if it doesn't because at some point someone is gonna have to crawl under the house and add cat5 to the lounge - but I thought I'd ask. 

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  # 1679378 29-Nov-2016 12:02
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I've done exactly this with my parents.


They were on WXC VDSL but very close to the cabinet however WXC were limiting their speeds to 50/20Mbit, switched to Voyager and noticed a huge improvement with general performance. As far as the Chromecast goes I don't think you'll notice anything but my Chromecast (on BigPipe 1000/500Mbit, Wireless AC) does have minimal buffering as expected.


BigPipe on their $79 100/20Mbit plan w/ the "BigPipe Modem" may be suitable for you as this router offers Wireless AC also.

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  # 1684481 8-Dec-2016 10:04
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Is this the original Chromecast or Chromecast 2?




My original only does 2.4 Ghz @ b/g/n networks but since the move to BigPipe VDSL (Huawei HG659) streaming and casting tabs is great with minimum buffer in our relatively small apartment. Previous modem and routers including the MP264 from WXC gave me heaps of problems. 


Have not tried it with the 2 yet - I assume it would be better with 5Ghz and ac support.







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