My fiance and I live in Takapuna, Auckland, in the upstairs part of her parents' house. Unfortunately upstairs there is not a single jack, and the way the house is set up, it's going to be easier for us to get a phone jack installed upstairs with its own line.
Her parents have their own internet connection and phone service with TelstraClear, so we want a second line for ourselves, but only for internet access - we don't want or need our own phone number, which I guess my research has told me this is what Naked DSL is all about.
I have a couple questions about it all:
1. Looking on Telecom's web site about setting up a second phone line it says there are two charges involved: installation and monthly rental. Installation is obvious but we don't want to pay a monthly rental on a line that won't be used as a phone line. Will Telecom do it this way or will we have to pay the monthly rental and once we sign up to an ISP that offers NDSL will that cancel the monthly charge?
2. I use Windows Home Server at home, which allows you to access the server while you're not at home, so I need an ISP that either doesn't block ports 80 and 443, or has different APNs which allow incoming requests to the server which I could then put into the configuration of the broadband modem to allow remote access. Do all ISPs do this?
3. What are your experiences using NDSL from the various ISPs? I'd use the internet for gaming on Xbox Live and we download a lot of music and videos so would need a pretty decent monthly allowance. I see Orcon is due to open up their Takapuna exchange this month which would allow me to use their NDSL service so maybe that would be an option for us.
Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions!