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Topic # 223281 22-Sep-2017 08:36
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I recently moved in to a rural property on the outskirts of Hamilton, renting a detached unit next to the landlord's house. It has been a bit of a challenge trying to set up broadband to this unit since I am not familiar with how things work in NZ. The landlord has copper broadband wired to the house and also extended to the unit I am renting since I saw there is a jackpoint on the wall (photo attached), but he is not keen on me using his connection and told me to sort out my own connection.

 

So I contacted a whole bunch of broadband providers, and was informed that to have a new/second copper connection set up, I would need to dig a trench from the side of the road to the unit. The approximate distance based on google maps is 170 m so I don't think this is a viable option especially as I am only renting. I also came across Lightwire which specializes in rural wireless broadband and after asking for more info, I signed up to get one of their guys to come and see if a decent signal strength could be found, though they said due to the amount of trees in the area things do not look good (and the lead time for this probably-for-nothing visit is 3-4 weeks away).

 

Are there any other options that would suit my situation I could look at ? I am thinking if this lightwire thing doesn't work, I might as well propose paying 50% of the landlord's internet bill to use his connection instead since that seems like the easiest solution. Provided he agrees to this, what would be the simplest way for me to set-up wifi for the unit ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1870699 22-Sep-2017 08:52
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a possible option could be https://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband/ check the 100GB plan uses 4G LTE







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  Reply # 1870710 22-Sep-2017 09:06
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l43a2:

 

a possible option could be https://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband/ check the 100GB plan uses 4G LTE

 

 

 

 

I contacted them but sadly they don't have coverage in that area.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1870717 22-Sep-2017 09:19
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Have you tried VodafoneNZ RBI?

 

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  Reply # 1870731 22-Sep-2017 09:36
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l43a2:

 

a possible option could be https://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband/ check the 100GB plan uses 4G LTE

 

 

Skinny only do urban areas, Spark do rural / RBI Wireless broadband. So you would need to check on the Spark address checker: http://www.spark.co.nz/addresschecker

 

 








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  Reply # 1870797 22-Sep-2017 10:05
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Linux:

 

Have you tried VodafoneNZ RBI?

 

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Have called them just now and coverage is looking good (4G). I might wait until Lightwire comes and check the signal strength as their plan is $ 30 cheaper for the same amount of data (120 GB). Thank you for this.

 

 

 

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l43a2:

 

a possible option could be https://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband/ check the 100GB plan uses 4G LTE

 

 

Skinny only do urban areas, Spark do rural / RBI Wireless broadband. So you would need to check on the Spark address checker: http://www.spark.co.nz/addresschecker

 

 

 

 

Their address checker looks to be down at the moment, I'll try again later in the day and compare this with Vodafone RBI. Thanks !


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  Reply # 1872201 24-Sep-2017 22:05
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I would go with lightwire, or find somewhere else. 

 

The landlord should have thought about internet and telephone before renting out the flat. 





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Reply # 1872897 26-Sep-2017 09:56
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raytaylor:

 

I would go with lightwire, or find somewhere else. 

 

The landlord should have thought about internet and telephone before renting out the flat. 

 

 

 

 

A lightwire technician just came to the unit and said he could not get a decent signal from the roof. He recommended Vodafone RBI so I will contact them next. Have also asked Spark but they don't have coverage in that address.

 

I asked the landlord about internet when I viewed the unit so this is something that is entirely on me to figure out after moving in : )


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  Reply # 1872990 26-Sep-2017 11:47
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If it's on the same power gird, get a poweline av kit with a wifi ap built in and your away laughing.




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  Reply # 1873953 28-Sep-2017 08:46
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sdavisnz: If it's on the same power gird, get a poweline av kit with a wifi ap built in and your away laughing.

 

 

 

I have no idea what this is haha.

 

 

 

I ended up going with vodafone wireless broadband (not RBI), which costs $ 84/month for 120 GB. The modem arrived yesterday and there is no set up required. So far getting a constant 3G connection, which is not too shabby. I have tried shifting the modem to a few different spots near windows and it would get 4G only for a short period.


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  Reply # 1873986 28-Sep-2017 10:09
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Good to hear - if you 'nearly' get 4G, one of these should enable you to get a much more stable connection on 4G.

https://www.gowifi.co.nz/antennas-700-900-directional/ant-205.html

Ideally you actually want to get two of them + the necessary cabling - perhaps the landlord might come to the party if this is the only option for decent internet in this location? He could pay for the antenna, you could install them and leave them there for the next person. 


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  Reply # 1874070 28-Sep-2017 12:30
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I do RBI installs in your area, so if you do decide to get an antenna installed, I can sort you out.




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