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#268344 13-Mar-2020 17:12
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Hi all,

 

Looking for recommendations for an ISP in Christchurch as we are looking to sign up to either a 200/20 or 1gbit fibre plan. I've had a look around at prices etc and from what I can tell if we go 200/20 then Bigpipe / Stuff appear pretty competitive at $79 / month, or for 1gbit then Stuff is $89 / month. I want a Static IP too so I've pretty much ruled out ISPs that charge you an additional monthly fee for this.

 

I've been with Bigpipe before and had no issues but their 1gbit pricing is a fair bit higher so I guess I'm interested to know how Stuff fibre is or if there are any other ISPs you would recommend from a price / performance stand point?

 

Also with Stuff you can pay $299 to upgrade to an ASUS RT-AC86U. Is that worth it or is it better to get a free modem then buy something else eg Google Wifi and plug that in? Our house is single level 260m2 so fairly large area to cover and wanting to make sure we can get a strong wi-fi signal throughout.

 

Thanks!


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  #2437638 13-Mar-2020 17:52
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I am with bigpipe 100/100 for $89 and pay no monthly fee for a static IP just a once off fee of $49

Monthly fees for a Static IP is just rude

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  #2437740 13-Mar-2020 22:17
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You could go local with 2degrees.


 
 
 
 


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  #2437796 13-Mar-2020 23:43
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If you want WiFi range then you really need to spend some money. Don't get those Asus routers - they're honestly rubbish (and overpriced).

 

If you want something that will last the test of time and has an excellent array of features then look at the UniFi Dream Machine.

 

Voyager sound like your best bet for ISP - they're $99/mo for Gigabit and have a once-off cost for a static IP. They also peer locally in NZ which puts them a cut above the likes of BigPipe if local connectivity is your thing. You're best to bring your own router across to Voyager though - if you've got a bit of budget then the UniFi Dream Machine otherwise something like a 2nd hand Fritz!Box 7490 or Spark Smart Modem from Trademe will do totally fine.

 

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  #2437803 14-Mar-2020 00:37
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That's a fairly large area for a single access point. I'd suggest a few access points around the house in mesh.

Orcon gig im payin 109 per month with static. Not overly impressed with the routing to aus. Bit higher ping. also access to things like nz steam cache is terrible. Get better speeds out of Aussie. I'm also interested who has the better network.

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  #2437813 14-Mar-2020 07:53
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michaelmurfy:

Voyager sound like your best bet for ISP - they're $99/mo for Gigabit and have a once-off cost for a static IP. They also peer locally in NZ which puts them a cut above the likes of BigPipe


Spark really needs to address the NZ peering thing

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  #2437814 14-Mar-2020 08:04
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+1 for voyager.

 

You will need more than one wifi access point to get full coverage. I have not had a lot to do with mesh but that would be the easiest, if you have structured cabling in your house then unifi access points are great.

 

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  #2438850 15-Mar-2020 21:03
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nztim:

Spark really needs to address the NZ peering thing

 

I doubt that will happen for commercial reasons.

 

We pay more for Spark domestic bandwidth than we do for international.





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  #2439818 17-Mar-2020 10:27
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Thanks for all the replies. Narrowed it down to Voyager or Stuff Fibre. Pricing is more competitive with Stuff so wanted to know if there is much point spending the extra to go with Voyager?


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  #2439863 17-Mar-2020 11:09
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Tracer:

 

You could go local with 2degrees.

 

Which part of 2Degrees is local to Christchurch?


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  #2439872 17-Mar-2020 11:25
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phrozenpenguin:

 

Tracer:

 

You could go local with 2degrees.

 

Which part of 2Degrees is local to Christchurch?

 

 

 

 

Customer Care for Broadband and the Fixed & Transmission Operations team (Engineering) is based in Christchurch.





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  #2440003 17-Mar-2020 14:30
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actioncam:

 

Thanks for all the replies. Narrowed it down to Voyager or Stuff Fibre. Pricing is more competitive with Stuff so wanted to know if there is much point spending the extra to go with Voyager?

 

 

From what I have heard on here, Stuf fibre basically resells someone else service whereas Voyager has their own network. Someone correct me if I am wrong :)

 

Take a look at this too: https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=49&topicid=204582


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  #2440201 17-Mar-2020 18:14
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I'd choose Voyager over Stuff any day.


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  #2440351 17-Mar-2020 22:09
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Hey all

How does 2degrees compare now with CGNAT and prices still up there at $100 for 900/450

Would voyager be a better option now?

Also considering MyRepublic.

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  #2440357 17-Mar-2020 22:22
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Delorean: Hey all

How does 2degrees compare now with CGNAT and prices still up there at $100 for 900/450

Would voyager be a better option now?

Also considering MyRepublic.


Just some background. I am with 2d and finding the pricing isn’t as sharp as they used to be. Now out of contract I am looking at other options.

Voyager
NowNZ
My Republic

I have heard good thing about Voyager and Now. However my republic seems to be mixed

Any help would be appreciated

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  #2440360 17-Mar-2020 22:33
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As they say on here, friends don't let friends join My Republic. I understand they don't even have phone-based support now.


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