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#270298 3-May-2020 02:00
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I'm looking for some advice re my uncle and aunty who are finally moving out of their earthquaked home, after a very long court battle with their insurer after the 2011 earthquake.  They are moving out of the city to Clarkville (near Kaiapoi) to a small lifestyle block. 


In terms of internet connection, my uncle likes the idea of saving money and so I immediately thought of Skinny's 4G broadband being the best option. 120GB wouldn't be an issue for them.  My parents use this option in Christchurch at a second property, so it doesn't get a lot of use and while it works well at times (download speed runs at 200mbps often), upload is always good (20-90 mbps), sometimes the download will crawl to 5 - 8 mbps down which can be a real frustration especially when TV / radio is all streamed if there are 3 or 4 people in the house.  Probably a VDSL consistent at 40mbps would be better. 


Unfortunately, my uncle and aunty's new property is not within Skinny's rollout and nor is fibre, leaving the decision between Spark 4G or VDSL.  I would have thought that VDSL was a better option, from my experience of the bottleneck on the Skinny 4G in Christchurch, so was surprised to see that Spark's website is recommending 4G wireless rather than the available VDSL. My personal experience with VDSL has been mixed - one connection was fantastic and fast, the other was unreliable and troublesome. 


Is it likely that Spark's 4G service will suffer from the same bottleneck that we experience in Christchurch on Skinny 4G? Is the bottleneck actually a Skinny issue for bandwidth management that they don't apply to Spark? What would you do? Opt for 4G wireless or the VDSL?  


While I said my uncle likes to save money, in reality the difference between $80 (VDSL) and wireless ($100) won't really make or break the decision.  Cheers! 

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  #2475574 3-May-2020 05:11
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I've got 4G with Spark, and notice a slowdown at times, I just reboot the modem and it comes back to full speed have you tried doing this when things slow down? 


I like this a lot better than what I had with VDSL, especially for the price, I'm not an ultra heavy user, always under the max 600GB  cap on the Unplan Metro Wireless plan. Have been using it for about 7 months now and no real issue other than that modem slowdown. I could just schedule the modem to auto reboot (it has the function, and so will the Skinny one) at a time I most likely won't be around to use it. 


I don't think there would be a performance difference between Skinny and Spark but I'm sure someone else will confirm this

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  #2475579 3-May-2020 07:53
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Spark recommend fixed wireless over xDSL because they don't have to pay Chorus for the tail, so they make more money. As long as the xDSL is stable, I'd go for that over wireless pretty much every time.


Drop the address and surrounding addresses into the Chorus checker to see what sort of downstream could be expected. You'll get an idea of line length and therefore upstream rate from that.


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  #2475582 3-May-2020 08:02
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KI/N (VDSL) is in Heywards Road on corner with Tram Road. If property is close, within 1 km, consider it, if 300 metres then go with it.'19.3%22S+172%C2%B037'27.9%22E/@-43.405369,172.6244103,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d-43.405369!4d172.6244103

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  #2475584 3-May-2020 08:13
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Bear in mind that rural areas with less lines in a bundle will often get stable high speed xDSL on much longer lines than urban connections.

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  #2475684 3-May-2020 09:45
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Spark only recommend 4G over VDSL because they dont want to pay Chorus.

If you are close-ish to your cabinet, just get VDSL.

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