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#295412 27-Mar-2022 14:39
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We are planning a move to N Canterbury to a rural address. There’s no copper and the Chorus site suggested we could have fibre if we paid for the whole install. That’s probably very expensive!

In our current location we use the local WISP with a private radio connection to give 100/100.

None of the equivalents I can find in N C offer that and are much too slow for my liking.

Does anyone have recommendations or local knowledge?





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  #2892781 27-Mar-2022 14:51
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Hi, Starlink purhaps

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  #2892872 27-Mar-2022 18:25
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Where are you going to in North Canterbury? That could be anywhere from the middle of the Goon (Rangiora) to somewhere somewhat more rural


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  #2892885 27-Mar-2022 18:49
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Isn't Amuri-something the local WISP there? Have you spoken to them?




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  #2892888 27-Mar-2022 18:59
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Ultimate Broadband look like they go into North Canterbury a little bit: https://www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz/rural-broadband-canterbury/

 

 


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  #2892916 27-Mar-2022 21:22
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tdgeek:

Where are you going to in North Canterbury? That could be anywhere from the middle of the Goon (Rangiora) to somewhere somewhat more rural



Waimakariri. Swannanoa.





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  #2892917 27-Mar-2022 21:25
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DjShadow:

Ultimate Broadband look like they go into North Canterbury a little bit: https://www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz/rural-broadband-canterbury/


 



No, they are on tomorrow's list. I hope their broadband is better than their web design and grammar though!





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  #2893006 28-Mar-2022 09:05
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Apparently the house is on VF rural 4G at the moment but tracking down speed for that isn’t as obvious as you might think.
All the providers seem obsessed with how much data you get not how fast you get it!







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  #2893009 28-Mar-2022 09:39
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Swannanoa has rather excellent coverage all the way up to Oxford and Cust. I would at expect at least 20mbps, time of day depending and distance(off my memory VF RBI is up to 30mbps someone can correct me on this one).

 

It really depends on where. And yep it's under RBI.

 

 

 

Also welcome to Canterbury! 😀





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  #2893012 28-Mar-2022 10:02
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the thing is more people care about data caps over the speed of data. as long as they can stream a 4k netflix stream (about 15mbps) and do a few things in the background thats all that matters


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  #2893242 28-Mar-2022 20:05
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We're in Swannanoa and put up with ADSL for many years, but the burden of everyone WFH when Covid first hit in March '20 crippled the system and we had no option but to switch to Spark wireless rural broadband.

 

I was sceptical at first, but it works pretty reliably and at best we get 100Mbs DL but in peak times that drops to 30 - 40 Mbs DL. Mind you, we're pretty close to the Spark transmitter on the corner of North Eyre Road and Browns Road.

 

The only problem we've had is that the Spark / Huawei B618S router now needs to be re-booted weekly to prevent it dropping the signal, but its a 2 year old router now and is resolved anyway by a $20 auto timer from Bunnings. From a networking perspective, you can't put the original B618S in bridged mode so I've had to run it with a DMZ and give the WAN interface on the EdgeRouter a static IP. It took a while for me to get it sorted, but with great help from the GZ community back then, I managed to get there and the system is generally rock solid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2893288 28-Mar-2022 22:06
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Geektastic:
DjShadow:

 

Ultimate Broadband look like they go into North Canterbury a little bit: https://www.ultimatebroadband.co.nz/rural-broadband-canterbury/

 

 

 

 

 



No, they are on tomorrow's list. I hope their broadband is better than their web design and grammar though!

 

 

 

 

 

UBB cannot cover the location - possibly later this year but not at the moment.

 

 

 

Amuri can, at 50/20 and seemed astonished when I told them that wasn't fast enough for my liking...!

 

 

 

So far nobody is responding as flexibly or positively as Wiz did when we moved here - they immediately suggested putting a private radio connection in because it isn't shared so does not slow down.






  #2893338 29-Mar-2022 07:38
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what do you do that needs the extra speed?


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  #2893341 29-Mar-2022 07:55
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Geektastic:

 

Amuri can, at 50/20 and seemed astonished when I told them that wasn't fast enough for my liking...!

 

 

I would rather have a stable 50/20 (which is plenty for 4k streaming etc) than unstable Starlink which ends up putting you in Sydney NSW or Boise Idaho and has tons of Micro outages

 

  





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  #2893375 29-Mar-2022 09:50
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Jase2985:

what do you do that needs the extra speed?



Everything. Why would I not want more speed?

There are two of us working from home, I need to upload large image files, there are two computers backed up off site (when we had VDSL one of them to 6 months to back up working overnight!), TV, music, IoT, security system monitoring, CCTV monitoring, house automation etc etc.

Why not get as much speed as possible? Why accept a lower standard than I already have? The world will only increase its need for speed and bandwidth as we move forward. Provisioning for barely what works now seems like a false economy to me.





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  #2893377 29-Mar-2022 09:52
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nztim:

Geektastic:


Amuri can, at 50/20 and seemed astonished when I told them that wasn't fast enough for my liking...!



I would rather have a stable 50/20 (which is plenty for 4k streaming etc) than unstable Starlink which ends up putting you in Sydney NSW or Boise Idaho and has tons of Micro outages


  



I won’t use Starlink on principle. Musk is destroying the universal heritage of the night sky just so people can access social media in the Sahara.





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