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Topic # 30297 3-Feb-2009 22:55
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I  have a property in Mangawhai with no landline service and very poor  mobile reception - I want to avoid the huge expense of putting a land line in. I've been looking at  the satellite  technology provided by rocket broadband -- www.rocketbroadband.co.nz.  Has anyone had experience with them and would I be able to use  voip  with it instead of the voicelink... Not being  familiar with the options  can any one give me some  guide.
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  Reply # 193850 3-Feb-2009 23:04
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These guys may also have wireless coverage depending on where your house is.




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  Reply # 193851 3-Feb-2009 23:08
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Hi Bruce,

1st of all, welcome to Geekzone. Your 1st port of call might I suggest is the nz connection wiki. It's maintained by some very helpful people (from here!) and has some good basic info on what is out there for Satellite broadband (and other internet connection options). VOIP over satellite is I think a no no due to the latency invovled (time taken to send the signal up and back), It would be pretty unusable for a decent 2 way conversation in my opinion. I'm sure other helpful people will give you some more pointers...

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  Reply # 193863 4-Feb-2009 00:19
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Brucem: I  have a property in Mangawhai with no landline service and very poor  mobile reception - I want to avoid the huge expense of putting a land line in.

We were in the same situation in the Bay of Islands when we moved here 6 years ago.  I have been using Kordia's Extend network for the past 5 years, but I've just checked the coverage maps and unfortunately, Mangawhai is well outside the area where service is available.  Satellite would be the only option for you.

Brucem: I've been looking at  the satellite  technology provided by rocket broadband -- www.rocketbroadband.co.nz.  Has anyone had experience with them

This is the same company who offer Farmside broadband, which has been around for several years.  By all accounts, the service is good, but it is expensive and you only get a very small data cap unless you want to pay quite a high monthly charge.  If you are careful with how much you use, then it should be OK.  I would suggest avoiding any form of streaming video e.g. YouTube and the like, or your monthly data cap will be exceeded in no time.

Brucem:  ...would I be able to use  voip  with it instead of the voicelink... Not being  familiar with the options  can any one give me some  guide.

Farmside's VoiceLink is a form of VoIP which has been optimised for the satellite connection.  Various people have tried to use VFX over satellite without much success due to the latency.  As Knoydart has pointed out above, this is a serious problem with satellite connections.

I expected to experience serious amounts of lag when I tried Farmside's VoIP service (forerunner to VoiceLink) at the Fieldays in Hamilton.  But much to my surprise, it wasn't too bad.  So I would suggest giving VoiceLink a try and see how it works in your situation.  It will save the expense of a landline connection which could be more than $1000 initial installation fee in your case, not to mention the ongoing monthly charges of around $50.  If VoiceLink does the job for you, then it would be worth paying a bit extra to increase your monthly data cap to 2 - 5GB or thereabouts.  Even so, it will still be much cheaper than paying for a landline.

We run a VoIP phone service here after disconnecting the landline about 3 years ago, and have never looked back.  2GB of data per month is enough for a decent amount of internet usage for myself and my wife, as well as probably 10 or more hours per month of VoIP calls.

Farmside / Rocket Broadband is a well-run company staffed by helpful people.  In your situation, I would recommend giving them a try.  Let us know how you get on.

Cheers,
Grant.

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  Reply # 194177 5-Feb-2009 08:00
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Hi Bruce,

Depending on where you are in Mangawhai we have growing coverage down there (particularly rural mangawhai) so it might be worth a shot to give us a call. 09 438 5472

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