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Topic # 50483 24-Nov-2009 23:01
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I am currently using Telstraclear (paradise) as the provider and its alright but have heard that its nothing compared to others. 
We have the unlimited plan with full speed download and the normal upload speed(I dont really use the upload side of things as much).






So...who is the best broadband provider? Is it easy to change over from one to another?








Any info would be great!




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  Reply # 275995 24-Nov-2009 23:18
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It can depend on a number of factors... are you currently on ADSL or cable? If you're on ADSL, what is the line speed in your modem's admin ui? If you're on cable are you on 4Mbit or 10Mbit?

Personally I think Maxnet, TelstraClear and Telecom (regular plan, not big time) are the most consistent and best performing ISP's.

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  Reply # 275997 24-Nov-2009 23:25
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If you have ADSL2+ and you have full upload speed, you will notice that download speeds are a LOT faster compared to limited upload speed (speaking from experience from ADSL2+ with 128kb upload speed with Maxnet).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 276011 25-Nov-2009 01:00
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Yeah 128 Kbit upload (rather than full speed upload) will limit your tcp/ip connections download speed to 3-4Mbit max regardless of if your modem's line syc for download is 10Mbit.

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  Reply # 276041 25-Nov-2009 08:07
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Are you wanting the "best" or the fastest?

These are two completely different things.

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  Reply # 276043 25-Nov-2009 08:11
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How long is a piece of string....

As others have mentioned, quite a few factors have to be taken into consideration.

In my eyes, Orcon is the fastest but that might be because theyre the ISP who Ive had the best rates with so far, yet ISP #352345 out there might actually be able to give me 20x the speed on the same line but Ive never used them so wont know....... ignorance is bliss ;)




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  Reply # 276053 25-Nov-2009 08:29
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Wow. I didn't expect this many replies.

@SBiddle, At this stage i'd like fast internet that is reliable as-well.
@Ragnor, to be honest im not sure. Im not too up with it when it comes to that kind of stuff. All I know is we have a DSL-504G router/modem that then go's through a Airport Extreme router.


Normally i'd get about 30-50kbs download. So would increasing the upload speed increase the download?

Whats the easiest way to tell if we run ADSL or cable?

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  Reply # 276058 25-Nov-2009 08:37
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FlexT: Whats the easiest way to tell if we run ADSL or cable?



If you live on the Kapiti Coast, Wellington (excluding Tawa/Porirua/Whitby of Hutt Eastern Hills) or in Christchurch (just over 50% is covered) you'll have access to TCL cable. If you live elsewhere in the country you'll only have ADSL.

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  Reply # 276091 25-Nov-2009 09:58
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The OP is clearly have TCL ADSL as the modem provided is a DSL Modem.




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  Reply # 276166 25-Nov-2009 12:29
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ok, so I live in masterton, and your saying I have ADSL? So does that mean it is possible for me to get cable?

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  Reply # 276167 25-Nov-2009 12:31
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Nope. You won't able to get TCL cable as it is only for Kapiti, Wellington and Christchurch.

Are you on their new phone+broadband bundle? it has full speed up/down.




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  Reply # 276168 25-Nov-2009 12:38
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Uhm.. dont think so. I think we have max download and the normal upload.

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  Reply # 276185 25-Nov-2009 13:38
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If you haven't recently call TCL to change to their new residential broadband package which has maximum speed broadband, then you probably are still on the older package. http://telstraclear.co.nz/residential/homeplan/packages/broadband.cfm




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  Reply # 276267 25-Nov-2009 17:53
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That modem/router (Dlink DSL-504G) doesn't support ADSL2+

1:  Lookup your address with this tool http://www.telecomwholesale.co.nz/maps to find out what exchange/cabinet you are connected to.  

If ADSl2+ is available you'll want to upgrade your modem/router.

2:  Login to your modem's admin ui via a web browser

Default address is usually 192.168.1.254 or 192.168.1.1 or 10.1.1.1
Default login:  admin
Default password: admin

Find the the page that displays the adsl mode and line stats... what's the line attenuation and signal to noise value, what are the downstream and upstream sync speeds?






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  Reply # 276625 26-Nov-2009 19:34
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Ragnor: That modem/router (Dlink DSL-504G) doesn't support ADSL2+


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2:  Login to your modem's admin ui via a web browser

Default address is usually 192.168.1.254 or 192.168.1.1 or 10.1.1.1
Default login:  admin
Default password: admin




For the first item - Ragnor are you sure about the 504G? I thought it was another model of the Dlink that wasn't ADSL2+ (maybe 302G?)


Second if you ever get stuck about what the default IP, userID and password is, then I should have it here:
www.adslgeek.com/dslmodem


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  Reply # 276706 26-Nov-2009 23:54
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Pretty sure, might depend on the revision.

He'll be able to find out via the admin ui what mode it's using anyway.

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