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Topic # 7280 3-Apr-2006 15:56
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OK, I'm being a bit lazy, but anyone got suggestions for a suitable replacement for a Paradise Cable 5gb/2mb plan.

Looks like I'm going to be moving to Belmont in Lower Hutt, and telstra/clear/paradise don't have cable up there. The address is on the Hutt side of the hill, so should have line of sight to the bulk of Lower Hutt.

Possible options are down to Wifi or ADSL...
Pretty sure Woosh can do Wireless in Lower Hutt, but back of my mind I think there's a couple of others too. Not sure if it was Woosh that had a transmitter on Avalong Studio's in Lower Hutt or not... anyone know?
ADSL.. well. right now it's anyones guess with the new plans/deals/etc.

The only other catch is that right now (it's a flat) there's two connections. One ADSL. One Cable. I'm looking at dropping Orcon for the ADSL, but two connections would still be good in the long run. Only catch is that they can't both be ADSL (one connection per line).

Suggestions?

Thanks for anyones ideas.
Jp.




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  Reply # 32110 3-Apr-2006 17:30
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There are a few wireless options including Gasp and Woosh. Woosh have sites at Naenae and Epuni so you should get reasonable coverage on the hills. I believe Gasp have a site on top of the tower at Avalon so you will be fine there as well.

No cable up there was enough to put me off looking at houses there! I could always share my connection and you could buy some decent WiFi gear and have a Point 2 Point network! :-)




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  Reply # 32135 3-Apr-2006 19:30
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Ahh. looks like it is gasp. used to be nz wireless or something (still got the 0800 number saying nz wireless at the bottom of the front page).  flatrate plan, not exceptionally fast, but yeah, probably was them. will have to price it up vs the current cable + cablemodem rental prices.

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  Reply # 34221 28-Apr-2006 17:17
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Compass/Wired Country also have a transmission site in Lower Hutt.

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  Reply # 34230 28-Apr-2006 19:34
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I moved from Belmont about 6-8 months ago!
Xtra/Telecom ADSL was pretty good where I was. That wasn't too far up though.
I know people at the top of the Kelson (next to Belmont) who have Xtra 3.5 Meg and don't have a problem with it



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  Reply # 34361 1-May-2006 09:52
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LOL. Well I've now officially moved there over the weekend. :)

Looks like I'm going to get one of the Xnet ADSL plans. Just on the phone to them at the moment to check if they've completed getting ADSL enabled on the new line.

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  Reply # 34437 1-May-2006 19:03
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Cool, please do let us know how it goes.

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  Reply # 34456 1-May-2006 21:00
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I have GASP's everyday residential, 10gb Nat, 1.5 intntl, $45/month, inc gst. They offer an unlimited service for $70 ex.gst

Pro's:

Reasonably fast.

Techies actually seem to care about you - i.e, ring up with a problem - "ok Sam, we'll take a look at that as soon as we can for you!" Next day "Sam, xxxx from NZ Wireless here, we had a look at your AP, and you did seem to be having some issues, but our techies corrected that at the AP, but if you have any more problems, please call!"

National speeds are quite good.

It isn't telecom, (you deal with real people, who actually care!)


Cons:

Quite a bit of national traffic actually counts as international traffic due to NZ Wireless not actually having a peering agreement with most major ISP's, therefore the data goes through a international gateway. I forget what my cap is, but it definately is not too good not being able to use most of your national cap because 90% of traffic counts as international.

Setup costs. $399 iirc. $300 for the wireless router/bridge, and antenna etc. $99 for installation. However, I think the antenna remains their property anyhow.......

Overall:

If they could do something about the capping system on the everday in regards to national traffic, it would be excellent, and provided you can stump up the initial fees, there's no problem.

Customer service is tops! I had a problem with my bridge initially, it was a faulty one (there were a few faulty bridges they were going to RMA) which had been put in the 'tested OK' box ....... so the techie took another one out of his bag.... which was also faulty!  But after a bit of phone tag, I ended up having the managers come round to my place to put in a brandnew, working, bridge.



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  Reply # 34502 2-May-2006 10:20
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Well. Looks like there was a bit of confusion. When I rang yesterday I got a timeframe of 3-4 days. Apparently the first service order got kicked back due to addressing details, the second one got accepted, and 3-4 days to complete enabling it.  Got home and there was a note that someone had rang about midday saying it would be 15-May to be enabled!!!

Another phonecall later, and two people later, install is tomorrow afternoon.  Sounds like somewhere is one of the databases for whatever reason it's got the 15th, but when I spoke to one of the techs apparently it's scheduled for enabling tomorrow afternoon (now this afternoon :).  Wonder if maybe the 15th is when my billing cycle will be.  It's a self install (already have filters, modem etc.etc.), so just waiting to get home and get my fix of internet and email. :-)

Jp.




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Reply # 34565 2-May-2006 18:38
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Congratulations! and welcome to Belmont!



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  Reply # 34611 3-May-2006 10:14
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LOL. Thank you. : )

Still working on getting the internet running properly. Because I've dropped one connection (previously dsl & cable), my firewall script needs a bit of a severe rewrite.  It was written to handle two connections and although most of it's dynamic, dropping to one has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works. : (   Oh, well. at least I can browse at home now. :-)  Next step is to see how well Quake (Q3A UFreeze Mod) runs.  :)

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