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Topic # 90008 13-Sep-2011 10:40
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Hi Guys

We are one of the unlucky people who are known as broadband wanters. Waiting ever patiently for broadband. 

At the moment we are on the XT 4 + 4 deal which gives us 8GB of data. This has been working alright for us as long as we only surf the net and do very few downloads. But the issue is that we will lose 4GB at the end of this year when our 24 month contract ends, which would leave us high and dry to say the least.

We have called both Telecom and Orcon. Telecom have said they would call us back and never do and Orcon failed to grasp our situation and wanted us to sign up even when we know we cannot get broadband given our current situation.

We live in Taupaki about 20 min from the Auckland CBD and we are connected to the Kumeu Exchange. The exchange is about 7Km away and our cabinet is not going to be upgraded when the exchange is, towards the end of this year. Our neighbours are on the Massey exchange and the Massey line comes to the corner of our property.  

When I do a search on the Telecom Wholesale maps site it says that we are able to get Broadband but it says were connected to the Massey exchange. Companies assume that we can get broadband as the map says we can.

Our house is approx. 1km from the road and our current cable to the house needs replacing after many years of abuse. We have no idea who it is we need to call to put the cable in the ground and hook us up to the Massey exchange.

Anyone able to provide any help would be greatly appreciated.

Geoff E

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  Reply # 520376 13-Sep-2011 12:00
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can you see your neighbours ? if so setup a wireless link for now and share the cost of their broadband.

better than nothing.... 

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  Reply # 520387 13-Sep-2011 12:09
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I don't know how anal Chorus are about only using the Exchange they have selected for your property but I imagine they are, even if a cable from another Exchange goes to the corner of your property. You could look at settings up a wireless link with your neighborus using the Ubiquiti gear and sharing their connection (or getting your own installed on a seperate line but at their address). The other option is fixed wireless like Araneo or Compass which will be cheaper than XT. Can you see the sky tower?


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  Reply # 520401 13-Sep-2011 12:30
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Thanks for the replies

We cannot see the Skytower. We have had Compass out once before and they said they could not help us as the nearest transmitter was hidden from our view.

The issue with wireless from our neighbour is that they change from time to time as the ones staying there are just farm hands so we might be able to work it out with our current ones but that may not be the case with the next so the cost and uncertainty is just too great.

We would be fine with changing our phone number when we change to a different exchange so I doubt Chorus would have an issue.

Geoff E

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  Reply # 521550 15-Sep-2011 16:04
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I assume you know about
Orcon resell Kordia wireless but you may need to talk to their business sales people. do wireless too.
2Degrees have reasonably 'good' 3g rates $150/12gb=$12.5/1gb if you are desperate.
You can do wonders with a YAGI like this

If you dont have line of site on your house, you could build a repeater station somewhere on the property.

Possibly if you call chorus and ask for a new phone connection (as if there was a new house built) they might do something.

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