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Topic # 164485 11-Feb-2015 11:47
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Hi

We are currently with Slingshot for ADSL in Hamilton and have always found them to be solid.  However we are now considering Fibre and it seems Slingshot don't have agreements to do Fibre in our area.

Couple of questions:

Anyone have any suggestions for a good Fibre provider?  Wary of Vodafone due to some issues others I know have had, Orcon is Naked Fibre only and wife is kind of tied to her landline (trying to change that!) and Chorus just seems expensive.  We use over 200GBs per month so need an unlimited option and the faster the better.....of course price does matter but its not the only thing that matters.

Secondly, anyone have any idea if Slingshot is coming to Hamilton as I would rather not change email addresses again....slingshot call centre was very helpful (but that is to be expected).

Thanks


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  Reply # 1234627 11-Feb-2015 11:57
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We're workin' on it. Don't have any solid timeframes for you yet sorry but I can give your deets to one of our product guys who's arranging some early testers for Hamilton and Christchurch. Flick me a private message if you're keen.

Cheers,
Chris




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  Reply # 1235878 11-Feb-2015 17:58
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Snap are great. I'm on 200Mbps UFB with them in hamilton and it performs well. You'll find plenty of praise for them on geekzone.

 

When it comes to landlines, its all going to VOIP with UFB. No more copper lines. Your current number gets ported to VOIP, and your modem, eg a fritzbox with snap, or orcon genius with orcon now allows you to plug regular phones in. Or you can do what we did, where we cut the line going out to the street, and connected it into one of the ports on the modem. This means all ports in the house go back to it and work just like usual.
The experience from the end user is nearly identical - in fact its better, we got rid of the slight crackle we had in the line and the VOIP line with snap is significantly better voice quality. You also get a heap more features like voicemail to email, fax to email, simultaneous phone calls and the like.

Oh and a tip - i suggest you change email addresses again but NOT to an ISP supplied one. Both gmail and outlook.com provide far better interfaces and arguably security (2factor etc) and are free. Or you can even buy your own domain name and get your own personalised email. Then you're not tied to your ISP. Your email address is personal to you and having it locked to a single service provider is not ideal at all.

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  Reply # 1235944 11-Feb-2015 19:48
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As far as your traditional land line goes...
the only provider that still uses it is spark, everyone else has moved to a voip solution as will they once they get there end sorted.

That been said it works fine no issues on Orcon




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  Reply # 1235984 11-Feb-2015 20:17
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eXDee: Snap are great. I'm on 200Mbps UFB with them in hamilton and it performs well. You'll find plenty of praise for them on geekzone.

When it comes to landlines, its all going to VOIP with UFB. No more copper lines. Your current number gets ported to VOIP, and your modem, eg a fritzbox with snap, or orcon genius with orcon now allows you to plug regular phones in. Or you can do what we did, where we cut the line going out to the street, and connected it into one of the ports on the modem. This means all ports in the house go back to it and work just like usual.
The experience from the end user is nearly identical - in fact its better, we got rid of the slight crackle we had in the line and the VOIP line with snap is significantly better voice quality. You also get a heap more features like voicemail to email, fax to email, simultaneous phone calls and the like.

Oh and a tip - i suggest you change email addresses again but NOT to an ISP supplied one. Both gmail and outlook.com provide far better interfaces and arguably security (2factor etc) and are free. Or you can even buy your own domain name and get your own personalised email. Then you're not tied to your ISP. Your email address is personal to you and having it locked to a single service provider is not ideal at all.


Thanks for the info.  Think the wifes main concern is when the internet is down then phones are down....I don't see the concern since we both have mobiles anyway and if its a proper disaster everyone is stuffed anyway....

And yes need to change to non ISP supplied email.....just remember how annoying it was changing the email addresses for the millions of internet things I have registered for....



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  Reply # 1236005 11-Feb-2015 20:24
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Slingshot: We're workin' on it. Don't have any solid timeframes for you yet sorry but I can give your deets to one of our product guys who's arranging some early testers for Hamilton and Christchurch. Flick me a private message if you're keen.

Cheers,
Chris


Nice work on the 10 minute turn around and thanks for the info.

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  Reply # 1236280 12-Feb-2015 09:22
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InnocentDingo: Thanks for the info.  Think the wifes main concern is when the internet is down then phones are down....I don't see the concern since we both have mobiles anyway and if its a proper disaster everyone is stuffed anyway....

And yes need to change to non ISP supplied email.....just remember how annoying it was changing the email addresses for the millions of internet things I have registered for....

Perhaps buy a UPS for your end - if your power goes out, your internet and phone will still be up. UPS also offer better surge protection than most surge protectors too. But yes, basically as you said - mobiles work.



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  Reply # 1239705 16-Feb-2015 09:04
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eXDee:
InnocentDingo: Thanks for the info.  Think the wifes main concern is when the internet is down then phones are down....I don't see the concern since we both have mobiles anyway and if its a proper disaster everyone is stuffed anyway....

And yes need to change to non ISP supplied email.....just remember how annoying it was changing the email addresses for the millions of internet things I have registered for....

Perhaps buy a UPS for your end - if your power goes out, your internet and phone will still be up. UPS also offer better surge protection than most surge protectors too. But yes, basically as you said - mobiles work.



Can you recommend any good home type UPS devices?  Failing that I am sure internet reviews will help point me in a direction.



In semi related good news the wife is no longer tied to having a phone line!  Fibre here we come.....come on Slingshot boffins!  Get to work in hamilton ;)


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  Reply # 1239723 16-Feb-2015 09:24
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InnocentDingo:
eXDee:
InnocentDingo: Thanks for the info.  Think the wifes main concern is when the internet is down then phones are down....I don't see the concern since we both have mobiles anyway and if its a proper disaster everyone is stuffed anyway....

And yes need to change to non ISP supplied email.....just remember how annoying it was changing the email addresses for the millions of internet things I have registered for....

Perhaps buy a UPS for your end - if your power goes out, your internet and phone will still be up. UPS also offer better surge protection than most surge protectors too. But yes, basically as you said - mobiles work.



Can you recommend any good home type UPS devices?  Failing that I am sure internet reviews will help point me in a direction.



In semi related good news the wife is no longer tied to having a phone line!  Fibre here we come.....come on Slingshot boffins!  Get to work in hamilton ;)



If it is going to just be the ONT, router and the phone then something like this will do
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=UPSBLZ20600&name=Blazer-Pro-600VA360W-Line-Interactive-UPS--LCD-Scr

 

It should last about 30-45 mins at light load

As to slingshot not having a endpoint in Hamilton still......
get with the plan guys, your other ISP (Orcon)  has had a connection since the beginning




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