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w2krules

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#27214 18-Oct-2008 02:42
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Having not responded to Orcon's invitation to move to one of their wonderful Home+ plans, we were notified that we were getting a free upgrade to Home+, and "No thanks" was not an option!  Not impressed by this approach, but anyway we were changed over today.

All OK so far, and nice to have Caller ID back.  Line speed (ISPosure) has gone from 4.5 to 7.9 Mbps, although I did end up replacing the ADSL router with a new TP-Link ADSL wireless router.  (I'd given away the router Orcon sent us when we joined up last year).  Browsing NZ sites is certainly faster, but Orcon's international bandwidth is still a joke.  40-50 kB/s downloading some files from Dell is not good enough.

Will see how well it all works over the next few weeks, but I suspect that we will change back to Clear soon, if I can ever figure out how much it would cost per month for the same package!  At times this winter, Orcon was as bad as Xtra used to be.

19 Oct:  Well, I got curious about Telecom's new ADSL2+ plans, so paid a visit to their website.  They can't offer us ADSL2+ right now, but are planning a cabinet near where we live in Onehunga in July 2010!  So obviously, unlike Orcon, they consider that we're too far from the Onehunga exchange for ADSL2+ to work properly.  (Of course if National get in, I expect fibre to my house by then!)

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w2krules

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  #172949 23-Oct-2008 05:03
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By total coincidence, our 2nd phone line failed 2 days after changing to LLU.  The fault was a broken wire in the termination box where the external phone cable is connected to the house wiring.  The wiring was a real mess and the tech from Chorus tidied it up.  This resulted in another 1000 kb/s of download speed, so my shiny new TP_Link router is now syncing at 9000 kb/s, almost twice what we had before the LLU changeover.

Very happy with the TP_Link router.  $100 for a 4-port wireless router is good value, and it all seems to work well.  Thought about getting a Wireless-N router, but none of our laptops support it.




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