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Uber Geek

#272710 10-Jul-2020 16:31
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Hi guys,


Just after an opinion on the 2 gigabit plans as my current plan is up and looking to upgrade




Orcon $84.95 + $5/mo for Google wifi. NF-18 modem, $250 early term fee. 12 month contract


Stuff $89.95/mo but first 6 months 1/2 price. Unknown standard modem but option to get an Asus rt-ax3000 for $299. 12 month contract $99 early term fee




I have a 150m2 house that my current Huawei HG659 struggles to cover so have a TP-link powerline adaptor (wouldnt need this with the google wifi and maybe not with the asus though). Have a couple TVs, couple computers, a few phones/tablets and a bunch of smart bulbs, heaters, switches, cams, etc.




Anythying else I should consider? Need to keep the cost down so these 2 looked good





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Uber Geek

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  #2520856 10-Jul-2020 16:49
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im guessing your choosing a plan based on price over anything else?


slightly more (havent looked carefully) from other ISP's with get you better service a better product and you can byo your own router and get something decent

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Uber Geek

  #2520862 10-Jul-2020 17:02
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considering Stuff and Orcon are owned by the same Company , i guess the only thing different soon will be the price

Common sense is not as common as you think.


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Master Geek

  #2520863 10-Jul-2020 17:05
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We have stuff and they gave us an Asus RT-AC58U router which was actually pretty good for free, far better than what I had in or on before. I believe orcon do give out better routers than the one I had now though. The Asus does have external antenna which helps but I have a mesh network running my house instead.

Overall they aren't much different to each other, I don't think my stuff gigabit hits it's full claimed speeds very often but it's overkill for my needs. Orcon used to hit 200 which was what I paid for.

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  #2520878 10-Jul-2020 17:29
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Personally I wouldn't go the Google Wifi route, from what I've read here. I'm with Slingshot myself (same Vocus network as Orcon so pretty much excatly the same thing) and they are pretty good. I'd suggest getting their free router and use that as the entry point into your network. If the WiFi etc isn't to your statisfaction (it wasn't for me due to complex requirements where I live) then invest in good (i.e. not Google Wifi) wireless APs such as Unifi and turn off the WiFi on the supplied router.


Another RSP to consider is Spark. They have a great router and you can also buy satellite units to extend your WiFi network. And all supported by Spark if you needed help etc.

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