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Topic # 205876 30-Nov-2016 17:16
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G'Day Everyone,

 

I am currently with Bigpipe and they are really good!

 

However, we are moving from Wellington to Tauranga and Bigpipe do not have fibre available (boo hoo!)

 

So need to find another provider and Orcon is one of the options (along with 2degrees and Spark).

 

We are not gamers but do a fair bit of internet surfing, downloading and music streaming.

 

Is Orcon a good option or not?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1680200 30-Nov-2016 17:26
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In my experience, Orcon would be near the bottom of my list. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1680203 30-Nov-2016 17:38
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For fibre - Orcon bad, Spark good.  wink





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  Reply # 1680214 30-Nov-2016 18:09
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Spark would be your best bet for Fibre. They're on-par with BigPipe (since BigPipe is a sister company) and do have online support via their chat. Otherwise Voyager are good too.





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  Reply # 1680231 30-Nov-2016 18:39
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I'll second Voyager




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  Reply # 1680233 30-Nov-2016 18:53
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Thanks everyone. You have saved me making a big mistake!

I have gone with voyager and look forward to good things.

Cheers!

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  Reply # 1680238 30-Nov-2016 19:09
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For fibre - Orcon bad, Spark good.  wink

 

 

 

 

Why is Orcon bad for fibre compared to spark?


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  Reply # 1680283 30-Nov-2016 20:01
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Omen:

 

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Why is Orcon bad for fibre compared to spark?

 

 

1. evening performance (esp. overseas)
2. customer service





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  Reply # 1680293 30-Nov-2016 20:24
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1. evening performance (esp. overseas)
2. customer service

 

 

 

 

1. This is the first I've heard about Orcon's evening service degrading, how bad are we talking here?

 

2. Fortunately, doesn't bother me at all


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  Reply # 1680294 30-Nov-2016 20:24
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Performance of Orcon is fantastic, however the first line support is what really lets Orcon down from being an amazing ISP in my experience...

 

I've never, ever, in the last 7 years had any international performance issues with them during peak hours either...

 

Besides Bigpipe, from what i've seen in the other ISP sub forums here on geekzone.. the Orcon techs appear to be the next most active and are bloody stars when it comes to helping.

 

I hear nothing but good things about Voyager as well, hope it all goes well for you!

 

Cheers

 

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  Reply # 1680306 30-Nov-2016 20:56
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Omen:

 

Sideface:

 

1. evening performance (esp. overseas)
2. customer service

 

 

1. This is the first I've heard about Orcon's evening service degrading, how bad are we talking here?

 

2. Fortunately, doesn't bother me at all

 

 

1. I retract.

 

Back in August, according to TrueNet, Orcon's fibre Sydney speeds were dropping to 50% by 9pm. (see chart 10)
However the latest TrueNet stats show that this has now been sorted.

2. Service matters.





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  Reply # 1680339 30-Nov-2016 22:22
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Orcon customer here, for what it's worth.

 

Happy with the speed (I'm on 100/20 UFB), not noticed any issues in the evening with streaming or standard access.

 

However, I will cheerfully admit that sometimes (ok, most of the time!) their support leaves a lot to be desired.

 

But ennui and inertia conspire against me doing anything about it.  At the end of the day, the Internet works 99% of the time, and that's close enough.


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  Reply # 1680354 30-Nov-2016 22:37
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Since Bigpipe don't offer UFB in the area you're moving to, I'd personally go with 2degrees of all of the options you've listed. IPv6 by default, good peering, good peak time performance.


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  Reply # 1680357 30-Nov-2016 22:39
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Another orcon fibre customer here. Although I had some issues initially after joining orcon, they've been flawless for probably at least a year now. I've never noticed any drop in performance be it international downloads or gaming.

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  Reply # 1680716 1-Dec-2016 14:26
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Another happy Orcon fibre customer for over 4 years. It just seems reflexive to badmouth Orcon.


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  Reply # 1680733 1-Dec-2016 14:51
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Sideface:

 

 

 

1. evening performance (esp. overseas)

 

Really? When was the last time you used Orcon? Considering who owns Orcon and their core business, I wouldn't see this as a problem anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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