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Topic # 32986 28-Apr-2009 11:10
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So i've just moved up to Wellington from Christchurch and have an apartment in town that i will be moving into in two weeks. It's on the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street.

My questions are a consequence of reading and hearing quite a few less than stellar stories abotu Orcon's services.

- Where is the central city exchange? Or, how far will i be from it?

- If i get Orcon at the new apartment, how much of a difference will it make to use Orcon's modem or Homehub? I currently have a Linksys AM300 which has performed perfectly well before, and a Linksys WRT610N wireless router which i want to use.

- This then leads onto a Homehub question about whether it supports wireless N? If not, then i don't want to bother using it, but i don't want to find that Orcon is going to perform sub par because i'm not using their gear. Surely that's going to piss a bunch of people off if they're only letting them use lesser specced gear?

- And finally, there seems to be a whole heap of chatter about Orcon's new undeniable traffic shaping regime. I use Rapidshare to send and recieve large amounts of data from family within NZ, Canada, Australia and Europe very regularly, and speed is sometimes quite important. Am i better off heading to a different provider? I would use Torrents or some other P2P type but they're traditionally more shaped than a RS account...

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  Reply # 210122 28-Apr-2009 11:21
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As far as I know there is an exchange on Courtenay Place, so given your location you won't be more than around 50M from it at all.

As for the modem/router combination - I don't know much about their gear but I presume it's just a standard ADSL modem/router.  You can use your modem/router of choice so long as you tell it your username and password for the connection.  Shouldn't a problem there at all.  

EDIT: this might help:

Looks like it's just a high-speed G router going up to 108Mbps.  If you want N speeds of up to 300Mbps then you'll need to use your own WiFi router (airport extreme/express for example) but you can still use this home hub as just the modem with the wireless radio turned off I'd say

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  Reply # 210124 28-Apr-2009 11:31
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Hi, the Courtney Pl exchange is 21 Cambridge Tce, so probably not more than 3-400m of cable to your new residence, so either a port on a Telecom ISAM or Orcons DSLAM you should get good results.

The Homehub does is 802.11b/g only not N, I dont think you will find a lot of difference between the Homehub and anyother modem concidering the distance. Orcon like you to use it so they can remote control it for you and it does happen to use the same chipset architecture of there MSAN but no real biggie I think.



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  Reply # 210129 28-Apr-2009 11:35
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You might as well get good internet cos you will be on it all night due to the fact you wont get any sleep with the noise in your location  :)

Mind you great part of town to party.

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  Reply # 210144 28-Apr-2009 12:12
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Yeah they apartment is fully double glazed and sound insulated. Can't hear anything but the rumble of some busses really. Not too worried about the noise to be honest. Just need gold old fashioned reliable internet.

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