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Topic # 79611 19-Mar-2011 20:17
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Hi,

I got back yesterday from 6months travelling around UK and the USA... (man they have great speeds and data allowances over there! We are missing out!)

I did a speedtest.net on my Orcon connection today (that I have kept going while I was away)

I am getting poor speed from what I can see...  i used to get around 4 to 5mb/s

Can anyone tell me if Orcon are still having issues?

If they are what are the best alternatives are out there, I work from home and require large amounts of data...

Looking at xtra, they tell me my exchange is due to be upgraded in June 2011, does this means orcon can give me better speeds once this happens or do I have to change to Xtra to get the ADSL2 speeds when exchange upgrade is complete?

My stats on the tests I have done today are all arounf the figures seen below...


Thanks for any help offered.

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  Reply # 450045 20-Mar-2011 14:25
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My experience of Orcon - still pretty rubbish. Streaming from youtube is *ok* during the day, but pretty much off the cards at peak times.

Basically it's complete crap. Speed in general is pretty bad for international.

They have also left the Telecommunications Disputes Resolution scheme.




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  Reply # 450047 20-Mar-2011 14:53
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I have found their speeds excellent

This is what I get out of Wellington City

https://www.speedtest.net/result/1210767997.png

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 450055 20-Mar-2011 15:24
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Your links broken.




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  Reply # 450094 20-Mar-2011 19:27
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casewindow: My experience of Orcon - still pretty rubbish. Streaming from youtube is *ok* during the day, but pretty much off the cards at peak times.

Basically it's complete crap. Speed in general is pretty bad for international.

They have also left the Telecommunications Disputes Resolution scheme.


Yeah you can pretty much forget about streaming anything after 5pm, its pathetically slow.



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  Reply # 450096 20-Mar-2011 19:34
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so what are the alternatives...

Can anyone else other than xtra offer adsl2 as they own the boxes?

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  Reply # 450110 20-Mar-2011 19:54
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I'm trying to stream some popular youtube stuff now and even on 360p it's constantly buffering.

My phone's 3G youtube streaming beats the pants off Orcon.




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  Reply # 450117 20-Mar-2011 20:21
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casewindow: I'm trying to stream some popular youtube stuff now and even on 360p it's constantly buffering.

My phone's 3G youtube streaming beats the pants off Orcon.


Same with TVNZ ondemand, which is meant to be one of their partnered sites. Yay free traffic, shame we can't actually use it.




Peak time speeds with ADSL2. From 1am to 4pm I can normally get 10MB/s+

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  Reply # 452655 28-Mar-2011 10:00
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A move from Orcon to Telecom (Pro Plan) for me some months ago is one of the BEST decisions I have made for internet services (ADSL2+ as it SHOULD be).

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  Reply # 452681 28-Mar-2011 10:58
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Have you been put onto a cabinet whereas before you were on Orcon+ maybe ? It happened to a workmate, was getting great speed then one day was only getting 1-2mbps. Orcon have since got him running again at full speed.




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  Reply # 452685 28-Mar-2011 11:21
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From the stats it look like your upload speed is throttled to 128kbs (the 0.13mps upload figure), this will be seriously affect your working from home ability: uploading files, large emails and remote desktoping. Check with Orcon about that for starters, you may be on a plan that has that restriction or it may a mistake on their part.

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  Reply # 452841 28-Mar-2011 17:40
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ping182nz: Hi,

Can anyone tell me if Orcon are still having issues?



Going by all the forum posts about Orcon recently they are still having hot and cold periods

ping182nz: so what are the alternatives... 

Can anyone else other than xtra offer adsl2 as they own the boxes?
 

Telecom retail currently use the same plans/services from Telecom wholesale that other ISP's can use.

Also in some exchanges other ISP's (mostly Vodafone, Orcon, Telstraclear, Slingshot/Callplus, Compass) have installed their own equipment.

There is heaps of choice for what ISP you go with:

Telecom, Telstraclear, Maxnet, Snap, Xnet, Orcon, Vodafone, Slingshot, Actrix, ICONZ, Woosh, Kiwilink, Compass, Worldnet, NZNet, Hosting Direct, Xtreme, Unleash.. more.

It comes down to price/performance, the older larger ISP's offer good peak time performance but higher prices and the opposite for the smaller cheaper ISP's.
 



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  Reply # 453173 29-Mar-2011 15:27
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Thanks...

I'll stick with Orcon for a month or two longer.... then I will leave if things havent improved.

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