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Ultimate Geek

#116424 29-Apr-2013 08:52
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We are getting the cable laid down our street for UFB in next few weeks and wondering is it worth changing from ADSL or are international speeds still limited.

Currently can get 14Mbps down on speed test but still have issuing with some video buffering on international sites. I see in theory UFB should be double theses speeds but in real world terms will it actually be any better international.

The only plus I can really see is upload speed getting better.

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  #807053 29-Apr-2013 08:52
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.



If you are posting regarding DSL speeds please check that



- you have reset your modem and router



- your PC (or other PCs in your LAN) is not downloading large files when you are testing


- you are not being throttled by your ISP due to going over the monthly cap



- your tests are always done on an ethernet connection to the router - do not use wireless for testing



- you read this topic and follow the instructions there.



Make sure you provide information for other users to help you. If you have not already done it, please EDIT your post and add this now:



- Your ISP and plan



- Type of connection (ADSL, ADSL2, VDSL)



- Your modem DSL stats (do not worry about posting Speedtest, we need sync rate, attenuation and noise margin)



- Your general location (or street)



- If you are rural or urban



- If you know your connection is to an exchange, cabinet or conklin



- If your connection is to a ULL or wholesale service



- If you have done an isolation test as per the link above



Most of the problems with speed are likely to be related to internal wiring issues. Read this discussion to find out more about this. Your ISP is not intentionally slowing you down today (unless you are on a managed plan). Also if this is the school holidays it's likely you will notice slower than usual speed due to more users online.



A master splitter is required for VDSL2 and in most cases will improve speeds on DSL connections. Regular disconnections can be a monitored alarm or a set top box trying to connect. If there's an alarm connected to your line even if you don't have an alarm contract it may still try to connect so it's worth checking.



I recommend you read these two blog posts:



- Is your premises phone wiring impacting your broadband performance? (very technical)



- Are you receiving a substandard ULL ADSL2+ connection from your ISP?

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Ultimate Geek

  #807065 29-Apr-2013 08:59
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I'll just add to this: How long do you think it takes between when the workers leave your street, and when you can hook up to it?
Workers left my street in Grafton about 2-3 weeks ago. Address search on still comes up as a no.


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Uber Geek

  #807082 29-Apr-2013 09:13
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Just because you have seen them outside, and they dug and laid the ducting. It doesn't mean the rest of the 'loop' around the neighborhood is complete, or the distribution cabinets in place (infact they are one of the last things to go ontop of the ducting poking out the road) or the fibre blown down them.

You will generally get a maildrop when the area is closer to completion. Remember, its not a water hose you tap into, the supply needs to go around a bit


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Ultimate Geek

  #807090 29-Apr-2013 09:24
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Yea already had a mail drop.

But regardless of time is it worth the change as per my first post

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  #807098 29-Apr-2013 09:34
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I agree bbunnys, the only major plus is upload on a basic 30/10 residential fibre plan, (that would help with video conferencing for me).

@Psilan when work was completed in our street (Wanganui), over a month later we received a card from Ultrafast Fibre stating we are good to go. Going to their site, the only residential plan was with Orcon!! I contacted Snap and the earliest for my region is the 3rd to last quarter of 2013. Don't assume that now that you have the fibre installed, you can join up anytime soon with anyone. Some providors are intentionally holding back and so am I for now.

The moral of the story--- When fibre cable is completed in your street, you still may have to wait more than a year before you have the luxury of  a choice of providors supplying fibre to your home.

bbunnys, I am not changing for now as I don't believe it's worth it.

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  #807351 29-Apr-2013 14:01
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Sure, changing from ADSL to fibre isn't worth it... that is unless you want a 21st century Internet connection with up to 5x the download speed, 10x the upload speed, a fraction of the latency, no interference issues and rock solid reliability...

Snap International speeds are one of the best out there (there's a thread around about that). I can max out my 50+mbit connection at peak times!

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  #807363 29-Apr-2013 14:13
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Psilan: I'll just add to this: How long do you think it takes between when the workers leave your street, and when you can hook up to it?
Workers left my street in Grafton about 2-3 weeks ago. Address search on still comes up as a no.

I can't comment for areas outside of Tauranga (as that is the only UFB area we're working on at present) but as an example we're doing a drop for customers who had the build done in March and go live beginning of June.


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Ultimate Geek

  #807373 29-Apr-2013 14:19
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Thanks for the examples guys. Good luck OP.

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  #815435 10-May-2013 19:40
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Chorus just finished outside my house. Telecom web site says availability today

Does SNAP UFB include IPv6 ready CLNE and installation ?

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