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#272482 26-Jun-2020 17:04
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I am looking at switching from Spark to 2Degrees for my broadband/landline connection. This was triggered by the imminent loss of the included Lightbox subscription. On the face of it I will save $30 a month for an equivalent service, gain free national landline calls, and a 12 month Amazon Prime subscription.

 

I have a few questions however. I am located in rural Whangarei, on an ADSL2 connection ~2.5km from the cabinet.
For an ADSL connection the speed is excellent and consistently achieves 10-13Mbps on Speedtest (ADSL stats - Maximum upstream rate (kbit/s): 1224, Maximum downstream rate (kbit/s): 17756). 
I assume nothing will change physically with the ADSL connection however I'm unsure where the Internet connection will change from Chorus/Spark to Chorus/2degrees, and whether there is a possibility of performance issues, ie in the backhaul from the cabinet if this is allocated by retailer for example?

 

Am I correct in assuming that the Home Plus landline performs fine over ADSL and uses some sort of QoS so as not to be affected by our Internet usage? 
Also does 2Degrees provide any QoS for their mobile Wifi Calling when its via their broadband?

 

I have a shed about 50m away with a phone extension from the house, and wifi access wired back to the house. I was going to cut the phone output at the master filter and feed the extensions from the modem SIP phone connection, however I saw a post from 2018 where it appears you can setup your own SIP client on a mobile phone and connect via the home wifi. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=85&topicid=239919
Is it possible to have the modem SIP connection and 2 mobile phone SIP clients connected simultaneously on wifi, so they all ring when there is an incoming call? If this is the case I won't need to alter the physical wiring.

 

Does 2Degrees allow you to renew the 12 month contract to gain a further 12 months of Prime, assuming the same offering is still available?
How is the switching process handled and is downtime minimised?


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  #2513246 26-Jun-2020 20:27
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You will be connected to the same hardware no matter what ISP you connect with for xDSL services

2degrees provides awesome support here on Geekzone as well which is a fantastic bonus

You can only have Prime once free for 12 months

Down time will be generally be a few minutes

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  #2513247 26-Jun-2020 20:35
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"I have a few questions however. I am located in rural Whangarei, on an ADSL2 connection ~2.5km from the cabinet.
For an ADSL connection the speed is excellent and consistently achieves 10-13Mbps on Speedtest (ADSL stats - Maximum upstream rate (kbit/s): 1224, Maximum downstream rate (kbit/s): 17756). 
I assume nothing will change physically with the ADSL connection however I'm unsure where the Internet connection will change from Chorus/Spark to Chorus/2degrees, and whether there is a possibility of performance issues, ie in the backhaul from the cabinet if this is allocated by retailer for example?"

 

Sometimes changing ISP can cause a port reset, which may mean your line may have to re-optimise. This may affect sync speed for a period of time after changeover, but should return to normal.





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  #2513302 27-Jun-2020 01:22
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aaristotle:

 

I have a shed about 50m away with a phone extension from the house, and wifi access wired back to the house. I was going to cut the phone output at the master filter and feed the extensions from the modem SIP phone connection, however I saw a post from 2018 where it appears you can setup your own SIP client on a mobile phone and connect via the home wifi. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=85&topicid=239919
Is it possible to have the modem SIP connection and 2 mobile phone SIP clients connected simultaneously on wifi, so they all ring when there is an incoming call? If this is the case I won't need to alter the physical wiring.

 

 

If you are getting a FritzBox you can just install the Fon (German for phone) app on mobiles and it will connect to the FritzBox and act like a PABX extension.  When you set up the "telephony device" settings on the FritzBox for each device you can set whether it rings for all incoming calls, or only for numbers on a specific per device list.  There are various PABX features available on the FritzBox, such as being able to transfer calls between devices and doing conference calls.  And 2Degrees does not limit you to one incoming or outgoing call at a time.  If someone is busy talking on one phone and a new call comes in, the other phones/apps ring and can pick it up.

 

The FritzBox is also a DECT GAP base station, so any DECT GAP compatible phones you have can be set up to use it as a base station instead of their own base station and they become extensions on the FritzBox PABX.  2Degrees sell FritzFons which are DECT GAP phones that are designed to work with FritzBoxes (they are made by AVM who make the FritzBoxes).  Unfortunately, if you have Uniden phones, they use their own proprietary version of DECT and do not do DECT GAP.

 

I have in the past also used a VOIP app on my laptop to connect to the FritzBox via OpenVPN from out at the beach.  It was a bit tricky to work out the correct settings (VOIP is complicated), but it made it possible to use the free calling on the 2Degrees account from there, and also to answer calls coming in at home if I needed to.  These days with the cost of mobile calls much lower, I have not really needed to do that.  So most VOIP software that has the right options should also be able to be connected to a FritzBox as an extension.  The problem I had with VOIP software (as opposed to the Fon app) was that sometimes the caller got a bad echo effect.  I never did get to the bottom of that.


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