Posts Tagged ‘Broadband’


FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) and ADSL2+ in NZ

May 11, 2010

Having explained this now 5x in the last 24 hours, I decided it was time to blog about it.

This post summarizes why NZ broad band doesn’t “suck”, why FTTH isn’t going to solve what your problems are, and what you can do about it in the mean time.

It’ll also explain to you how “The Internet” works, here in New Zealand, as well as giving you some figures to compare us against the rest of the world.

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What you never knew that you needed to know about Broadband and Fibre to the Home

December 16, 2009

With the government investing NZD$1,500,000,000 into this “Ultra fast broadband” Fibre-Optic network, you’d expect them to have good reason for it right? You’d also expect people would generally back the idea of it, and know why we, as a country, need this infrastructure investment. If only that were so! Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce is pushing for a major infrastructure rollout across the better part of NZ, and everywhere you look there’s talk of the $1.5 billion the Govt is investing.

That’s a lot of money, and as you can imagine a lot of people are keen to get their hands on a slice of that pie. What you also need to understand is that 3rd parties are also expected to front up that amount (and more) themselves, some estimates suggest that independent parties will need to invest over 6x the amount the Govt will be putting into this project. Read the rest of this entry ?


The importance of a good router – Why your internet keeps failing

November 23, 2009
“But I have a good router already! My ISP gave me it, it must be the best!”

Man if I had a couple of bucks every time I’ve heard that, I’d be so rich by now. Fact of the matter is, it’s unfortunately far from the truth, and many ISP-provided routers truly suck.

I work with VoIP, and running a Voice call over the internet may be easy with Skype, and you may be OK with choppy calls, but when you’re running an enterprise-grade telephony system, you don’t have the same tolerance for bad quality. Same for Home users, you should not have to put up with daily restarts!

What does that have to do with you? Most probably everything! If you’re here it’s likely because you’re having issues with your internet, and either you think it’s related to your router, or I’ve referred you here from PressF1.

So let’s clear the air about a few routers: Read the rest of this entry ?


Telecom Geek Exchange Tour 2009

November 21, 2009

Let me just start by saying what an amazing and impressive tour it was, so much knowledge, so much cool tech stuff, so a big thankyou to Telecom Wholesale, Chorus and Jay Best for organizing the whole thing!
Anyway for now there’s just photo’s, I’ll go back later and add some tags or comments about them when I’m not so lazy but for now I just wanted to get them online so a few close friends / family could see. Talk about a TON of cables huh?!
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Quick and Easy QoS with Tomato

November 21, 2009

SIP combined with Elastix is nothing short of amazing.

Cost savings, flexibility, functionality, and I’ll say it again: Cost savings!

When deploying Elastix to use SIP over ADSL (for example), many find their existing Broadband connection does not quite provide satisfactory call quality, usually due to sharing the connection with other traffic.

We will follow this post up later with another on Diagnosing connectivity / quality issues.

NOTE: This is not the only way to do QoS, but after having struggled with the likes of pfsense, the budget / useless junk that many routers build in, and a host of other software / hardware solutions, I found Tomato did it the easiest, the best, and the most reliably! It’s a breeze to setup, and you’ll be kicking yourself for not having set something like this up earlier. Read the rest of this entry ?


Is Big Time really worthwhile?

November 20, 2009

(26/12/2009) Edit 2: It seems that Telecom are truly trying their best with this plan, and the few employees I’ve spoken who have anything to do with Big Time and its implementation are almost zealous about making it the best possible plan that they can! They’ve even been watching the likes of geekzone, gpforums, pressf1, helping out where they can, and adding certain gaming traffic to the ‘whitelist’ so it’s not slowed:

(2/12/2009) Edit 1: Have changed DNS to Telecoms DNS servers instead of OpenDNS. YouTube now flies down regularly, even at peak times!

It sounds too good to be true, flat-rate broadband in New Zealand, there has to be a catch, right? Well, here’s a summary of my experiences, which are all documented in slightly longer posts on

Prior to switching I had one kick-ass connection with Orcon. It wasn’t super fast, I would sync at around 4m/bit. Not too bad, but not too great. I’d obtain almost max line speed each time when I ran speed tests, download tests, and any other kind of throughput test I could, with the exception being when I classified it as lower-priority traffic in my QoS.

I could honestly be downloading from several different places at once, at around 3200kbps, my wife could be on a VoIP call and browsing, I could have a torrent trickling in, and HOST games via my VPN service DotALAN, and it never missed a beat!

However when TiVo was announced, and I saw it was Telecom-only I had to investigate it. Read the rest of this entry ?