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    How's the NBN working for you?

    After years of two tins and a string internet we are not listed on the NBN roll out site as having anything planned for our tiny hamlet.
    A month or so ago the NBN mob placed an ad in the local paper informing us of a public meeting to outline a proposed fixed wireless tower ( or two ) to serve this town. It so happens that where they advertised placing one of the towers is on a patch of land that we drive by almost daily and according to google earth is 390 metres away from our house. Despite there still being zilch on the NBN site about any connections in our area, when I drove down the road yesterday I noticed a new power cable dangling in the air on a pole and a freshly dug and filled in trench leading up the road to a pegged out area in the paddock where they said they wanted to build a wireless tower.
    Despite their website being in total denial we may even have a bit of the NBN here sooner rather than later it seems.
    Despite "only" being 25 down and 5 up it still has to be better than the current ( getting worse by the day ) connection.



    Please feel free to share your connection results and views on the state of the 'net in your home.
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    How's it going here? I dunno.. I'll let you know when it gets here :-/
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    Been told not to expect the NBN. Originally I was planned to get it in Dec 2013. They then chopped my suburb in half. Half have it, and the rest of us have been told there are no plans to connect us.
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    It's NOT NBN, but I typically get 30 down and about 1.5 up.
    But that's not to praise the "DIS"service providers. My pet HAYTE!!! is the paucity of "service"
    - oh, sorry! Their service provision is EXCELLENT in taking your money there - in non-metro areas.

    OK, have POSSUM-weak service, but don't CHARGE LIKE A BULL for it!!

    Anyway, the ultimate rationale is: NOBODY can ever use UNlimited internet, and as for "overseas calls", well,
    who ya gonna call? Yer wouldn't get nuffin if it cost ISPs ANYthing. So we continue to PAY for what we DON'T get,
    and generally think how great and clever and connected and... BOOF-headed we really are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    ... and the rest of us have been told there are no plans to connect us.
    We were reasonably high on the original roll out and have been told the same while smaller towns close by seem to be getting it sooner than us ( I think).
    While I didn't much like the previous government ( nor our current one) I think the original proposal for the NBN was one of their better ideas. Yes it costs money, but Netflix is just the start. And most will get NBN Slimline now.

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    Well this is my supposed 100Mb/s download speed on NBN.
    I did get to 95Mb/s download early on in the piece.



    my PC is too slow to maximize even this speed anyway.
    In all honesty, 20mb/s is more than enough for the average Joe.

    NBN does drop out several times a week though. Not quite as bad as my old DSL.
    But given the Telstra wifi router has worse coverage than the old one, can't get the TV to connect to wifi now.
    Damn these first world problems...Might have to run some cable.

    PS. Did I mention that we were the first "overhead cabling" trial group in Townsville
    Hooray..our cables will get taken out in an average cyclone, so I will have to ring out on my mobile until the base station goes flat in 2 hrs
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    My experience with NBN has been variable. At work we have NBN and normal use such as web browsing and email retrieval has been mostly unchanged, even at times dead slow (i.e. @ kid O clock = after school and early evening & holidays).

    Large downloads and uploads however happen very quickly, files that used to take 20 minutes to download arrive in 4-5 minutes, a bonus for us as we download large software and firmware files.

    At home I've seen a decline in my ADSL performance as the NBN network is progressively rolled out, that's also the experience I seem to hear from our customers, ultimately bandwidth is shared and faster speeds on NBN seem to have come at the expense of slower connections for other users.

    I work in the Communications industry (mostly telephony) and spend time sorting out the problems left after NBN cutover. Dodgy workmanship, lack of knowledge by installers, carriers and those implementing cutovers on behalf of the carriers are all issues.
    We have had one major carrier turn up to recover copper connections that are not able to be converted to NBN, disconnecting clients for days or even a week or more before restoration.

    We have also had some customers told by their carriers that phone system replacement is necessary in some cases at costs of many thousands of dolars. There are solutions for cutover of lines to NBN for virtually any existing systems, making the customer change is simply scamming.

    The basic concept of NBN is a good one, but believing that they could roll out in a few years what took a hundred years with copper was simply stupid and shows how little understanding the government and their advisers have.
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    I always thought National was all over though apparently its not, our area is not on the NBN list either !!

    WOW !! Its so fast this morning on ADSL..
    Many evenings my download speed is slower than yours Andrew and I cannot even open a page.


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    National is only "notional" in this context, M A

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    interesting hubby is desperately waiting for NBN I don't think are doing too bad for what we use the net for
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    National is only "notional" in this context, M A
    Guess you are right there Am

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    I'm in a similar situation as ricktas. The map of NBN roll out shows areas all around us either with it, in the process of getting it, or rollout planned whereas the part of the suburb I'm in... nothing. I mean WHAT THE?
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    Cable isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
    Damned expensive by comparison to many other broadband services, and for that money you'd expect decent services.

    This is what I usually get:



    but in many instances I only get 2Mbps!! .. and probably due to network congestion .. damned idiots all watching netflix or whatever at the same time.
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    After download speeds of around 16Kb/s (yes, you read it right) Telstra whacked in a 4G tower 400m away from my place and I moved into the 20th century.



    It often hits 35Mb/s download when there are no kids on-line, and if I put up an external aerial higher than the corrugated iron roof on the house next door it could be much faster. But hey, after 1 Mb per minute download speeds I think I'm in cyber heaven.

    I've just booked in to have the NBN box installed as our FTTP switch-on is imminent. Yep, in my little country town we are getting FTTP. I'll wait and see just what the real life speeds are like before I sign up. I may actually then move into the 21st century.
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    I have the 25/5 NBN package and I have found its more stable than the adsl2 i had at the rental i was in but i still get lag sometimes with watching Twitch or sometimes Youtube.

    i get around 23/4.8 and 6 ping
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    I should do one of those ookla speed test things but I'm a bit afraid to. Might be too depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landyvlad View Post
    I should do one of those ookla speed test things but I'm a bit afraid to. Might be too depressing.
    Aw, go w-o-o-on! We'll laugh and cheer you up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by landyvlad View Post
    I should do one of those ookla speed test things but I'm a bit afraid to. Might be too depressing.

    Go on do it.
    Surely it couldn't be worse that the connection here at the moment.


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    Hey Andrew. Are your IS...-er, hang on I... - wait a bit.. Ohh! The whatchamacallits you get the interNOT off...
    Are they aware of this? Send then a message - "OXI". It's fairly current.

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