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8 years 9 months ago #35956 by hillside
Hi there,
My husband and I live in the Motueka Valley on a 7 acre block.
We love living here and love all that comes with being in the country, other than.....dial up!!
Does anyone know of any broadband suppliers other than Farmside ? we have had them come around some time back and they couldn't do it because the view to the western sky was blocked by forrestry. After some time they said there was the possibility to go on the the northern satelite, but by then we decided that we really can't afford to spend such a horrendous amount of money on a puny amount of data. At the moment we pay $100 for unlimited dial up, land line, nationwide calling and calls to Australia. This seems fair. But, the dial up is driving me crazy and I would like to give it another go, but am wondering if there are other providers that might not be quite so expensive?
Would appreciate your thoughts. Many thanks

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8 years 9 months ago #470276 by Organix
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8 years 9 months ago #470301 by jennie1945
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Hi there - Don't know if this helps or it would work with you but we have a "Dongle" a plug in jobbie which gives us freedom to roam around with our computer - it's with Telecom and gives us 3gigs a month for $42 - and it's absolutely brilliant!!! - Hope this helps

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8 years 9 months ago #470330 by ronnie
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We also live in a valley and our only option is Farmside satellite. Pain in the proverbial :( Very expensive for not much data and keeps dropping out at the most inopportune times.
Good luck finding anything other than dial up or Farmside.

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8 years 9 months ago #470345 by Murray100
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There is an internet supplier who have a transmitter on Mt Campbell (or the next peak) to the west of Motueka. If you have line of site to the towers you will be able to use them. I can't recall their name but if this is feasible I can find it out for you.

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8 years 9 months ago #471146 by davidv
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I'm signing up with vodafone for RBI. Hopefully it's worth the amount of time on hold.. transferring, etc
www.vodafone.co.nz/vf-apps/rbi-coverage/

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8 years 8 months ago #472005 by cranky
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Hi, do you have cell ph coverage where you are? We set up a tablet/ipad where we get the strongest cell signal in the house and turn on the hot spot so we can connect the to the 3g network, I pay $49 a month for 3gigs with telecom (they are the only one we get service from) its better than dial up. You do need a tablet/ipad that you put a sim card into though. This then lets us connect wifi to the network.

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8 years 8 months ago #472039 by spark
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cranky;474731 wrote: You do need a tablet/ipad that you put a sim card into though. This then lets us connect wifi to the network.

You can also buy 3G to Wifi router boxes quite cheaply (doesn't need the touchscreen etc and all that other stuff that comes with a tablet). A good 3G to Wifi router has an external antenna socket for the 3G mobile phone signal so that you can connect it to a directional antenna on the roof of your house (pointed towards the nearest cellphone repeater) - which will give you better coverage and more speed.

Cheers

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8 years 8 months ago #472064 by Kiwi303
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I bought a Huawei E618 PCMCIA laptop card modem with small external antenna recently, MUCH better than the dialup in terms of dissconnects and downloads, dialup used to cut out refuarly and never managed more than about a Mb of download before disconnecting or timing out. $50 per 2 gig prepay on Vodafone, don't want to be tied down with a 24 month plan which is cheaper, unless you want to leave the country before the plan is up... I'm sticking with prepay :D

Now it's a Little faster, not much, but it is FAR more stable. Getting the GPRS/3G card was an experiment since the cell strength increased here while I was in China... a possible upgrade to a local cell tower I suppose. Next on the cards is an external antenna bolted to the roof to the card, and later still a GPRS/3G to WiFi router hooked to the antenna and the E618 relegated to on-the-go travel duties.

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8 years 8 months ago #472066 by zellakanzx
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Kiwi303;474797 wrote: I bought a Huawei E618 PCMCIA laptop card modem

is that locked to vodafone or could use other sim?

Still, doubt id trust chinese hardware any more than google.


cheers
rob

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8 years 8 months ago #472092 by Kiwi303
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Any Sim... It has a Vodafone logo on it but it's a sim card socket and unlockers are easily found by google even if yours is locked.

LOTS of chinese hardware, nearly all vodafones stations are Huawei or HTC. I got this for $10 off trademe.

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