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oddjob

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#21
It’s HFC, but I don’t have cable internet or Foxtel. I’m in an apartment though, and I’d guess others do.
 

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#22
It’s HFC, but I don’t have cable internet or Foxtel. I’m in an apartment though, and I’d guess others do.
Well if there's already an existing Foxtel outlet in your apartment it should be easy enough. If not... could be a drama. It may even be a blank faceplate with the cable behind already. My sister's place is slated for HFC but it's a 1960s block and they'll have to run coax to everyone, while a few doors along the street houses are getting fibre to the curb. So you'd have to think it would be easier to bring fibre to their curb or basement than it would be to run coax throughout the place to all the units that don't have it. All that labour and expense. Good luck!
 

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#23
It's all so confusing. So if we're connected to the internet through our phone line and wifi, what will that mean for FTTN FTTC etc etc?
 

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#24
It's all so confusing. So if we're connected to the internet through our phone line and wifi, what will that mean for FTTN FTTC etc etc?
FTTN and FTTC mean the fibre ends somewhere in your suburb (FTTN) or in the footpath outside your house (FTTC) where it then connects to your existing phone line. So installation just means you just have a modem in the same way your ADSL is now.

If you get FTTH or HFC they will need to install the fibre/cable into your house and it's a much bigger job (but you'd get a much faster and reliable service).
 

February

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#25
FTTN and FTTC mean the fibre ends somewhere in your suburb (FTTN) or in the footpath outside your house (FTTC) where it then connects to your existing phone line. So installation just means you just have a modem in the same way your ADSL is now.

If you get FTTH or HFC they will need to install the fibre/cable into your house and it's a much bigger job (but you'd get a much faster and reliable service).
Ah, okay, so as we're in a set of townhouses and we're not a free standing house I think they wire up the building to what they've done out the front. Is that a good one or a bad one? (as in fast or slow)
 

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Ah, okay, so as we're in a set of townhouses and we're not a free standing house I think they wire up the building to what they've done out the front. Is that a good one or a bad one? (as in fast or slow)
If it's a big grey fridge thingo on the footpath it's FTTN, but as long as that's very close and not a few kms down the road you'll be fine.
 

SeanE

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#27
We literally get switched over on Saturday. I've been putting it off as long as possible because frankly our existing ADSL works just fine for what we want.

We've stayed with Telstra because there were no switch over fees. The sent us out their latest Gateway 2 modem even though our old one works with the NBN. The new one has the SIM card backup in case anything goes down while the old modem does not. They don't want the old modem back so I'm putting it away as 'just in case' backup if the new one blows up for any reason.

Upon setting up the new modem it at first wouldn't connect to the interwebs even though it said 'connected' on the laptop. This resulted in a call to Telstra support. They claimed all was well but had me switch off then on again, remove the SIM card and reinsert etc. Magically for no apparent reason everything started working ok. I literally hadn't touched it at that point so I reckon the support weenie did something in the background but wouldn't admit it.

THE BIGGEST HASSLE we have had is that my Epson Ecotank 2750 wireless printer absolutely refuses to connect wirelessly to the laptop now. Again a call to Telstra support (this is obviously located in India now btw...) and they claimed that the modem is working fine so the problem is with the printer.

I ran the set up on the printer and the Epson setup wizard keeps giving me the same error message "computer not found, try again"and upon clicking OK it just starts the same install wizard again. So basically we're stuck in a loop... Telstra absolutely refuse to admit that the modem is at fault even though that is the ONLY thing that has changed since the printer was working just fine last Sunday before the new modem was plugged in on Monday. Going through Telstra support forums sees thousands of people with printer connection problems with these new modems. This is not an isolated problem and Telstra are clearly fully aware of the issues.

I went and completely removed the Epson software and went through the complete 'new out of the box' routine from scratch to install the printer. The laptop acknowledges the printer just fine but the modem will not let any signal get through at all. You just get a 'printer error' message. The support weenies offered to send out a 'printer setup support technician' BUT that it would cost us a fee. We argued since its Telstra's modem that has brought on this problem then it should be free. The support weenies refused to agree to that...

So ultimately I had to give up and use the direct USB cable connection. So much for having a wireless 'print from anywhere' printer! But at least now I can print stuff...
 

February

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#28
If it's a big grey fridge thingo on the footpath it's FTTN, but as long as that's very close and not a few kms down the road you'll be fine.
It's a flat thing underground right out the front. They dug into the ground outside few houses along from us.
 
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