[clug] Netspeed Longreach?

Elena Williams ele.wil at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 15:57:38 MST 2014

We got longreach when it was just rolled out back in July 2007 When there
were maybe 3 people on it. At that time we were getting up to 9mb/s which
at the time was the envy of all our friends (note I talked to Brian Morris
personally on the phone to get us connected -- it was done like that back

We lived pretty way up on one of the hills in Fadden with a view of the
valley and had the clearest line of sight to the tower in the land (you
could hazily see it with binos) -- seriously no obstruction whatsoever.

My (abridged) notes from then are:

We're apparently on the limit of the acceptable range at around 8km.
> But we have perfect line of sight being on a hill directly adjacent to mt
> tuggers.
> ...
> Our results have since been awesome! We've clocked over 9Mbs and
> consistently are at >7Mbs during the day.
> This drops back to about 3Mbs after about 5pm though. We're assuming this
> is everyone in the valley logging on to wow - is this right?
> The connection hasn't even noticed this really windy weather we've been
> having these last few days.

My lasting memory is that when it was good it was very very good, and this
was about 95% of the time.

The weather was very much a thing for us. You could match storm cloud
movements through the valley (with your eyes) and the internet
connectivity. This made for some ragey stormy days.

My work switched to a wireless system for a few months but just this week
have switched back to DSL, I'll ask why today.

Ideally a good solution would probably be both: longreach for when it's
good and DSL as a fallback for when longreach is reconsolidating its

ps. (not making a big deal about my NBN being connected here in Perth in a
few weeks [insert poorly concealed woops of joy, like that scene with home
simpson going round and round on the floor])

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM, Tomasz Ciolek <tmc at vandradlabs.com.au>wrote:

> On 27 February 2014 11:03:21 pm AEDT, Jeff Stiff <smee.heee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >G'Day,
> >
> >I've been looking at these guys for a while.  I don't know of anyone in
> >Tuggeranong using them, but have a mate in north Canberra that used the
> >same service there.  He said it was good unless it was raining, then
> >the
> >speed went down to dial up style.
> >
> >I too have a couple of spare modems you are welcome to try, as
> >previously
> >offered.
> >
> >I have found a new modem, or a different brand, can have a significant
> >impact on the speed you get.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >Jeff.
> >
> >
> >On 27 February 2014 20:53, Michael Still <mikal at stillhq.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi.
> >>
> >> Given I've finally given up hope on the NBN being rolled out in
> >Gordon
> >> in the foreseeable future, I am now seeking internet options faster
> >> than the 2.6 mbit I currently get on DSL. A friend pointed out
> >> Netspeed Longreach, which claims 14mbit in Tuggeranong.
> >>
> >> Has anyone actually used this service? The posts on whirlpool are
> >> pretty negative, but I wonder if that's a fair data point.
> >>
> >> (Also, I wonder if upgrading my modem would help? How do I tell if my
> >> modem is the problem?)
> >>
> >> Michael
> >>
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> Loss of speed when it reasons is typical of poorly terminated copper weeks
> getting wet.  Attenuation goes up, speed goes down..
> Michael, who is your internet provider?
> Tomnasz
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