[clug] Netspeed Longreach?

Elena Williams ele.wil at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 21:56:52 MST 2014

In follow up, talked to them here and the experience is the same:

- Excellent when it works, but periods of instability (of up to hours)

- They have just employed (this week) that solution of wireless most of the
time but maintaining a cheap DSL connection for when there are wireless

This in a flatish inner urban area with trees and plenty of surrounding
structures, not sure how far the tower is, but presumably in the same

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Elena Williams <ele.wil at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> then).
> 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:
> http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=774652&p=20&#r381
> 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
> dummies.
> ---
> 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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