Best Wireless Internet?

Hey guys,

I am moving out to a new rental in Pacific pines (4211).

The adsl exchange is pretty far and i wouldn't hit over 3mb/s download speeds on the line.
Just wondering if anyone has any experience with wireless broadband? i.e vivid wireless or wiresbroadband.
Or even using a data sim with a sim only modem?

Just looking at my options i'll be using the internet for gaming and streaming, doesn't need to be super fast only 2 people in the house so something around 6mb/s would easily suffice but im just worried about ping for gaming.

50 ping would be ideal at least.

Any advice or past experience is much appreciated!

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    OVO is pretty fantastic for D/L at 20+ MBPS (in Southport) but I don't know about ping rate.

    $70 per month for 100 gigs.

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      Sounds pretty good, I'll check them out.

      Have you had any issues? Speed or tech support related.

      Thanks

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        FYI, I think at PacPines you will only get max 5 MPS on Optus/Vivid, hence my recommendation for OVO which has been all good so far.

  • +2 votes

    I've been looking myself.

    Optus have 140GB for $70 on a contract or 100GB for $70 month-month. Its one of the better value ones I can find.

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      I signed up for this when Optus had the 25% off. It came down to $53 (approx) for 140GB. The Iphone plan offer 200 GB for $150 + iphone x.

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      I have seen this, however I've used my hotspot on my s8 (optus) and I do find I get ping spikespikes while gaming.

      Just wondering what you use your sin with? Or do you have the Optus modem as well and wondering what the difference is like between a phone hotspot and a 4g modem with an Ethernet port?

      Thanks for the reply

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        You will get ping spikes with most wireless. I imagine more so with optus than telstra, but it will still happen. Expecing smooth gaming on wireless is asking too much.

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    Following. Needs and speeds align with my current adsl2+ in eastern melb (distance from exchange woeful)
    Know Telstra supposedly have the fastest mobile broadband device “netgear nighthawk m1” but is costly and limited gb download

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      Yeah very very expensive and the minimal data allowance wouldn't be suitable for me. Maybe I'll have to pair that with a home broadband service and use the Telstra one for gaming only..

      Struggles of Adsl ☹

      Thanks for the reply though hopefully something turns up.

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        Yeh man I’m feeling ya! have somehow been surviving on 3mb and even been able to game reasonably ok, but I don’t see it lasting forever. Service suddenly dropped from 5 to 3, and nbn was due to install but got pushed back with HFC so keen to see what other recommendations you get here
        From reading some sources say Optus limit their speeds to 12mbps (which is much higher compared to current levels) but doesn’t seem to be the case for some here, and even tho I want the nighthawk m1 (and could probs survive on 40gb) I dunno if I really need anything ultra fast

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    I am on optus wireless broadband. About 2km from the tower. Usually can stay on 1800mhz 4G band. Can get 40Mbps, 25 ms ping. However also get a couple dropouts a day.

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      I'll have to find out where the tower is in my area, what plan/technology are you using?

      Thanks for the reply

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        I am on the optus mobile broadband $70/mth for 100gb as mentioned earlier by others. I use a huawei e5186-61a 4G modem/router. I need to put my modem at the window pointing towards the tower.

  • +1 vote

    I'm on Optus 100GB for $70 month-to-month with a $49 Optus mobile hotspot from Officeworks. I am aware that if you go on contract you can score 140GB for the same price, but NBN is coming to my area soon, so holding out for that.

    The mobile hotspot works well but doesn't seem to be designed for continuous use. It died about 3 months in but I just took it back and exchanged it for another one. I plan to continue returning it for a new one every time it dies.

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      What's your experience when it comes to the latency of your service? What hotspot do you have with the 4g.

      My nbn is about 9 months away at the earliest so preferably month by month services for me especially since we can't really guarantee the quality of the service until I try it.

      Thanks for the reply

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        I use the MF920V. I don't game so I haven't really tested the latency. The speed is great though, stream Netflix/Youtube regularly with no issues.

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    problem about ping for gaming is that it is not constant. it goes up and down =(

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      Yeah I've definitely noticed this on my s8 hotspot with ping spikes. Sometimes itll be good but sometimes the ping will just be constantly up and down.

      I'm hoping a proper 4g modem might be a bit better for this

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        hasn't helped me and my property is less than 300 metres away from the 4g tower and i have direct line of sight.
        i can't game anything real time - PVP or FPS is out of the question.

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    I had Vivid a few years back. Mostly terrible at my house or my mother in laws place, both close to the city. I wouldn't use them again as the speed wasn't enough to watch Youtube.

    • +1 vote

      Was that on the old Wimax network or since they shut that down and changed everything to LTE? Because it's like comparing apples and oranges.

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        I wouldn't know, all I know was it was around 2013.

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          It's all LTE now, whatever issues you had on the old network are no longer relevant. There are however issues in some areas and they're still based on how congested your nearest tower is but the bandwidth on LTE is greater than it was on the old Wimax network.

          3 months ago my local tower was horrible, most weeknights after 5pm I could barely browse the web let alone dream of streaming Netflix. They offered me a month free to convince me to stay with them, then suddenly during that free month NBN went live in one half of my suburb (not my half) and the congestion vanished. I now get about 7Mbps in peak times, and since I have no telephone line (long story), ADSL isn't an option, and if it were, I am 3.5km from the exchange anyway so Vivid is still faster than what I would get.

          NBN coming in July-Sep this year…

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      I've seen a lot of people modifying the modems with larger antennas and sticking them towards the tower to get better reception. Any knowledge on this at all?

      What were your reception stats like within the modem?

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        Not sure. Having the modem in different spots did affect things. The modem had a signal indicator and I rarely got past bar number 2 of 5 bars.

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        Have a look in the Wireless Carriers forum on Whirlpool. Search for the Vivid Wireless thread, there's quite a bit of discussion and links to buy antennas to boost the signal, but a warning - they aren't cheap and most require decent outdoors installation on a mast.

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    I’m on Vivid in metropolitan Sydney and have regular speeds of 10mbps down, $89 unlimited data a month

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