Kendrite wrote: ↑
25 Jan 2018, 22:35
Am tossing up between MyRepublic and Aussie Broadband as providers.
Aussie use Telstra for transit and peering so both are good since Telstra is one of the big gang of four ISPs and well connected. Aussie upgrade transit/CVC when utilisation is at 80% so will likely get less if any congestion than with other ISPs (you have to take their word for it).
NBN don't take a proactive approach to managing node backhaul which is one issue when it comes to troubleshooting congestion as to the end user node backhaul congestion and CVC congestion result in the same affects, degraded latency and throughput at its worst in peak times.
Aussie have no control over node backhaul and node backhaul upgrades can take months so keep that in mind.
Given MyRepublic's pricepoints I'd be suspect about their network and congestion. If you are in an area where MyRepublic are using Optus for transit you may get very poor peak speeds as Optus often have bad to extreme congestion (high backhaul utilisation with a few mbit/second per user and latency in the hundreds or thousands of milliseconds in peak times a possibility).
You are more likely to get CVC congestion on MyRepublic given their pricepoints, they can't be buying much CVC per user or they'd be loosing money.
Make sure you check physical line sync after connection and if you are getting much less than 50/20mbit best to change plans. Best to get an ACMA approved tech to simplify home telephone wiring to a single socket if it isn't already for best performance and reliability.
If the connection proves unreliable on a 50/20mbit plan then dropping to a 25/5mbit plan may improve reliability.
I've seen many lines sync at ~100/40mbit and ~50/20mbit but reliability was woeful due to constant Seamless Rate Adaption changes which manifest as dropouts as there is no throughput momentarily when sync rate(s) are changed, this is why you hear many people complain about dropouts but NBN do nothing to resolve said dropouts as they in essence don't recognise Seamless Rate Adaption changes and the resulting lack of throughput as a dropouts and it gets them off the hook for expensive remediation which if done widely would blow out the costs of FTTN.
Modems that use Broadcom chipsets perform Seamless Rate Adaption changes quicker than some modem chipsets from other vendors which is one reason why Broadcom modems are recommended. The Alcatel supplied FTTN cabinets use Broadcom line drivers.
The Netcomm NF10WV and NF18ACV are very average units (not bad just average) especially wireless, if you don't want VoIP you might be best off looking for a cheap VDSL2 modem/router to bridge which you can buy off Gumtree/eBay and a wireless router with better wireless like the ASUS RT-AC68U.
Understandable if you'd rather the all in one for simplicity sake and given how issue prone NBN is but just be aware you may find wireless performance and/or range disappointing even compared to old ADSL2+ wireless modem/routers with 802.11N and external antennas. If that proves the case you may be able to setup a wireless modem/router you already have in WAN bypass to provide better wireless performance and/or range.