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Does the internet still suck in Gungahlin?

arescarti42 4 April 2012 30

Some friends and I are looking to move in to a house together. We all study/work in either Belconnen or the City, so rentals on the north side are looking good.

One area that really appeals are the Gungahlin suburbs south of the town centre (big new houses, not far from the City/Belco, good public transport, relatively inexpensive etc). The only problem is that as a household, we’re likely to be an extremely heavy consumer of internet services, and posts from a few years back suggest that Gungahlin is a total clusterfrak of RIMs, network congestion and other forms of Telstra bullshittery.

My question to Rioters is has anything changed in the last few years, or is Gungahlin still a no go zone until the NBN comes online.

If the latter, we might have to try and cluster ourselves around the Belconnen, Scullin or Melba telephone exchanges.

I’d also be interested to hear the experiences of people in the Giralang/Kaleen area, which TPG seems to think is connected to the Crace exchange, and as such would probably suffer similar problems to those in Gungahlin.


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mostly mostly 1:18 am 10 Jan 13

I’m connected at 7.3 Mbps (750 Kbps) with adsl2+ unlimited in Gungahlin. Average about 1.8TB worth of downloads per month with not a problem

LSWCHP LSWCHP 6:19 pm 09 Jan 13

Old post I know, but I’m still here in Giralang and I’m still connected to the faraway Crace exchange by what seems to be nothing more than a long piece of string that stumbles along at 1.5 Mbps on a good day.

I hope the OP eventually found a nice place somewhere with a big sweet fat internet connection that worked as it should

rosscoact rosscoact 4:10 pm 09 Jan 13

poetix said :

rosscoact said :

I’m getting 15mbs on wireless right now with Naked ADSL

Is that legal?

Amongst consenting adults and until the Mad Monk commences the reformation in late 2013, yes.

poetix poetix 4:01 pm 09 Jan 13

rosscoact said :

I’m getting 15mbs on wireless right now with Naked ADSL

Is that legal?

G-Fresh G-Fresh 3:02 pm 09 Jan 13

For those of you who are confused: Those referring to Bonner, Harrison and Franklin are in fact referring to what you know as Bonners, Harrisons and Franklins (not to be confused with the supermarket chain)

rosscoact rosscoact 2:28 pm 09 Jan 13

I’m getting 15mbs on wireless right now with Naked ADSL

hotwaterservice hotwaterservice 1:54 pm 09 Jan 13

If you can believe NBN timelines Palmerston and Gungahlin (town centre) should have NBN by mid-year! Only waited almost 20 years for broadband and not holding ones breath! 😎

LSWCHP LSWCHP 11:37 pm 07 Apr 12

I’ve lived in Giralang for over 6 years, and the internet here is utter crapola.A never ending bad joke with no punchline. I work with guys who simply expect ADSL2+ download speeds that are many many times faster than anything I’ve ever achieved.

If you need to have multiple simultaneous high bandwidth users, don’t pick Giralang.

SupaSal SupaSal 5:55 pm 07 Apr 12

Sic said :

Giralang is total balls. If you’re super lucky, Telstra will connect you to Belconnen exchange where you can get 2.5mb worth of ADSL2+.

Otherwise your options are pretty well a bunch of useless TransACT ISP’s that will speed test at 8mbps while being completely incapable of streaming a video on youtube.

I am in Giralang with Internode and have GREAT connection, fast, never drop out which is good cos I use a VOIP phone and have NO Telstra connection.

Sic Sic 10:20 am 07 Apr 12

Giralang is total balls. If you’re super lucky, Telstra will connect you to Belconnen exchange where you can get 2.5mb worth of ADSL2+.

Otherwise your options are pretty well a bunch of useless TransACT ISP’s that will speed test at 8mbps while being completely incapable of streaming a video on youtube.

mpaska mpaska 12:59 pm 05 Apr 12

We’re got a staff member at the Mac Experts connected to a RIM on the Crave Exchange, yes, it absolutely sucks and runs horribly during peak time.

Our solution? We got him a business Internode connection. It’s only like $50-60 bucks extra over the residential services and works much better.

And before anyone hates on me with the fact that there is no different between a Telstra wholesale provided residential and business connection, there is: a Telstra wholesale provided business ADSL service is a layer 2 service (allowing stuff like frame routed IPs, etc). I believe most (if not all) residential connections are also layer 2, however, with a business service – you don’t get the same contention and service guarantee issues that residential customers do.

For our staff member, the business connection was definitely a huge improvement. Ping times were stable and bandwidth throughput was massively improved.

Bluey Bluey 9:17 am 05 Apr 12

Im in Harrison with TPG on an ‘offnet’ plan and I get 800kb/s download consistently with maybe a dropout a year.

rosscoact rosscoact 7:11 am 05 Apr 12

I can throw a stone from my place and hit the Gungahlin exchange and often do. Unfortunately, I’m being rimmed (pun intended) at the Crace exchange. Can’t wait for the NBN to come in a few months.

That being said I still get 8 Mbs download (tested at 7pm night) which is a heap better than a year or so ago.

ma7trlb ma7trlb 6:57 am 05 Apr 12

parts of newer Gungahlin (such as harrison) are on the Gungahlin sub-exchange, which although a Telstra ADSL 2+ facility, also has Internode DSLAMs. We had naked 18Mbit/s at the Anthony Rolfe end of Harrison a couple of years ago.

arescarti42 arescarti42 6:10 pm 04 Apr 12

Thanks for the responses everyone.

Sounds like Gungahlin will only really be an option if we can get transact VDSL or FTTP, which will probably be a much better service and cost considerably more than generic all you can eat ADSL2+.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:48 pm 04 Apr 12

Kaleen is on the crace exchange. But 4g ftw, today I got 33 down 6 up in fyshwick. Just now I get 12 down 4 up in kaleen.

JazzyJess JazzyJess 4:56 pm 04 Apr 12

It certainly does suck in Ngunnawal. We’re on some crappy ADSL plan with Telstra and it is painfully slow and drops out frequently. Having said that they have finally started laying cables for the NBN here so hopefully improvements aren’t far off.

Vegemite Vegemite 2:44 pm 04 Apr 12

We are in Franklin with FTTH, ISP is Apex. I think we are on the 30mbps plan. IT IS BRILLIANT. The price is not for everyone but given there is no other service comparable for speed and reliability, we are not worried about the cost as it is an essential in our home. Our plan with Apex provides for a huge download each month (I think is it 250gb) and despite being above average users of the internet (when compared to friends and family), we never come close to the limit despite a lot of internet TV. In the 2 years we have been there, we have had maybe 2 days of downtime (a few hours here and there and one long outage). Check out whirlpool for more info.

EvanJames EvanJames 2:41 pm 04 Apr 12

On the forum on Whirlpool concerned with getting broadband, most of the threads seem to be about Gunghalin! Lot of disgusted Gunghalin-dwellers on there.

GBT GBT 12:57 pm 04 Apr 12

I have been on 100/20 in Crace for a week now and the speed is pretty great. As with all ISPs, though, international links are the main problem but as for Austraian-based, very quick. Fastest I have seen for a torrent is 4.5 Mbps and obviously a lot quicker for test files from internode’s mirror (unmetered on Apex.)

It’s fairly pricey but I would rather pay extra for quick internet than be stuck languishing on ADSL1 at my old place.

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