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Wireless broadband for Canberra!

By tom - 1 June 2005 27

I love my iBurst veritel modem and now it looks like veritel’s coverage has been extended up to Gungahlin and down to Farrer.

Check out this map which shows the new extended wireless broadband coverage for Canberra.

I absolutely love my iBurst modem. I live in a part of Lyneham that transact, telstra and optus will not serve. I can take my iBurst to work (in the Parliamentary triangle) or even up to Sydney with me. No dialing up required – no waiting on Telstra phone people to install anything. I have the desktop version, so all I need is a power outlet. Magic!

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Wireless broadband for Canberra!
Ari 10:23 am 02 Jun 05

Tom, you may want to tone down the breathless pushing of Veritel.

Sounds suspiciously like marketing to me.

tom 9:43 am 02 Jun 05

Its real broadband. I’m downloading at 512.

The pricing is at http://www.veritel.com.au. I’ve opted for the $49 package which gives me 512 download at a 300MB per month cap. Once the 300MB has been downloaded, you dont pay more money. Your speed is just limited to 64k (which is still faster than dialup).

RandomGit 9:30 am 02 Jun 05

OK, so it’s wireless but not really broadband? Or is it a case of your equipment?

vg 9:22 am 02 Jun 05

Can’t seem to find any pricing schemes on the iBurst website

shauno 12:11 am 02 Jun 05

Sorry the above comment sould have said will hook up not won’t

shauno 12:08 am 02 Jun 05

RandomGit Ive got a Dlink 604 4port ethernet and wireless router. Now this system won’t be able to hook up with your iburst modem. Im not familar with the iburst modem but it should have an ethernet conection and then from there you just connect to a wireless router such as my dlink and if its wireless anywhere within range

Spectra 7:21 pm 01 Jun 05

Geffco – True, the updated map is an improvement – my reading of it (in conjunction with the Whirlpool forums) is that both the Black Mountain and Red Hill towers are now scheduled for this month.

RandomGit – The point is that it’s not ADSL – that requires a fixed line. I’m not sure if they sell a router version of their modem – the only ones I’ve seen have been straight-up modems with ethernet and/or USB, but there may be more featureful varieties.

johnboy 7:05 pm 01 Jun 05

As a veritel user I’d say upstream speed is dial-up but the service as a whole is good enough I’m considering the external antenna to boost upstream speed.

I think a built in 802.11g repeater would be a bad use of resources, keep one box for each job I say.

Geoffco 7:00 pm 01 Jun 05

Make sure you check out Whirlpool before signing up. You can get a lot of feedback about various ISPs and services. In particular, the wireless broadband thread [http://www.whirlpool.net.au]

It’s worth noting that there are more iBurst providers out there than Veritel. Shop around.

tom 6:45 pm 01 Jun 05

Indi- the provider is veritel. When you buy the modem from Harvey Norman (I think Bing Lee sells them too), you just install the software, plug in the modem and you are directed to a webpage that asks for credit details. Then you’re ready to rock and roll right away.

Canberra_unsung_hero 4:34 pm 01 Jun 05

It’s a wonderful system …. but there can be occassional problems with fading (of the radio signal) and interference.

Indi 4:22 pm 01 Jun 05

I was just looking at this the other day – who is your provider ‘tom’?

RandomGit 4:17 pm 01 Jun 05

Do they make Wireless routers with wireless ADSL modem built in? Exciting stuff indeed!

Geoffco 4:01 pm 01 Jun 05

I’m with you on this one Spectra, but hey, they’ve updated the map. Bonus right? But does that map include the Red Hill tower that is supposed to be in progress?

Spectra 3:38 pm 01 Jun 05

I’ve been following this for a while – all that new coverage was due by last Christmas. Then February, then March, April, May, and now June. If they actually manage to switch it on this month, great, but don’t get your hopes up.

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