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Time to get connected: broadband.
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:51:44 PM »
How, what, who?

Am hosting European guests these holidays and they’d like Wi-Fi. (Think I have a decent ADSL modem somewhere, but in this case is of no use, or?)

- ADSL would suit my needs, which are the modern alternatives?
- Believe Afrihost provides good services, but how fast can they install a line?
- Will need to find the most value for money, bundle rate as well.

Eish, it’s nearly 16 December.

Kindly help streamline this process please. >>





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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 11:05:11 PM »
Telkom LTE. Or other.
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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 11:16:09 PM »
Telkom LTE. Or other.

Thank you, Shaun.

Certainly will investigate this. >>

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 11:17:58 PM »
ADSL is going to be a stretch this time of the year, been struggling to get Telkom to pitch for one of our new branches.

LTE-A is your best bet, lots of offers around looking @ about R100/10gig.

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 07:22:51 AM »
MWEB Rain LTE...good product

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Re: Time to get connected: Broadband.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 07:24:59 AM »
Alright, so for R299 per month can get  25GB LTE-A data per month (Hauwei B618).  :2thumbs: - Is this good value?  :nfi:

https://www.afrihost.com/landing/rain_fixed_wireless/#fixed-wireless-availability

* - no fixed term contract.  :)



In order to stream music/video - is there any basic additional hardware required (Apple TV etc) as a prerequisite & is it very complex to setup?

Which additional service accounts and costs would be needed for a basic setup? (the simpler the better)



Telkom LIT_ package seems to offer various streaming packages in addition. https://secure.telkom.co.za/today/shop/plan/telkom-lit_2017/

Is this marketed at novices/non-technicals, or is it fairly straight forward to self configure/DIY?








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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 07:27:51 AM »
25GB will last about 5min streaming through LTE-A. Remember to check your coverage as well, it's not countrywide.

You won't get ADSL installed in time.
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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 07:55:43 AM »
Yup - streaming is all about data, data and more data.

We've replaced DSTV with Netflix and Showmax (yes we don't care much for sport), and we're now doing about 150 GB a month.

Check if there is fiber in your area (you'd probably know by now though), if so, don't waste your time on DSL.  My 50Mb/s uncapped "unshaped" fibre from VOX costs the same as my 10 Mb/s DSL from Telkom.

If no real requirement for streaming or large content downloads (Playstation/Xbox One games), then LTE will hit the nail on the head.

Service can vary a bit though.

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 08:14:07 AM »

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 08:16:22 AM »
also you can use netflix, which basically your one stop shop for series and movies...
and its decently priced...but careful its data and bandwidth hungry...

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 09:40:37 AM »


It looks like you are in the coverage area

I am using BuzyBuy who are Cape Town based.  Amazing service and very good communication and there is no contract

A contact is Dale 0822615566 and their website - https://www.buzybuy.com/

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Re: Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 10:35:32 AM »
^^^ Remarkably close to my place of work.

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Time to get connected: broadband.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 12:19:18 PM »
For the short term: (Dec/Jan) will opt to go stand alone wi-fi modem, load it with data and allow access. Quick, versatile & simple. >>

In the long term: probably go for a DSL line. Cost/bandwidth/value seems far more reasonable using a physical fixed leased line.


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Re: Time to get connected: Broadband.
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 02:28:24 PM »
Alright, so for R299 per month can get  25GB LTE-A data per month (Hauwei B618).  :2thumbs: - Is this good value?  :nfi:

https://www.afrihost.com/landing/rain_fixed_wireless/#fixed-wireless-availability

* - no fixed term contract.  :)

AFAIK currently with Afrihost the Huawei B618 (better spec) requires an additional R1000.00 upfront payment, while the B315 is free subject to not cancelling within the first 6 months. Pity you just missed the double data promotion (ended Nov).


As far as setup, could not be simpler. Slot in the SIM, wait for activation (30min. in my case), and you're good to go.
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