Following on from our Kaponga Rally, I ordered a Netspeed WiFi router and have been astonished at how good it is compared with what I had before. Broadband access is important for us as I run my web design business while on the road, and Shuping likes to stay in contact with friends and family around the world. These are the basic stats:
- 100 GB per month home broadband - cost $77 per month
- 10 GB per month mobile Spark open plan - $100 per month
- 120 GB (+ 50 GB offpeak) per month Netspeed Rural Broadband plan - $100 per month
- 4 GB per month base Spark open plan = $56 per month
So, we're getting more data (especially while on the road), have backup mobile data when out of range of the router,
and we're spending $21 less each month. We might even get better coverage, but haven't tested that yet.
BUT, I did a speed comparison, and the best I could do with my home broadband (copper wire) was 10 Mbps. Netspeed is giving me around 40 Mbps while at home in Auckland. That is a serious WOW!! Of course, that's likely to vary as we travel around the county, but it's still amazingly impressive.
So, thank you Les for bringing this option up. The NZMCA data option should also be a good solution - but won't give the same data speeds.