Speed Tests of VividWireless’ new network offering

Recently I got my hands on a juicy new device from VividWireless and as promised I have now done some testing so that you might get a better idea. These tests were all done from Concord NSW and are obviously indicative only. If there is anything you would like me to test please let me know!

In the coming weeks I will try to get some tests from other locations closer to the CBD. The modem’s are not designed to be ultra portable (i.e. for on-the-go use) but as long as you have a power point and are in coverage, you can move them around.
Speed Tests:
All around a solid 9.5+ Mbits down 1.2+ Mbits up (which is better than my ADSL). That was at 7:30pm (i.e. during peak) which is REALLY impressive, and the great thing is, being on Optus’ network, if the capacity starts to drop, they will have to increase backhaul as it will affect everyone.

Oh latency was minimum 25ms to Sydney servers, max 40ms which (for a wireless connection) is pretty good as well.

Ping to Google:
PING google.com.au (216.58.199.67): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=0 ttl=57 time=43.034 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=36.329 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=36.929 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=95.825 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=4 ttl=57 time=48.156 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=5 ttl=57 time=46.453 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=6 ttl=57 time=46.295 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=7 ttl=57 time=86.664 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=8 ttl=57 time=38.985 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=9 ttl=57 time=90.676 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=10 ttl=57 time=41.184 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=11 ttl=57 time=51.356 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=12 ttl=57 time=51.094 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=13 ttl=57 time=45.356 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=14 ttl=57 time=45.770 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=15 ttl=57 time=42.470 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=16 ttl=57 time=46.336 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=17 ttl=57 time=82.122 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=18 ttl=57 time=51.616 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=19 ttl=57 time=89.515 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=20 ttl=57 time=56.448 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=21 ttl=57 time=78.328 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=22 ttl=57 time=87.604 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=23 ttl=57 time=85.792 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=24 ttl=57 time=41.673 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=25 ttl=57 time=57.311 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=26 ttl=57 time=77.987 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=27 ttl=57 time=71.153 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=28 ttl=57 time=37.018 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=29 ttl=57 time=36.622 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=30 ttl=57 time=55.370 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=31 ttl=57 time=50.308 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=32 ttl=57 time=49.839 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=33 ttl=57 time=53.784 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=34 ttl=57 time=39.506 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=35 ttl=57 time=43.988 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=36 ttl=57 time=66.147 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=37 ttl=57 time=67.601 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=38 ttl=57 time=53.858 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=39 ttl=57 time=44.125 ms
64 bytes from 216.58.199.67: icmp_seq=40 ttl=57 time=62.543 ms
^C
google.com.au ping statistics —
41 packets transmitted, 41 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 36.329/56.907/95.825/17.595 ms

If you have something you would specifically like me to test please let me know.
Cheers,
Stuart

  • baddorgz

    Hi Stuart,
    Do you know how the new vividwireless modem performs with multiple devices?
    Say 4 computers + 4 phones connected at once. Any info appreciated 🙂 thanks.
    Kind regards,

  • Hi Baddorgz,
    I have so far had two Macbooks, an iPad and two iPhones connected at once without issue, however I will admit I live alone so have probably not been pulling data through any more than two of those at a time, however from what I have seen under those circumstances (for me) it has performed well.
    Cheers,
    Stuart

  • baddorgz

    Ok, understood. It sounds like it will be better than my current (sub-par) adsl2 either way.
    Thanks for the answer! I will use your referral code if I end up using them.

  • No worries at all, I have to say the modem seems pretty stable. Funnily I am getting better service on it than my ADSL 2+ also.

    Many thanks too!

  • Oh also, something you might want to play with (what I have done at home), is give Speedify a go (http://stu.link/SPEEDIFY) I have used it to bond my ADSL and Vivid Wireless together. Granted it is only on one device at a time… but, I have to say works like a dream. #foodForThought

  • Dan

    I have had Vivid for 5 months now and I never, ever had a problem with connection. My speeds are around 18 to 50 Mbps, low 20’s on bad weather days and had a few weeks of 36. I have had 4 iphones, Foxtel Go on PS4, 2 ipads and one computer connect ok. I live in Mawson Lakes 15 from the Adelaide CBD.

  • baddorgz

    Thanks for the info Dan 🙂 sounds good! Do you use the vividwireless modem that comes with subscription, or byo modem?

  • blackpaw

    How do you get up to 50Mpbs when Vivid are limited to 10Mbps?

  • Oh I hear you! There are services that offer high speed wireless but they are targeted in the business sector and cost $$$/Mbit so… nothing like that around here 🙁

  • surendra

    i have using this for few days and the speed is amazing. i got all three bars. feel free to use my referral code for a free month 84368. thanks

  • surendra

    awesome review.. i got vivid last month and i am so happy. its easy to
    setup and get a month for free. please use my referral code 84368 to get
    extra one month free. thanks

  • Leo

    Hi everyone. I’m thinking about join vivid but I was told by one of my friends who used to use this network that it can be very slow during the raining period (probably as a signal issue?) If anyone of you can kindly share your experience regarding this matter? Thanks

  • Hi Leo,
    That would certainly have been true of the old WiMax network, I used to experience issues. However the new network uses the Optus 4G network, so I have found no such issues since they overhauled the network earlier this year and switched to 4G technologies.
    Cheers,
    Stuart

  • Leo

    Thanks for the info Stuart! I’m on the fence about the choice between month2month and 2 year contract. In the T&C there is a termination fee which seems quite fair as you only pay (Modem costs / [24 months]) * months remaining. I wonder do you know if there is any other “hidden fees” should apply when choose to terminate the contract early?

  • Hi Leo,
    I generally like to steer clear of providing advice on interpretation of terms and conditions as I am not a lawyer.

    Having said that, if that is stated in the terms and conditions I would have no reason to believe otherwise. You can always double check with VividWireless themselves and they will be able to confirm that these are the only charges you would experience if you do wish to terminate early.

    Cheers,
    Stuart

  • Asad

    Hi,

    I have Optus phone and i got only 3 bar of signals in my home. So, will i get less speed if i get VIVID?

  • Hi Asad,
    That would be something you would really have to test out yourself, it may work well, it may not. It can come down to a number of factors.
    Cheers,
    Stuart