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

VividWireless releases new plans with expanded coverage and LTE technology!

Vivid Wireless’ new service no longer uses WiMax technology but instead uses LTE (i.e. mobile) technology which should mean faster speeds & better coverage. The service has made many appearances on my blog historically and in the last 48 hours has released a new service which no should mean better speeds and improved coverage. You can check out the new coverage areas, to see if you are covered in the new reception footprint

From what I have been told thus far, there is no migration plan available for those of you under existing contracts (unless you want to pay the early termination fee), I am also hoping to get some details on what new areas have been added to the coverage footprint which I will update here if such details are made available.

[Update April 9, 2016] : I now have my hands on a new device so I will do testing in the upcoming week and post the details here as soon as they are available. Also I have been told that the coverage is significantly expanded in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane (in addition to the already extensive coverage in Perth) so pop on over to the coverage checker and have a look.

Stuart

Update: You can see how the network performs here –> http://technicalnotebook.com/uncategorized/speed-tests-vividwireless-new-network-offering/

Vivid Wireless plus MyNetFone VOIP equals affordable phone calls

Vivid Wireless and MyNetFone WebsitesFor those of you that have the Vivid Wireless Home Gateway but have yet to make the plunge into the realm of VOIP or alternatively have the Vivid Wireless VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) but would like to change providers as the pricing is not competitive (a.k.a. expensive) this tutorial is for you.

When I first signed up to Vivid Wireless I decided to give their VOIP a go (which happens to be provided by Engin whom I have used before), however while I found the service to be of a good quality, the price per month was exorbitant in comparison to what else I knew was out there. After managing to find on the web what might as well be considered the “real” admin password to the Vivid Wireless Home gateway I was able to “tweak” the settings so that I could use a provider other than Vivid Wireless for my Voice over IP. While I chose to go with MyNetFone (as is described in this tutorial) the steps could be used to guide through the setup any VOIP provider on the Vivid Wireless Home Gateway.

To begin I have this little gem from MyNetFone, if you want some wicked deals head over to https://www.mynetfone.com.au/whirlpool/VoIP/Plans. I am personally using the NeoSaver yearly plan which (at the time of writing) costs less than $60 per year and gives you:

  • 1 Included DID (i.e. local phone number so people can call you)
  • 60 local, national and certain international calls per month included
  • 10c un-timed local and national calls after the included calls
  • Up to two lines (so yes, in theory you could have both ports activated on the Vivid Wireless gateway although I have not tried this myself).

Now, before I continue below I would like to say that if you proceed you will be unable to get Vivid to support any VOIP problems because obviously when you log in as the Vivid Wireless engineer you are going outside of what was originally intended for the average Joe. If you ever have any problems you can always do a factory reset and get your original settings. I would like to stress however that logging in as the Vivid Wireless engineer you do so ***at your own risk***.

Now on to the fun stuff. After you have signed up with MyNetPhone (or really any other provider to be honest) follow the steps below to set up the VOIP port.

  1. Go to 192.168.1.1 in a web browser and log in with the username “vividwireless” and password “engineer2009″
    [rokbox thumb=”http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless1-300×205.png” title=”Vivid Wireless Home Gateway Login Screen” album=”vivid”]http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless1.png[/rokbox]
  2. In the top right hand corner click on the “Networking” icon
    [rokbox thumb=”http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless2-300×166.png” title=”Vivid Wireless Home Gateway Administration Panel” album=”vivid”]http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless2.png[/rokbox]
  3. In the Sip Server-Registrar Server, SIP Server-Outbound Server and Sup Server-Proxy Server fill out the IP address to be the SIP server of your provider in the case of MyNetFone it would “sip00.mynetfone.com.au” for all three.
    [rokbox thumb=”http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless3a-300×181.png” title=”Vivid Wireless VOIP SIP Settings” album=”vivid”]http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless3a.png[/rokbox]
  4. Scroll further down the VOIP settings page to where it says “Line 1 Basic Setting”. Change the User Domain, Number and Authentication Name to be the username for your VOIP line (different to your MyNetPhone login check your line activation email for the line username and password, in the case of MyNetFone the username here will be a number like 1234567). Also enter the password for your VOIP line.
    [rokbox thumb=”http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless3-300×181.png” title=”Vivid Wireless VOIP Registrar Line Settings” album=”vivid”]http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless3.png[/rokbox]
  5. Scroll further down the page again to “Line 1 Codec Setting”. If you have good signal strength I recommend starting with G.711 muLaw then G.711 aLaw, then G.729. If you have signal strength issues or a slower connection I would try G.729 as the first option.
    [rokbox thumb=”http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless4-300×181.png” title=”Vivid Wireless VOIP Codec Settings” album=”vivid”]http://technicalnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vividwireless4.png[/rokbox]
  6. Finally click Apply and you are all done, your phone should now register and you should be able to receive incoming calls and make outgoing calls.
  7. ***Please Note*** If a firmware update ever happens you will need to re-input these settings again as the firmware updates to the Vivid Wireless Home Gateway will change these settings back to their default.

Let me know how you go or if you have any issues I have the “Contact the Author” button on the top left here so you can chat to me when I am online.

Stuart

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