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About Darren

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  1. No advantage to using an SFP, will just be a regular 1Gbps interface. If they were 10G SFP+ ports that would be a different story.
  2. Is this not as simple as connecting all your clients to your sonicwall and having a route (on the sonicwall) for anything corporate e.g. to go to the Cisco, over the VPN etc. and anything else default out through a local internet feed?
  3. How long is the cable run total? Also wait, you unplugged other rooms and suddenly your problem room worked? Are wires exposed badly anywhere, maybe you're getting some really bad cross-talk, I take it these aren't shielded?
  4. You just get to use 100Mbps however you want, no per device limits. Some ISPs hand out shitboxes with weird limits on wireless client associations but aside from that, it's up to you how you limit devices if you choose to.
  5. Yes, do this. Buy a cable tester (continuity tester?) and make sure it's terminated correctly. Not saying you can't terminate cable but 99% of the times I've seen Gigabit interfaces run at 100Mbps it's been the cable.
  6. It will vary from campus to campus, they're unlikely to be overly consistent. Most unis will have halfway decent wireless to your room and/or a cable connection. If it's terrible, your campus accommodation will likely have some recommendations or workarounds, but again, it's unlikely to be terible.
  7. You probably could, set up a VPN to your EC2 instance and forward traffic through to your local server. It'd be a tricky, so debatable which method is faster.
  8. Nice! Siae seem to make some nice stuff, though I hated their web UIs. A colleague of mine maintains if someone can make great DMRs with good web stacks would instantly have us as a customer! Our largest dishes were 1.8M and I thought those were huge!
  9. Unless it's reducing data rates from 1000 -> 100 and your speeds are supposed to be above 100Mbps, then probably not.
  10. Research, as well as trying to offer a better, more secure DNS service, they publish interesting facts about what random traffic they get. https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/
  11. Kinda, NBN is pretty terrible though, but that's because NBN turned into political point scoring and one of the seven governments Aussie has had in the last seven years had dialled it back and ruined it. The operational challenges are also different, so they say. NZ is Crown regulated, but not owned. Crown put forward a tonne of capital funds for companies to build the network, in return, told them to only provide wholesale services to provide a level playing field - like you mention. This was critical and has really allowed us to be where we are today. Even the minority of build being given to other plays has helped with that, namely with getting Gig speeds earlier than planned.
  12. Kinda, they're aiming for a huge amount of fibre to the premise, but, to cover everyone and ensure they can get a reasonable service - which they're aiming for 20-50Mbps here. They're upgrading copper distribution where they can. 4G LTE is making an impact and will make an even bigger one when people can prove 5G will actually deliver a meaningful service. It's great for remote, low usage people. There's a fairly large number of small wireless-focussed providers using commodity tech, think long range Ubiquiti, Cambium, Mikrotik. These providers seem to be trying to shift towards 4G as well, where they can. The Government is really scraping the barrel, you need to be seriously remote to be missed out at this point, though those people will always argue they're not that far from the nearest town.
  13. Vocus isn't an LFC either and they really don't control as much infrastructure as you may think. Sure, REANNZ colocates gear in their (ex-FX) racks but but beyond optical gear sitting on the old FX network, REANNZ don't really rely on them for anything important. A significant amount of Vocus would have to disappear before REANNZ is impacted in any meaningful way. They're not even relied upon for their International transit. Your perception of Vocus' importance in the NZ market is much higher than reality.
  14. If you're just trying to watch content outside from home, make a Plex.TV account and sign in on your server. It will connect to Plex, you sign in on their website and you can access content. If you want other people to access it, get them to make accounts, share it with them and they can watch it. At least this is how I remember it working when I had a Plex server a year or so ago.