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Back to Cable & New Router

Asus RT-AC68UIt took almost three months of laborious, will-testing, patience-stretching torture, but I have finally bested the beast. We are now back on Telstra cable as our internet connection.

The reason for the move back to Telstra (whom I have no love for), was initiated by TPG's takeover bid for iiNet (owner of Internode), which the iiNet board has recommended. There aren't many companies in the world that I would say I am mortal enemies with, but TPG is one (and the only other would be Samsung).

Although I have loved the five years I have spent with Internode, there is no way I could give a single cent more to TPG, or to a company that believes selling out to them is a good idea. I even hold Telstra in higher regard, and that says something.

100 megabit Telstra cable was the only thing that I could think of as being better than Internode ADSL, and boy did I earn it. The troubles with getting a connection from Telstra stemmed from the fact that our house is newly subdivided, and despite getting all our services from a street that is serviced by Telstra cable, they would not service the house.

Long story short: after three long, arduous months of wrestling with the big T, I managed to get a new connection and I am very happy with the results:

cablespeedtest

Except for FTTH NBN, Telstra cable is probably the fastest residential connection you can get in Australia.

Now that our internet speeds are almost 10 times what they were before, a router upgrade was very much in order, especially for better wireless speeds to the AC devices we have in the house (like the Surface Pro 3). I settled on the Asus RT-AC68U, as it has a remarkable feature set in the stock firmware and precludes me having to flash something like DD-WRT. Another plus of the stock firmware is that it has LEDs that actually blink on activity, something increasingly rare these days! Sarcasm wow!

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