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[2014 DEC UPDATE – This service was unexpectedly dissolved when Kogans 3G supplier went into receivership and ruined this fantastic 3G system from Kogan – From here I went to Aldi but that was unsatisfactory with less so I went to Vodafone 3G]
I am testing my new KOGAN SIM out as I write this waiting for it to be activated after receiving it today.
Was a bit disappointed it took a few days longer to get than they advertise, but I guess it IS Xmas!
My plan is to set it up in my Telstra Ultimate Modem on the roof with the KOGAN APN programed into it and see if it will hook up to the Telstra 850Mhz Broadband Network.
I have a few modems from Telstra and will test it in all of them as well as my HTC DT2 old Phone which seems to be working so far while waiting with Telstra logo and KOGAN in CELL ID# bar. I also have full signal strength which I do not get on my usual THREE SIM.
As my QTH is on the Bellarine Peninsula I am hoping it all works into the local Telstra Tower I have line of sight to.
I dont think it will run the high speeds shown below on SPEEDTEST.NET that I was able to get on my $69 -6GB a month business plan, but I will be happy to get a decent 300/400 ping onto the TRIBES2 USA Servers with it.
Copied from KOGAN Website:- THIS DESERVES TO BE SHOUTED OUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
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Huawei E160 CRC9 USB Modem
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Huawei E156G CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei E159 CRC9 USB Modem
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Huawei E182E CRC9 USB Modem
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Huawei E196G CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei E367 CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei E353 CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei E398 TS-9 USB Modem
Huawei K4505 CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei K4511 CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei K3771 CRC9 USB Modem
Huawei UMG181 CRC9 USB Modem
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Huawei E600 CRC9 PCMCIA Card
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Huawei E621 CRC9 PCMCIA Card
Huawei E630 CRC9 PCMCIA Card
Huawei E660 CRC9 PCMCIA Card
Huawei E660A CRC9 PCMCIA Card
Huawei E881E CRC9 Express Card
Huawei E800 SSMB Express Card
Huawei E870 SSMB Express Card
Huawei E880 SSMB Express Card
Huawei B932 SMA Router
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Huawei B970 SMA Router
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Huawei E968 SMA Router
Huawei E583C CRC9 Router
Huawei B220 SMA Router
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Sierra Wireless AC881U SSMB USB Modem
Sierra Wireless APEX880 SSMB USB Modem
Sierra Wireless Compass 885 TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless Compass 888 TS-9 USB Modem
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Sierra Wireless USB597 TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless USB598 TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless AC250U TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless AirCard 301 TS-9 USB Modem
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Sierra Wireless AirCard 306 TS-9 USB Modem
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Sierra Wireless AirCard 308 TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless AirCard 309 TS-9 USB Modem
Sierra Wireless AirCard 310 TS-9 USB Modem
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Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC555D SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC503 TS-9 PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC504 TS-9 PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC580 SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC775 SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC850 SSMB PCMCIA Card
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Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC875 SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless PCMCIA AC880 SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sierra Wireless AC402 TS-9 Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC501 TS-9 Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC502 TS-9 Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC503 TS-9 Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC597E SSMB Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC880E SSMB Express Card
Sierra Wireless AC881E SSMB Express Card
Novatel Wireless MCD3000 MS-147 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless U720 MS-147 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless U727 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless U760 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless MC727 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless MC760 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless MC930D Universal USB Modem
Novatel Wireless MC950D Universal USB Modem
Novatel Wireless C770 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless C777 TS-9 USB Modem
Novatel Wireless 3G QUAD MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless Express 7.2 MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless 7.2 HSDPA MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless EDGE MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless GT EDGE MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless GlobeTrotter FUSION MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless GlobeTrotter GT MAX MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless HSDPA MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless MAX HSDPA MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless GlobeSurfer MC-Card PCMCIA Card
Novatel Wireless Express HSUPA MC-Card Express Card
Novatel Wireless Express HSDPA MC-Card Express Card
Novatel Wireless GlobeSurfer II MC-Card Router
Novatel Wireless GlobeSurfer III MC-Card Router
ZTE MF633 TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF633BP+ TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF626i TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF645 TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF668 TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF668+ TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF60 TS-9 USB Modem
ZTE MF622 MS-147 USB Modem
ZTE MF636+ M852 USB Modem
Sony Ericsson EC400 SSMB Express Card
Sony Ericsson EC400G SSMB Express Card
Sony Ericsson PC300 SSMB PCMCIA Card
Sony Ericsson W20 SMA Router
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Sony Ericsson W25 SMA Router
Sony Ericsson W30 MCX Router
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MY GREAT ISP – WHAT A WASTE of MONEY!
Guy’s I have just had a fantastic Telstra experience that obviously is not the norm from what I read on here -[Whirlpool.net Forums]. (BTW I DONT work for Telstra! 😉
I have Telstra Wireless 3G Broadband 6GB Mth with a Telstra Turbo 7 Gateway or Netcomm 3G10WVT modem router. Unsurprisingly from info on here re that modem, the speed has been crap for a fair while and I have extreme difficulty connecting to a USA game server from my home in Geelong region which has mainly prompted me to do something about it.
Some of my speedtest.net results before I contacted Telstra about this problem are below:
9/20/2012 4:41 AM GMT 22.214.171.124 0.99 Mb/s 0.41 Mb/s 111 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
9/20/2012 4:17 AM GMT 126.96.36.199 0.43 Mb/s 0.28 Mb/s 118 ms Melbourne ~ 850 mi Image
9/20/2012 4:13 AM GMT 188.8.131.52 2.59 Mb/s 0.35 Mb/s 120 ms Brisbane < 50 mi Image
9/18/2012 7:38 AM GMT 184.108.40.206 1.36 Mb/s 0.87 Mb/s 67 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi
Then I decided to put the Modem outside on the flat iron roof in a plastic weatherproof enclosure with a cat5 and power wire up to it so the twin 3G antennas could see the Telstra tower only a half kilometer away in full view.
9/24/2012 4:52 AM GMT 220.127.116.11 5.10 Mb/s 1.01 Mb/s 114 ms Melbourne ~ 1000 mi Image
9/24/2012 4:49 AM GMT 18.104.22.168 4.85 Mb/s 1.08 Mb/s 128 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
9/21/2012 3:44 AM GMT 22.214.171.124 2.92 Mb/s 1.23 Mb/s 77 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi
Obviously better but the tower is only 500 meters away!!
So I contacted a Telstra Employee through a Friend on a personal basis who arranged another telstra person who rang me and arranged a more up to date modem for me, FREE OF CHARGE – the Ultimate Gateway Netcomm 3G42WT that has provision for two external antennas but none included unfortunately.
I mounted the new 3G42WT on the roof in place of the 3G10WVT and immediately got vastly better speeds.
9/28/2012 7:36 AM GMT 126.96.36.199 9.32 Mb/s 0.60 Mb/s 57 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
9/27/2012 10:16 AM GMT 188.8.131.52 9.63 Mb/s 1.06 Mb/s 75 ms Brisbane < 50 mi Image
9/27/2012 9:38 AM GMT 184.108.40.206 7.49 Mb/s 0.28 Mb/s 87 ms Brisbane < 50 mi Image
9/27/2012 9:36 AM GMT 220.127.116.11 6.35 Mb/s 0.49 Mb/s 119 ms Melbourne ~ 850 mi Image
9/27/2012 7:30 AM GMT 18.104.22.168 3.11 Mb/s 0.65 Mb/s 87 ms Melbourne ~ 850 mi Image
I then got a phone call from another Telstra Tech in Perth! that confirmed that the radiation pattern from the cell tower was pointing away from me and I am on the fringes. This has explained why I dont get maximum speeds and I am going to add two high gain antennas soon to see if I can do better.
I have played around with Cablenut Adjuster and TCPOptimiser and gotten better download speeds but uploads are not as good which is not good for gaming.
Latest speeds are below
10/5/2012 12:07 PM GMT 22.214.171.124 10.99 Mb/s 0.81 Mb/s 68 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
10/5/2012 5:08 AM GMT 126.96.36.199 10.69 Mb/s 0.41 Mb/s 56 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
10/4/2012 9:46 AM GMT 188.8.131.52 8.13 Mb/s 1.30 Mb/s 59 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi Image
10/4/2012 2:10 AM GMT 184.108.40.206 12.53 Mb/s 1.80 Mb/s 41 ms Adelaide ~ 650 mi
I dont know why Speedtest.net always says I am in the middle of Australia and wants to connect to Adelaide?
BUT the SECRET IS to try to find someone who personally knows a Telstra employee as they seem to have an internal policy of trying to help Telstra clients as much as possible.
This probably does not apply to Telstra phone shop employees who are a different breed!! Hope this helps somebody…..
It sure has helped me to get this….