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Should I only use speed to determine which mobile broadband plan is best?

How to Pick Which Mobile Broadband Plan is Best

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Are you planning on getting a mobile broadband plan? It’s about time actually. Most people are now connected to the internet. You should not allow yourself to be left behind. There are so many things that you are missing by not being connected to the Web.

But picking a plan and a provider is not an easy thing. There are so many developments now when it comes to internet and communications technology that keeping track of all those changes seems a bit daunting. You can visit iinet directly to learn more here – http://www.iinet.net.au/internet/broadband/mobile

Choosing a Mobile Broadband Plan is Best

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How does one go about picking a mobile broadband plan in the midst of all the choices that are available? First of all, there’s the matter of the provider. There are so many companies out there promising that they provide the best service there is.

Then there is the question of whether you should be using mobile broadband in the first place. If you stay at home mostly and you don’t have a mobile device then mobile broadband probably isn’t for you. Mobile broadband is ideal for people who are on the go and who use the internet while using mobile devices.

Speed of Mobile Broadband

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One of the most important considerations when you are looking for a mobile broadband plan is the kind of speed that you would be getting. How fast would your connection be once you are connected? Everyone wants the fastest connection possible. But the speed of the mobile broadband service that you can get depends on your location. Some countries have decent connection speeds while others are still far behind. Canada, the United States and Australia are the countries with the fastest mobile broadband speeds.

You should also be aware that the speeds that are advertised for mobile broadband are different from what you will really be getting. Service providers might tell that you can get 7Mbps with their plan. In reality is 7Mbps is the maximum internet speed. That means you will rarely reach 7Mbps, if ever. Your average connection speed might be 3 Mbps or even lower.

Other Things to Consider

There are other things that you should consider when you are looking for a mobile broadband plan. One of those is coverage. You should find out the exact area where you can use the mobile broadband plan that you will be getting. The fast speed that you are looking for will be useless if you don’t have any coverage at all. You should ask the provider for a detailed map that would show the actual places where you would be able to connect using the plan.

Another factor that you need to think about is the type of system used by the provider. There is already a 4th generation or 4G technology that’s available. Then of course, there is the pricing of the service that you will be getting. Is it something that you would be able to afford? You should do a comparison of the prices of the different plans that are available.

TmNet 2Mbps/4Mbps Package is Now Nationwide

It seems that TmNet has finally launched their expensive and overpriced 2Mbps and 4Mbps service nationwide in West Malaysia. Well that means for those of you who are carving for 2Mbps or 4Mbps package. Now you have a choice. This is the official announcement which I am cutting and pasting it from here

Kindly be informed that Streamyx 2Mbps & 4Mbps (HSI) is available NATIONWIDE. The HSI packages will be available in selected location (where IPDSLAM resides). Service also will be provisioned based on outcome from technical testing at the point of installation. Packages that available in the system are as per below:

CONSUMER PACKAGES

· Streamyx 2.0M (Streamyx Combo) – RM140

· Streamyx 4.0M (Streamyx Combo) – RM160

Firstly , we all do know that streamyx is overpriced and its congested as in a sense that bandwidth is being shared. TMNet also thorttles large bulk traffic such as BitTorrent and even YouTube traffic. From what I’ve heard from a guy who is with TM is that , this packages aren’t capped per username and at DSLAM (like your 512Kbps/1Mbps) , whereby its capped in DSLAM (aka the port) itself. This would be an advantage if you could get persuade the technician to cap at a higher speed. I was told that for 2Mbps package (if the line is good) , you could get capped at 2-3.5 Mbps – meaning that you’ll enjoy a faster speed and as for 4Mbps , you can get it capped up to 8Mbps. It depends how you deal with it

As for are there any differences and is it worth to upgrade. I’l lleave that up to you , read my first part of how to troubleshoot your connection here to check if your line is okay and then ask yourself if you’re sharing the connection with a lot of people or are you a heavy downloader. Most importantly , are you willing to pay for it. The quality of the service is remarkably questionable .

Nevertheless , I’ve signed up for 4Mbps and I’ll let you know the outcome if I am sucessful or not and if possible to see if I can get capped at a higher speed (and if the hypothesis holds true) !

Kudos to P1 & Some Updates

Its been a long time since I’ve touched my blog anyway. I have been busy lately as you most of you guys do know. Anyway, this time – I would like to take this opportunity to praise P1 WiMax on their new feedback system for us Trial users and as well as their new packaging scheme. Well , every week we are required to fill out whats the speed that we get , our latency (ping rates) and hows the speed and so on. I think its a good way for them to collect data and monitor to improvise their service , as I am slowly seeing that they are doing couple of changes based on user-feedback (which is again great , this is because you’re winning users’ hearts over) . One thing that caught my heart is that they clearly ADVERTISE whats the limit that we are allowed to use before ‘fair usage policy kicks in’ (in other words , your speed would be throttled aka your bandwidth would be managed)

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New P1 WiMax packages- Most importantly the user cap is stated clearly for each of the packages. Its not hidden or typed in very very small font !

One thing though – I do find 5GB is too little for Lite users. Hopefully they do raise the cap to 10GB , this way at least lite users do have a chance as well. Why am I saying this is because updates for Windows , anti-virus definition , new software are getting bigger and bigger by day and I don’t think that 5GB is enough personally. Anyway , its a great move of highlighting the cap , so far this is the first ISP which have ever done so (Shame on you Maxis and Celcom for not stating it clearly in the site.)

Next up , is the feedback form which we have to submit every week or every time when we call up the Customer Care representative. Well I kinda like the whole concept whereby we can share our opinon and give our own feedback to them. As someone who is taking statistics , the data would help a lot for them to determine the pattern and usage behaviour . This is very important to get the sample from a very small population to determine how it would be like for a large population. Anyhow  , let me take a screenshot of how the survey form looks like , so you folks can take a look at it for yourself

The survey thingy - All you have to do is just fill it up !
The survey thingy - All you have to do is just fill it up !

These are great moves (both marketing and strategy wise). I just do hope that they do enable port forwarding/pass through in the modem , that allows P1 WiMax users to host games (especially if you’re a gamer) or to allow applications to link up to the outside world (i.e Torrent applications and so on). This is great especially if you plan to run test web server , php server , game server whereby you want outsiders to connect and tes it all together. Currently its not possible. But I do hope its possible by end of this month !

P.S to P1 WiMax folks – If you’re reading this as well , come up with a package for gamers as well. It would be great , just provide them with the best “route” or “optimised ping times” for them to play online role playing games without any lag !. For gamers , latency is important as opposed to speed.

Speeding up YouTube Videos

youtube-logoLately we all do know that sometimes YouTube video takes ages to buffer , as it could be the fact that its being throttled by your ISP , you’re having a slow connection or simply it could mean that you’re doing other stuff or you’re bandwidth is being shared by other application or reasons. Whatever your reasons can be , fear not there is a way of speeding up YouTube videos.

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BitComet 0.66 “Tweaked/Modified”

I was bored today. Thought of using my 1337 (well not really leet/elite) programming skills to use. It has been a long time since I’ve done programming. Anyway , this time it involves BitComet. The reason why I took it apart and tweaked it because I was inspired by this modded version which I found on Lowyat.net. Anyway the so-called tweaked version which I found didn’t fit in quite right .

Now , here is the problem – Our ISP in Malaysia (TMNet) throttles BitTorrent , well mainly I can’t get it to download by using Deluge , uTorrent and other BitTorrent clients (including the official version itself). I saw a great potential in this so-called modified version by an uncredited person. I am not sure who did it and what he did , but certainly he did edit a couple of things and changed icon. But I took a step further , by tweaking even furtherand by imposing a minimum 10 Kilobytes/sec upload rate. That’s right people , I am bit sick of people sucking it and then by seeding it at 1Kb/s. You’re forced to seed it at that speed. Its something good and no its not going to make your download that bad

Anyway , enough of talking. Let me present you with my modified version of BitComet 0.66. I don’t take any credits for doing it , but I take credits for modify some aspects of it. There are certain things which I’ve changed and which I felt was necessary to do so . These are :-

  1. Capped the upload limit to 10Kilobytes/sec. Thats it . I don’t care any of your excuses. Sharing is caring. Most people just download it and then forget it about it
  2. Removed other bloated stuff (This includes the so-called ‘hammering’ the Tracker to give more seeders and such which causes the tracker to blacklist your client)
  3. Fixed the lagging issue people complained with this version claiming to causes hangs and stuff like that. Shouldn’t be an issue anymore

Oh here is a screenshot , as you see below the speeds aren’t that great. This is because of the current cable issue that we are facing right now. Once they have fixed the problem ,  I think it can go full blast.

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Bit Comet 0.66 - Ubuntu isos are downloading in the background and notice the very low CPU usage :P. Unlike the so-called old moded version it doesn't consume that much of CPU !

Anyway here are the download link(s) :-

Link 1 (Rapidshare)

I’ll mirror to my web site later (my other site) as vlexo doesn’t allow me to host rar files and such :p. For transparency sake , I’ve included the original untouched version of BitComet  (if you’re soo paranoid). You could do a hash check or compare its MD5 or whatever that pleases you. I’ll mirror to other sites once the links are back up and kickin’ or whenever there is demand

That’s all now folks. Feel free to leave a comment 😛