In-depth analysis of P1 W1Max

While lurking in the forums (lowyat)  today and checking out MalaysianWireless to dig up some information on our new up-coming WiMax provider , I did manage to get some pretty good results on it. Let us take a look at it shall we

Firstly , it seems that they are offering 4 different packages ~200Kbps , ~500Kbps , ~1.2Mbps and ~2.4Mbps.  I guess the low end package is meant to have a head-on competition with Maxis and Celcom as they are offering 384Kbps package as well. The 2.4Mbps package is the same I guess. Pretty much they are soon to be package offering resembles Maxis and Celcom’s package. For me , I view it as okay and nothing great about their packaging. Oh yes , its not confirmed – so things might change at the 11th hour or so. I guess the packaging is standard , thats what you get in Malaysia till TM or someone else makes the first move by introducing 10Mbps or 15Mbps package then the rest of the ISPs might follow the foot steps.

P1 Offerings
P1 Offerings

Next let us take a look at what P1Max has to offer us in terms of installation. Installing seems to be a breeze (a la Maxis style). All you have to do is plug and the modem itself will configure automatically. Hurray ! – they can make customers happy and at the same time reduce unwanted calls to the customer service on installation. They have configured their Modem to act as a Router (NAT Device) , meaning that you can just plug it in to your PC and just surf whereas for streamyx , you’ll have to configure your PPPoE Dialer to establish a connection.  The good news is that they assign you a unique and individual  Public IP address – which allows you to download stuff from rapidshare without worrying about it. This was one of the disadvantages of Celcom Broadband as most of the users are tied down with 1 or 2 Public IP Addresses. For the geeks out there , here is the IP configuration (the Internal IP Address of the modem , Gateway and DNS address)

IP Address of your PC  : 10.1.1.1

IP Address of the modem : 10.1.1.254 (there seems to be a web configuration tool – maybe its possible to do port forwarding as well)

P1’s DNS Address : 122.255.96.136 , 122.255.96.146

External IP Address :  120.140.0.x – 120.140.1.x (I guess they have more range)

Another way to lure customers , potentially student is by saying that you don’t have to register Telekom Fixed Line or any sort of things. As most liekly students will be renting a place or living in hostel whereby you are prohibited from installing a fixed line. Their only way of accessing the Internet is either by using College/University’s Internet access (which restricts in many ways) or signing up for Wireless Broadband such as 3G/WiMax. Apart from that , for some people – they disagree with the idea of paying fixed line rental even if you do not use the phone line (Thank god – we have streamyx combo to retrictify this issue)

Thirdly , if we take a look at p2p , it seems that we have no hope on P2P. It might work but then tests shows that ports are being blocked/not opened. This is because P1 uses NAT to have control of the traffic. No wonder they are able to Quality of Service on the traffic. The modem is actually a router as well and it has QoS functionaility , which allows the traffic to be managed by the ISP. In other words , an average customer will think that the connection is fast when he downloads and at the same time he is able to surf youtube without any delays. This is another neat trick by P1 on managing consumers bandwidth. I dont blame them guess they don’t have a lot of bandwidth to spare and it would be best if bandwidth is being conserved and managed rightfully by P1 , but for power users such as me I think it defeats the purpose as I would prefer to have full control of my bandwidth rather then automatically being managed by P1.

Lastly but not least , it seems that the speed tests posted by users from the forums the speed seems to be superb now. People are getting 1.5Mbps for International link and up to 3Mbps for local link. How long that speed lasts is questionable , especially once they have made it publicly avaliable. Let us just wait and see

Thats all for now folks , once I’ve managed to get access to the P1 Web Configuration tool and other stuff – I’ll post em. At this very moment , I am trying to gather some data from lj0000 on the platform that the modem is running and its kernel and all other technicial details !

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