P1 WiMax VOIP Service Review – Part 1

I am guessing P1 really loves me (Thank you guys – seriously I am not sure why you guys want me to review all your cool stuff but again I would like to express my gratitude towards the great team at P1 – giving bloggers like me a chance to review). To the rest of the you (ISPs , I know some of you cybertroopers would be reading this – Do give tech bloggers a chance to review your product instead). Anyway this is bout P1’s latest offering and I am the one of the lucky ones to get to review and submit my feedback to p1 (To tell you the truth I do it like weekly as you know I’m really tied down with my studies – heh its not easy )
I’m sure you have read my previous reviews on various products and you basically know the drill – In the first part – generally I talk about the hardware and the ease of setting things up. Before that I would like you to read on my previous insight scoop on P1’s VOIP Service such as its pricing and what freebies they are throwing and do a comparison !
Firstly and foremost , P1 WiMax VOIP Service is an additional service – think of it as a value add on package whereby you can make calls at a very low price. For those who are new to this whole VOIP (Voice over Internet protocol) , it makes use of Internet connection to make phone calls – Pretty neat right ? – Its digital. It does have several advantages over traditional phone line. For instance you don’t have to pay an additional RM 50-60 (or sometimes up to RM 200-300) for internal wiring for your phone line , which is costly to setup for some. Secondly , if you’re renting a place or if you’re a student , you don’t want to fork out that much of money to a fix line (in order for you to use streamyx). Thirdly , VOIP allows you to stretch your ringgit – you pay at a cheaper rate as opposed to your fixed line or even your mobile phone (especially if you’re using Maxis – like me :P)
Anyway back to the story  (I know what you’re thinking anyway – long winded ? Umm thats me). In this section of the review , I’ll be mainly focusing on the hardware itself (as I’ve explained earlier) and the whole setup procedure. If you just want to read the summary , I suggest you to scroll down and ready the summary of the first part which generally talks bout the hardware and the on the whole setup procedure. Detailed review on VOIP will be on the next part of the review 😛

“The unwraping process”
Enough of talking , lets take a look at the hardware.I reciveved it today via courier and it was neatly packed
I was shocked to see when they gave me a VOIP Gateway + Router + WiFi Modem together (and obviously a cordless phone). Its a pretty neat package

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P1''s WA-320 Wireless VOIP Gateway and Panasonic Cordless phone

Firstly , lets take a look at the Wireless VOIP Gateway (I’m not bothered about the Panasonic cordless phone as its just a cordless phone , pretty much there is nothing to say on a cordless phone other then umm the physics behind a cordless phone). For your information , the VOIP gateway is a combination of VOIP device + Wireless Router into one small package. It has regular 4 port ethernet (thus allowing you to share up to 4 PCs via Ethernet/Cable) and it has a 802.11b/g radio thus allowing you to share your P1 WiMax connection wirelessly via WiFi. On top of that it has 2 phone jacks allowing you to connect your cordless phone or a normal phone)
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P1 seems to be the "Apple of Internet" as in its simplified - just like an apple product. You open and expect it to work !

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The modem is light and it makes it easy to carry it around or move it around - I am wondering if its possible to use it as a travel router/modem !

Now lets talk about setup , P1 made it pretty easy to get it running. All you have to do is just plug in your P1 WiMax Modem (DS-300) to the VOIP Gateway (WA-320). Kudos on P1 for making it just plug and play. Pretty much I didn’t have to do anything , i just had to connect the cables and it worked automagically without the need of running any setup assistance or some kind of software to configure it. Out of the box , the wifi is protected – in other words freebies can’t hop in to your network – which is great in today’s world whereby some routers don’t do this . Knowing a typical Malaysian meantality when he/she sees an unsecured wifi network , he/she tries to hop in and make the best out of it – by running BitTorrent or Xunlei or somekind of p2p software which hogs the whole network. At least be rational , I’ve been to some countries  whereby the folks are great as in they offer you their unsecured wifi connection , and just place reminder saying not to misuse it – but then thats West and this is Malaysia and these things do not go together. You can take a look at the setup procedure below. All I had to do is connect them up and link it – Voila
The Whole setup procedure
The Whole setup procedure - Its messy but generally its all plug and play and it just works out of the box - Even your cat/dog could do that !

“The configuration process”
If you were wondering if P1 did supply and username/password to access router’s configuration – Its a Big Yes. Its p1user (for both username and password) although its possible for you to change it via Web Interface – It can be done by simply connecting to http://10.0.10.254 . Suppose if you’re lazy like me , the default P1’s WiMax password is ‘p1gateway1234’ – you can just simply scan your WiFi network and hop in to ‘P1GatewayXYZ” (whereby XZY is some random number) and configure it via WiFi. The gateway interface itself is simple
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P1 WiMax Wireless VOIP Gateway/ Router Configuration Page

The configuration page allows you to change your router configuration depending on your taste and preferences. Some of us may prefer to change wifi channel to avoid interference  with other items in your household such as baby monitor . One more thing , it logs every single call – That’s right – both ways. It stores inside . Its ideal for parents to monitor their children or to monitor maids. You may erase call log entries from the cordless phone but you may not have the access to the router to remove it !
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I didn’t have the time to test it out. Just for your information , you’ll be getting a fixed line number starting with 03-xxxxx . I’ll be testing their VOIP Service later.
Conclusion (to sum it all up for the first part of the review)
So far thats bout it for part 1 – to sum it all up. I generally talked bout the hardware overall and how easy was it to connect and get everything up and running (which is in like 5 minutes) . Not to mention the stuff that they are throwing in , so the hardware package was overall worth it . In the next segment/part of my review , I’ll be conducting some VOIP tests to various locations in Malaysia and perhaps overseas ! (to Singapore at most) and not to mention the overall stability of the router and stuff !

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