David Bowie Predicted the Internet Right

There’s a Starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us but he thinks he’ll blow our minds.

Blew my mind he did after stumbling into his interview that you’ll see more about as we go on.

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ISP Scouting: Broadband for the Rural North (United Kingdom)

Do it yourself internet connection

I’ll get to it in a bit, but for now let me apologize for my lack of research from a recent article and as such I’ll be linking it here. Yes it’s about NBN and as a service I thought it was gonna be simple but boy oh boy I was wrong.

Heck I even announced one ISP because I thought NBN was good. The ISP might be good, but the service offered which is NBN is a different story. I admit I haven’t even heard of NBN before so I thought it was purely an internet service that we haven’t adopted yet. Yep I was wrong.

And about my eagerness to let Telstra do business here in the Philippines? Very wrong too. Apparently their services are crap in Australia, we just thought it was better since it’s foreign and is an outside player. Now it’s a Chinese telecom they’re setting their sights on, and I personally think we don’t need that and whether you’ll like my point or not, I’ll show you why.

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ADSL2+ vs NBN

As you’re probably aware;  ADSL2+ broadband technology today is the most common while also being outdated only to be revived by the NBN in some form being: Fiber to the Node. Though not wholly copper, the node has fibre technology, but the basic speed is that of ADSL then there’s NBN that’s been being pushed through by internet providers in Australia. Others don’t feel the need to apply for NBN because the FTTN connection is underwhelming, or just fine having ADSL speeds so long as there’s a connection, So what do we really look for in an internet connection? Continue reading →

6 Tips to Manage Your Data Usage at Home

Smart devices on top of a laptop

Are you subscribed to unlimited NBN plans? Or are you on a monthly capped plan? Whatever your choice of data plan, it is crucial that you watch your data consumption to ensure your connection doesn’t get slowed down or even cut. And yes, even “unlimited” plans are subject to shaping under the fair use policies, though fortunately, excessive usage is defined far beyond what even a heavy data user can consume within a month.

If you want to continue enjoying fast download rates, here are some tips to manage your data and make the most out of your monthly data allowance.

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How to Check if you Got a Slot for PLDT Fibr

Survey Like a Technician

Tired of asking PLDT if you got a slot for a fibr connection only to get a frustrating response that you can’t apply for a connection since it’s full? And then being asked if you want to upgrade your plan application so you could get a connection? Bummer right?Well to save you the hassle, I can show you the way on how it works and how to check it without having to open the box.

But of course you’d be asking this first: What the heck should I look for?

Okay, lemme show you what you need to look at:

Network Access Points (NAP)

NAP on an electric post

Yes, this black box right here is a Network Access Point. It houses all the fiber optic cables connected to it and that’s the conduit that makes the connection from there to your house then to the router.

View of an open network access point from blow

Now if you look here, you’ll see a field technician doing his work. He just opened up the box, this one’s silver and it’s a new one. Yep, there are newer NAP models out there so just check the coding that you saw above (LP 15 NP 7)

How many slots does it hold though?

Now we’ll take a closer look.

Close up view of  a NAP

See those gray connectors on the right side? Yes, with those blue tips? Those are SC connectors or Standard Connectors/Subscriber Connectors which are connected to the ports as you can see. You’ll count from the bottom and you’ll see eight of them connected. That’s the maximum capacity for a single NAP unless it’s a double NAP that houses 16 connections. Why don’t they install double NAPs instead? The standard is only the 8 connection capacity since it’s not guaranteed that every subscriber would line up for a connection, building one and if it gets unused is just a waste of resources it seems.

Time to Think Outside the Box

Now for the main event, showing you the innards of the NAP might be nifty but you can’t just get a ladder and try to pry it open. The law would be on your arse if you try to do just that so we’ll try an easy method that would require your 20/20 eyeballs and sun glare resistance.

NAP loop guide

See those loops down there? Yeah, those dangling wires. That’s the secret to knowing if you still got a slot.

If you count em above you’ll get either 5 or 6, depends on how well your eyesight is.

I count 5.

A close approximation is enough. If you count 5 or 6 then that’s good to go. Immediately apply for one. And if you count 6-7, Your chances may be slim, but there is hope, go ask your neighbors if they still use that line so you could get a connection, you could trace it from there to their homes.

That would save you time taking a trip to PLDT’s business offices or calling to know if you got a slot. And if you’re applying for a connection, list down the LP and NP and how many slots there is so you could get a technician to install your fiber connection ASAP.

Happy for you, Still Sad for myself

Though handy as this may seem, I myself couldn’t  get a connection since the slots are full. And NAPs that are further away would cost me extra if I want a connection so I’m gonna ask Converge if they can provide me a 5 Mbps connection. Piss poor I know but that’s the cheapest offer around  Php 1299.

Sure wish we got better internet connection and choices in the coming years. There’s an Internet Service Provider from Australia which I did a review about in the last article that offers unlimited internet too and for Australians it’s cheap. If we can have NBN connection, maybe there’s hope after all.

Still gonna find the better provider. I hope this article is helpful to future applicants.

 

 

 

ISP scouting: Click Broadband (Australia)

Heads up! We got a new Internet Service Provider from Australia! Promising unlimited nbn plans, and adsl type plans with no contracts:

Introducing Click Broadband!

Logo of Click Broadband Australia

Who are they?

For certain I just heard about them recently and apparently their website is rather new as well (Update: it’s being updated.)

As introduction: They say they are an established provider of telecommunications services within Australia.

Services they provide are NBN (National Broadband Network) ADSL2+ (Asymetric Digital Subscriber Line) and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services.

Based on what I’ve read they claim that they operate on one of the largest telecommunications network in the world which enables them to provide the ability to give subscribers cheaper access without compromising quality or efficiency.

Long story short, they offer cheap but reliable internet.

Kinda like Telstra eh?

Now to see how they differ from the rest

Yeah we’ve all heard it before. The promises of fast internet, cheap promos and etc. so let’s take a look on what they offer. I’ve only seen two services so far so here we go:

NBN

Lowest Unlimited NBN plan offers 12 megabytes per second (I envy you people, I live in the Philippines)

It’s a month to month basis plan with just the standard stuff and the lowest offer is around $58.88 per month

But the cool thing here is that plans are flexible. You get to configure how you want it.

Click broadband's best nbn plans

ADSL2+

Now for ADSL, actually the plans don’t differ in terms of price. Personally I’d go for NBN if you ask me. Same fanfare, can make your own plan if you desire. Though this is a good fallback if you can’t apply for NBN service.

ADSL cheap broadband plans

If you want to get quotations or test things out, check their website:

For NBN

http://clickbroadband.com.au/nbn/

For ADSL

http://clickbroadband.com.au/adsl/

 

My Thoughts:

I’m no Aussie but these deals makes me wonder if ours can be cheaper like that. lol
Look at it this way, I live in the Philippines and we pay extra for other things. Want fast internet? (fast like 10 Mbps… sarcastic yay but at least it’s unlimited though.) How about paying Php 2100 a month?

For earning like 10k a month, that’s a bit pricey for crappy service, and don’t get me started about internet with data capping! (YES I’m looking at you straight in the eye Globe Telecom!)

I’d be happy with your internet, just waiting for the OK signal for Telstra to swing by our place. (NTC, please, let em in.)

Go ahead and try this one out, I’m looking forward to hear from Click Broadband subscribers.

Your thoughts? Feel free to comment below.

(Update: They’re adjusting prices and plans to suit subscribers needs better)