Without a stable internet connection, I will not be able to establish this blog. So I decided that my first post should provide more details of the source of my internet connection.
September 18, 2012: I availed of a home broadband plan 999 which came with a WiMax indoor modem, which has a lock-in period of 24 months. A valid ID and an advanced payment of 499—half of the 999 monthly service fee—were the only requirements. I was surprised that there were no proof of billing or proof of identity documents required, unlike most of Smart’s postpaid plans. After 30 minutes, I received a phone call from a My Bro customer service representative, requesting for my availability for the installation at home; I had it scheduled on Thursday morning.
September 20, 2012: The scheduled installation was around 8-11 AM, but the technician arrived past 12 noon. The Motorola modem was easy to install, and in less than 30 minutes, he informed me that 4G signal was poor in the area; I now had the option to refund and cancel the subscription, or apply for a Canopy antenna instead. I weighed my options carefully, and did some research on Smart’s competitors, and it turned out that Smart had the most reliable network coverage and speed, and it was affordable. So I applied for the same service, but this time, I opted for an external broadband antenna. I received a call again, and I confirmed that they can install the antenna the following day.
September 21, 2012: The crew arrived before 1 PM. They surveyed the building and my apartment unit and later informed me that the antenna had to be installed at the rooftop, which was 3 floors above my unit. They provided a standard 20 meters of cable which connects the antenna to the LAN cable, and if additional wire is required, 40 pesos per meter will be charged and paid in cash by the customer. I used up 40 meters of cable wire; the installation span about 20 minutes, and the configuration and activation of the internet followed. I was relieved to find out that this Canopy antenna actually worked and the speed and strength was great.
September 22, 2012: As I was advised by the technician during the previous day that MyBro is capable of sharing wireless connections to other devices, I bought a router for about 900 pesos. Even if my mobile phones, tablet and laptop are accessing wifi, the speed of the browsing and downloading has not reduced significantly. Here's the internet router I purchased; good internet connection must be paired with a reliable router to maximize my internet subscription:
Conclusion: It is possible that wireless broadband is more reliable in speed and consistency than DSL internet connection. I had the misconception that something “wireless” has more limitations than a “wired” connection. This product has proved me wrong; I am happy that I chose the right deal. Moreover, since I am only renting this apartment, I may possibly move-out during my 2-year subscription period, a fixed external broadband antenna such as the Canopy will entail 1,450 pesos for the uninstallation and reinstallation. But with the WiMax, the physical transfer of the item will be easier. Furthermore, aside from delivering the internet speed, consistency and reliability that Smart promises, this company also provides excellent service to their customers.
Now that my pad is wifi-capable, nothing can stop me from continuous blogging. I am looking forward to my next posts. Cheers!