MAXIS answers to UniFi’s Broadband Improvement Plan (Turbo) Event

After nearly a month, UniFi released their Broadband Improvement Plan event for its subscribers, today, Maxis comes with their own answers to its subscribers by introducing the most cheapest price for the offered packages. Yes, the cheapest. Now, with RM 129, you can finally have a taste on subscribing the 100 Mbps plan by maxis. The package was slightly cheaper compared to TIME’s low end package, 100 Mbps as well.

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Figure 1: The offered packages. – Source

In addition, Maxis will introduce a new router, according to Lowyat.net, promises zero down time for their subscribers, in other word, when your main network fails, the 4G takes place without any notification sent to the users and, reverts back to the main line once the line were back to normal.

Plans Overview

30 Mbps Package

Pricing at a price of RM89, I would definitely say, this is worth for your bucks. I mean, it is much better than the UniFi Basic Plans whose comes with 60GB of quota per month.

The downloads and uploads are symmetrical compared to UniFi whose offering asymmetrical speeds. You can actually pay RM10/month for unlimited calls.

100 Mbps Package

Pricing at a price of RM 129, for heavy users, I mean, this would be a great opportunity for you to try it out. There is a slight difference between Maxis One 100 Mbps package with UniFi’s Lite 100 Mbps (after BIP events), as, you get symmetrical downloads and uploads while the Lite packages offer asymmetrical speed.

The local calls for this package were unlimited and, you don’t really need to pay more to enjoy the local calls.

How about for business organizations?

Well, my fellow ventures, no worries, as, Maxis do offer the cheapest internet packages for business organizations, by, introducing the 100 Mbps plan at the rate of RM 139. This is, by far, the cheapest plan ever offered to the business organizations in this country.

I am interested to try it out? Where do I go?

No worries, as you can go register at their official website starting from today and, Maxis has taken a step to prepare the Maxpert teams to set up the network environment at your residence or offices and a dedicated service center to answer all your questions or the problem you may face in the future during the subscription period.

I am an existing user, do I can shift to this plan?

The answer is yes. You can. You can opt to terminate your old account (if the contract has ended) or opt to extend your current contract to a new 24 month contract.

So when is the plans will be started to be implemented?

13 September 2018 – source.


Remarks:

I personally feel, the introduced plan by Maxis is worth for your bucks. Although they left behind compared to UniFi and TIME (They also will introduce a new plan soon as they recently come up with an open letter to UniFi), but, they might take time to catch up. Good luck, Maxis.

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10X Speed Upgrade from TM & What you should know? | An Early Reminder

Yesterday, was a day which brings the smile and sorrow to TM users, as, the new speed upgrade has been updated by the company itself. So, this post will be discussing on what you should know / need to prepare to fully utilize the upcoming new speed for most Lite, Advance and Pro users.

OVERVIEW

Let us recap the earlier stage of UniFi back in the year 2010. Back in the year of 2010, we move towards a high speed broadband internet at blazing “fast” speed during that time. Hence, the router supplied by the ISP is more than enough. By the year of 2012 and above, user can opt for third party router from ASUS, TP-LINK and D-LINK.

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Figure 1: The packages w/ price back in the 2010 of UniFi glory.

During the time, almost most router’s available in Malaysia comes with Fast Ethernet port along with the supplied ISP router and modem. “So, what is the point of this post?”, you may ask me. Allow me to explain the objective this post.

ENGAGEMENT OF NEW PACKAGES

What you should know? Here is the description of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet before, I explain in detail.

  • Fast Ethernet = 10 / 100 Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet = 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps

fast Ethernet card can run on bandwidths at 100 Mbps while a gigabit Ethernet can run at ten times of that speed, 1000 Mbps.

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Figure 2: The stock equipment that comes with your package(s).

Most UniFi users will get standard equipment, a modem, a residential gateway (wireless router), a STB box and a dect phone. In this post, we will ignore the dect phone and STB box, instead, we will focus on TM’s modem and wireless router.

Let us analyse it in very detail.

Modem

Here is the known existence of Modem supplied by TM UniFi:

  • Huawei HG655a (Fast)
  • Huawei HG850A (Fast) – UPDATED!
  • Huawei HG824Qw (Gigabit)
  • Alcatel Lucent I240G (Gigabit)

If you’re using an Alcatel Lucent or HG824Qw modem, congrats, you’re using a modem that capable of handling speed of more than 100 Mbps.

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Figure 3: UniFi user gets ‘TM’ badged version.

If you’re using neither two, then, TM will automatically upgrade your modem as they have their own record of the item supplied by them to the end user.

Residential Gateway (Wireless Router)

  • D-Link DIR615 (Fast)
  • D-Link L7-N-R2000 (DIR614) (Fast)
  • TM R&D Router (Fast)
  • Innacom / Innatech (Gigabit)
  • D-Link DIR850L (Gigabit)
  • TP-LINK Archer C5 / C1200 / C7 (business) (Gigabit)

The stock supplied router by TM is considered decent. They are not perfect mind you, but, for basic home users and students (not heavy users), it is more than enough. Recently, some users raged to UniFi as the current supplied router, Archer C1200v1 causing random freeze (disconnection) after heavy usage.

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Figure 4: The D-Link DIR850L (Retail version w/ TM Badge).

Okay, this is the most important part that, y’all must remember. After the announcement of new speed upgrades, the only package available that below 100 Mbps is UniFi Basic with a 60 GB quota. For Basic users, you can keep this as a friendly remember as well.

First of all, let us analyze the upgrades to be done for respective packages.

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

Based on the given information of the speed upgrades, it is clearly seen that, there will be no packages offered to existing user that, comes with speed below than 100 Mbps after the upgrade process begins by coming August 15, 2018.

In general, nowadays most routers are coming with 802.11ac router to cope up with current needs. Hence, all the AC routers do come with gigabit ports. It is very important to know this as, you need to know if, someday, you decided to throw away your ISP supplied router and use a 802.11n router.

  • 802.11ac = Dual Band Wireless Router (AC)
  • 802.11n = Single Band Wireless Router (N)

If, you’re using the router that comes with single band feature, you’re most probably using a router that comes with Fast Ethernet port. However, if you’re using a router that comes with dual band feature, you’re most likely using a router that comes with Gigabit Ethernet port.

I will divide the further details along with the suitable router for each package below. Do remember that, some models can support the subscribed package and, I divide the group according to their best performance in the package range.

100 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps and 800 Mbps 

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

800 Mbps (If you’re opting for a higher end router for best performance.)

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

For network experts, you can try the Mikrotik RB750Gr3 hEX Gigabit wired router. This router specially for those who don’t need wireless connection or, having a network room to operate the network in your house. I personally used this router before, and I can say that, this router works well. This router not only capable of handling 100 Mbps connection, but even 1 Gbps connection as well.

Currently, this router is under special promotion where, you can get this router at the SRP of RM240 at lelong. You can click the below link if you’re interested to buy this router.

For 800 Mbps user, you most likely have to upgrade your existing router for a best both for wired and wireless performance. But, I would advise, that, give a try on your existing router a try before opting a better wireless router for packages mentioned.

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Figure 5: Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

CONCLUSION

Each router does come with an AC configuration that suitable for specific packages. If you buy a low end router, you can’t fully optimize the wireless experience from your 800 Mbps connection, same goes to buying an overpriced router for a 100 Mbps connection.

There you go, by doing a proper research before buying a router, you able to save some bucks from wrongly buy a router. In order to fully optimize the upcoming speed upgrades, your router by default, should be able to transfer the subscribed bandwidth not only via wired, but, wireless-ly in both bands.

UPDATED!

This is my rough sketch of TM’s equipment for their end user. This will be a great time if, TM come with their own mesh network for user whose live in a larger house.

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Figure 6: The suggestion of the sketch of TM’s equipment.

Friendly remarks:

I would like to kindly to share that, this post were not a sponsored post by any of the router manufacturing company. If at some point, you feel that, there might be a biased review on specific brands, do kindly note that, I only give my review of the router on the router’s I’ve tested so far. The main objective of this post is to enlightened users, so that, as the speed upgrade were rolled over to the user, they know on what to do next without having to call to UniFi CSC by wasting credits, time and energy.


Enjoy your free speed upgrade dear readers.

 

Good News UniFi (TM) users! Existing subscriber gets 10X Free Speed Upgrade from Existing Plans

So, Thursday begins with a good news by our main ISP provider in our country, Telekom Malaysia in the name of UniFi. It is happily announced that, the existing customer will get free speed upgrade up to 10 times (10x) from their existing plans at zero cost.

The existing plans will be upgraded to a new speed upgrades as below:

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

All the given plans above are unlimited currently. Users able to enjoy their speed upgrade by August 15, 2018 (done in phases just like the Thank You Surprise event by TM).

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Figure 1: Beta testers tested the UniFi Turbo 800 Mbps plan. (The image doesn’t belong to me).

Added by Telekom Malaysia, newly registered users before 31 December 2018 only able to enjoy the speed upgrade done in phases in the year of 2019.

As for the SRP of the current price of UniFi packages, new user might/might not get the promotional price of the packages offered by TM. In addition, for B40 segment (household income < RM 4500/month), they able to enjoy UniFi Basic plan with 30 Mbps download and 10 Mbps of uploads, with 60GB monthly quota (huge disadvantage if you’re a student) at the subscription price of RM 79/month. As for current streamyx users, they also able to enjoy speed upgrades soon (to be announced by TM).

Remarks:

For UniFi Pro users, they might feel uncomfortable as their existing plans will be upgraded at the rate of 8 times to 800 Mbps and not 1 Gbps. Let us wait and see from TM for their future upgrade plans.


Respected readers, here is a friendly reminder from me. In order to fully enjoy the upgraded speed, your router should be capable to handle more than 100 Mbps connection. If you’re using the old generation 802.11n router (w/out gigabit port), then, it is time to upgrade your existing router to a new router.

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Figure 2: The old generation router that comes with 802.11n generation along with Fast Ethernet Port.

By default, TM will provide a new router for the users whose in the package of UniFi Lite and Advance. For UniFi Pro users, perhaps, it is time to upgrade to better router that is capable of handling more than 500 Mbps connection.

Router Buying Guide. Things to be considered before buying a new one!

Good evening guys.

I always spend my time at lowyat.net and browse through Networks & Broadband topics. There is one specific hot topic that most people like to ask.

“What is the best router to be replaced with either ageing router or stock ISP provided router?”

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Figure 1: D-LINK DIR 615, UniFi’s first supplied stock router.

Previously on my post, I’ve mentioned that, the things you should have on your checklist to replace your current router. However, in this post, I will summarize it in a simpler way to make users understand even better. Nowadays, most routers do come in the form of dual bands instead of single band router which is considered as an outdated router.

#1 BRANDS

Almost, all of us sure think of the router brand to be purchased from. However, not all the router price from different brands were the same. Some are expensive, yet suitable for long term, some were cheap, but only used for short term, but offers better specification over the other expensive routers.

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Figure 2: Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router.

#2 SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The most important process before having a good moment with your internet subscription is, the setup process. All the current routers do support our ISP requirements. The setting up the router will be much easier, even for the novice users.

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#3 WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Nowadays, almost all the new router comes with built-in wireless functionality. With the tremendous demand in Malaysia for wireless routers, most manufacturer focus on developing wireless router with improved specifications and wired router almost left out. However, if you’re staying in a bungalow or a Semi-D house, dedicate a small room for your home network, then, you can opt for Mikrotik wired router and make your home fully wifi-ed with mesh routers that connected to the Mikrotik router.

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Figure 7: Asus Lyra AC2200 Tri-Band Whole-Home Mesh WiFi System.

This is a very important step that should be on your list. Some routers come with huge antenna’s but, the wireless performance of the router will be poor. Some router’s, such as the router that comes with built-in antenna have better wireless coverage compared with the router. I would strongly recommend that, it is advisable to read a router’s review before going and buy the router. Always focus on the wireless benchmarks of the router to get a clear picture of the router.

#5 FIRMWARE UPDATES

The most important feature of the router is, the router should receive frequent updates to improve the current bugs. There are very few router manufacturer that still providing frequent updates for their router including discontinued router. One of the most famous router manufacturer brand that comes in the list are, ASUS.

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Figure 8: TP-LINK Archer C3150v2 Firmware Page.

As an example, ASUS RT-N12 rev. D1 released on 18th August 2013 to the public. Although it has been 5 years since the model debuted on the consumer market, the model still has received firmware upgrades until now.

The firmware of the existing router should receive frequent update as the new patch will fix the security issues and other feature enhancements. If your router manufacturer didn’t issued an update for your router, then it is a serious issue as what happens recently, to a router from Brand X due to poorly coded firmware until the bugs in the existing firmware has to bring forward to the public to highlight the serious security issues on the router.

#6 SECURITY (Anti-Virus)

This is an optional feature that should be in your checklist. Your low end and mid-range router comes with standard security features. However, only high end routers do come with a built-in anti-virus powered by Trend Micro.

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Figure 9: ASUS Ai Protection (Real-Time block).

Okay. This is the most crucial part. There are two types of security that a high end router provides. One is the real-time protection and back-end protection. However, some router manufacturer does implement the security features in their router for a good protection for their consumer.

#FINAL VERDICT#

To summarize the post, these are my honest advice for the most users out there. Most routers do come with gigabit built-in WAN & LAN ports along with dual band wireless feature. Some high end router does provide tri-band wireless feature.

If you are a home user that subscribed to  (10 Mbps – 50 Mbps) packages, then it is highly recommended to buy a dual band router.

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Figure 10: D-LINK Wireless Router AC Specifications.

If you are a home user that subscribed to (100 Mbps – 500 Mbps) packages, it is better to invest in high end dual band wireless router. Although the high end router were quite expensive, but, for best internet performance, then, it is better to buy the high end router. Another reason for such point is due to, high end router’s having better sub-processors for their wireless chip that able to support up to 1Gbps speed.

A good router should have a good processor and large amount of RAM (if and only if you’re planning to build a home network). This is very important because, when a heavy usage occurs, then, the router should work smoothly and shouldn’t freeze as this would affect other activities as well.

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Figure 11: The Broadcom Processor Chip.

A router not only functioned as a route for the digital signals for the devices that connected to it, but, it should act as the first network defense against the harmful malware’s out there.

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Figure 12: The built-in Trend Micro antivirus in Archer C3150v2.

In my opinion, I felt, ASUS router’s performs the best here. It not only blocks the incoming request that contains malware in the form of back-end protection, but it also protects the user from visiting the website that contains malware in the form of real-time protection. To justify my points, please refer here.

Finally, good things don’t come cheap, but it is suitable for long term usage. If you’re a normal user, then it is recommended to get a router in the price range of RM 300 to RM 500 from TP-LINK or ASUS. If you’re a heavy user, it is highly recommended to buy a high end router that priced in the range of RM 700 to RM 1500. In such price range, ASUS router will be the perfect selection.


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What is the difference of Modem and a Router?

Good day everyone.

A brief walk-through on the difference between a router and a modem.

Modem:

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Figure 1: The modem functionality in brief.
  • A modem is responsible to bring you the online world to your home device.
  • The internet reads analog signals.
  • Computer, Mobile Phones and Laptops only read digital signals.
  • Hence, the conversion from analog to digital and vice versa is under the responsibility of a modem.
  • A modem demodulates the incoming analog signal from the internet into a digital signal before passed to a computer or a router.

Router:

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Figure 2: The perfect view relationship between a modem and a router.
  • A router is what routes your internet connection to all the connected devices either via wireless or via a physical connection.
  • In general, most manufacturers target two types of customers, home and business (enterprise) based router. The only thing differentiates between a home router and enterprise router is the price, features and security provided. In other word, home routers only have few limited features while the enterprise routers have more features. However, most users still can purchase higher end router for more offered features.
  • Most routers now come with a built-in switch and further can be expanded by adding more devices either via adding an Ethernet switch.
  • Nowadays, there is a router+modem combo device available in the market. A modem+router would have a modem along with a built-in router feature in the a single device.

The word modem means Modulator and Demodulator.

There you go, the difference between a router and a modem.


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