HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2676 Wireless Printer – Cheapest Inkjet Printer in the Malaysian market? | REVIEW

Usually, when student’s were looking around for the best affordable printer, they may come across with two major reputable brands, HP and Canon. Both of these brands are competing with each other to give the best value for their end user especially students and office users. Thou major offices use high end printers, however, for a startup or a small office, they still opt for a cheap affordable printer to get the job done.

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High end vs Low End.

Let’s get into our main agenda today. Today, our “hero” is, HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2676.

CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW

HP Ink Advantage printing systems deliver up to 1500 pages of quality prints without the risks of jamming or clogging. All from a single RM 37.00 cartridge. Making this possible is HP’s revolutionary Ink Management System that delivers the ink reliably and economically to the print-head.” – Source.

The Ink Advantage printer lineup is not a newly introduced scheme as, the Ink Advantage printers already available for about 5 years in the Malaysian market. One of the most famous models of the HP’s Ink Advantage printer during the era of 2012 – 2013 are HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2060 (I’ve used this model during my STPM days).

Recently, the HP DeskJet 2676 caught my attention and, I’ve decided to buy a unit to be tested. I must say that, HP really did a good job by re-design the casing of the printer despite of awful looking old models.

Before Unboxing

The packaging of the printer comes with standard design. The other halve of the box comes with dual language, English and Thai Language. I have no issues here. Mind you that, the box is quite small and light. You even can carry this printer on the bike as well.

After Unboxing

The printer was well covered and, all the accessories were well packed. Well done HP. I am actually shocked to see the given USB cable is quite long compared to other printers in the market currently.

Final View

The printer was covered with a plastic, “I am actually surprised”, as, this is the first time I can see a printer was well covered in plastic. By default, a single black color 680 cartridge and a single color 680 cartridge were supplied.

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The standard supplied accessories by HP for their printers.

Next, let’s look into the cartridges supplied. This time, “I shocked”, as, the cartridge was covered with a cheap card box.

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The actual “covered” cartridges from HP.

But, I don’t make a quick judgement, as, I believe, there will be a reason why HP opts for such method to pack their original cartridge. In this part, “I personally prefer Canon’s packaging style for their cartridges”.

CHAPTER 2: SPECIFICATIONS

Now, let’s look to the specifications of the printer.

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Partial overview of the specifications of the printer. – Source.

Since the specification list is quite long, for full view on the specifications of the printer, kindly visit here.

CHAPTER 3: WALK-THROUGH 

The printer comes with a good color combination, blue and white. The buttons located on the right side (left-hand side) beside the scanner lid. The given buttons are, Power button, Cancel button, Wireless (WPS) button, Information button, a single color button and a single black button.

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Overall, I do satisfy with the printer outlook. All the buttons are reachable, and, I would like to strongly emphasize here, the buttons feel solid and not cheaply made. I am a big fan of white led’s instead of traditional yellow led’s. Well, HP listens to most consumer’s wishes and granted their printer lineup with white led’s.

Setting up for the first use:

If your laptop / PC doesn’t comes with a DVD drive, then, you can go here to download the driver for the printer.

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The setting up process is quite long as, you need to register the product before completing the registration. However, the setup process, was quite detailed on, acknowledging the purpose of this printer going to be used by an individual.

Software overview:

The user interface of the driver (software) is decent and suits well for the modern view, especially those who’re enthusiastic when using a software. All the feature was divided well and the menu’s were well mapped. A major improvement there done by HP developers.

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In the traditional way, you have to set up the cartridge type usage via driver software or when printing an image or a document. But for this printer, you actually can setup via the software itself.

CHAPTER 4: OUTCOME ANALYSIS

Printing

For printing, I’ve used a new method of saving the ink, yet, detailed view of the outcome of the printing.

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The template used to conduct the printing quality test.

I’ve created the template above to conduct the test not only for this printer, but for other printers in the future as well. Now, let’s look the outcome from printing the above template via the printer.

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Analysis of the outcome (Printing):

The print quality by far, the best I say, especially for a cheap and affordable printer. The image quality is very detailed and the printed font looks good, even though the settings were set to “Normal” and not at the “Best“.

Scanning

By using the given scanner driver for this printer, a screen will pop-up to proceed to the next phase of your decision.

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Now, let’s see the outcome of the images scanned through the scanner.

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The outcome of the template, scanned through (Photo) mode.

Analysis of the outcome (Scanner):

From the result above, it can be concluded as, the image quality is pretty decent. No issues here, if it is meant for office and student use. However, for photo enthusiastic, well, the quality might be slightly disappointed you thou the printer scores through printing quality.

Copy (Photostat)

The outcome of the analysis of this feature, is similar to the printing analysis.

CHAPTER 5: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Affordable.
  2. Cheap cartridge replacement.
  3. Comes with Wireless feature (Wireless Printing).
  4. Excellent print quality let it be both, in black & white and color.
  5. Excellent image printing.
  6. Light (The printer is very light – you can lift it up using a single hand w/out any problem).
  7. Excellent casing quality and color (the blue-white theme really adds a premium feel to the printer).

Disadvantages:

For the first time, I don’t feel any major downside of using this printer. So the outcome of the major disadvantage analyze is: null.

However, the setup process of the printer is quite hectic, so, this will be a minor disadvantage analyze outcomes.

CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION

Now, let’s conclude the review here.

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Derpina’s view of the outlook of the printer. “Thank you derpina” ~ Arun.

Firstly, the printer cost around RM 255 at IT Hypermarket, however, certain shops sell this printer at a slightly higher price than IT Hypermarket. Second, the replacement cartridge cost around RM39.00 for both black and Color. You also can opt to buy a combo set, either black-black or black-color pack for RM60. However, certain online stores were selling the combo set for RM53.00 (in Shopee Malaysia).

Secondly, this is the first printer in such price range that comes with wireless feature. The setup of the printer for wireless mode is pretty straight forward, though, you have to enable your WPS feature on your router (by which, not highly recommended by network experts), however, for those who prefer physical connection, the wireless feature will be optional for you.

Next, the printer is very light, and, you can travel along with the printer as well. The printer is not too big and not too small, not too heavy and not too light, it just perfectly fits your needs. I can say, this printer by far, the lightest printer I’ve ever tried to lift so far.

Last but not least, this printer does a great job despite of the job thrown at it. For me, this printer perfect for students and startup venture who concerns more on the budget instead of best quality (like laser printers), but not suitable for photo enthusiastic individuals.


My recommendations of this printer: 9/10


 

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ASUS USB AC68U – Dual Band AC1900 Wireless USB Adapter | Review

CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW

The USB AC68U Dual Band Wireless Adapter is the latest edition of USB series in ASUS’s networking family. According to ASUS’s official product website, the adapter supports 600 Mbps over 2.4 GHz wireless bands and 1.3 Gbps over 5 GHz wireless bands.

CHAPTER 2: PACKAGING’S

Before Unboxing

The box comes with pretty standard design and placement of details. Mind you, the unit I get to be reviewed, is not the unit from the retail store, it is a demo unit.

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After Unboxing

Now, let’s look at the items that comes with the wireless adapter.

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The item that comes with the wireless adapter.

As usual, you will receive the main item along with a setup guide, warranty member card and a setup CD.

CHAPTER 3: SPECIFICATIONS

The specifications of USB AC68U are as follows:

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As for my remarks here, I personally feel that, this adapter comes with a pretty decent hardware features. No complains about it. For such pricey adapter, well, it is acceptable thou.

CHAPTER 4: SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST USE

In order to use this wireless adapter, first, go to ASUS’s official product page, select your current operating system, and the list of available drivers will be available for the newest to the oldest. Select the latest driver and download it.

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Next, extract the zip file. I would personally recommend 7-zip tool for their stable and best compressing with the highest ratio at the moment.

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The setup software.

Once the download was complete, then, kindly proceed to install it and by the end of the setup, you’ll be prompted to reboot your PC / Laptop in order to complete the setup.

Last but not least, once your PC / Laptop successfully rebooted, then, you can connect to your home wireless network.


It is highly advisable to plug the wireless adapter to your PC’s USB 3.0 ports instead of 2.0 port as, you can’t fully utilize the speed through wireless although you’re having a beast wireless adapter.” ~ Arun.


The USB adapter comes with 3.0 USB cable along with the extended dock to place the adapter at the top of your desktop or PC.

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Next, let’s see the adapter along with its extended dock.

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The USB extended dock comes with a short cable length and, the cable seems to be stiff. The correct placement of the adapter dock along with wireless adapter will give the best wireless experience.

CHAPTER 5: WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Since the adapter comes with 3×4 MIMO along, hence, the performance from it is decent. I’ve attached a quick speedtest, mind you, the obtained result was the best result I pick to be featured here.

Wireless Band Analysis

The distance between the client (PC) is 8 meters away from the main router.

Iperf3 Test

Below is the iperf3 test conducted from my old PC. Do note that, the actual adapter can support up to 900Mbps via 5GHz.

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CHAPTER 6: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Comes with USB 3.0 w/ faster transfer rate.
  2. Easy to setup (straightforward setup).
  3. MU-MIMO Compatible.
  4. Stable.
  5. Frequent driver update.

Disadvantages

  1. Expensive since it an AC1900 Adapter.

CHAPTER 7: CONCLUSION

In a nutshell, pricing on the price of RM 450 in Malaysia currently, I feel, this USB adapter suits well for people who craving for wireless speed despite of having the existing device limitation that preventing from utilizing such speed.

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In addition, I have a bad experience from past cheap wireless adapters from different manufactures such as instability, frequent disconnection and slow internet speed. By using the USB AC68U, I didn’t feel such feelings like in the past, instead, I have a good experience with this adapter.

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Thirdly, based on the testing, the adapter seems can support up to 900Mbps, according to iperf3 test in general, as, if and only if, the adapter was plugged to the right USB type, in this case, USB 3.0 port.

Lastly, for the respective individuals who wish to opt out the physical connection to replace it with wireless, then, the USB AC68U is the answer to your cravings.


My recommendation of ASUS USB AC68: 8.5/10


 

ASUS RT-AC58U Dual Band AC1300 Wireless Router for UniFi 30, 100 & 300Mbps | Review

CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW

The AC58U is a mid-range level of ASUS router lineup specially made for high bandwidth subscribers. Despite for its look, the router shares the similar design along with AC1200G+ and AC1300UHP.

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Image courtesy: ASUS AC58U.

Despite of having shorter antennas compared to its elder brother, this router suitable for large houses for its great wireless coverage.

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Image courtesy: ASUS AC58U.

Nowadays, all ASUS routers are supported by the ASUS’s famous router app, where, you can actually monitor the real-time activity that happens in your network as well, for the purpose of security and monitor your family’s browsing activity.

Now, let’s move into the main agenda here. Shall we?

CHAPTER 2: PACKAGING’S

Before Unboxing

The box shares the similar design just like other ASUS routers.

The router wrapped in a good quality plastic. The necessary accessories were stored under the allocated space in the box.

After Unboxing

These are the standard accessories that come with the router.

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The accessories that come with the router are, the router, a power adapter, a member card, a CD, a guide brochure and a Cat5e Ethernet Cable (not present in the picture).

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The router provides a single WAN Gigabit port, four Gigabit LAN port, a WPS button, an AC in port, power button and a reset button.

This router doesn’t come with a USB 2.0 port, to remind you, but, it does have a faster USB 3.0 port located at the front left of the router.

CHAPTER 3: SPECIFICATIONS

The specifications of the AC58U are as follows:

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The specification of AC58U.

CynTips:

It is highly recommended to pick a router that comes with 256MiB of RAM and above.

CHAPTER 4: SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST USE

The setting up of the router are pretty straight-forward and easy to cope up by the novice users. This router does support UniFi, Maxis and TIME as well. The setting up process on this router for both UniFi users and TIME users might be similar, but differs for Maxis users.

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CHAPTER 5: WALK-THROUGH

The router offers pretty standard feature as most ASUS’s low end routers. But, for 300 Mbps users, the features offered in this router is sufficient for normal use.

Although this router in the entry level of the mid-end routers from ASUS, this router lacks feature as ASUS’s most famous feature, AiProtection. However, this router does support OpenVPN as well. The only drawbacks is, this router does not support Asus Merlin firmware.

CHAPTER 6: WIRED PERFORMANCE


I’ve used Dintek’s Cat 6 Ethernet cable to conduct the test for better accuracy than conventional Cat5e brand cable.” ~ Arun.


Since I am using 800Mbps package from UniFi currently, I’ve included the wired test as well to give the readers an outlook of the performance in wired as well for high bandwidth subscribers.

The images below shows three “best” result conducted via LAN connection:

Conclusion

Currently, I am not able to provide a detailed real live download test (via IDM), as, the current package (800 Mbps), unstable. I was informed by the TM staff, that, the turbo upgrade still in the pilot testing phase. However, if you wish to test your download speed (if and only if you’ve received your turbo upgrade), kindly visit to this website.

CHAPTER 7: WIRELESS PERFORMANCE


For a better result, it is highly advisable to use physical connection (LAN connection) to get a solid result.” ~ Arun.


Wireless Settings

These are my recommended settings I am using after I received my turbo upgrade.

Before we move deeper into the wireless test conducted for wireless, do note that, your client (device) should be capable of transmit/receive the streams of/from the router. An example of the direct test conducted via my smartphone.

Once the testing of my smartphone was completed, I put my ROG G752VT to a test. Below, is the outcome of my test conducted from my laptop.

Based on the wireless test done from my laptop, I with its 2×2 antenna, I can definitely utilize fully the 300 Mbps (if I am 300Mbps subscriber) via wireless. Most new generation laptops come with minimum 2×2 and above as the wireless standards are increasing day by day.


Since the 800 Mbps is not stable currently, I’ve to skip the wireless performance part, throughout my house and give the best three results obtained from the wireless test.” ~ Arun.


Iperf Test

iperf3From the iperf3 test above, I can get over 200 Mbits/s over 5GHz wireless connection, by which, I feel decent enough for this router price range.

Conclusion

After three consecutive wireless connection test, it seems, what ASUS claimed is true, by default, this router able to support up until 400 Mbps through LAN and wireless as well. Since we don’t have any ISP’s offering 400Mbps in Malaysia currently, so, I will stick with 300 Mbps instead. I’m getting over 400Mbps currently via this router, although, at some point, the speed-test result is not stable generally. I will summarize the points in detail in the Chapter 9: Conclusion.


A router’s true capability can be seen based on higher bandwidth” ~ Arun.


CHAPTER 8: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. MU-MIMO router.
  2. Decent offered features.
  3. Suitable for UniFi 30, 100, 300 and 500Mbps users.
  4. USB 3.0 ports (Fast read & write speed).
  5. Receives monthly patch (updates).
  6. Excellent RAM capacity (Good for heavy streamers and torrenters).
  7. Excellent wireless coverage (Suitable for large houses).
  8. Suitable for existing devices (my assumptions) to fully utilize the 300Mbps bandwidth via wireless.
  9. Router does not overheat.
  10. Able to support 20 and more clients at one time.

Disadvantages

  1. No AiMesh (in future, all ASUS router will support AiMesh).
  2. In order to use the MU-MIMO feature, the client should support it as well (huge disadvantage).
  3. Not suitable for UniFi 800Mbps users (for those rely on wireless than LAN).
  4. Non-detachable antennas.

CHAPTER 9: CONCLUSION

Now, allow me to conclude this router in a nutshell.

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The AC58U is an entry level of the mid – end router from ASUS router lineup. Pricing at the price of RM415 in Jayacom (as far as I concern), this router does the job thrown at it. I, personally, didn’t face any disconnection at all, and the router handles it like a piece of cake when torrenting heavily. Mind you, I don’t have an MU-MIMO client device to test the MU-MIMO feature of this router.

Secondly, based on the wireless test, my client (device) able to support up to over 300Mbps wirelessly, especially in 5 GHz band. For 2.4 GHz band, the result may differ from the 5 GHz outcome.

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Next, in order to use the full bandwidth from this router in terms of wireless, your client (device) should be capable to receive & transmit the data according to the router’s MIMO type. It is highly advisable to stick around 2X2 or 3X3 MIMO of your client if and only if you’re a 300Mbps user. Higher internet bandwidth users are highly advisable to move to 3X3 or more. Apparently, the only wireless client that able to support up to 1 Gbps via wireless is ASUS PCE-AC88 Wireless Adapter.

Last but not least, if you’re an 500 Mbps or 800 Mbps (fastest internet package offered in Malaysia currently), this router not for you, as, you can opt for ASUS AC68U (Highly recommended for 500Mbps user and AC86U and above for 800Mbps users. As for 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps users, this router, definitely made for you to have a good internet browsing / streaming experience.


My rating for this router for 300Mbps users: 8 / 10


 

Experience of using UniFi Pro (100 Mbps) vs UniFi Turbo (800 Mbps) ft. ASUS AC68U

Recently, Telekom Malaysia had come up with a news indicating that, all the existing UniFi subscribers will get turbo’ed (x10) and Streamyx subscribers will get their existing speed doubled. However, things that needed to be considered is, if you’re in the VDSL structure, I am afraid, your account won’t be upgraded.

I received my turbo upgrade on 4th September 2018. I didn’t get any SMS or email regarding the completion of my order. I confirmed that my speed has been upgraded manually via care@unifi (for Apple users, you can get the app via Apps Store under the same name, care@unifi) app.

I am going to share my experience of using both packages (events) today.

BEFORE UNIFI BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT PLAN (THANK YOU SURPRISE PLAN)

Below are my speedtest result of the type of interface used to carry out the test.

Interface Type: LAN – Physical Connection (Cat6 Dintek Cable)

Analysis of the result:

From the above result, it is clearly known that, I able to fully get the speed’s I’ve subscribed for. Using this package especially in crowded areas (residential), I able to fully utilize the speed even during the peak hours, which is good for me.

A speedtest result has to be carried out, it is highly recommended that, to use a physical connection (LAN) for the best result” ~ Legends.

Interface Type: Wireless

Analysis of the result:

I’ve used my smartphone to conduct the test, and, I able to get full speed via wireless especially using the 5GHz wireless band. However, for 2.4GHz band, the speed does fluctuate and inconsistent. The highest reading I get via the 2.4GHz is ~100Mbps/~48Mbps.

Conclusion:

Using the package for not even one year, I don’t have any issues with it. Torrenting process seems good with decent speeds, surfing through overseas websites and downloading from overseas server gives good speed as well.

In conclusion, I feel satisfied with this package and, perhaps, I am one of the happy user of this package despite of paying RM229 for this package.

AFTER UNIFI BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT PLAN (AUGUST 2018 – AUGUST 2019)

Interface Type: LAN – Physical Connection (Cat6 Dintek Cable)

Analysis of the result:

Initially, I was informed by other users that, they couldn’t achieve full speed of 800Mbps via the speedtest due to, their fiber lines unstable or their device limitation. During conduct this test, I’ve used my 4 years old PC. Based on the result, it seems, despite being an old PC, I still able to get full subscribed speed.

Interface Type: Wireless

Device type: ASUS ROG G752VT

Device type: iPhone 7 Plus

Analysis of the result:

Based on the result above, the test conducted via the 5 GHz wireless band, I only able to get half of the subscribed speed. I will explain why it happens so, soon, with another post.

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My laptop using latest adapter from Intel® Wireless 7200 Series.

From the above image, it is clearly shown that, my laptop does prevent me from experience the full speed of the bandwidth. This is what is meant by device limitations. Look at the bottom image for further clarifications.

Misc Information:

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Different Wi-Fi Protocols and Data Rates. ~ Source.

In general, the above image shows the data rates for 802.11ac wave 1. Some users might not get the subscribed speed as your device may be the culprit (device limitations).

However, for 802.11ac wave 2, the maximum rate differs from the wave 1.

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Different Wi-Fi Protocols and Data Rates. ~ Source.

Conclusion:

As a conclusion, when you subscribed to higher bandwidth, it is highly recommended to use a physical connection rather than wireless, as, you’ll have to invest money to buy the suitable adapter or, upgrade your device to a newer device. The stock supplied ISP routers were meant to perform well via wired, but via wireless, it will give you a decent or below average speed depends on the manufacturer of the router or your wireless LAN provider.

If you wish to upgrade your existing wireless router, then, you can refer here.

FAQ:

  1. During using UniFi Pro package, do you face any downtime?
    No. I don’t face any downtime using this package, perhaps due to, using a third party wireless router.
  2. During a gaming session, do you experience high ping?
    Partially. The ping results was inconsistent, and the most lowest, I get around ~50ms.
  3. Do you use stock router or third party router?
    No. Initially, I was supplied with TP-LINK Archer C1200v1, but, the router seems to be having problem with its firmware despite of having an awesome hardware build on it.
  4. How was the experience using VPN?
    So far, I am experiencing decent speed from my VPN provider, BolehVPN.
  5. How much you’re paying before and after UniFi Pro ~ UniFi Turbo?
    RM229 + Varnam Pack + Free Call.

Telekom Malaysia should revise the plans of fiber broadband packages, as, some people are paying less and some people were paying more, this can cause rage among the users of this fiber provider” ~ Arun.

INNATECH RGX4400 Wireless Dual Band AC1200 from UniFi (2014 – 2016), Is it good or bad?

CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW

This is the first AC router ever supplied by TM for the end users. It is a newer version of RG4332 Wireless Router. Although it shares the same appearance as the BTU supplied by TM, the built quality of this router actually good and solid compared to the BTU supplied by TM.

However, this router is really good? Else, there is a special thread dedicated for this router in lowyat.net.

To seek for the truth, I actually surveyed for this router and get a deal with a gentleman to obtain a new unit for RM30 from him. Once I received the router, I immediately set up the router to test it out.


CHAPTER 2: SPECIFICATIONS

Shall we move into the specifications? There are no any specifications of the router throughout the internet. I only rely on the manual given via this router.

SDRAM/Serial/Flash: 128MB/32MB.

Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz & IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz.

Wireless Frequency Range: 2.4~2.4835 GHz 5.15~5.85 GHz.

Wireless Transmission Power (MAX): 11n: 22 dBm, 11g: 23 dBm & 11b: 24 dBm.

Antennas: 4 x 3 dBi Built-in antenna.

Protocol:

RFC768 UDP, RFC791 IP, RFC792 ICMP, FC793 TCP, RFC826
ARP, RFC2516 PPPoE, RFC2131 DHCP, ALG

Interface:

1 x 10/100M Auto MDI/MDIX WAN port
4 x 10/100M Auto MDI/MDIX LAN ports
1 x 2.0 USB ports
1 x 3.0 USB ports

Wireless Security:

64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK data security
and TKIP/AES encryption.

LED Indicators:

1 x WAN, 1 x INTERNET, 1 x 5GHz, 1 x 2.4GHz, 4 x LAN, 1 x PWR.

Environment:

Operating Temperature: 0°C~55°C
Storage Temperature: 40°C~85°C
Operating Humidity: 10%~95%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~95%, non-condensing

Power Supply:

Input: 100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Output: 12 V DC, 2.0A

Dimension: L*W*H: 180 * 180 * 34.5 mm.

Weight: 500 g.

Remarks: “The router comes with gigabit ethernet ports, but, I am not sure why, the manual shows the router comes with fast ethernet port“.


CHAPTER 3: SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST USE

This router comes with two methods of login, “admin” mode and “operator” mode. You can use either admin mode or operator mode to set up the router.

Username: admin

Password: [leave it blank]

Username: operator

Password: [last four digit of your router’s MAC address]

Once the necessary field has been filled, click on the apply changes and reboot the router. Later in the operator mode, you can customize the settings as well.

After setup the router, login to the operator account, and go to Maintenance -> Password to change the password access of admin mode and operator mode.

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This is very crucial step as, you need to secure both of the present account in the router.


CHAPTER 4: WALK THROUGH

Let’s look into the some of the offered features. The user interface is pretty simple, yet, decent and understandable for most novice users.

Asking me, do I enjoy navigating the features offered via the interface, my answer is, “Yes, I do.”. Don’t mistake this router for its lame looking case that copies the Airport Extreme, but, this wireless router does offer a pretty good feature as well, despite of being a free router supplied by the dominating ISP in the country.


CHAPTER 5: WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Remarks: “The 5GHz band from this router is unstable and, I have to conduct few tests of speedtest to get a better result“.

Wireless Settings

Below, is the standard settings of the wireless feature by me:

Wireless Analysis

DOWNLOADS

Analysis of Download

2.4 GHz

The connectivity of this band is stable and, the result obtained is pretty much decent. Didn’t face many issues via this band.

5 GHz

The download speed of from this band is worst. Yes. I am being honest here. The wireless coverage is weak and even staying near to the router, the download speed doesn’t exceed over 20Mbps.

UPLOADS

Analysis of Upload

2.4 GHz

The upload speed is below average, although other built-in antennas router performs well than this.

5 GHz

The similar result goes to the download analysis of the 5 GHz band.

Iperf3 Test

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From the iperf3 result, I able to get over 69Mbits/s. I feel, this is pretty decent result for the router that comes with built-in antennas.


CHAPTER 6: ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. The first AC router supplied by TM under the brand of unifi.
  2. Comes with both 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports.
  3. Stable and able to handle heavy load w/out freeze under the condition when, a cheap USB cooling fan installed.
  4. No memory leakage during torrenting of the router.
  5. Enterprise features offered in the router.
  6. TR069 can be disabled.
  7. Suitable for business organizations.
  8. Well design (excellent built quality).

Disadvantages

  1. Overheats (If and only if you install an USB fan, the router works well w/out reboot).
  2. USB 3.0 ports not detectable (sometime can be detected, some time cannot – might be unit defect).

CHAPTER 7: CONCLUSION

This is my very straightforward conclusion on this router. Firstly, this router is supplied by TM for their unifi subscribers. However, this router has reached its EOL from the manufacturer and the distributor itself.

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Next, the router was well built and, the casing of the router seems to feel more solid than the casing of the BTU which appears to be made from cheap plastics.

Thirdly, though this router doesn’t come with an external antenna, the wireless signal, especially from the 2.4GHz band was excellent and when it comes to 5GHz band, the wireless coverage as well as the data transfer was extremely slow.

In addition, I’ve explored most of the features offered by this router, and I feel, it is decent enough and, I receive positive feedback’s from the business organization by which, they were using this router currently.

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Last but not least, apart from the best wireless router supplied by unifi during their early stages (D-LINK DIR615 – I said the best as, it supports DDWRT firmware), the RGX4400 will be the next to be in the lineup of best free router supplied by an ISP. Currently as per the year of 2019, TM supplying two main routers, D-LINK DIR850L and TP-LINK Archer V1 (new logo) and, recently, some users reported that, they’ve been receiving the all new D-LINK DIR842 AC1200 dual band wireless router.

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.

WinStyle Graphics – The Best Start-up Design and Printing Business | Business Startups

Recently, I surveyed around for a printing business for my newly designed business card. When I was surveying around, I was introduced to a printing business by my friend. Since they’re a start-up venture, this post will be the experience of using their services. They’re newly known as WinStyle Graphics.

OVERVIEW OF THE OFFERED SERVICE

Their main expertise focuses on:

  • Logo Design.
  • Name Cards / Business Cards.
  • Banners & Buntings.
  • Flyers.
  • Sign Board & Bill Board.
  • All king of Digital Designs.

PRICE LIST

Hereby, is the price list of the business card printing that, quoted to me by Mr. Sharwin.

  • 2 BOX : RM 25.00
  • 5 BOX : RM 58.30
  • 10 BOX : RM 100.00
  • 50 BOX : RM 168.00

Special Grand Opening Promo

  • 100 BOX : RM 400 only

Do kindly note that, one box of the container contains 100 Cards.

DESIGN

So, I come up with my own design of my business card using the TechCyn‘s tagline, “Keep It Simple, Smart“. ~Arigato Fotoshoppu-san

IMPLEMENTATIONS

Once the design has been completed, I purposed my design to them and inquire them on the pricing of cards. I am amazed on how they work in an organized manner by issuing a proper quotation on the total cost to get the job done.

I was brief through the card type as well by the founder of the venture, Mr. Sharwin. I’ve given the card type choices. The choices are:

  • Matt Lamination Card
  • Ivory cards
  • UV Cards
  • Foil Cards
  • Normal Art card

Once the briefing session was over, I was informed that, the best card quality comes from matt lamination type.

Once I am satisfied with their quotation and explanation, I requested them to proceed to the next phase, which is, to get the job done.

OUTCOME OF THE ASSIGNED TASK

After 4 working days, I was contacted by the founder of WinStyle Graphics, Mr. Sharwin, acknowledging me that, the business card has been successfully printed out.

Before Receive:

From the looks of the image, I was wondering, the card is pretty average to be honest. But, I didn’t judge the look of the quality of the card of the picture, instead, I waited to actually get my card to be handed over to me. I ordered 3 boxes of the cards.

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Figure 3: The freshly printed business card.

After Receive:

After I receive the cards officially from the representative of the venture, Mr. Sharwin, I quickly inspect the card, and, I was impressed with the card quality and the materials used. For the price I paid, I feel satisfied with their work.

Lets have a deep look into the cards. Shall we?

I ordered 3 boxes of business card and three standard casing for each stacked up cards were given.

Next, the card quality is beyond average, when I said beyond average, it means, the card type proposed to me is exactly as what as been told to me.

I would say, I satisfied with their service and will definitely opt for them in future. Let’s move to the conclusion part.

CONCLUSION

To conclude my post, though there are many experienced ventures available out there, as a newcomer itself, I felt that, WinStyle Graphics had showed me a professional way of getting the job done along with its friendly CEO who keeps on entertaining my queries thrown at him. I would highly recommend this venture to those newcomers or, an experienced business mans to use their service to get your job done.

//TechCyn always respect the newcomers and new talents//.


PROMOTIONS

Currently, WinStyle Graphics are offering Merdeka (Independence Month) Promotion. Do grab your opportunity to get the best cards at an affordable rate.

Remarks:

To get even cheaper printing rates, kindly like their Facebook page given below as a symbol of support.


For further inquires about the service, the venture is reachable through the following social media:

FacebookWinStyle Graphics

InstagramWinStyle Graphics

Contact Number: +6010 – 376 6716