Sunday, April 17, 2011

Upgraded to SingTel 50Mbps

Date:  April 16, 2011

Have arranged SingTel to come and install the Fiber Internet.  They installed a ONT (Optical Network Terminal) and the 2-Wire Router.  So, from the OpenNet Fiber TP box, the fiber goes into this small ONT.  Then, the Ethernet goes into the 2-Wire Router.

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I asked the field tech, you sure that this 2-Wire is reliable, the field tech commented and admitted that the previous one really have tons of problem, but this one so far is "very good"!  OK..  so, I will keep this for a while.

Since I installed the OpenNet TP box at the backdoor so to avoid OpenNet installing ugly cable run in my condo, so I have to use a pair of Aztech Powerline HD (It's Gigabit) there to transit my IP to my main cable structure at home.  The field tech advised me that SingTel does not approve this Powerline / PLC device.  They claimed too much inteference.  So, in future if I need to report any problem on the Fiber installation, they asked me not to mentioned about Powerline.  I noded.

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Bear in mind, these Powerline device can come very hot.  So, if you hide it in a cupboard, make sure you have a fan there to circulate the hot air.

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Wow!  It certainly makes my network infra much simpler.  I have removed the ADSL modem, the ADSL router, etc.  So, left with a switch and my NAS.

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And my home IP infra now is running very fast to the outside world.  My Apple TV, Apple TV2, HD Media Player, Wii, MIO TV needs IP at the TV Console area... And I did not do it using ugly cable running at home...

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But as expected, the MIO TV still does not work.  Every time you changed to a new channel, it will play for about 20-30 seconds before it comes to a total frozen state.  I was happy for a while, but then later, I took out the MIO TV and throw it into my store room.  While, no hurt feelings, It was there since 16 months ago.  hahahahaha

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I must said... I am quite impress with the Fiber infra from Singtel.  It is much better than the ADSL2 one.  Now, the local ping to PacNet DNS is about 5ms on average.  It used to be 17ms-20ms to reach PacNet DNS from the 15Mbps ADSL.

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I am paying the same price as the 15Mbps.  But the new Fiber Internet packages will give me 50Mbps now.  What does that mean?

1.  50Mbps local download speed.  And the local upload speed is 25Mbps.  But at least going to PacNet DNS server is 5min on average which is a huge improvement.

2.  The International download speed will be capped at 15Mbps.  And the International upload speed is at 7.5Mbps.  I can live with that.  Just imagin, previously when I had the 15Mbps ADSL, it does not specified, but you can feel that the speed is slow.

3.  With this package, it comes with MIO TV.  But in order for MIO TV to work, you need a "SEPARATE" EtherNet cable from the 2-Wire box.  Hmmm... Does it make any difference if at home, all your switches including the PLC/Powerline are all Gigabits switches?  So, I argue my way, and they tested it, it seems fine for a moment, then, when I get down to watch the show, it frozen every 30 seconds on new channel I selected.  hahaha MIO TV is still a crap!  So, there goes MIO TV, back to the store room.  It is FREE anyway.  I can do whatever I wanted to.

4.  OK.  I think the throttle speed thingy is more severe in this Fiber Internet.  I think Singtel put bigger and newer equipment.  So, your rapidshare, hotfile, filesonic downloads are also being throttled now.  Not to mentioned the bit torrent.  But, I can live with that... as I knew I can always come up with a good solution.

So far, I am happy with it.  And now, I need to monitor closely and see how it goes.

 

 

 

 

 

33 comments:

  1. Cabling fail. Should make exact-length UTP cables.

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  2. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipApril 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Wrong installation and lower plan.You will regret.
    Mini liew.

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  3. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latip saidApril 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Wrong installation and lower plan.You will regret.Mio TV need 200Mbps to work without freezing pictures.Your mio TV need to connect to 2wire directly and not TP-ONT-2wire-HP1-HP2-Dlink1-Dlink2-mio TV STB-TV

    it should be TP-ONT-2wire-mio STB-TV.My fiber mio TV is down due to PON LED is off

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  4. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipApril 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    So it is your fault

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  5. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipApril 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    actually mio TV has no problems.It is your stb connected wrongly.

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  6. Hi Mohd, it's OK. I have already live without MIO TV for 16 months, it does not matter at all to have it or not have it. As long as the Internet works, no complaint for me. cheer up.

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  7. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipApril 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Finally,my SingTel exStream fiber with mio TV Sports is up.SingTel,Singnet and Opennet has rectified the TP,ONT,2wire 5012NV and mio TV STB No signal problem on friday(22th April 2011).One of the singtel people did not know about this problem.The fiber reinstallation date was on 23rd April 2011 at 9-11 pm.
    Download Speed: 7573 kbps (946.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 867 kbps (108.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
    This is I use Loopback mio Voice,mio TV and LAN switch at the same time and thus speed drop only to 75Mbps Download and 10Mbps Upload only.The PON LED on ONT is stable and no Disconnection issue since 1 week ago(23rd April 2011).I also have ADSL version of mio TV to compare which is good.So far,my fiber mio TV has no freeze or lag or hang or pixelation problem.My broadband is even faster than before.Mio Voice also good as no static sound before I move to fiber optics.The mio Voice is running on loopback method.

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  8. Loopback method? Can explain?

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  9. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipMay 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Loopback is a modem to socket thing instead of DSL to modem line>So far my mio TV,bb and mio Voice on fiber is good except yesterday,the exPlore Home Sports is dead due to power outage.

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  10. Mohd Saffie bin abdul latipMay 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Alright,the problem was low power voltage on 2wire 5012NV

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  11. mohd saffie bin abdul latipMay 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    TP
    +
    ONT
    |
    2wire 5012NV===Phones
    |===2wire 2701HGV-E---Cisco SLM2008---IP Cameras
    || | |
    |HP PC Levono PC Laptop
    |
    |
    |
    Aztech HN100SF---Aztech AN100SF---Phone Circuit Breaker===Aztech DSL1000ER(T)---mio TV HD Set Top Box(Living Room)
    |
    mio TV HD Set Top Box
    |
    HP PC

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  12. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latipMay 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Sian Man,my exPlore Home Sports with mio TV,BB and mio Voice is down due to TP,ONT,2wire,mio TV STB,Comtrend PLC9000C,Aztech H280E,HS100F all went dead.A 5 subscribers in this area also the same.

    The earliest the technician can come is on 30th June 2011 at 9-11 am.Meanwhile,I will not have mio TV,200Mbps Broadband and mio Voice is withdrawn from service for 1 month till 30th June 2011 due to a technical fault.Can kenliew help me.

    I am now w/o internet,mio TV(mioSTB) and mio Voice at the period of time being

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  13. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latipMay 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Sian Man,my exPlore Home Sports with mio TV,BB and mio Voice is down due to TP,ONT,2wire,mio TV STB,Comtrend PLC9000C,Aztech H280E,HS100F all went dead.A 5 subscribers in this area also the same problem.

    The earliest the technician can come is on 30th June 2011 at 9-11 am.Meanwhile,I will not have mio TV,200Mbps Broadband and mio Voice is withdrawn from service for 1 month till 30th June 2011 due to a technical fault.Can kenliew help me.

    I am now w/o internet,mio TV(mioSTB) and mio Voice at the period of time being

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  14. NGBN is a IDA funded effort, I think you can ask your 5 neighbors and yourself simply write a mail to IDA web site, and tell them about your experience, and then either SingTel or Openet will need to come fast to solve the technical problem... :)

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  15. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latipMay 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Yesterday posts was a wrong information.My fiber is not spoilt and the modem didn’t show anything abnormal or reboot.Problem solved before the UCL final and they said is ONT failed.They came at 2am to solve

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  16. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latipJune 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    I just signed exPlore Home 50 at IT fair yesterday.Hpeit will be good.

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  17. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latip saidJune 11, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    I just signed exPlore Home 50 at IT fair yesterday.Hope it will be good.

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  18. Mohd Saffie Bin abdul latipJune 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Upgraded to SingTel 50Mbps

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1355508626.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1355507793.png
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1355510516.png

    and my mio TV has no freeze or lagging

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  19. i'm interested in this service when opennet comes. show me your trace route to 203.120.90.40 (pacnet dns)

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  20. Hi chanced upon your blog and would like to share my set up.

    I am using Mio Home 10Mbps. I just redid my network so would like to share with you my layout which is working fine, it may be of use to you if you want to try to get Mio TV up. I disabled the wireless for my Mio TV set top box, using it as my modem as well as for DHCP. I can watch HD streams via MIO TV perfectly with no freezes or lags. Cabling for my house was done in 2002.

    Mio TV STB
    |
    TP link 200Mbps powerline (input)
    | |
    | TP link 200mbps powerline (output)
    | |
    | TP Link 10/100mbps switch
    | | |
    | | Mio TV STB
    | |
    | Blu Ray Player
    |
    TP link 200mbps powerline (output)
    |
    TP Link Gigabit Wireless N Ultimate Router
    | | |
    | | NAS
    | |
    | Main PC
    |
    Laptops (via wireless N)

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  21. Sorry please delete my previous post, had some errors.

    Hi chanced upon your blog and would like to share my set up.

    I am using Mio Home ADSL 10Mbps. I just redid my network so would like to share with you my layout which is working fine, it may be of use to you if you want to try to get Mio TV up. I disabled the wireless for my 2wire, using it as my modem as well as for DHCP. I can watch HD streams via MIO TV perfectly with no freezes or lags. Cabling for my house was done in 2002.

    Singtel 2wire modem/router
    |
    TP link 200Mbps powerline (input)
    | |
    | TP link 200mbps powerline (output)
    | |
    | TP Link 10/100mbps switch
    | | |
    | | Mio TV STB
    | |
    | Blu Ray Player
    |
    TP link 200mbps powerline (output)
    |
    TP Link Gigabit Wireless N Ultimate Router
    | | |
    | | NAS
    | |
    | Main PC
    |
    Laptops (via wireless N)

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  22. Hi,

    Do you know how to make RS/MU/FS download faster for Singtel Fibre since it's throttled?

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  23. Hi Anonymous,

    Singtel now start to throttled RS/MU/FS. So, what I did is to pay VPN players such as strongVpn.com, get a US VPN acct, and then establish the VPN link to US and download. I can always get a constant 2Mbps download speed by doing so. Going thru SingTel always failed to get 1-2 splitted file, very annoying.

    --ken

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  24. Thanks for the reply.. so U recommend me using strongvpn.com? or is there a better vpn service ard?

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  25. so far, I used a few. strongvpn is the one I chose to keep. because you can change the server around.

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  26. Use 2wire 5012NV-002 Better la.I use it without any problems with the signal for mio TV.

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  27. saffie730: I trusted my test results, and it is very huge gap. So, I am still keeping my ASUS Black Diamond. :)

    Ken

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  28. 6 months on SingTel exPlore Home 50 already and I am pleased with the torrent/web surfing/watching mio TV and watch videos,the speed is very fast and all services are very smooth.But my home line is not mio Voice.

    Monthly bills
    mio TV Service NA
    ultimate pack $46.90
    2nd HD Box $12.00
    2wire RG $5.00
    1st HD BOX FOC
    exPlore Home 50 $60.00

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    http://speedtest.net/result/1651281079.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651279829.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651278904.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651278107.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651276250.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651275645.png
    http://speedtest.net/result/1651275104.png

    The only problem when we download torrent,sometimes,the "Service" LED goes red and turns stable green and that LED Does not move.

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    1. Hi, i've signed up the exPlore Home 50 with mio TV, any extra charge for the mio TV in monthly bill, like HD Box, etc..?

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  29. My fiber got Service LED Lighted Red during the past month but the problems still occored yesterday night at 1:30 am for 5 mins and I have rebooted the router and its okay.My living room also keeps having malfunctioning SingTel mio TV Set-Top Box with restarting and pixelation at wrong time when its is not supposed to have this kind of problems.The PON Light on the ONT is also blinking like 12 times than okay.Only room SingTel mio TV Box is functioning properly.

    A SingTel Technician will came to our house on this Wednesday to check this issues.

    The 5012NV-002 Bears with 2701-000808-004 and first use date was 24-06-2011 at 03:00 GMT

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  30. Fibre Is Good!!!!Just Take Note Of The PON light and th 2wire Modem...PON light must be stable and not blinking...Modem bottom service light must be green...

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