Broadband Awareness,anyone?

P1 W1Max WiMax unit

A few month back, I was briefed about broadband penetration in Malaysia by my friend from broadband industries. How the Malaysian Government is trying hard to prepare the infra for all Malaysian to use broadband in their house.

Did you know that other country like Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, their broadband penetration is more than 70% compare to us Malaysia only 20%. So the government is planning to set a national broadband target of 50% household penetration by 2010.With the introduction of WiMax license to Packet One Networks, Asiaspace, REDtone and Ymax (YTL-e).Plus 3G license for mobile broadband to Maxis, Celcom, MiTV and Time DotCom.

For me, I use Streamyx Broadband Merdeka Package for 1Mb speed at my house. While at my office I use also Streamyx with 1Mb speed. So you can say that my broadband penetration and awareness is still 90% since my Nokia N95 is only connected to free Wi-Fi hehe.Still no 3G service.

Until last week during a visit to  my friend house, I feel offended with my friend when I asked him about his internet usage. He is still using dial up and his monthly bill is like RM 200 above.

I feel like want to knock his head haha. Haven’t you heard about broadband or Streamyx by Telekom. I just can’t believe my self he is able to use that slow dial up connection for one month. I believe that he is the other 80% Malaysian that still not aware about broadband service. Or why just can he ask his so hi-tech and internet savvy friend (that would be me) about broadband service. :))

Anyway, I have offered my service to configure and setting his modem and wireless broadband router once he register with either Streamyx or P1 WiMax.

Pay Streamyx Broadband Internet Bill Online but still got Suspended

Last month I received a phone call from TM asking me to pay my overdue phone and Streamyx bill. If not they will suspend my Streamyx account the next day. So the next morning, I switched on my laptop and surfed to Maybank2u and paid the bill online as usual. Then in the evening, my wife called and she told me that the internet was down. I was surprised since I have already paid the bill nearly the full amount, so I called TM Customer Service.

Sorry We Did Not Receive Your Money

The guy told me, they did not receive my payment. I explained to him that I already paid through Maybank2u this morning. Then he asked me to give my payment reference number. He said that my account will be activated in 1 – 7 days. I said to him, 7 days are you kidding me. I cannot live without internet for 24 hours. Before I started to burst my disappointment, he immediately offered his help to activate my account in 24 hours. That sounded fair enough.

The next morning, still my Streamyx account was not activated. However, in the evening my wife called with joyful mood since Streamyx was already online.So next time, pay your overdue bills cash at TM center to avoid delay from the online activation. In other words pay your bill on time :).

Wireless Broadband

Actually, I wanted to change my Unlimited Merdeka Package RM 79 per month to a much cheaper package. Unfortunately my agreement with TM said that I have to use the Merdeka Package for 2 years which will end on next October 2009. Reason ? I wanted to subscribe to Wireless Broadband so that I would still have coverage even though when I go back to my hometown. I only use my Unlimited Streamyx at night after work or during weekend, which by the way, I would be out most of the time visiting my relatives or shopping.

I just want to be broadband efficient and not wasting my bandwidth :). It actually occurs to my mind to switch to Maxis /Celcom Wireless Broadband but maybe next year…

Wireless Affair

Have you ever tried to poke in your neighbor’s WiFi networks ? Especially the one with insecure network..

It seems that more and more home users are going with wireless networks rather than the tradition wired networks with wires hanging everywhere and running wild around the house and in the crawlspace. What seems like a good idea quickly turns into a nightmare if you don’t vamp up the security of your wireless network.

Speed is of the essence. Typically, one thing matters to new users of wireless, getting connected and browsing that first website. While wireless connectivity can accomplish this, it’s best to set up your wireless connection securely before venturing out into cyberspace.

Below are some tips to help secure your wireless network:

Change the default admin password. Admin passwords are easily figured out by attackers when they are left as the default. Not changing your wireless admin password opens your network to attack and can lead to many problems depending on the attacker’s agenda. As for TMNET Streamyx for example, the usual password they will give are TMM 123, tmnet 123, or TMMM123 so it’s really crucial for you to change it after setup the network.

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