Today, I had received the Freedom Pop Photon 4G router. While I did not get a chance to actually put it in real world testing, I did get a chance to make sure it works. There are a couple of things to note. First, I am on the free 500MB plan. I do not have any acceleration or guaranteed speeds. Second is the actual router or device. Both of these are influencing factors. My planned usage of this service is to provide my notebook with Internet capabilities when I am not home. While I am out, I will obviously make sure I am not doing any streaming since after 500MB, I will be charged 2¢ per MB.
Now, let’s look at the service itself. It is using Clear’s Wimax service which I have never been impressed with the service. At least with this router, or company, things are a little better, but still nothing breath taking. A speedtest.net after 5 minutes with an Amber (OK signal), I got 76ms ping, 4.06MB download, and 590kbps upload. This again is not impressive especially since HSPA+ had seen 75ms and 10/3MBPS. If one was to use VOIP, and this is a regular connection, it is suitable, although the ping is higher than I will like, it is still below 100ms.
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Today has been a pretty hectic day. First, I had a dental appointment – although the receptionist forgot to put me. This was OK though as there was still a spot, and the doctor herself seen me there. I took the dogs for a walk, and spent some of the day catching up on some videos, and re-writing some pages. I also synced my media player since I was towards the end of the playlists.
At night, it was really hectic. The kitchen ceiling caved in. Thankfully – no one was in there. I called the landlord, and he came immediately. There was a massive leak with the bathtub in the upstairs apartment which the plumber will come by the end of the week.
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First, let’s get one thing noted. I am biased towards this instance. I personally feel this will be one of the worst things that will happen, and to make matters worst, I don’t think there is any stopping this. Next, I am not an insider. I don’t know any of the back door agreements, and for the most part will be as much in the dark as any other common person. Last, I am not an analyst. To be exact, I am disabled, and live offer of an amount that is below the poverty rate. I am telling this so no one panics and takes my predictions as law, and written in stone. However, on a more personal note, I have a nasty habit of being right a lot of times, and I personally wish I was wrong more often. Just because I say something that is right, doesn’t always means it is beneficial for everyone.
So, with all of this aside, and me trying to keep my animosity towards AT&T in check, I will try to rely on just facts. On March 20, 2011 – AT&T made it known they were buying T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion in cash and stock from Deutsche Telekom. This only affects the T-Mobile company in the United States. Any European Entity of T-Mobile are not affected just as Virgin Mobile in Europe weren’t affected when Sprint bought Virgin Mobile USA. The reason this sale didn’t go through immediately is that it has to be approved by regulatory such as the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. They normally do not have to get involved with every transaction that takes place, but such a purchase will do a few things.
- Allow a company to have public spectrum that was not normally negotiated to them on a national scale.
- Reduce the number of national carriers that are in the United States
- Make sure that AT&T will not have monopolistic power over the Cellular Industry within the US
- Make sure that the purchase was legal according to the laws in the United States.
Continue reading So, you will be conquered by AT&T, now what?
Today was a bit of a busy day. I woke up a little later than I wanted too. I also did a little bit of packing which I will still have a bit more to do. In addition, I received a movie from Netflix. Once I finished the movie, I prepared to go to help someone with a problem he had with his computer. As for his problem, his best solution for one was to install Ubuntu Linux which I downloaded an ISO, and burned it to the disc before I left. I also took my Wimax modem with me, and considering that I went to a virtual dead zone with regards to cellular service, I was getting 1 dot (signal strength), and doing about 300kbps.
Afterwards, I went back home, cooked dinner, and watched a couple of podcasts. As for plans for tomorrow, I will have to make a couple of phone calls, and take care of some documentation that I will need to do. For the most part, I will be home though.
I have received the Wimax modem about 1PM yesterday, and figured I would write my first impressions. First, I decided to get Wimax as all of the other ISPs that I would have been able to choose if I moved would have been the same price or much more and at least with Wimax, I should be able to take the modem to another location (as long as I could plug in).
First, considering that the service was already activated – it was very easy to setup. I received the cheapest modem and rotated a lever to establish the feet so it could stand vertical. I then plugged the modem into an electrical outlet which supports a 2 prong connection. I plugged the router into the only RJ-45 port, and there is an RJ-11 port, but that is for Clear’s VOIP service. After that, I had to log into my router, and set my IP services settings to acquire from the ISP where the DSL used Static. Once that was done, everything worked perfectly, right? Wrong. Continue reading Wimax – First Impressions
Today was a roller coaster of a day. I made a couple of calls to try to get the money I will need for the security deposit. Thankfully, I finally got it, but will have to pay interest on it and a bit pricey one, but better than not having a place to live. I got the money in the evening, and that would mean that I will have to go to the post office tomorrow morning to get a money for the security deposit. I currently have 2 money orders, but will see if I can merge them into one.
On other news, I have also received the Wimax modem. I have the modem set up against the window so it could get the best connection, and I seem to be getting between 50% – 75% signal strength (based on 1 dot = 25%). The modem is nice looking, and seems to have an RJ-11 port for VOIP/SIP which surprises me that I am having crappy latency. Hopefully, I will solve that issue. Continue reading 2011-01-17