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August 21st, 2009

I have been using Smart Bro since 2006, when they were still using SendFar (old Wi-Fi antenna).  But when I came home to Midsayap from Davao after a 5-month leave last May, I had my old Smart Bro account disconnected by June 2009 to cut costs.

It took me 2 months to realize that I can’t live an offline life at home anymore.  Also, my wife needed to use the Internet at home to look for nursing jobs and agencies because she wants to go abroad.  We finally decided to sign-up for another Internet connection.

Here are our Internet requirements at home:

  1. Unlimited – I use the Internet at home for at least 10 hours everyday, not counting the “downloads” when I’m sleeping ;) , so paying by the hour is a ‘No’.
  2. Shareable – I have a wireless router at home so I could use WiFi on my laptop and wire-up my desktop PC.  USB-based Internet plans won’t cut with me.  (I know about Windows XP’s ICS)
  3. 384kbps connection speed or more – it must be at par with my old Smart Bro Internet or better.
  4. Practically affordable at Php999/month or lower – USB-based Internet plans currently charge you at Php20/hour or you pay Php1,000+/month for the unlimited connection.

Based on our needs, we had 2 choices for our new Internet connection:

  1. Globe Broadband – P995/month – it is unlimited, shareable (thru USB modem), 1mbps connection, and affordable at Php995/month.
  2. Smart Bro Plan – Plan 999 Unlimited – it is unlimited, shareable, now has 512kbps connection, and affordable at Php999/month.

Clearly Globe was the winner here.  So I went to Davao City to apply.  But sadly, a day after I got home, I got a text message from Globe Davao’s staff that I could not be connected because the plan requires 3G and Midsayap is still being upgraded to 3G by then.  (Even now that Midsayap has 3G, I asked Globe but they did not confirm if this plan could be availed in Midsayap already).

We had no choice but to apply for our second Smart Bro Internet connection.  Here are my chronicles so far:

Date Remarks
Aug 9, 2009 filled-up application form at Cotabato City thru Dafie who is a Smart Bro agent and paid Php999.00
Aug 10, 2009 Dafie submitted my application form to Smart Wireless Center
Aug 17, 2009 contractor installed Motorola canopy, got Smart Bro error P30040 at Smart Bro’s website telling they are upgrading so my account was not activated
Aug 18, 2009 Noticed that I can now login at Smart Bro’s website without the Smart Bro error P30040 so I asked Dafie for my Service Reference Number and Account Number hoping I could activate my account myself (can’t wait hehe). After 3 failed attempts, my account was locked, called *1888 (Smart Bro Hotline) complaining I locked my account while trying to activate it. CSR unlocked my account and scheduled the activation of my account on Aug 20, 2009.
Aug 20, 2009 contractor came over to activate my account but it was black-out in Midsayap (talk about wrong timing)
Aug 21, 2009 even though it’s Ninoy Aquino’s holiday, contractor still came and activated my account
did some Smart Bro benchmarks and blogged about it

It was activated today around 10am and signal was good then.

When the afternoon came, signal started to get choppy, I would have a connection for 30 seconds, then it would be off for another 30 seconds, then back again.  I turned-off my laptop.

By 4pm, I got impatient and tried again. This time I actually got a very good connection. I was able to upload a lot of articles at Managing I.T. without a glitch.

I decided it’s time to conduct some bandwidth benchmarks. Here’s a table of my Smart Bro benchmarks:

Server Download Upload Latency
dslreports.com – Los Angeles 255kbps 191kbps 259ms
dslreports.com – New York 266kbps 197kbps 199ms
dslreports.com – San Francisco 493kbps 185kbps 141ms
dslreports.com – Toronto 349kbps 171kbps 382ms
speakeasy.net – Chicago 723kbps 190kbps -
speakeasy.net – Seattle 707kbps 192kbps -
speedtest.net – Cagayan de Oro 0.69mbps 0.20mbps 132ms
speedtest.net – Paranaque 0.68mbps 0.19mbps 309ms
speedtest.net – Singapore 0.59mbps 0.19mbps 150ms
speedtest.net – Hong Kong 0.61mbps 0.17mbps 573ms
speedtest.net – New Delhi 0.27mbps 0.16mbps 570ms
speedtest.net – Seoul 0.65mbps 0.16mbps 672ms
speedtest.net – Riyadh 0.72mbps 0.17mbps 539ms
speedtest.net – Paris 0.54mbps 0.17mbps 474ms
speedtest.net – Edmonton 0.64mbps 0.19mbps 256ms
speedtest.net – Stockholm 0.70mbps 0.18mbps 362ms
speedtest.net – San Francisco 0.74mbps 0.19mbps 255ms
speedtest.net – Los Angeles 0.74mbps 0.19mbps 291ms
speedtest.net – New York 0.67mbps 0.18mbps 403ms
Average 580kbps 182kbps 351ms

Accordingly, my Smart Bro benchmarks justifies the plan I have subscribed into.

By 8pm it started to rain, not heavy, but my Internet connection was still okay.  In fact, it was still raining as I conducted some of my Smart Bro benchmarks.

Here are some screenshots of my Smart Bro benchmarks:

SmartBro dslreports.com San Francisco server

SmartBro dslreports.com San Francisco server

SmartBro speedtest.net New Delhi

SmartBro speedtest.net New Delhi

SmartBro speedtest.net San Francisco server

SmartBro speedtest.net San Francisco server

Smart Bro Benchmark - download

Smart Bro Benchmark - download

Smart Bro Benchmark - upload

Smart Bro Benchmark - upload

By the time I’m done with my Smart Bro benchmarks, I have finished downloading a 251mb video from hak5.org.

Not bad for my second – first day with Smart Bro… again. :)

  1. August 22nd, 2009 at 02:08 | #1

    It’s been awhile since i dropped my comments. Anyway, good for you you’re enjoying Smartbro. We have the same internet connection. lately, I noticed that it turns faster compare to the previous months but my torrent downloads got slower in exchange hehe..

  2. August 22nd, 2009 at 15:27 | #2

    @ianemv
    Thanks. I hope my torrent downloads would perform as well as my benchmarks did. ;)

  3. nukunukoo
    October 11th, 2009 at 16:10 | #3

    Wassup Cyril… love your blog, I have a question about my SmartBro. Methinks it’s the Huang Hei version, not the ZTE (it’s a black and orange dongle). It won’t install the built-in driver on the HP Mini 2140 running XP SP3. Can’t seem to find a proper driver online. Does install on my other notebooks as though. Cheers.

  4. October 12th, 2009 at 21:31 | #4

    @nukunukoo
    Hi Sir, glad you could visit my blog.

    I think you mean to say HuaWei usb modem at http://www.huawei.com/.

    We have been using a Hua Wei E220 usb modem at the school for our Globe visibility ( http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/products/view.do?id=282&pageId=null ). I tried it on Windows XP and Vista but they do not seem to install the correct drivers. I’m sorry but I cannot help you much on using Hua Wei E220 usb modem under Windows OS.

    My good news to you is that Ubuntu 9.04 automatically detects this usb modem. I used Ubuntu 9.04 + FireStarter to share our Globe Visibility to 60 computers in our school’s internet laboratory. This is only a temporary solution for us but it works. ;)

  5. February 16th, 2015 at 10:39 | #5

    Hey Kyle and Katie! God speed on your trip to Thailand! What an incredible atdenvure! Sorry for all of the exclamation points, but we are thrilled for you! Seth and I visited Thailand almost 10 years ago and enjoyed the trip of a lifetime. Wish we had the chance to reminisce prior to your departure. We have also left our little ones behind on similar trips and felt the heart pull while enjoying some well deserved couple time. Prayers for your safety and God’s mission during your time there. Please also consider this post an invitation for Thai food at our place upon return. Savor the experience!

  6. April 21st, 2015 at 09:09 | #6

    No question this is the place to get this info, thanks y’all.

  7. September 11th, 2015 at 10:37 | #7

    You really found a way to make this whole process easier.

  1. August 26th, 2009 at 12:15 | #1