Posts Tagged ‘Izzi Broadband’

Oh yeah, finally my Izzi subscription ended. What a relief. Today will be the last day I use izzi as my broadband service provider. I already can’t ‘tahan’ (bear) anymore the service quality. Most of the time I only get 80 kbps..yes…you read it right. It is kbps, not capital letter B. Which mean, my download speed is somewhere around 8-10 kBps. What a phatetic service, and still need to pay RM98 (RM88 for renewal subscription, monthly basis).

I stay at Kelana Jaya and according to Izzi guy, KJ is the most saturated izzi user. Even so, this should be not their reason to provide 8% of their advertise speed. Would you not be mad, if you pay RM98 for 1000 kbps broadband but they only provie you 80 kbps? That is 24kbps faster than dial up speed. No wonder my browsing (I already say bye bye to torrent and download, unless I have too) experience become so terrible. It need more than 20 seconds to open http://www.tomshardware.page. So do with other website which utilize heavy graphics and flash… 

So, last week I do myself a favour. I went to TM Point Kelana Jaya and register myself TM.net Streamyx Combo 60. Pay RM75 for phone line activation fee and RM30 to the tm contractor (he came to my resident area and config. phone line jumper). Total up, RM105. I am pleasantly surprise because I used to think that I need to fork out around RM300-RM400 upfront, for the phone line, deposits etc etc. But, what I do actually need just RM105, LoL. And, if I already have a phoneline activated, I should pay nothing to register streamyx (I mean upfront). And I expect my first bill will consist of 2xRM60 (this month and deposit of my combo60). Activation (streamyx) already waived…yay.

But, why i subscribe Combo60 (384 kbps) instead of Combo90 (512kbps) or Combo110 (1Mbps) ? 2 reasons actually.

First, I don’t know that my appartment copper line is in good or bad condition. Streamyx use ADSL technology which is base on best effort basis. If I subscribe 1 Mbps service and the copper line is relatively bad for high freq. signal, my stremyx line will be throtled down upon handshaking between my modem and ISP. If my modem insist and agree for 1 mbps connection, but the copper line can’t hold it, frequent disconnection will occur. Frequent DC is what I hate most. So, I start with slow line speed, observe the average downstream and upstream speed, and if I confident that this line could support higher speed, I will upgrade (upgrade can be done fromt their website and FOC). However, if I start at 1mbps and this copper line could only support up to 600 kbps, I will doomed as tm.net doesn’t entertain any downgrade request. Simply said, during the contract period (1 year), you can upgrade your streamyx speed but you can’t downgrade due what so ever reason.

Second, Streamyx is known for their fair usage policy or in other word, P2P packet throtling. Theoritically, my combo60 will allow me to download at 48 kBps (I test at nzones.com, download speed (FTP) at 49 kBps, sweet), but if they throtled my torrent and cap it at 10 kBps, I don’t see any reason for me to get 1 Mbps service. 384kbps is more than enough for email, browsing and casual downlaod activity. 

And 59 kBps is way faster than 10 kBps (this is what Izzi provide me, most of the time, except during 2AM to 6 AM, but I am sleeping at that time duh..). 

I am fully aware that streamyx has its own problems and headache too. Well, if anyone could tell me that there is 1 ISP in Malaysia that able to provide headacheless service, I will jump from KLCC 😀 . I rather bear streamyx problem (but consistent 45-50 kBps downstream speed) rather than virtually no problem for izzi but downstream speed averagely 8-10 kBps. (Imagine, when I use Izzi, once i format my PC, i need to let my pc perform windows update from 12 midnight till 7 AM in the morning). 

So, how fast my stremyx combo60 actually?

Here we go. 479 kbps for 384kbps service. For RM60, I got this speed + a working phone line where I can use it to call any number in Malaysia (different charge) but assuming I running out of mobile phone credit, I could use this one for emergency. However, upload speed is lower than what they advertise.

 

let see how fast this line when we use Singpore test server.

Sweet, still more than 384kbps.

 

So, let recap how much Izzi could provide me.

 

Well, picture speed thousands of word…as I am already speechless looking at 80 kbps from 1Mbps izzi subscription.

 

Final word : If you want to subscribe to izzi broadband, ask the reseller to perform a speedtest first at your home. Try to test the connection speed at your desired working area, as wireless signal may detrotriate and affect your wireless broadband speed. If you have phone line and willing to wait 7-10 days, simply go for streamyx. For RM60, I got lifetime warranty modem and faster line speed (practically) compare to izzi, 1 year warranty and slower practical broadband speed for RM98. 

Izzi Speedtest

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Internet
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Picture speak thousand words.

Here we go, 1 mbps service from Izzi iBurst so called 4G technology. And the best part of it, I consider myself lucky to get this kind of speed this day. During peak hour, 56 kbps dial up to ISDN 128 kbps speed could be considered normal. Sigh.

Yep, you see it right. 100% signal strength. 46 days to go before my subscription end.

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One izzi guy call my number and asked me about my izzi performance and told me that second tower already up at Kelana Jaya. Pretty excited and I did speedtest (www.speedtest.net) and choose Singpore and Malaysia server… surprise suprise….

speedtest

not satisfied….restart computer and restart modem…
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bah…still below 200 kbps (and this is local server in KL)….. 11 AM some more…sigh.

How about another try for singapore server (to reflect oversea content speed…well most of the websites and materials I require mostly from oversea base server)

tadaa…
speedtest3

what is this?????

Pay RM98 for 1 mbps and get this result? No wonder it take almost a minute to open this wordpress edit page. zzzzzzzzz

I am using Izzi You (the USB one), and I have other PC and notebook in my house. But because this modem use USB interface, I can’t share my broadband directly. So what I need is Windows Internet Sharing and a network card (NIC). Both Windows XP and Vista has ICS and I bet almost all notebook and mobo nowadays has network adapter.

I am going to share my izzi broadband with my other PC using direct connection (cross cable). Let assume :

  • PC 1 = PC with internet connection
  • PC 2 = PC without internet connection
  • Objective : To share PC1 internet connection (izzi broadband) with PC2 using direct Ethernet connection (2 network adapter and 1 cross UTB Cat5e cable).

PC 1 :

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From my experience, Izzi Broadband performance fluctuate heavily. From 250 kbps to 1024 kbps (almost). It seem, the ISP ‘divide’ the 1 Mbps line into half or even quater to support more customer who login at the same time while the tower can’t provide adequate bandwidth.

For those who read my 2 previous posts, you will notice that Izzi performance drop significantly at peak hour espcially weekend. Last night, I clocked my izzi performance as low as 250 kbps. But this morning (I assume most of izzi user still sleep @ 6.37 AM or preparing to go to work, except heavy torrenter), i manage to get 94 kBp.

And here is the perfect example, how slow izzi is when peak hour (I record this @ 1.19 AM, 12 Jul 2008 : Saturday)

13 kBps !!??!! OMG, this is not quater but 1/8 of the promise speed. Oh dear.

Latest Izzi Speedcheck

Posted: January 17, 2008 in Internet, Service
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To be fair to my previous review, I re-evaluate Izzi performance base on current environment.

To be honest, after a good review a couple of months ago, Izzi performance drop significantly. It started in somewhere in the midle of November where I only enjoy half of the advertise speed. Roughly 50-60 KBps. It even drop to 30 kBps when peak hour. I call Izzi Customer Service 3 times. The first and second, the customer service just told me that he will check and re-inform me later…but no such luck…he just keep quite. I send them 3 emails, and they only reply the last one. My 3rd call, I speak and complain a bit harsh ( no more gentlemen manner). To be surprise they lodge me a report and give me my report number.

The last customer service guy did call me 2 times and ask me to provide him a screen shot (izzi speed test result + signal strength. I did provide and it clearly state even I received 100% signal, my speed still limited to 500 kbps. This is really piss me off because I pay for 1 Mbps not half of it. And guess what, that guy told me that, each iBurst tower will support up to 50 user simultaneously. And according to iBurst white paper, each iBurst tower only able to provide 24 Mbps downstream. So, if all 50 users doing heavy download (torrent or FTP), there is no way I can enjoy 1 Mbps download speed. Dang. Izzi actually greedier than TM-Net.

Here is my latest screenshot for Izzi speed test result with 100% signal strength. Location : Kelana Jaya. 15th floor.

Mind you that this result is more optimist compare to real world speed. This is my connection (speed test) with Izzi Server as my ISP. So, my speed should be lower when I download oversea content or torrenting.