Discussion in 'Businesses - Services - Products' started by charlyB, Feb 18, 2021.
Does anybody on the forum use Airlink ?
Any recommendations regarding Airlink ?
Hi. I posted about these in the thread about FilProduct. To summarise:
VERY expensive (we pay 4499 for 15MBPS)
You have to pay for the aerial installation (cost us P8k)
Rarely achieve above 10mbps and as good as that is rare
They no longer have a Dumaguete office and work out of Bayawan, but were responsive to the one email I sent about poor service (not that this improved things)
Moving to FilProduct 20mbps as soon as cable is installed at less than half the cost
I've used Airlink for nearly three years and have been very happy with the service. Where I live there is no other alternative available, and so, while it is expensive compared to other services, I am glad to have the option available. From what I understand Airlink will work from anywhere so long as they can achieve line-of-sight visibility to one of their routers, and they will install a mast on your roof to be sure that they achieve that. I'm paying 4499 for 15Meg service and my speed almost always tests between 20 to 25M. The few occasions where I have noticed my speed was low, I sent them an email and they replied almost immediately and fixed the issue. I would certainly recommend them.
Like yourself, until recently we have had no choice other than Airlink in our area. Now FilProduct have moved in with additional capacity, it's a no-brainer to move to them for faster speed, saving of P2300 per month and cable TV included. Strange how we are each experiencing different connection speeds. Maybe due to terrain or something.
Question. With Airtel are the router/modems at the top of the mast and LAN cable into the house or is it Coax cable from the dish into the house?
The variation in speeds could be tuning of the point to point, test tone from one end receiver tuned to a peak signal aligning the dish, little degree variations amount to lots of loss. Also range from point to point and each node point might have different loads, more users.
It's an interesting service for remote areas and the prices sound reasonably for +10Mbps in those locations. The only other way to get that kind of service would be to modify a PLDT home WiFi router, software lock it to Band 28 and break out to a suitable antenna and point it to the closest Smart tower (or tower serving less people). 999PHP for 70GB but if the setup is done properly 20-40Mbps are achievable as tested in Tambobo.
There are multiple ways to get mobile Internet over longer distances.
1) The Globe home wireless router has connections for an external antennas.
You can see the connections here: Note that this router has the large antenna connections and no internal antenna. I recommend this type of router because there is no internal antenna to confuse the system when external antennas are added.
Here is an example of an external directional antenna. Make sure you purchase one with the correct connections. They have changed.
2) Another way is to put the router up high facing the cell tower or near a window facing the cell tower. Glass and polycarbonate plastic have very little resistance to radio signals of this frequency and can be used to protect the router/antenna. This can be done either with or without an external antenna.
Here is a video of a guy using a polyethylene plastic bag to protect his outside installation. Then in addition to mounting the router outside he runs the antenna wires up a pole to an external antenna. Hopefully you can figure out better protection using polycarbonate. Note that this router has the small antenna connections and the internal antenna vs the example above that has the large antenna connections and no internal antenna. This guy knows his antennas because he purchased a very high gain external antenna. (88 dbi)
The last time I checked (6 months) Smart/PLDT did not have external antenna connections. So you are stuck with option (2). Window or outside with protection. The routers are constantly changing so Smart/PLDT may soon have a router with antenna connections.
Last I checked (6 months), Smart/PLDT have very few cell towers. But this is constantly changing.
I'm a dunce with this kind of thing, but wouldn't putting the router outside potentially weaken wireless signal inside the property?
In the video he has a long Ethernet cable that runs to a second WiFi router in the house.