Thoughts About PLDT MyDSL-W

\'MyDSL-W\'The entire week, an old friend of mine had been complaining about Smart Wifi\’s very high latency and frequent slow downs. Yesterday, my classmate was ranting about his frustrating experience on his PLDT MyDSL plan 999 subscription. Meanwhile, I am experiencing intermittent connection on my MyDSL plan 1995. Lame isn\’t it? I may continue ranting about PLDT\’s bad reputation but it won\’t help the situation.

Several weeks ago, PLDT announced their new wireless internet service called MyDSL-W (wifi / wireless). It\’s uncunningly similar to Smart Wifi, albeit sugarcoated with MyDSL branding. In fact it uses the same facilities of its predecessors — there\’s an external antenna pointed at the nearest cell site and an indoor subscriber unit (SU) which connects the antenna and PC together. This setup had been used since Meridian.

Meridian wireless internet earned a bad reputation not only for bad customer support, but also for its bad performance that would flactuate from one geographical location to another. Some customers where satisfied, while some customers have gone at their wits end just to make their connection stable. It seems that Meridian customers were the guinea pigs in this wireless internet offering, and when the service was rebranded to Smart Wifi, there\’s still a number of people experiencing the problems that plagued Meridian. Hopefully, these problems were already solved in its latest reincarnation.

The new MyDSL-W packages offer faster speed than its Smart Wifi counterpart. Off course, it\’s also more expensive. Initially, the plans for home subscriber are: Plan 999 – 256kbps; Plan1995 – 512kbps; and Plan 3000 – 1mbps. For SMEs: SME Micro Plan- 512kbps – Php 3,300 and SME Small Biz – 768 Kbps – Php 4,400.00.

Now, I asked myself why they named it ridiculously as MyDSL-Wireless whereas DSL is a wired WAN physical layer standard! The most obvious reason is marketing. Some people think that DSL is synonymous to broadband, which is wrong! I understand that PLDT wants to capture the provincial market with MyDSL-W but to name a wireless service \”DSL\” is quite insulting to knowledgeable users.

What\’s your opinion?

Links:
http://www.pldtdsl.com
https://www.mypad.net/dslw/index.asp
PLDT, MyDSL, Smart Wifi, Meridian

  • GleNn

    woot! good news for me. But please, do they seriously think people at this time and age are that dumb?

  • MV

    I hope not… it’s just a marketing ploy

  • do they seriously think people at this time and age are that dumb

    Yep. Do you still receive hoax emails from gullible friends? I still do, and I’m the one who’s the type to really give them a peace of my mind about the wonders of a simple Google verification. And yet, they are TRUE and REAL friends.

    I just received my DSL connection today and I have a lot of questions about the config from my DSL modem/router supplied by PLDT. Basically, I just want my PC to serve as a web server and I still can’t make it work. This is why I landed on your admirable blog site. If you have time and pity to spare, MV, please drop me a line at loloyd at loloyd dot com. Thanks!

  • MV

    I think it’s better if I comment here for the benefit of other visitors. If you have the manual of your modem good for you as some PLDT technicians don’t give the modem manual (for whatever reason). If you don’t have the manual better know what’s the model of your modem. Look at the bottom of your modem and you’ll find it, then use Google to search for the official user’s guide or manual (it usually comes in PDF format).

    Now, search for DDNS and uPnP configuration. The reason why you need to search for DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) is because most IP addresses in lower-tier MyDSL plans are dynamic. After you have configured the DDNS, you should enable uPnP, and then enable uPnP forwarding on port 80 for HTTP to make it accessible to public.

    Visit this link if you have more questions:
    http://www.pinoydsl.net/viewforum.php?f=3

    You can share the grievance and the growing number of complaints to PLDT there.

  • james

    PLDT sucks big time!!!!!!

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