What Do I Think of P1 W1MAX?

I think it’s good.

I have been evaluating the P1 W1MAX for more than 2 weeks already. And so far the connection and the reliability of the service has been satisfactory. I can safely say now that I am going to subscribe to P1’s W1MAX service as full time subscriber.

During the first week of my testing, the connection, or rather the coverage in my area was not that good. I was getting the orange light (means moderate coverage reception) all the time. But even with that orange light, the speed I’m getting was more than satisfactory. Pages loads quickly, downloads are fast, and the response was fast too. But after the second week, that’s when I’ve been getting the green light, about 90% of the time. And from then on, the speed is much faster and better reliability.I have been reading the unofficial forum thread regarding the P1 W1MAX here.

In the forum, I’ve learnt many tips on how to make the connection better, for instance, to point the modem towards the nearest coverage area. That means, if you’re on the borderline of the coverage area, you can still get a good signal reception. Of course, when using an internet line, you sure want to use it with more than 1 PC right? What’s good about the modem is that you can add a router to it so that you can share your internet connection with your friends and families. I want to share the internet connection, so I also bought a wireless router. One tip that you should remember when using a router is that, you must place the router as far as possible from the P1 modem. This is because some of the cheaper wireless routers tends to “leech” the wireless signal from the modem. This will cause slower transfer rate from the router to your PC. All this tips and info can also be found in the forum.

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I was having problems with the transfer rate between the modem, router and my laptop. Only after I read the recommended tips from the forum that I find out to place the router as far away from the modem. I did that, and almost immediately the speed went up to the max. So now I have no problem sharing the connection with other users and still getting the fast internet connection.

Ok, lets check out the speed. Check out the screenshots below:

The speed from SpeedTest.net.

The speedtest shows 1199kbps as the download speed and 421kbps as the upload speed. It is considered fast as I have tested an internet connection using Streamyx (with 3.6Mb/s package) and it went up to only 900++ kbps.

373 KB/s download speed? Even I was shocked to see the speed.

Btw…that file took less than 40 seconds to download.

Now, I’m sure you also want to know how the torrent download speed is like right?

140.2 kb/s for a torrent download. Not bad.

And I thought the speed won’t be that high for torrent files on this P1 network.

Anyway, all I can say for the P1 W1MAX is that, I am happy. I am now your full time subscriber and I hope you can still improve on the area of coverage. The place I’m at now have a good reception, but in case if I go back to my parents place in Klang, I hope to have a good reception there too. And I’m also looking forward to its nationwide coverage in future. When that happens, I’m sure P1 will gain more subscribers.

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Just keep up the good work.

I also want to know what others think of P1’s W!MAX service. I’m sure there’s a few negative statement on the WiMAX services. Good or bad, let’s share the experience with others.