Internet Plan In Laos

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Olivier, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Olivier

    Olivier Admin Staff Member

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    What Internet connection do you have at home or at your office? At what cost? Are you happy with the connection (speed, reliability...)?
    I want to subscribe a minimum 512 kb/1 G plan and, since it is not cheap in Lao, would be greatful for your advices.
     
  2. Petrus47

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    When I subscribed it was more expensive.
    My ETL Mixnet adsl 2 now costs 210.000 kips/month (quarterly payment).
    It's a little bit more reliable now, because I claimed several times to the technical service.
    But with the 512kb I cannot still view a streaming video (Youtube or Dailymotion) without annoying interruptions.
    I have installed a little program called Routerstats to monitor the noise margin on the phone line and this looks ok.
     
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  3. Clyde_T_Jenkins

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    I have information that Beeline is getting Fiber-to-Home soon, as a cost similar to their current WiMax cost (not bad). You have to wait a couple months though they are still running the fiber.
     
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  4. Petrus47

    Petrus47 Moderator Staff Member

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    That would be great;)
     
  5. Olivier

    Olivier Admin Staff Member

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    Thanks for the info Clyde. I am nevertheless wary what
    can last here.
     
  6. JK

    JK Jack of all trades, Master of none

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    I've been happy with Unitel ADSL. I watch cable TV streamed from the US with no problems. Over a year with no service interruptions... I pay around 3million kip for the year if I remember correctly.
     
  7. Petrus47

    Petrus47 Moderator Staff Member

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    With a 512kb broadband plan?
     
  8. JK

    JK Jack of all trades, Master of none

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    I'll try and verify the speed but I haven't had a problem...
     
  9. Olivier

    Olivier Admin Staff Member

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    ETL have a great after-sale service and the reasonable prices listed below:

    ETL Internet plans (info updated mid-August 2013)
    • speed / monthly price paying upfront for 1 year / 6 month / 3 months / 1 month
    • 256 Kb / 120,000 Kips / … / … / 150,000 Kips
    • 512 Kb / 170,000 Kips / 195,000 Kips / 210,000 Kips / 220,000 Kips
    • 1 Mb / 250,000 Kips / 300,000 Kips / 325,000 Kips / 350,000 Kips

    Whatever plan you choose, if you pay upfront for 1 year, the installation by ETL technician is free. Otherwise, you will have to pay for the installation (starting from 500,000 Kips, price depend on technical requirements)

    So I think I will go for one of these plans. Thanks @Clyde_T_Jenkins @JK @Petrus47 for your feedbacks.
     
  10. laurip

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    I've had a 1 Mb ADSL from ETL for about 5 months, and I've been happy with the connection after making a few adjustments.

    First off, ETL uses a weird networking architecture where the modem they give you works as a bridge, and your devices get their IPs directly from the local DSLAM. This means that you share the same sub-net with a maximum of 254 of your neighbors devices. Secondly they only give you a limited set of IPs and getting them seems somewhat random. The solution to all of this hazzle is to add your own router or access point to the picture, give it the IP written on top of the ETL modem and let it create a sub-net for all of your devices. Preferably also ask the ETL guys either to disable the WLAN their modem creates or at least add a password to it to limit the amount of random people using your connection. Unless you're a telnet wizz you won't be able to configure the ETL modem your self.
     
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  11. Petrus47

    Petrus47 Moderator Staff Member

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    Right;)
    When you test your bandwith, among others:
    http://www.bandwidthplace.com/
    http://www.speedtest.net/?s=1219
    as a reply, you get a different IP address than the fixed one given by ETL.
     
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  12. JK

    JK Jack of all trades, Master of none

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    Sorry but I misspoke.... I used to pay 3million kip per 6 months but just recently changed to the yearly payment because the service was good (so now pay 5.4 mil per year). It is 1.5 down and 1 up.
     
  13. Olivier

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    @laurip Wow! Thanks for all this info.

    An extra question: since I am definitely not a telnet wizz, I was thinking of using an Apple AirPort Express to set up the Wi-Fi network with ETL. Do you think this router will easily let me
    PS: nice avatar :D
     
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    Have been with Beeline for a year, where I live we have to use a little satelite dish thing as there are no wires, 1meg connection (at best) - 1,000,000kip/month.
     
  15. laurip

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    @Olivier

    Apple says:
    On a Macintosh computer using Mac OS X v10.4 or later:
    1 Open AirPort Utility, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
    2 Select your AirPort Express and click Continue.

    So setting up the ETL given IP should be quite straight forward, don't you think? :)

    The only thing you can't do is disable the ETL modems' wireless, and for this you need ETL. To find the all-knowing ETL technical specialists I recommend that you refer to the awesome drawing attached (unlike @Petrus47 I don't have the Lao GPS maps on my computer and Google street view is not yet available). They don't mind you just marching in with the modem and sometimes they even offer you beer!

    ETL-techies.png
     
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  16. Petrus47

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    :D:D:D I know this place, behind the main building, I've been there several times before they (finally) decided to change my IP address.
    Nice people in there:rolleyes:
     
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  17. Petrus47

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    Hi Laurip,
    ETL gave me (sold?) a TP-link TD-8817 which is easily accessible "admin - admin" :cool:, but there is no Wifi in there.
    Wifi for me, comes from the Linksys router I've put and configured behind the ADSL2+ modem.
     
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  18. Olivier

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    ETL technicians came to my house to install the "Economic" ADSL. (by the way, thanks guys for throwing your garbage in my flower pot!)
    The configuration is a mess and the documentation is non existent. I was absent at the time of the installation and can't find a way to configure the modem properly as DHCP doesn't work neither the static IP configuration they seem to recommend. Will likely spend another evening or two trying to make it work. :hungover:
     
  19. Petrus47

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    When I went to ask them why my internet connection was so slow, it ended with a destroyed modem:chicken:
    Then, I bought and configured a new one (TP-Link - TD-W8968)... and my internet connection is always slow, but I could remove the Linksys as the one I bought has WIFI included.
     
  20. Clyde_T_Jenkins

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    I got Beeline Fiber in my home and the other day I downloaded 6 full length movies and an entire season of a tv show in 30 minutes. avg 10up/10down. Working nicely.
     
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