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  1. For U.S. folks receiving their pension via the U.S. Treasury system called "International Direct Deposit" where the US Treasury or its contractor bank the exchange rate received has been approx 0.25 baht/USD lower than the Bangkok Bank TT Buying Rate used for a typical incoming SWIFT transfer where foreign currency is arriving vs baht arriving. For the US Treasury IDD program their contractor bank is "Citibank". Seems Citibank has contracts with the US and UK govts (and probably other countries) to handle many govt payments as Citibank also has a huge FX trading/transfers capability....one of their prime business units. The pension payment starts off for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....next stop Citibank Europe in Ireland....then to Citibank Thailand....then to the Bank of Thailand Bahtnet payment system. I know this because I have Credit Advices showing the flow of money from start to end. Thai baht arrives the Bangkok Bank acct; not US dollars. When the payment hits the Bangkok Bank acct it's coded as a Bahtnet transfer vs International transfer since the final leg of the transfer was via Bahtnet which is primarily a domestic transfer system. Now the monthly IDD payment is converted to baht, not on the receiving end but by the US Treasury or it's contractor bank accomplishing the IDD payment "several days" before, repeat, several days before, the actual payment. So, the local Citibank is not doing the exchange...they are just being used as a pass-thru/intermediary point; the exchange is being done on the sending end...usually done days earlier if a govt payment is being sent.
  2. You rates can't be right....who ever is transmitting your payment is not going to be paying you more than the interbank rate like shown at XE or Transferwise....definitely not 15% more...not even 1% more. I expect you have a calculation error in your spreadsheet....and you first need to know (be absolutely sure) exactly how much "net" GBP (i.e., after deductions, taxes, etc) is being paid to your each month before the exchange happens somewhere along the line. Get that info from the agency making/sending the payment; not the Thai bank.
  3. Like muratermix said earlier....1500 meters for a fiber optics run is nothing. In fiber optics drops from the trunk line junction box to a person's residence they use "single mode" fiber optics cable. You would experience less than 1 db power loss....very little. However, I doubt the ISP likes to run a cable that far to a single residence as it costs more and over a 1500 meters so many "physical" problems could occur (like a break in the line, critters eating on the line, tree limb breaking line, etc) and trying to fine where the physical problem on a l....o.....n......g fiber line hung-up high on soi light poles mixed in with other black cables would be hard/time consuming unless the ISP outfitted its techs with special/costly equipment to estimate distance to a line break. It's better to have a short fiber optics cable run...say a few hundred meters (or less) which allow ISP techs to troubleshoot easier/faster if they feel it's a physical line problem....and takes a lot less time and baht to replace if a new line must be run....if they decide they don't want to splice/fuse the break together. 3BB seems to get thumbs up ratings from most for their speed/service, but there are also plenty of posts on ThaiVisa about slow 3BB fiber optics speed/crappy service....like their 1Gb speed package falling far short of that speed. Waiting for True might be your best bet. About 5 years ago I use to be on True cable (DOCSIS) high speed internet....the service worked fine....was very reliable. But I switched to AIS Fibre just as soon as they arrived my moobaan because AIS internet and TV packages were so much cheaper than True's. Not as big of a cost difference for internet now thou....but True TV packages still too expensive. But True is still an ISP I avoid based on past experience with their pricing/billing, not only for their internet but their mobile service (I have a horror billing story about their mobile billing years back)...they just left a bad taste in my mouth. True is still on my sh*t list.
  4. @ i84teen Google Play....notice it says incompatible with both my Android TV boxes....grayed out to where I can not install. And if checking for the Speedtest.neet app on Google Play from one of the Android TV boxes the Speedtest.net app will not even be shown...only apps that can be installed will be shown/offered for installation. Different than when checking Google Play with the regular Android OS. Anyone with an Android TV device knows this. Here's a snapshot from the VPN.ac regular android app....the only VPN protocol offered is four variations of OpenVPN; no other protocols like Wiregraud, IKEV2, etc. As mentioned earlier I do not subscribe to VPN.ac and maybe if logged into the app it would offer more protocols. But when not logged in it only offers OpenVPN which works fine with Android devices. It appears you are not using the VPN.ac app directly but instead logging into their severs using other apps such as Strongswan and Wiregurad linux apps....in that case you are being offered protocols other than only OpenVPN when using the VPN.ac servers. But as stated earlier, the VPN.ac only offers OpenVPN protocol. And as another poster mentioned, your attitude indeed stinks. VPN.ac Android app....only OpenVpn offerred.
  5. For Android TV there is no Speedtest.net app on Google Play....when you use Google Play on an Android TV device it will only show you compatible Android TV apps. You can go to your Google Play acct using Windows speedtest.net and it will also show which of your devices are compatible....all my regular Androd devices are compatible....but for my two Android TV devices it says the devices are non-compatible/grays out the capability to install for those devices. I did sideload Speedtest.net one time on my Nivida box....it was not fully compatible...would not do a download test and would freeze up the box occasionally. So, instead, a person downloads some speed test apps from Google Play that are Android TV compatible. Sorry, dude, OpenVPN works just fine and fast on my Android TV boxes and my regular Android devices like my smartphones. As already mentioned, VPN apps for Android predominately use OpenVPN...those apps would not be doing that if OpenVPN didn't work well on Android TV and regular Android operating system/devices. Explain why your VPN.ac Android app only offers OpenVPN.
  6. Your first snapshot is simply the Speedtest.net app (by OOKLA). It's an actual app installed on your box. It's not unique to 3BB....same Speedtest.net app that installs on any Android device....got it on all my regular Android devices. The second snapshot is using a browser to reach out to the 3BB speedtest website which is simply using a modified version of Speedtest.net (by OOKLA) to run a browser-based test. And I can understand why 3BB is turning a deaf ear to your complains about speed because the speedtest app is showing full speed, but for some reason when using a browser-type app your speed drops way down. That is usually a sign of device configuration/driver/browser problems and not the incoming internet line.
  7. The key point I was tying to make to i84teen that OpenVPN is the primarily protocol that VPN apps use with Android devices....such devices can easily handle OpenVPN....get good speed "with a good VPN service provider." Like with my low cost, low horsepower, 3 year old Android phone on a Wifi non-VPN connection Speedtest.net test to Seattle just now I got 137/50 speed result. Now I quickly make an ExpressVPN OpenVPN connection to the same Speedtest server...rerun test....I get a 105/12 speed result. Almost the same download speed on a OpenVPN connection as without a VPN connection.
  8. I'm on a 700/50 plan. Just ran a speed test on my Nvidia Shield box....see below Would have probably got over 700Mb but the wife has the AISPlay android box on downstairs watching TV and streaming Youtube on her smartphone via Wifi connection when I ran the test. Would have probably go well over 700Mb if I had been brave enough to tell her to stop all her streaming for a minute or two. But at times when no other streaming was occurring in my house, when I run a speed test with the Nvida box I get around 775/60. Next time I take advantage of one of those free 24 hour upgrades to 1000/1000 speed I'll try to remember to run a speed test with the Nvidia box....I expect it will achieve the approx 940Mb typical best speed of a 1Gb plan.
  9. OpenVPN works just fine and fast on my Android boxes, Android TV OS (two different boxes) and Android OS (a box I use to use). In fact, OpenVPN is the default protocol and sometimes the only protocol offered when running an Android VPN app. Different than VPN apps for Windows which usually offer a variety of other protocols like IKEV2, L2TP, SSTP, etc., in additional to OpenVPN Like ExpressVPN for Android TV and regular Android....only offers OpenVPN. PureVPN for Android TV....only uses OpenVPN. And PureVPN for regular Android offers OpenVPN and IKE2V....nothing else. Now I don't have a VPN.ac subscription like you do, but I do have their app loaded on my Android smartphone and VPN.ac only offers OpenVPN. Now maybe it might offer more protocol if having a subscription, but when not logged in only four variants of OpenVPN is offered. I guess what I'm saying is typically VPN app for Android TV or regular Android use OpenVPN. Android smartphones and boxes.....and Android TV boxes are more than powerful enough to easily handle OpenVPN...and I expect that is why most VPN apps for Android-type devices predominately use OpenVPN. For example below is a speed test done on one of Android TV boxes (Nvidia Shield 2017) to Seattle using ExpressVPN OpenVPN on my Air Fibre 700/50 plan. I would say 350Mb speed proves my Android TV box can easily handle OpenVPN.
  10. No, I was referring to my Nvidia Shield and Mi android boxes that use the Android TV operating system. As Susco posted earlier Android TV is a variant (major) of regular Android OS like found smartphones/tablets. The Android TV OS is modified/streamlined from regular Android OS. Android TV is geared to give a "leanback" (like leaning back in your easy chair) to give an easy/simple operating experience....just a simple remote very similar to the simple remotes used on old TV boxes. Android apps need to be specifically written to work fully/properly with Android TV OS; if not specifically written for Android TV they may not even install....only work partially....not be easy to move around it....etc. And Google Play will tell you if the app is compatible with Android TV. Android TV OS is different/modified from regular Android OS.
  11. Does you Android box run regular Android or Android TV operating system? The Android TV system is geared for TV/movie streaming....geared for a leanback experience in your easy chair; different from the Android system like on smartphones and many Android box. While many regular Android app can "partially" or appear to fully work on an Android TV box (you will need to sideload them), they may not work as on regular Android....and they will not update automatically via Google Play...they may update themselves like Mobdro or you have to updated them manually everyone once in a while. 3BB has a speed "app?" Didn't know 3BB had speed test app....you sure about that? Or are you saying they just went to their below 3BB speedtest website and ran a speed test? If so, that's not an app; just a website linking to a 3BB server using the OOKLA (i.e., speedtest.net) speed tests but with the page/screen layout to make it look different from the regular speeddtest.net screen. Also, keep in mind that is a speedtest to an in-Thailand server....speedtesting to a server outside of Thailand is going to be much lower regardless of speed tester used. https://speedtest.3bb.co.th/ If you are getting over 900Mb to an in-Thailand server when connected with ethernet, but much lower when on Wifi, well, that's a problem with your Wifi equipment....router or clients (i.e, smartphones, tablets, etc), Keep in mind Wifi speed will not be anywhere close to your Ethernet connection on a 1Gb plan as I expect you just have 801.11ac (Wifi5) router where when using a 2.4Ghz Wifi channel you are probably just going to get in the 50-100Mb ballpark....when using a 5Ghz Wifi channel probably around 200-300Mb. And if having a bunch of folks connecting at the same time via Wifi then above mentioned speed may go down as it shared among numerous users. And if the Wifi signal "strength" is low that will reduce the Wifi "speed." Within your restaurant do you broadcast a 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wifi channels for your customers? If only 2.4Ghz, then that's the possibly the cause of customers complaining about slow Wifi speed although 2.4Ghz will provide more than enough speed to stream even 4K video which only needs around 25Mb speed max. And back to my earlier regular Android or Android TV operating system comments. I have found the "browser" that you use to stream video content can make a big difference in how well that content streams. I have Android boxes that use the Android TV operating system...a Nvidia Shield box and a Mi box. I watch two particular US TV/movie websites quite a bit which have a lot of US TV channels...these website do not use a specific app like Netflix....instead, you just use a regular browser to watch/stream them. Well, if I use the Puffin Android TV browser to stream these sites I often get poor streaming....buffering....just can stream some channels at all....sometimes times it works OK. Now this Puffin browser is written to work best with websites geared to Android TV browsers/apps, but these two websites I use to stream TV say in their fine print their sites work best with regular browser (their way of saying Android TV browsers may not stream as well). So, what I do is use other Android TV browsers vs Puffin to stream these websites and then they stream perfectly, although their are not as user friendly in moving around those TV websites (like changing channels) as the Puffin browser. Summary: if a specific app is not being use to stream a certain TV/movie services and instead you just use any old browser, well, the browser you use can make a big difference at least on a Android TV box. And Wifi signal strength and speed are two different animals. Wifi "strength" is how strong of a signal being received...how many bars of strength whether your plan is a 10Mb plan or 1000Mb plan. Wifi "speed" is like it says, how fast of a Wifi speed you get. And keep in mind the weakest link in the Wifi chain determines maximum speed. Let's say your router is pumping out fast Wifi speed to your high end smartphone which has a good Wifi circuit....let's say your get a Wifi speedtest reading of 500Mb on that smartphone when connecting via a 5Ghz Wifi channel. But on your other smartphone, which has a low end Wifi circuit, you only get 80Mb speed....well, don't blame that on the router or ISP....it's that lower end smartphone's fault....maybe that phone is connecting via a 2.4Ghz channel which is just going to give around 50-100Mb speed whether you have a low end or high end router....or maybe it is connecting via 5Ghz Wifi channel but its Wifi circuit is just low quality.
  12. I've had been thinking about giving VPN.ac a trial run by buying their 7 day trial period for $2 because reviews of VPN.ac are usually pretty good. And the app looked like the kind of app I would like using. If the trial period gave good results maybe I would switch from ExpressVPN when my current subscription ends in another year or so....I also have a PureVPN subscription good for several more years. But the best I can figure VPN.ac does not offer an app for "Android TV"....they have an app for regular Android but not Android TV. When I do a Google Play search from my Android TV boxes for the VPN.ac app one is not listed. And when checking Google Play from my Windows laptop it shows the VPN.ac Android app is compatible with my regular Android devices like my Samsung and Lenovo smartphones/tablets running a version of regular Android, but incompatible with my Nividia Shield Android TV box and my Mi Android TV box which run Android TV. So, since I use these two boxes running the Android TV operating system all the time to stream content which needs a VPN connection, VPN.ac not having a Android TV app make them a non-starter for me.
  13. I was looking thru some past speedtests on the particular computer I'm using right now....it always on a Wifi connection....below is some typical results in my tests to Seattle "with a VPN connection" as I was checking out the speed of ExpressVPN with a Seattle VPN connection....as you can see I was getting in the mid 190ms ballpark...with one test as low as 181. Now on my other, more horsepower laptop which I use with an ethernet connection sometimes I can many times pull 300 to 450Mb VPN connection speeds to the US west coast....at other times only around 250Mb. I'm on an AIS 700/50Mb plan.
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