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Hi all,

I have a friend in CR that I would like to have broadband for Skype usage, and I would like to know what options now exist for a reasonable price.

Back in July Tayto posted:

"I have been using T-Net by Cat N-Rich package, 335 baht per 30 days unlimited for well over a year now and have been quite happy with it.There is a 3 baht connection charge and this works out about another 100 to 150 baht a month

T-Net/TT&T now have a broadband package offer, Maxnet, 590 baht, 256/128 speed including free modem if you sign up for a year.

This seems to be very good value but I have been reading some bad press about it.Any comments please?"

And Dr. Locker posted:

"I have the 512/256-Connection.

But many of my friends ordered the smaller one.

Till now everybody is fine with his broadband.

When you only want to use internet the normal way (email & surfing with a few smaller downloads) you should be very happy with this connection.

OK, sometimes there are a few problems. But anyway it is the best choice for now.

By the way, TRUE-Internet (well known from BKK) has an office beside ITD-Plaza.

Perhaps they offer another choice."

Here are a few of my questions:

Is Maxnet still the best option for a reasonable price in CR? How much is the 512/256 broadban connection? Is the 256/128 broadband still 590/month?

Any updates on the quality? Any other good options now available, like TRUE-Internet?

Thanks for any help here.

Seeker :o

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We have had the MaxNet 512/256 ADSL for 11 weeks now. Can't compare it to other high-speed connections in Thailand because this is the first we've had here, but we had DSL service in the states for 5 years and compared to that, MaxNet sucks! It is slower than dial-up at times and the slow times are unpredictable and last for hours.Also have tried DSL connections in a variety of cybercafes all over Thailand and the connections in C.R. are slower than anywhere else outside of Nan, so it may not necessarily be the ISP. That said, MaxNet IS slow, expensive (790 baht / month) and the customer service isn't so hot,either. If anybody knows of a better ISP here in C.R. I would be willing to switch.

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We have had the MaxNet 512/256 ADSL for 11 weeks now. Can't compare it to other high-speed connections in Thailand because this is the first we've had here, but we had DSL service in the states for 5 years and compared to that, MaxNet sucks!  It is slower than dial-up at times and the slow times are unpredictable and last for hours.Also have tried DSL connections in a variety of cybercafes all over Thailand and the connections in C.R. are slower than anywhere else outside of Nan, so it may not necessarily be the ISP. That said, MaxNet IS slow, expensive (790 baht / month) and the customer service isn't so hot,either. If anybody knows of a better ISP here in C.R. I would be willing to switch.

Thanks Chris and Dan,

Sounds pretty grim. I hope someone here knows of a better option or has a better report.

Seeker

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We have had the MaxNet 512/256 ADSL for 11 weeks now. Can't compare it to other high-speed connections in Thailand because this is the first we've had here, but we had DSL service in the states for 5 years and compared to that, MaxNet sucks!  It is slower than dial-up at times and the slow times are unpredictable and last for hours.Also have tried DSL connections in a variety of cybercafes all over Thailand and the connections in C.R. are slower than anywhere else outside of Nan, so it may not necessarily be the ISP. That said, MaxNet IS slow, expensive (790 baht / month) and the customer service isn't so hot,either. If anybody knows of a better ISP here in C.R. I would be willing to switch.

I have to agree with Chris and Dan, Maxnet sucks.

I got the free modem with 256/128 speed costing 590 baht connection but the speed is slower than dial up most of the time.

If you want to contact customer service for Maxnet be prepared for a long wait,they leave you hanging on the telephone for hours.

Maxnet sucks

Edited by tayto

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Well. I guess since there have been no favorable posts and everyone here uses the internet then I must conclude that there is still no decent broadband in CR.

There is really no technical nor direct financial reason now for Thailand not to have top notch broadband connectivity like India or other countries. The bandwidth cost from international fibre optic backbone providers has continued to fall dramatically during the past 4 years.

I will look more into the big picture of broadband in my upcoming vacation time and do some posting in the "Internet, computers, communication, technology in Thailand" forum

Thanks all!

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Well. I guess since there have been no favorable posts and everyone here uses the internet then I must conclude that there is still no decent broadband in CR.

There is really no technical nor direct financial reason now for Thailand not to have top notch broadband connectivity like India or other countries.  The bandwidth cost from international fibre optic backbone providers has continued to fall dramatically during the past 4 years. 

I will look more into the big picture of broadband in my upcoming vacation time and do some posting in the "Internet, computers, communication, technology in Thailand" forum

Thanks all!

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Maxnet down a good part of yesterday.

After spending over 22 minutes hanging on for customer service they informed me they had a problem in Chiang mai.

Maxnet Sucks

Edited by tayto

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For those interested in DSL service. I live 40 KM outside Chiangrai and have had TT&T phone service. For DSL I have been using LOXINFO for over a year. In a word - 'excellant'. It is my understanding that TOT is terrible for DSL service! I do not know this for a fact - just heresay. I plan to move to Chiangrai in the very near future and understand from TT&T that I can get there service when I move. If I can I will stick with them and LOXINFO(?).

Side Note: Does anyone know where I can Rent a 2 or 3 bedroom relatively New HOUSE in Chiangrai - Not town-house - free standing. ANYWHERE as long as it is within a 3-6 KM area. Do not care about cost.

Thanks for any and all replies. PM me - Anytime.

Thanks

Al

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Hi Al,

Let's see if I understand you correctly.

You have phone service with TT&T and through LOXINFO a permanent DSL connection. This means you do not need to "dial up". It is on 24/7 and all you need to do is to turn on your computer to be online? What is the cost of this service? And what are the promised download/upload speeds?

Hmm, you are also 40 km out in the middle of nowhere. I think you must actually have a dial up account if I am not mistaken. Anyway please let me know the speeds and cost.

Thanks for the info.

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As for finding a house. Try either the Sinthanee villages 1+2+3 and possible 5, but it could be too long away. Try also country home down at pattaya noi.

As for high speed internet and skype. I got 1024/216 with TOT. Connection is fluent like a normal phone call when both are on skype. When you call somebody with outskype, there will be lag. I pay 1,000 baht a month for this service. There is also a bussiness solution available costing 2,700 a month, with the same upload/download speed as mine. Trick is they put less people to share the same network/cable. My modem doesnt always work, but like everything lese in Thailand, you need patience. Once I am on, I stay there. It took some time in the western countries to develop quality ADSL connections as well. I am satisfied with my ADSL connection.

There is also IP Star and IPTV, where IP Star is the better. IP star is suposed to be the best possible solution. I have had IP TV for the minimum period. Very rare it worked. I was very dis satisfied with the IPTV service.

As for ADSL, one and half years ago Loxinfo promised with in a year to cover the whole country, no matter your location. My informations are not updated, but being a ADSL user you would probably want to be less than 3 kilometers from their mainserver. Or else your connection will not be reliable. TOT is complicated for a forreigner. You will need a work permit to sign up or it cant be in your name.

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I got Maxnet 512/256 two weeks ago. Will cost something like 900 Baht a month.

Some people, who are much better informed than me, told me that it would have been better to take 256/128: It is cheaper and the rather small capacity of the telephonelines would limit the speed anyhow.

But Potter has better experiences, maybe related to the distance of his house to the location of an ADSL-station (???).

They told me that 4 km is the maximum distance. And I am on 4,3 km.

Anyhow, my maxnet worked for 4 days. Great, I enjoyed it very much.

The last 10 days however, it is impossible to open a page. What a pity!

But they are working at it :o:D

Two questions:

What happened with Gmail? Suddenly I have to go to internetshops to check my mail. It simply doesn't open (I have a dial-upp now, courtesy of TTandT, snailspeed).

What is this naughty 'Cyberinspector' doing on my computer?

'Spy-sheriff' my virusprogram calls his or its illegal identity. I don't get rid of it. It opens everytime I 'turn' a page, whatever the content is. :D

Limbo :D

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Two questions:

What happened with Gmail? Suddenly I have to go to internetshops to check my mail. It simply doesn't open (I have a dial-upp now, courtesy of TTandT, snailspeed).

What is this naughty 'Cyberinspector' doing on my computer?

'Spy-sheriff' my virusprogram calls his or its illegal identity. I don't get rid of it. It opens everytime I 'turn' a page, whatever the content is. :o

Limbo :D

Q1. My Gmail still working fine. Sounds like a firewall problem on your put.

Q2. Cyberinspector is the program by the gov. to block out a half a million porn sites i think. :D

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About speed or Gmail i cant help you Limbo, but about this 'Cyberinspector' ...........I suggest that when you are not at home, lock windows and doors, close your computer, and save it with a password, I think that when you are not at home, or asleep, after a days hard work, someone breaks into your house starts your computer and goes to dirty sexpages. :o

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There is so much contradictory info here it is impossible to judge wot is more relevant, i.e. location provider, computer etcetc but if this is any help my situation is

I am 15 kms from C Rai and used to have dial up,, absolutely chronic, all i ever could do was just about check email. Last month i subscribed to the Maxnet deal 256/128 @ 590 Bt + tax and I haven't looked back, hence my presence on this forum and the ability to whizz around the internet. Even tho the deal says bittorrent not possible i have dl'd substantial amounts of music. My computer not big enough for the Giga movie stuff, but that is by the by.

I'm on a tt&t phone line and at least 3 kms from an exchange so i'm sure my speeds could be better were i closer to town, but then i guess other factors come into it which are too complex for my little brain to fathom.

The internet shop down the road was not noticeably quicker yesterday with a much bigger adsl connection than mine.

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About speed or Gmail i cant help you Limbo, but about this 'Cyberinspector' ...........I suggest that when you are not at home, lock windows and doors, close your computer, and save it with a password, I think that when you are not at home, or asleep, after a days hard work, someone breaks into your house starts your computer and goes to dirty sexpages. :o

Thank you Erg for your suggestion.

As a test I surfed to one of these sites which are considered a threath to public health and forced myself to look at the most incredible disgusting but also fascinating pictures.

Was there any 'cyberinspector' showing up to look over my shoulder? No!

Why does this character show up when I read the Volkskrant, The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter or even Thaivisa?

My conclusion is that the 'cybersinspector's presence is not related to websites, but hides itself as spyware in your computer.

Remarcable!

Limbo

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