Thursday, October 30, 2008

M'sian ISPs' fair usage policies, P1 Wimax gotchas

Vincent Chow has done a good job of tracking down the "fair usage" policies of our local ISPs. These are basically the bandwidth caps (limits) that may be enforced by our ISPs. Folks really need to read the fine print before signing up for services. So far, there hasn't been widespread enforcement of these caps, but the ISPs have a legal right to do so because you've agreed to the T&Cs.

Read his post here:
Comparing Fair Usage Policies among Malaysian ISPs

In a related issue, I was checking out the terms and conditions for P1's Wimax service, one of the first available in Malaysia. A couple of "gotchas" stood out:

1. If you want to use the Wimax service beyond the 50km radius of your registered address, you'll need to pay an extra RM10 a month. P1 calls it "Nationwide Access Service". I call it a roaming fee.

2. Bandwidth is capped at 20GB a month, which includes both upload and download usage. That works out to about 667MB a day, if you want to use it every day. Not quite enough for people like me, but it's still better than Maxis' and Celcom's plans.

Celcom's so-called unlimited 3G broadband has a 5GB cap

Monday, October 13, 2008

Windows Live Messenger ports and URLS

If you're having trouble connecting with Windows Live Messenger (WLM, or formerly called MSN Messenger), it could be a firewall or proxy has not been configured to let it through. Refer to this MS article for the ports and URLS used by WLM:

Network ports and URLs that are used by Windows Live Messenger

The list cuts both ways, of course. Syadmins can also use the info to block WLM, or block certain WLM features such as File Transfers.

Direct link to Windows Live Messenger
Block Ads in Windows Live Messenger