Thanks to markmoses for pointing out the firmware upgrade for Vodafone Zuhause Talk & Web 3g router. Firmware v2.63 was released on 20 Sept 2007 as a maintenance release. Unfortunately, Vodafone Support did not mention the purpose of the release. I personally have not tested this firmware yet. My unit was upgraded to v2.50 from v2.37 .
To download the firmware, click here. Please try it on your own risk. The firmware upgrade is irreversible.
If anyone tried v2.63, please share with us what’s the changes in this new firmware. Thanks
I’ve been using Celcom 3G D120 since 2 months ago. I was satisfied with the connection in the first month. Unfortunately, I was not able to enjoy the same quality since 16 Feb 07.
The quality of the line has degraded significantly compared to the first month using it even though my connection shows a 3 bar full on UMTS/3G. My situation is, for the first month I was able to utilise the 3G connection at the rate of 120 -200kpbs DL / 56kpbs UL with the ping time around 56 – 80 ms.
Running 3G connection under the same condition as the past month, I’ve noticed huge degration of quality of the speed. I get a lot ping timeout and transmission of data getting stalled for few seconds, sometimes even for minutes, though i’m still connected to the service.
Knowing this, I ran a similar test on the speed again. The result was outrageous. I’m only able to connect at the speed of 58Kbps DL / 45 Kpbs UL with the ping time around 200 – 1500 ms on a 3 bar full UMTS/3G connection.
My question is what could have caused such significant degration of download speed which is worst than a 56K dial up ? I’m sure it’s not because of the signal as I’m getting the same level of signal. Anyone having the same problem ?
I would appreciate it if someone would point out what’s happening to my connection. Else, I will have to terminate my subscription as I find it unworthy to pay RM120 a month to get Time Out pages all the time.
Just now, I tried the speed test again. The result was 36kbps DL/ 42kpbs UL with 267ms ping time. I wanted to post the image of the test but because of the bad connection, I couldn’t even load the result image page.
I quickly went and download the firmware as this firmware is not distributed anymore in German nor any websites. Lucky for me, Epstone from the Onlinekosten.de forum uploaded the firmware back into his server again for me. Anyway, those who are using the same unit as me, you can download it from the address above. I haven’t upgrade the firmware yet. I want to read more on their discussion about the firmware before i proceed. As you know, the process is unreversible.
Finally, I got my my own 3G account. But there was a catch, which was somehow expected.. Only Celcom Postpaid users who also have a Streamyx account can sign up for the D88 plan. Sigh ! I had no choice but to take the D120 package instead. That means I have to pay RM120 per month for the 3G access.
I registered the line today noon and it got activated at around 7pm . The clerk told be it gonna take 24 hours to get my account activated. But instead, it took only 7 hours to get 3G-fied ! LoL . So far, the connection here at my apartment in Setapak Indah is acceptable. I get either 2–3 bar signal.
This is my download/upload test result…
:::.. testmy.net test results ..::: Download Connection is:: 211 Kbps about 0.21 Mbps (tested with 386 kB) Download Speed is:: 26 kB/s Upload Connection is:: 42 Kbps about 0 Mbps (tested with 97 kB) Upload Speed is:: 5 kB/s Tested From:: http://testmy.net (Server 2) Test Time:: 2007/01/15 – 7:58am D-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-CZSWYBV9A U-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-4BWZSXG1P User Agent:: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) [!]
I finally received the router after so many weeks of waiting. That darned thing travelled all the way from Germany to Malaysia. Sigh ! If only a transporter exist ~ A moment of happiness then struck by feeling of disappointment. Silly me~ I couldn’t get to test the 3G connection as there’s no Maxis 3G coverage in Seremban. I just remembered, my friend was complaining about his Maxis Wireless broadband. The connection was fine when he used the Maxis provided modem in Kajang and he’s able to log on to UTMS (3G) network. But when he comes back to Seremban he could only use GPRS connection and it sucks. Connection was awfully bad and he couldn’t even download stuffs… LoL
I wonder if there’s Celcom 3G coverage in Seremban. Their offer is kinda good and since one of my commentor, Michael has pointed out that Celcom has the best 3G coverage compared to Maxis. But I can say there’s not much difference between Celcom 3G and Streamyx since it shares the same network backbone. Anyhow, I’ll dropping by Celcom to sign up for their 3G services. The best part is I won’t be tied up by a contract. That means I can terminate it anytime I want. Sounds catchy though…. Hopefully there’s no “hidden” rules & regulation in tiny little font that you have to use a magnifier to read it… haha… Oh well, that’s how business goes and there’s no way to get around it…
Geez… it’s rather annoying seeing MSN notifier popping in and out while I was typing this.. Something is very wrong with my SuckMyx today. I’m getting disconnected almost every 5 minutes intermittently. MSN connection dropping off, DSL led kept blinking and my DSL SNR Margin is dropping to less than 5 dB. Everybody knows that Streamyx sucks but TMNet is dominating the ISP market. If other ISP were given fair chance, I’m sure there would be some better ISP other than TMNet.