I am probably one of the last Internet creators who has not written a book yet;) I used to think about it and thought that if I did, it would be about adventures at university or adventures with Internet providers. The only difference is that the first will be a comedy and the second will be a tragedy.
Seriously, in my already over 20 years history of internet adventures, I have seen many. One would like to quote a classic – “I have seen things, you people wouldn’t believe”. The problem has always been that these adventures met me both at work (when I worked as an informant) and at home – in Warsaw’s Zacisze the optical fiber does not come to most of the houses for a long time yet, to tell the truth, some streets still do not have asphalt.
What if you don’t have a cable or fiber optic cable?
Fiber optics is a dream for many of us. When my friends discuss whether something is being pulled out for them at 200 or 300 megabits per second, I just have to sit in the corner and cry quietly. Cables that remember probably the days when I was going to the basement, allow squeezing just over 20 mBit/s, although recently it was 10. And seriously, I can’t count on more. Do you feel it? Have you got it the same way? Because I know that I am not alone.
I know that many people have such a problem. It even has a name – the “last mile problem”. It is not worthwhile to pull the fiber optic cable to one-family houses – the cost exceeds the possible profits from the subscription. We can only dream of speeds that our friends from blocks of flats or tenement houses reach. What happens then?
Mobile internet is a natural solution. However, this is not always the case. Those who follow my fan page know that I regularly squeeze through mobile operators. Because, in my opinion, many of them feel impunity in deceiving their customers. I wrote some time ago what I think about telecom offers like “Internet without limit, but with limit”. In telecoms, they popularly call it a “funnel”. And let it be called a funnel, or the Internet with a limit. For me, however, a drastic speed reduction is a limit! It works yes – there is no limit, but after exceeding a given transfer the speed is significantly reduced – more or less to the speed at which you could use the mobile network in WAP times.
It’s a bit like adding the words “after two dishes you can eat as much as you want, but you have to carry all the dishes to the table on a plate with a diameter of 5 cm and eat only with a toothpick” to the restaurant “eat as much as you want”.
What’s more, it’s not really about a lot of data, especially now that we’re watching Netflix movies, HBO, YouTube, Spotify music at home, Steam Online games, PS4 Cloud Backups, and system updates. Sorry, I always cake when I hear about it.
That’s why when Piotr Żaczko from T-Mobile came to me saying “EJ, we have the Internet really unlimited” I thought it was impossible. Yet. So I got a modem and decided to test it in all possible ways. And it is precisely the results of these tests that I have decided to share with you. Please note – yes, this is a cooperation with T-Mobile. But as I have written many times before, I will not sell my leather cheaply. If there is a good fuckup in the equipment I test – I resign from cooperation. This time it was close, but it was about it in a moment 😉 So one by one.
Speed or bandwidth of the link
The first thing that always discouraged me from buying such a net was the fact that despite the lack of fiber optic cable, I had a much faster connection than what I could get mobile. The meteostray pulled out a maximum of 10 mBit/s, after changing the technology I sometimes reach 20, while the mobile was much below 10, but since the entry of LTE and LTE+ it turned out that I have much larger transfers on my phone than on the cable at home. This is the case here too – the two speeds that can be purchased are 20 and 60 mBit/s. Importantly, of course, it is the “till” and not the guaranteed speed, but few suppliers guarantee anything. How does this look in practice? Well, it “depends”.
As you know with mobile networks, everything depends on the range in a given place. From where the transmitter is, whether there are any buildings or other obstacles along the way, etc. But I don’t think I have to explain that. So it may be a good solution, but… not for everyone. For example, in my house in Zacisze the speed reaches only 20 mBit/s, but when I put my modem in my coach’s house in Wilanów I reached the upper limit, i.e. 60 mBit/s. How about pingas? As you can see, it is decent. There are better threads in my home on a cable, although they don’t care much about me – I don’t play on the net, and if it’s already in games where ping isn’t crucial.