Guides for novices
May broadband set you free
by Laurence Gwee

From: Laurence Gwee
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 11:56:31 +0800
N. Sivasothi
Subject: RE: Cable modem

Hi Siva,

I'm using SCV at home too.

$76 a month UNLIMITED usage for NON-cable TV subscribers. If you are, you get it for $66.

Set up:
You hook up the cable modem's input to the "FM" outlet of the cable wall socket and the modem's Ethernet outlet to your Mac's Ethernet port. Though they have 2 modems to choose from, take the Motorola.

It is fast. However occasionally the network slows. So I switch back to a proxy to speed things up. On average, my DLs from major sites like Apple and Microsoft average about 200KB/sec. The latest Office X SR-1 came down at around 190 to 200KB.

Unlike Singnet or PacNet, there is no minimum subscription commitment. The modem is free so just return the modem when you leave the service. And when SCV moves over to the DOCSIS 2.0 network protocol, you can exchange the modem free of charge as well.

There is no set-up fee. Just go to any SCV authorized distributor and do a cash & carry. Set it up yourself and you'll be driving the broadband highway in no time.

What happened:
After I signed up at a shop in Funan, the assistant registered my address with SCV and told me to give them some time to activate my wall cable point. By the time I got home, which was about 2 hours later, I didn't get any signal after hooking up. So I called SCV Customer Support, they checked my registration and activated my outlet. It has been plain sailing for the last 8 months.

SCV is still tied in to the SBA banned list policy. So certain obvious sites are still blocked.

What it means to you:
Up till October last year, I was stubbornly using my modem. If NUS's network is anything to go by, you can imagine how inconvenient it is crawling on a 56K modem. Especially when OS X is so network reliant, an unlimited always-on network connection frees you from having to worry about the clock ticking away while you're reading the news on-line. DLs are much faster and you can utilize the IMAP mail protocol with ease. Receiving and sending big file attachments are a breeze.

The current $76 is the promotional price you'll be paying if you sign up. The original is $99. SCV extended their $20 discount promotion till end of this year. And though they have publicly stated so, it is unlikely that they will raise prices. If there is enough demand and I don't see why not, they may reduce prices in the future.

So sign up and may broadband set you free.




Summary for connecting up.

  1. Connect the modem to the FM outlet of your SCV wall socket.
  2. Make sure the LEDs are turned on and green in color.
  3. Go to System Preferences: Internet, switch to Ethernet.
  4. Select 'Use DHCP'
  5. Remove any numbers or domain names you see in the boxes. SCV will assign the IP numbers to you.
  6. Remove any proxy settings. SCV does not run with proxies.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Reboot if neccessary.


What if another computer needs to get online?

  1. Transfer the plug from the first mac to the second mac,
  2. Turn off the modem.
  3. Turn on the modem.


Is there a betteer solution?

  1. Use a wireless router. See Going wireless.

See also: Hanx on Broadband
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