Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 11:56:31 +0800
Subject: RE: Cable modem
I'm using SCV at home
$76 a month UNLIMITED usage for NON-cable TV
subscribers. If you are, you get it for $66.
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.
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
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
So sign up and may
broadband set you free.
for connecting up.
the modem to the FM outlet of your SCV wall
sure the LEDs are turned on and green in
to System Preferences: Internet, switch to
any numbers or domain names you see in the boxes. SCV
will assign the IP numbers to you.
any proxy settings. SCV does not run with proxies.
if another computer needs to get online?
the plug from the first mac to the second
off the modem.
on the modem.
there a betteer solution?
a wireless router. See Going wireless.