UPDATED: Converge Fiber Internet Review: Is it Worth the Switch?

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We’re finally on Fiber!

Yesterday, installers from Converge ICT came to our house and installed our first ever Fiber Internet connection.

We got the P1,500 a month plan that provides unlimited, uncapped internet with speeds of up to 25 Mbps.

WHY DID WE TRY CONVERGE?

We have been loyal PLDT DSL subscribers for 12 years, P999/month for 5Mpbs. In fact, I still have not requested for the disconnection of our PLDT DSL while we are still trying Converge. We are also keeping our PLDT landline.

But the reason that we went looking for another internet provider was because we have been noticing slower speeds than normal on our PLDT DSL. Sometimes, photo-heavy sites like Pinterest and 9gag would take a long time to load. It doesn’t happen all the time, and the problem fixes itself after about an hour, but it happens often enough to be annoying.

Uploads also took forever! Once, I tried uploading an HD Youtube video and I had to leave my laptop on the whole night since the upload took about 20 hours. I felt like I was back in the days of Kazaa and Limewire. πŸ˜€

I also felt like torrents were being de-prioritized / throttled. Have you noticed your torrent speeds cycling from max speed, then going down, further down, until it’s maybe 1/20th of max speed, and then going back up again, faster and faster, until it reaches near max speed, and then the speed goes down again, then up again. This cycle goes on throughout the download.Β That was a recent thing that I noticed starting a few months ago. Before this, torrent speeds were steady once it reached the optimal speed. I mean, in the past, torrent speed would start slow until it connected to more seeds and leechers, and then it would remain steady at around 400+ Kbps.

Kodi box can’t work with such slow internet. Sis bought a Kodi box and it’s not working as well as it should because of the slow internet. if you’ve heard of XBMC, you have an idea of what Kodi is. The app works well on a tablet, but when using a wifi Kodi box connected to a TV, the videos stutter and the resolution is awful.

This isn’t to say that the PLDT DSL service was bad. In fact, I consider PLDT DSL as “old reliable”. We’ve never had outages that last for longer than a day. Once an issue was reported, someone worked on it quickly, usually visiting the house the next day. Service is generally good, and PLDT has replaced our DSL modem several times already for free. But I had been waiting for PLDT to make Fibr available in our neighborhood for 3 years and it’s still not available – 5Mbps DSL is just not meeting our growing internet needs anymore. Without cable TV, we’ve been watching more Netflix, iflix and YouTube. So here we are.

CONVERGE FIBER APPLICATION PROCESS

My sis was the one who handled all the application procedures. So basically, she contacted Converge to apply for internet from their website. She received an email from someone from Converge telling her all the requirements. My sis then emailed the requirements. She got an email reply telling her to wait for a few days while Converge validates the submitted requirements and checks if there are available nodes nearby.

Converge emailed back asking for the initial payment. The initial payment was P4,000: P2,500 installation fee + P1,500 for the plan. There’s a 2-year lock-in period.

She paid and emailed Converge with the payment details, and Converge replied that they would schedule an installation.

CONVERGE FIBER INSTALLATION + Disrespectful crew

The very next day, someone from Converge called, telling me that they were on their way to the house to install the connection! Wow, that was fast! I was a bit shocked because I had no idea they were coming over and I had to leave in an hour to attend an event. I asked if they could reschedule but they were already near the house daw, so I just agreed to get it over with. They said they would try to finish as quickly as they can. Hopefully in the future they will set appointments with their customers and not just suddenly show up. Paano kung walang tao sa bahay. It was a good thing I was still at home, because the other people at home, like my parents, are tech-clueless.

Three of the Converge guys came in the gate, while the others stayed in the Converge van outside. When they entered the gate, they just walked right in and started looking around!Β I understand that they are looking for where they can attach the cables, but it felt invasive.Β I was having a mini internal freak out because it seemed like a home invasion, even though I know it’s not. Like, wtf guys, you walked into the house like you owned the place!Β Tinalo niyo pa mga pinsan ko. When you’re let into a home, just stay in the sala until the homeowner shows you around.

They just walked into the house, one went outside to the balcony, looked around, even peered into one of the windows of a bedroom! One went to the dining area, without so much as asking “Ma’am, is it alright if we go to this part of the house to check the blah blah…?” I was wondering how I was going to split myself into 3 so I could follow them all around. They were just walking into private areas like it’s nothing. I don’t like random strangers looking around my house!Β You just don’t go around snooping into other people’s homes! Nag-tour lang sila sa bahay without even waiting for the homeowner to tour them around!Β These young men, they had no clue that they were being disrespectful. As in, wala man lang ka hiya hiya sa ginawa nila.

We’ve had many technicians, contractors and other people in the house, and almost all of them had manners. They don’t just walk into areas of the house where they were not invited to go. Some even remove their shoes and slippers before entering. They always ask permission before doing something. That’s basic etiquette when you enter someone’s home. I sound like a tita for complaining about this, but who raised these people? That is one plus for PLDT – their technicians that we have met are not like this. Minsan may mayabang na PLDT technician, but still not like this.

They asked if it was alright to have the external cable come from the Meralco line outside to the house (2nd floor). I said no. That would make it look like we had a jumper connection. Like Tarzan would be swinging on it any second. Also, it would be a big obstacle to anyone walking on the balcony. Hindi daw kasi puwedeng maipit yung fiber cable.Β Pero ayaw ko talaga ng panget na wiring, lalo na yung magmumukhang jungle yung house!Β I showed them how the PLDT guy rewired our telephone connection. They were hesitant to do it but eventually they just followed it.

Converge Fiber Wiring

They also measured how much cable length the job will require. They said the plan only includes a max of 300 meters, and that they will charge us for the extra. P58/meter daw. I said okay. They didn’t give me any receipt for the extra cable charge, pero, sige na nga. Pang lunch niyo nalang. πŸ™‚

In the end, they did a good job with the connection, more or less, so parang tip na yung “extra cable” charge. They just followed along the previous PLDT phone wiring so the Converge wiring is not very obvious (mostly hidden near the ceiling).

Oh, I just noticed the dirt marks after taking the pic. Sorry, I’ll have that cleaned.

Converge Fiber Internet House Wiring

The whole installation process took about 2 hours.

THE CONVERGE FIBER MODEM

This is their modem. There are 2 parts: the actual modem and the square thing (sorry, I don’t know what it’s calledΒ πŸ˜€ )

Converge Fiber Home Modem

The fiber wire connection goes to the square thing, and then there’s a wire going from the square thing to the modem/router. Since the modem has 2 antennas, I expect the signal to be stronger. True enough, it has a longer reach compared to our PLDT modem.

These are the ports at the back:

Converge Fiber Home Modem Ports

There’s a USB port and a CATV port. Will have to see what I can use those for. Maybe I can finally set up a NAS (network-attached storage) or a media server.

The modem also has “feet” to help with heat dissipation:

Converge Fiber Home Modem Feet

I also appreciate that they have the Converge hotline and email address very visible on the modem. Para hindi na kailangan mag-Google ng hotline number pag may problem. πŸ™‚

Converge Fiber Home Hotline

It doesn’t indicate what brand the modem is. There’s a sticker at the bottom that has the usernames and passwords. You might want to change it because it’s way too easy to guess!

CONVERGE FIBER SPEED & PERFORMANCE

The internet is fast, although not as fast as I had imagined. For web surfing, there is a noticeable speed improvement before web pages show up, but it’s not the instantaneous Boom! Webpage!Β that I expected. But the pages loaded fully, down to the photos and whatever at the bottom of websites, faster than before.

Dropbox syncs almost instantly. I guess, for me, that is a very, very big improvement over our old DSL. Upload speed is amazing compared to what I had with DSL.

Youtube. No buffering! I’m watching at least 720p or up to 1080p, depending on which gadget is used (if the gadget is HD capable). Have to make sure the settings are set to 720p or 1080p because YT videos sometimes default to 480p when set to Auto.

Netflix. Super clear. No buffering.

Torrents download speed fluctuates – Yesterday, we downloaded a 1.6GB file. Of course! We were so excited to finally be on Fiber and to finally enjoy 720p or 1080p downloads. To my dismay, the torrent speed fluctuated! It went up to 2.6 MiB/s then gradually went down to 40 KiB/s, then back up again, then down again. It took around 20 minutes for the 1.6GB torrent to finish, which was still way, way faster than on our old DSL. But still, it would have been so much faster if the download speed remained steady at around 2 MiB/s. Will observe some more and update this.

Smart TV works – for what it’s worth, a smart TV with wifi is able to show HD-quality quality videos directly. I think we were watching at 1080p for YouTube! But honestly, the only “channels” that were actually watchable on the smart TV were YouTube, Netflix and RT. The other channels were “unavailable” or only showed texts and graphics. Typing on a smart TV is also such a chore, unless you have a dedicated wireless keyboard for it.

Kodi – works well. Can stream up to 1080p!

I generally get 20+ Mbps on speedtests. However, last night, around midnight, for about 10 minutes, the internet was terribly slow. Speedtests showed only 1 Mbps speed, up to around 4 Mbps. I called the hotline and somebody answered right away. He made a report and said that their engineers will do some tests. Maybe it’s just initial installation hiccups. Will have to see if the slowness happens again tonight.

Speedtest results:

Converge FiberX 1500 Speedtests

SUMMARY

Aside from the issues with the installation crew, I am generally very happy with the service we are getting from Converge so far. I did experience a few hiccups like slow internet for 20 minutes last night, and the fluctuating torrent download speed is a bummer, but generally the connection speed has been great!

I’m hoping those issues are just first day issues. Tonight, the internet connection seems to be stable. I don’t know what I expected. I think I expected magic internet, yung pag-click ng website, boom, it’s there! The 25 Mbps speed does not provide that kind of magic speed for web surfing, but it’s still very fast, faster than what we had before. Also, the website’s server could be slow, and that could cause slower web loading, as well.

The most noticeable improvement is for torrent downloads and downloads in general. Upload speed is also a gigantic improvement! Streaming is also better, clearer. We are now better able to take advantage of our smart TV’s features, as well as use Kodi. We could all be watching different internet streams at the same time, and we would not experience any slowness.

Is the speed improvement worth the extra P500/month? Definitely, yes! I still have not requested disconnection of the P999/mo PLDT DSL we have. We’re giving it one month. If Converge works really well with no issues, we’ll let go of our PLDT DSL after one month.

I’ll update this post if I experience any changes in the connection.

UPDATES

Aug. 6, 2017internet was down for about 30 – 45 minutes (wifi is connected but there’s no Internet). I called the Converge hotline to report the problem. It took me about 5 minutes waiting on queue before I reached an agent. According to him, they just started receiving reports of no internet in our area, so they are investigating. The internet got restored soon after I hung up the phone with the rep. Problem was fixed naman agad, no big deal πŸ™‚ hope it doesn’t become a common occurrence though. We already had our PLDT DSL disconnected.

September 17, 2017 – writing this update from my phone. Converge is down AGAIN! Napapadalas na mag-down. It’s been 3 hours already. 😑 Tried calling their customer service but all lines are busy. Sometime 1-2 weeks ago, Converge was also down but only for about 15 mins. This time has been the longest so far.

So internet was down for a total of 4 hours. We’ve never had such frequent disconnection problems with PLDT DSL. With Converge, it’s like every week or every other week, we experience some internet down problem – mostly they last about 30 minutes or less, but sobrang dalas na, it’s not funny anymore. When Converge is working, okay naman siya. Madalas lang mag down!

Oct. 3, 2017 12:30 am – Converge’s internet is down again. Tried calling the hotline but I just get a recorded message saying that they are eexperiencing a major outage. Nothing on their social media about it yet. It’s been about 30 mins already. Will update tomorrow if internet has been restored. Update: Internet was restored after about an hour.

MAJOR UPDATE!

Oct. 12, 2017 – Last night, the internet went out again for about 20 minutes. I was keeping up on the latest on #risottogate and suddenly, no internet! It was beyond annoying already so I called the Converge hotline to complain. FYI, I’m not on anybody’s side on the #risottogate fight, I think both have made mistakes. But like a train wreck, you just can’t look away… πŸ˜€

Back to Converge. I was convinced that Converge service was poor and I was insisting to the poor customer service agent that Converge is having so many outages! He said they had no reports of any outage in our area. He said he will file a report. Anyway, as it happens, internet was back in about 25 minutes so I ended the call.

Then this morning, a crew from Converge came to the house to check the connection. That was fast! πŸ™‚ These two technicians seemed more knowledgeable and were more respectful and nice. They saw the problem right away. They said that one of the wires was baligtad. I said we never changed anything, everything was as is when the installation crew installed it. They said they had encountered things like this before. Hindi daw kasi marurunong mga installation crew. Apparently, these two technicians were called in all the time to fix screw-ups by the installation teams.

Converge Fiber Internet Wrong Connection

Converge Fiber Internet Wrong Connection 2

This could have been causing all the connection problems we’ve been having! Kung hindi ba naman nakakainis yung installation crew na mali-mali. Color-coded na nga, mali pa. At least it got fixed now, and Converge responded to my issue right away.

Anyway, we’ll see if we experience the connection issues again, let’s give it a few weeks and then I’ll give an update.

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51 thoughts on “UPDATED: Converge Fiber Internet Review: Is it Worth the Switch?

  1. Tom

    Nice review!! Are there any gamers in your household. As per my friends, online gaming is a nightmare with Converge. For everything else, it is just as you described it! πŸ™‚

    PS: Torrenting thing you mentioned is the same for any provider…I guess it’s a way to curb torrent downloads! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Sorry, no gamers in our household. I used to play mmorpgs but they sucked up so much time and I just end up being so unproductive, I had to stop cold turkey because my life would revolve around the games 😒 TV is my vice now πŸ˜‚

      I have heard from other people who also have converge fiber that gaming is bad, but can’t confirm it myself. ☺

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  2. vito tolentino

    This is a very useful review. Keep on feeding us with your experience on your newly installed fiber internet. Many thanks.

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  3. Joseph Linaban

    Very informative! Many thanks for sharing updates regarding FiberHome.
    Gusto ko sana lumipat narin kaso may bond pa ako sa Globe ng 1year. huhuhuhu

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi King, RT is Russia Today. It’s one of the apps I saw on my Sony smart TV, aside from Youtube and Netflix. Other news apps only show short vids that look like PowerPoint presentations and not actual news coverage.

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  4. Joe F.

    Wow. If only meron na dito sa Naga, baka magpakabit kami after we ditch Globe. So far Ok naman yung Globe actually, and medyo naabuse namin kasi ginagamit namin yung Personal na plan to our small Pisonet (6 PC units lang naman, haha). Problem lang namin is with data cap monthly, lalo na pag may nag Netflix na samin (ginagamit din namin kasi for actual personal use).

    Kahit sa Globe ate, meron din mga medyo “walang paki” na nagkakabit. Yung nag process ng application namin, di mo makausap ng maayos, sulat lang ng sulat, tas yung iba kapag tinatanong namin about sa terms walang maisagot na maayos. Buti yung pinaka technician mabait, although sayang di siya masyadong oriented sa plans. Naasar din kami lalo na dun sa application ng freebies namin (Netflix & Hooq), luh sila, ibang e-mail address ginamit, kaya tumawag pa kami sa hotline para lang ayusin! At least most of the time magaling and magalang ang agents nila…

    Medyo na trigger lang ako (konting-konti lang naman) about sa Torrenting. Minsan kasi, mahirap sabihin kung consistent yung connection via torrent kasi nakadepende pa rin sa source(s) mo yung DL speed and availability, kaya medyo mahirap gawing basis for internet speed and conistency yun. Pwede mo makita kung achievable yung peak speed talaga, pero in the long run kung papatay-patay yung source mo (ie. nago-off ng PC or torrent client, mahina upload speed, or may data quota sila or leechers sila) hihina talaga ang DL speed mo, and wala magagawa ISP mo dun. Sources ang ayaw magbigay, eh.

    As with whether dadalas yung intermittent connection will depend on congestion. We’ll see kung ang mauuna ay yung infrastructure upgrades ng network or yung customer base nila. I hope it’s the former para consistent ang service, di gaya ng PLDC samin, di na nga kami kinabitan bagong linya after nila i “upgrade” yung previous service namin, may agent pa na tawag ng tawag asking about payment, only to find out na nago-ffer sila nung upgrade sa mga taong di naman pala abot ng linya. Dami tuloy galit.

    Thank you very much for the informative article. This should be posted to famous review boards para mas marami makaalam ng good news…

    … and para mabawasan ang monopoly sa internet.

    Sorry for long post, and sorry din kung walang potato kasi di ko alam mag post ng pic dito (first time, hehe). πŸ™‚

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi Joe,

      Wow, thanks for the long comment! Sana nga available na sa inyo yung Converge πŸ™‚

      Re torrent speed, I download popular torrents with at least 4,000 – 20,000 or more seeders πŸ™‚

      The torrent speed fluctuations are consistent across all torrents. I’ve been torrenting for more than 10 years already. Talagang the ISPs are throttling torrents. Kasi dati hindi nagflufluctuate masyado yung speed. Once na reach yung optimal speed, the speed fluctuations are very close lang. Kung 500 yung download speed, yung fluctuations nandoon lang sa close range ng 500. Siguro 450-550.

      But starting earlier this year, I noticed sobrang laki ng fluctuations. Yung aakyat ng 500, tapos pababa ng pababa until 20. Then dahan dahan aakyat ulit to 500. That’s not normal in my more than 10 years of torrenting. That was nung PLDT pa ako.

      Now when I switched to Converge, ganoon na rin ang ginagawa nila. It’s not that big of a deal except if you’re in a hurry. Kasi yung dapat 10 mins lang na torrent, nagiging 25 mins bago matapos. Hassle lang talaga pag nagmamadali ka. Time is gold!

      Ok lang kahit walang potato! Nice to hear from a fellow 9gagger πŸ™‚

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      1. Joe F.

        Nice job OP, here’s a reply. No cookies yet, but somebody give this a medal.

        Bad vibes kasi torrent dito satin, eh… almost synonymous siya sa pirating, kasi dami nag-to-torrent ng latest games na cracked. Admittedly, isa rin ako dati sa nakiki-torrent ng ganun. Ngayon hintay-hintay ng free games via On The House sa Origin, and kung may freebies din sa Steam. Better yet kung i-release na freeware yung games kagat kaagad ako dun. LOL!

        Yun din siguro dahilan kung bakit throttled ang Torrent sa atin. Although yung use is legal, madalas lang magamit a illegal. And mabigat din kasi sa bandwidth, lalo na kung madami seeds.

        Also, di ko inexpect na mabilis yung reply, haha. Me gusta mucho, amigo!

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        1. Barat Queen Post author

          Re: torrents. Well, we can’t support piracy on this site. Gotta stay safe, if you know what I mean. Mahirap na. So let’s just say the torrenting we are discussing are all legit. Haha.

          For the most part, I use Netflix to watch shows and movies. Especially now when all my favorite TV shows are on hiatus. I actually just finished The Defenders last weekend.

          The problem is, delayed kasi yung mga shows before they are available in the Phils. There’s no good alternative where someone can watch it at their convenience. Netflix and iflix and Hooq don’t carry the latest episodes. Puro last season pa. For anime, at least there is Crunchyroll where you can pay to get the latest ep. For TV, wala. Even if the episodes are available for free in the US at the CW or NBC website, geo-locked naman and cannot be played in the Phils.

          Iba na ngayon, people don’t want to watch their shows at a certain time slot. Gusto nila, kung kelan sila free, like after finishing all the chores at night, doon may time manood. So that is probably the reason some people turn to pirating.

          If the latest eps were available on something like Netflix, I think that would be a big curb for piracy of TV shows. πŸ™‚

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    2. rome

      if i am not mistaken, there’s a regional network issue near Hong Kong that is affecting interconnection between our servers & local ISPs. please give us more update. thank you so much.

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  5. JustNathan

    How is the connection as of this month [Sept. 2 ,2017] using converge ICT? I’ve been very curious and eager to switch plans from my potato 990 shitty PLDT DSL 1.5mbps, I am very desperate for a good and consistent upload speed that doesn’t disconnect and cancelling my uploads for my google drive

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      The past week the connection has been sloooooowwww! Speedtest still shows high speeds but in actual usage, it’s slower. Not as bad as dial up, but way slower than normal.

      We called Converge to complain and apparently there’s an undersea cable that’s damaged and even PLDT and Globe have been affected.

      Surfing is still ok. Not super fast but acceptable. But other stuff like connecting to a work VPN is worse than dial up. As usual, torrent connections are still throttled.

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    2. Barat Queen Post author

      Upload on a fiber connection is definitely better than on any adsl. I have no problems with uploads to dropbox, YouTube, etc. It’s faster than dsl.

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        1. Barat Queen Post author

          Ping is at 5ms, but I wouldn’t put much faith in that because most ISPs now have a workaround when someone is doing speedtests.

          Sometimes accessing a website during the day is slower than normal. I suspect this may have something to do with the damaged undersea cable.

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi ella, so far okay naman siya, pero medyo mas mabagal than normal. Di naman yung sobrang nakakainis na bagal, pero mas mabagal siya compared to when I first got it connected. Sabi daw may nasira kasing undersea cable. Sana maayos na nila agad.

      Pero ok naman mag YouTube, Netflix, wala naman problem. I only notice it pag surfing minsan, especially during working hours (peak time), tapos torrents medyo throttled, pero carry lang, hindi naman sobrang panget ng service na magwawala ako sa galit. Hope they fix it soon.

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  6. Joenel Saracho

    Last night i applied sa website nila after 30 mins may nag email sken to pass the requirements so ibig sabihin dito sa area namen meron right??

    Need kasi ng bedspace ko loyal ako sa smartbro canopy ko pero ngayon mbagal na daw s ill try this converge

    Btw sa main house ko gamit ko pldtfiber

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  7. ken

    very nice review. thanks. i had a nightmare experience with skycable internet and its customer service and i am now looking for another internet provider. i find your review very helpful and i am considering applying to converge because of it. ( i hope i dont get a rude crew of installers though)

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      OMG! Skycable internet has a reputation for really slow internet…. my uncle got Skycable internet without consulting me so I was not able to warn him. He regretted it. 1 month lang pina disconnect na niya, sobrang bagal. He says his Globe pocket wifi is faster pa!

      So far, Converge is ok, especially if you don’t game. Just take note of my updates above – they are getting frequent disconnections lately.

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  8. Mark

    Hi! Can I ask how was it now? Hows the reviews of the internet? is it converge still always down? I’m planning to get their plan here in Taguig City so I’m searching for reviews. Thank You!

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi, yesterday it was down for 4 hours. Ok na naman siya afterwards πŸ™‚ medyo napapadalas lang mag down. Like, every 2 weeks ata. Pero usually sandali lang. Kahapon lang ang tagal, 4 hours

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Ok naman ngayon. May times na medyo mabagal, lalo na pag peak hours. Don’t know if it’s still because of the undersea cable that was damaged during the typhoon in HK

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Well, it’s cheaper than PLDT Fibr and wala pang PLDT Fibr sa amin so this is my only choice πŸ˜‚ pero so far ok pa naman, yun lang, sometimes may downtime and sometimes bumabagal pag peak, but I think this is because if the undersea cable that was damaged and not really a Converge problem. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

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  9. Isha

    Hi! Was wondering how the fiber cable looks like connected to the modem. Hope you can share a photo. Been trying to look for a photo online pero wala. Yung amin kasi fiber lang talaga with no coating unlike the yellow cord with fiber that is connected to the router. Converge installers told us they’ll charge us if it gets broken, eh mukhang sobrang fragile. It’s looks like nylon. πŸ™

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      1. Barat Queen Post author

        It is actually plastic/rubber? Not really sure. It is thin but doesn’t feel flimsy. Medyo matigas yung plastic, the material is the same as good quality power cords, pero mas manipis but it feels denser so it feels sort of durable, I guess. But I agree, it is a bit too thin. I don’t know if it’s intentionally that way so that it will be easy to insert into tight doorway spaces, etc..

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      2. bruce

        Yung yellow thing cable na nakikita mo na nakakabit sa modem router is a single mode fiber optic patch cord. Kaya huwag mo syang itwist, daganan or ibagsak. Kasi glass lang yung loob nun. Meron nabibili sa lazada nun mga P300 – P1K+ depende sa type at brand. πŸ™‚

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        1. Barat Queen Post author

          Thanks for letting us know, Bruce! Good tip! Haha, I have to put a warning label on the yellow cord so that other people at home will know not to damage it.

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  10. Clint Ghosn

    Great article! Sobrang helpful lalo na ngayon nagkaron na rin sa amin nagsesearch kami ng experiences ng ibang tao bago mag jump in. Balik ako ulit after a month for your updates.

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  11. Noel M

    Hello,

    Your blog is very helpful and reading it made me decide to switch to Converge from my current crappy to the max SkyBroadband internet. I applied yesterday and it was approved today. Kulang na lang is yung bayad ko.

    I just have one question. The wire going inside sa house nyu na connected dun sa “square thing”, is it the same diameter nung PLDT cooper wire kung saan cya nag follow?

    I asked because I have this PVC wire moulding that I installed before when I rewired the house. Btw, ang mahal nung PLDT re-wiring fee dun sa isa mong post. Yung sakin, ako na lang gumawa before kasi I know mahal sila sumingil eh gun tacker lang naman gamit nila. Anyways, I used a moulding para hindi nakalabas mga wire and para mabilis din palalitan in case mag re-wire ulit ako. Before when I was on Globe DSL, kasya sa moulding yung cooper phone wire. Then I switched to SkyBroadband (kasi naman si Globe nilgayan ako ng datacap kahit 8 yrs na nila ko subscriber), kasya pa naman din yung coaxial cable wire ng Sky.

    Sorry, napahaba, question ko lang naman is mataba ba yung wire? Just to make sure na kasya cya sa moulding. Checking this now kasi ayokong maging hassle pag nag install na sila.

    And to share, same as you, I’m a torrent-er (kung may word na ganyan), extreme user ng youtube (actually everyone sa bahay namin), netflix, fox+, iflix, crunchyroll for my anime and kung ano man tawag dun that my daughter and wife uses for their koreanovela. Also, a gamer at heart.

    Last na promise. Are you using the built in wifi sa modem? From my experience kasi, the included wifi functionality sa mga modem na provided is not that good. I use a separate wifi router na connected lang thru LAN sa modem, then naka off na lang yung built in wifi ng modem. I see you download and stream kaya mas mas o-ok pa yan if you can invest in a capable wifi router.

    Thank you and more power sa blog mo!

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    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi Noel, thank you πŸ™‚

      Manipis lang yung Converge wire. It’s like the new thin phone extension wires na flat, pero mas matigas and mas makapal ng konti (denser).

      Re: pldt rewiring. Alam ko mas mahal pag pinagawa ko sa kanila. But they finished it faster than I ever could, and they used their equipment, wala na akong binili na kahit ano πŸ™‚ also, marami kaming extension and it’s 2 floors. I just wanted it over and done with so I could focus on something that’s a better use of my time than trying to do this thing I’m not an expert at. Hayaan ko na na kumita si kuya para maka- move on na ako sa buhay πŸ˜‚ kasi kung ako gagawa, malamang palpak and will take me more than a few days to finish! 😁

      Yes, I’m using the stock router they provided. Thanks for the suggestion to change the router πŸ™‚ I’ll try to do that one of these days. That’s something I can do πŸ™‚ i-project ko pag may time. Baka next year na dahil ber months na, busy busy! 😁

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  12. Ram

    Wow! Great and helpful blog post. Thank you so much.

    @Noel.

    Ang bilis naman maapprove ng application mo. I applied October 4 and until now no feedback about it.

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    1. Noel M

      I think dahil bago lang kc yung converge dito samin. I saw them nag lalatag ng cables a month ago. Converge pala yun when they started promoting this week lang. And I really wanted to switch kc i’m super pissed na sa skybroadband (i have 50mbps sky, and it does not feel 50), I applied immediately when I saw an agent handing out flyers. i tried to apply online last sep 20, kahit hindi ko alam kung meron na dito samin that time and until now wala pa reply.

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  13. cherry

    Thank you for the review. We have PLDT internet for my father’s pisonet. He ask me to apply for Converge when he heared that they will start servicing here in Telabastagan CSFP. Please advise if i should or just settle with our PLDT line. Most pisonet users are on FB, youtube and online games. Thank you for the review and i will appreciate anybody who would comment here.

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  14. Anonymous

    Hello! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience with Converge. I am deciding if I should switch to Converge. Right now I have a PLDT DSL but have noticed that their connection has been slow this year. Would love to hear an update πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

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  15. Tom

    Hi!

    We finally have Converge and PLDT fiber in our area. My question is would you still recommend converge after all that’s happened?

    Also noticed that PLDT has a switcher promo which seems like its too good to be true. Hope you can give updates on your experience.

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