Not all area across the country are blessed with strong network coverage from both Globe and PLDT-Smart. In most area only one network dominates at a time. There are times that Globe has the better internet connection and there are also times that it will become annoyingly weak. To fill this gap, some of us are buying one wifi modem for each network. However, not everyone can afford this kind of set-up as wifi modems can be very expensive for some.
Globe's wifi modem, the Globe-At-Home is sold for Php999 with free 10GB of data. PLDT Home Wifi, is a bit expensive which is sold at Php1,999. Sometimes, PLDT has a promo that lower the price of their product to just Php995 but this is easily sold out to resellers. On the other hand, Globe seems to have a fixed rate for their Globe-At-Home. So, people are more inclined to buy Globe-At-Home because it is way cheaper.
See this guide on how to unlock or openline a Smart Bro Home wifi modem FX-ID5L.
Before anything else, it is good to note that Globe-At-Home comes with different models. In my case, I have two modems right now. One is from postpaid which I used solely for work and the other is a prepaid which I used for other purpose like viewing Youtube videos, playing Mobile Legends, watching Kapamilya shows among others. The postpaid one is a Huawei device (model B315s-938) while the prepaid one is a ZTE (model ZLT-S10G). Both are working fine but the one from Huawei drives better signal.
The Huawei modem from Globe-At-Home postpaid comes with an antenna and a promised speed of 10Mbps. The plan is Php1299 with 150GB of monthly data. This modem is strictly guarded as I could not able to unlock it easily. On the other hand, my prepaid modem was easily unlocked. I already unlock my ZTE device and I already use it with a Smart LTE sim. When Globe's speed is slow, I will insert the Smart sim and vice versa. This set-up works for me and I hope it will also work for you.
If you are encountering any error in following the steps to unlock or openline your Globe-At-Home S10G model, this article will show you the steps on how to solve this issue.
Unlocking the Globe-At-Home's prepaid modem is just very easy and
here are the steps:
1. Using your browser, go to the local IP address of your Globe-At-Home device. If you do not have this information, you can normally find it at the bottom of your modem. Usually, the IP address for Globe-At-Home is 192.168.254.254, copy this and paste it into your browser's URL address, then hit 'Enter'.
The Globe-At-Home (ZLT-S10G) wifi is operating at 4 different
frequency bands, namely: band3, band28, band40 and band41. In some
specific location, one band is stronger while all others are weak.
You need to do speed test for each band in order to know which one
is stronger in your area. To do this, you can follow these steps:
1. Re-execute steps 1-4 from the previous steps above.
2. In the browser's url, replace the '#router_setting' with '#frequency' then hit enter.
Globe-At-Home prepad wifi is a good buy during this pandemic and while waiting for the third telco. In my experience, at least in our area, Globe is somehow delivers better service than before.
On the other hand, PLDT-Smart's promo are simply copies of Globe's, it only differs a little in terms of data allocation. However, I observe that PLDT-Smart's data monitoring is a little bit conservative, favoring us, the subcribers. I am not sure about this, but I do really feel that I can do more with PLDT-Smart's 1GB allocation compared to Globe. But this is just my observation, let me know in the comments section below if you agree with this or not. Anyway, I am only expressing my opinion and sharing with you my knowledge about this topic. Over-all both networks are improving and their services are getting better and better. Hopefully with Dito's entry, we can see some more improvements particularly in speed, coverage and data allocation.