With online classes here to stay, having the fastest internet speed possible is an absolute must for teachers and students.
Online teacher and IT whiz, Musa Hussaini has put together this easy guide on how to increase your at home internet speed.
Identify your internet service provider (ISP). In Mainland China, there are three significant ISPs, and they are China Telecom (CT), China Unicom (CUni) and China Mobile (CMo), but the most dominated ISP is CT, covering large part of the country with tremendous customer service and network coverage
CT provides two types of internet connection:
- PPPOE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) which requires a USERNAME and PASSWORD. Usually, you’ll find them on your subscription paper and this is a data limited, low budget yet out-dated version. I’m not sure if they still provide this service.
- IP (Internet Protocol) does not require a USERNAME or a PASSWORD. It’s a plug and play user-friendly, with less complications, however, the speed is set to default by the ISP technician and this can be unleased with few router settings.
CT gives out a free modem with the packaged price and comes to your house to set it up. There are three types of modems:
Modem 1 and 2 are for home-users only. Neither of them can withhold the threshold of high speed downloads or continuous flow of data. However, the third modem is an updated version, built with better performance and steady data flow. The extra price is really worth it.
Modify and unleash full speed. For this step, you will need an external network cable (CAT5e or CAT6). Connect this cable to your laptop or computer and one of the LAN ports on the CT modem. Be careful that you don’t connect to the iTV port.
Open your web browser, any browser will do. Enter the modem interface address on the search bar ( 192.168.1.1 ). This is the default address for all China Telecom devices.
Enter the username and password located on the back of your modem. You should get to this screen.
Go to “WIFI” and turn it off.
Restart the modem.
Reload the new settings. To do this, you will need to click this button:
You’ll be prompted with a warning message. Click the green option on the left. This will restart your modem and will log you out of the CT modem interface.
Unplug the external network cable and plug in the network cables installed by the landlord. Usually, they are preinstalled inside the walls of the house. Based on the number of cables you’ll find in the network box is also the number of network sockets around the house. Remember, do not plug into the iTV hub.
In this picture, you can see that there are two network cables built-in iside the wall. This means there are two network sockets distributed around the house. You should find them in your living room and/or bedroom.
A network socket looks like this
Setting up the router. Do not plug in the router just yet, set up needs to happen first.
These instructions are based a the D-Link router model DIR-823. Several settings may differ depending on your router.
- You will need an external router with triple or quadra antenna. It’s recommended to us a D-Link, ASUS or Linksys router as their built-in interfaces comes in Chinese and English.
- Power the router up, plug in a network cable into a LAN hub and connect to your laptop or computer. Make sure you do not use the WAN/LAN hub.
- Access the router interface page by entering the IP address found on the back of the router (same procedure as Step 3)
- On the router interface page, go to SETTINGS then NETWORK
- Change the LAN IP address to 192.168.8.1 (the last two digits can be any number as long as you remember then) and save the setting. This step avoids any conflict with the modem IP of CT. Your router may ask you to re-enter the router with the new interface IP address. Most cases, it will not.
- If you had to re-enter the router with the new IP address, follow this additional step.
- Go to SETTINGS then WIRELESS. If your attena has quadra antenna, it is possible that your router supports 5GHz broadband ability but it doesn’t make any difference so it’s better to remain at 2.4GHz.
- Go to Advanced Settings (still under Wireless Settings) and make the changes as seen in the picture below.
Save your settings and restart your router. Plug one end of the network cable into the WAN/LAN port and the other to the network socket. Connect to your new Wifi.
Check the speed of your network. Go to www.speedtest.net on your browser and wait for the page to fully load.
And there you go, faster internet means better online class connections and happier teachers and students.