Hacking for SmartBro
I’ve been complaining for a few weeks now that my Smart Bro connection has been crappy whenever it rains, so I called up tech support and asked for a reposition of my antenna.
Been waiting for a few weeks when I noticed how much the palm trees in front of my house have thickened already compared to when the antenna was first installed about 6 months ago. So I paid somebody to hack and trim the leaves a bit (click on the image). The affect was astounding, as I dropped 20ms from ping replies of the base station. The real litmus test however happened last week when it rained. The good news was that the connection passed with flying colors, it was a real downpour and my connection held.
Living in rural Davao City means that I have to contend with a bush or a tree suddenly popping up to block my line-of-sight path to the SmartBro base station. I remembered the first time we were installing the antenna, the techs were figuring out where my antenna should be placed because there were just too many trees in between my house and the base station. Compared to a building, a building won’t add a few inches to its height after 6 months. Not that I’m complaining since its a welcome exchange for fresh air and a laid back setting.
Guess that means I have to call up tech support now and ask them to cancel that request of mine *snicker*