Today, Singtel's contractor came to install the mio tv. It was scheduled for 4-6pm and they called me at 4.30pm saying that they will arrive in 45 mins time. They finally reached my place at 5.30pm when I was watching Starhub's Thai horror movie.
They were quite delighted when they found out that i got most of the required items ready. That includes the necessary power lines, ADSL2+ modem, cleared out desk for them to work on.
Installation was fairly easy. The guy first tested my line and insisted that if it falls below the threshold value, he will not install it. I agreed and he found out that the S/N ratio is very good despite it is my extension line from my room to the main hall. On top of that, I saw from his program, it was showing a steady 21Mbps. He said if it falls below 19Mbps, he would suggest that I don't get it installed.
After upgrading the firmware of the set top box, he tested the set top box with his 2Wire modem. Everything works well. Next, he updates the firmware of my Thomson ADSL2+ modem. After a while, he said to me, the firmware upgrade failed and he immediately replaced it with another set from the van.
This second Thomson modem works took a while to SYNC the ADSL line. What shocked me is that the Singtel mio set top box based on WINCE actually took 2 mins to initialise and boot up!!!
To my horror, the video delivery was pixelated and stopped and squeaked, just like what i usually experience on the TV mobile on buses. I told them, that is not acceptable. Judging from the experience with 2Wire, he claimed that it could be a modem issue. Ok, a third modem is swapped in. I left the TV on with HDMI connected to the Set top box. Everything seems perfect, I signed the papers and they happily left.
This time round, everything seems fine. I left it on and was showing off to my parents, that is High Definition TV. I then switch everything off. The horror begun right after dinner. I turned on the ADSL2+ modem and after a while the Set top box. The Set top box power led lights keeps blinking for 2 mins and settle down. Ok, i ca n see CH 5 and i wanted to try out the VOD by Jean Claue Vandam. Gosh, squrish blocks appear just 30 secs. I even got a message "VOD not available, please try again later".
I tried changing channels, everything doesn't seem to work anymore. Suddenly I can see CH 8, and then the programme just got stucked there.
To be continued .......