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How to toubleshoot and increase PLDT myDSL speeds

Here are some tips I’ve put to practice throughout the 30 months I’ve availed of PLDT myDSL service. The signal used to be excellent when the cluster in Paranaque was still more or less free. As service widens, a few quirks can happen. Interesting enough – sometimes it may not even be the fault of the ISP, but has something to do with a few factors in your home.

Too late the hero for this post? Search the web and everyone’s written about Internet problems. Anyway, I decided to write this after one of my business contacts interviewed me over the phone about DSL / WiFi services in the Philippines and asked, “why haven’t I shared these before?”

OK, time to share.

Have your physical line checked. If your DSL line falters especially with the coming rains, it could be that the box outside your house had water seep through. When was the last time you checked the physical line as well? Every so often we have an electrician come over to check the resilience of the wiring.

When was the last time you changed your modem? Some PLDT myDSL modems are OBSOLETE. If your physical line is OK and you’re experiencing problems, the error could actually be the modem itself. I had my modem changed twice because the first one was, OBSOLETE, as advised by the certified electrician from PLDT. Signal kept on dying. He even told me that they’re passively tracking subscribers who have old modems (they only come if you complain). If your modem heats up quickly, it is also a bad sign (my second change). I’m sharing this to my readers because I had 2 modem changes within 2 1/2 months early this year. Ever since, things were fine and dandy. Again – CALL.

Are you on a legacy server cluster? Hah, this is probably the best trick I learned. For old subscribers, your account may actually be on a legacy server. What I did, about 4 months ago was to call PLDT myDSL and have them transfer my account to a new cluster (I forgot the exact name). Guess what? My connection throttled after 20 minutes.

Don’t forget your DNS settings!

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

7 replies on “How to toubleshoot and increase PLDT myDSL speeds”

I think the new servers are the DCHP enabled servers. They don’t require you to log in via PPPoE anymore so your internet connection works like a cable (sort of!) in the sense that the connection is always ON 🙂

My account was recently migrated… and PLDT sort of forgot to tell me so I can configure my router settings and all 😛 I had 5 days of no internet (and 5 days of being a terror customer) because i kept on getting the “Cannot connect to PPPoE server”. But yah, I think my connection improved quite a lot ever since my account got migrated.

I’m currently on a Zyxel modem, I’ve had it for like 2 years I think. How about you?

Hmm, DNS Settings.. Open DNS!!! 😀

in addition to open dns settings maybe this will help, try adding this to tcp/ip under the windows network connections:, filter unwanted connections ie; p2p, video/audio streaming, unwanted downloads.. cheers

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