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Just installed China Telecom Broadband 8Mbps Connection

Anyone looking to upgrade their internet, this is a pretty good plan. I just moved here and didn't have internet at home yet so I jumped on the promotion that started Nov. 11.2009: for about 2200rmb you get 13 months of broadband (10 months prepaid + 3 months free bonus). For 1800rmb you can go for the lower 4Mbps.

So far the connection has been solid, I've been [over]downloading all day at mostly full speed (7-8Mbps). It's surpising how quickly almost 36GB gets downloaded! On a side note if you're testing your broadband connection with an online speedtest you might not see the full bandwidth being used, so it might take multiple applications downloading to see the full bandwidth being used at its peak. It helps to have some kind of network bandwidth monitor running at the same time to see your performance. If you're running Windows Vista or 7 you can quickly add a "Network Meter" gadget to your Gadgets panel.

You can go online to the China Telecom site to apply for the service, after that they will call you to arrange the install - for me that meant the very next day. The installation took almost 2 hrs cuz they installed a new telephone line (so I have to cancel my previous one), and also they will hook up your TV to their IPtv set-top box which connects to the modem they provide. That means you might want to have your modem installed near your TV, they will make a custom length phone cable long enough for you for that purpose. Let me talk about the modem cuz it's worth some attention. I'm a tech-geek so when something impresses me it's really got "the goods".

The modem is a Huawei EchoLife HG522-c. It's a modem, wirelss b+g router, 4 port network switch, AND photo frame all packaged in a nice white glossy plastic, reminiscent of whilte Apple products. It looks nice placed anywhere as it's well disguised as a photoframe. Just keep in mind that a whole bunch of wires will be sticking out the back of this thing. The only bad thing is that it only has a Chinese language management web interface. Configuring was simple eventhough my Chinese reading is limited. Just remember to change your passwords, and wifi security. Note: the wifi SSID has to be named with a "ChinaNet-" prefix.
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Everyone have a downloading happy!!

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Comment by Mael on June 3, 2013 at 7:44pm

1. To have more option log on to your router via
User: telecomadmin

Thanks for the tip !

Comment by Joseph on July 10, 2010 at 7:06am
I'm actually back in Canada now, but can still answer your questions.
a. After 7months, the service is still good. Never had a problem. Yes the equipment was included.
b. There were a bunch of channels but honestly, I didn't spend any amount of time watching it at all. The quality wasn't great, mind you, I had a really old CRT TV. It might look better on a newer wide screen digital display.
Comment by German Chamber of Commerce on June 21, 2010 at 10:25pm
Hi Alan,
here is the trick:
1. To have more option log on to your router via
User: telecomadmin
2. Follow these instructions:
You need to establish a new connection --> click on the grey box above the box with the tick in it
once finished click ok (是)
3. I needed to make some changes on my iphone too as I still couldnt connect to the internet, try renewing the lease of the connection to your WLAN, then it should run smoothly
Comment by Alan de Grey on June 4, 2010 at 10:28pm
Hi, I have the Echolife HG522-c router and cannot connect my iPhone. I can connect to the wireless link, but it then required the broadband link to be made. Does anyone know how to do this on the iphone.
Help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Alan

My Weixin is on my page
Comment by Dave on November 15, 2009 at 9:53pm
I would rather have the ADSL "modem" in one unit, so I can use my own router, unless I can change the firmware on their router and run dd-wrt.


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