In this article, i shall adopt my knowledge of mobile phone internet configuration. This guide will apply to all my readers both in Nigeria and beyond. However, as always, i shall be using Nigeria internet service providers as my case study. I will give you a basic clue that will guide you in choosing the best sim card to use with your dongle or iks decoder. Some people often call me that their own device is either not working at all, or freezing so badly, well i have said it before, and am saying it again that not only server problems makes a dongle device to freeze. Most of the time, unstable sim network/ poor network is the biggest culprit.
DECODERS THAT WOULD BE COVERED IN THIS GUIDE
- Azsky Xman, G1, G1+, G2, G1 Supe and G6
- A+ Gprs router
Make sure you have a data bundle on your sim learn more here. Also make sure your sim has been registered and activated. Finally, make sure you are not using a sim that is currently active on a blackberry plan.
DISCOVERING THE BEST SIM FOR AZSKY DEVICES:
The first clue is that, you should not use a glo mobile Nigeria sim card for xman and G1 this is because by default, glo is not supported in G1 and Xman. Second clue to determining a malfunctioning sim card on any azsky products is by monitoring its LED status. If your led is constantly blinking red without change to green, or it it blinks, green, red and orange interchangeably for a period more than 24hours, then the sim card you are using with that azky device is not the best.
How to determine if Mtn Nigeria sim card can be used efficiently with azsky product; Mtn Nigeria has a very poor network sustenance as far as dongles are concerned. Infact if you have a network coverage for any other sim card, please don’t use mtn. However if you have no choice, this is what you will do. Get a mobile phone that supports both edge and 3g network. I will advice you to use a nokia Symbian phone, an android phone or a BlackBerry phone that supports 3g. The reason being that, you will need to select either 2g or 3g. In other words, select only 2g, and try and use your phone to browse with your mtn sim inside, if it browse smoothly(which i doubt, because mtn is shitty with 2g network) then you can go on and use it. However if 2g is too slow while browsing with it on your phone, then try using your phone to browse with only 3g. Note; you will now need to put the network in automatic, then monitor it on your phone if 3g and edge switches off intermittently, then this is not good news for you. It means when you are watching your favorite channels on azsky, and the network switches, your channel will scramble. The same thing applies to airtel, but airtel is better with 2g than Mtn. The best network that work best with 2g is etisalat glo can also be sometimes frustrating but it can be very stable in some areas(am currently using glo in my house) Bottom line, if you have etisalat that is active with internet network, please don’t use any other sim with azsky products.
HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT INACTIVE SIM CARD ON QSAT DECODER:
Qsat can be used directly with a 3g modem. This equate the performance of all 3g sim card. In qsat as long as your sim can detect 3g newtork, put it inside a modem and goto Menu>>Settings>>3g network>>auto then wait till you get a “Network connection success” message. You can pitch your tent with the most stable 3g sim card on qsat. However if you want to use a 2g sim in qsat GPRS mode, you will need to use the most stable 2g sim card. Note: Qsat has know led light to monitor the only way you can know that your sim network has failed inside qsat is by going to Menu>>Settings>>Ethernet Config>>GPRS/3G>>link (to test link you need to press the blue button).
HOW TO KNOW IF A SIM CARD WILL WORK WITH A+ OR NOT
To determine this on A+, insert the sim you want to use, remove the rs232 cable and plugin only the power cable, monitor the two led lights of A+ on will be blinking blue or orange(the cloned A+ blinks orange instead of blue) It will get to a time,(the time most not be more than 5minutes)the blinking light will stop blinking there and then, insert your power cable and see your scrambled channel open. If it take too long before the light stop blinking, simply change the sim card. However if the light is locked and your channels are not opening, it means A+ server is down.
CLUE ABOUT TROUBLESHOOTING TLINK CONNECTION PROBLEMS
Once you connect your router to your tlink, and you want it to connect faster, press menu>>expansion>>test ip.
Like i said earlier, if you are not in Nigeria, please borrow my tip above.