Portable and easy to use, these are some of the advantages that the broadband plug-it modems have over other means of having an internet connection like DSL or Antenna modems. Because of this, many people are now having their internet by buying broadband plug-it modems from internet service providers. Smart Telecom, Globe Telecom, and Sun Telecom are all offering broadband plug-it modems.


Plug-its work by receiving and transmitting broadband signals to and from the telecommunication towers of internet service providers like the way cellular phones receive signal. However, the problem is that indoors, the signal deteriorates and the internet speed get slow. Walls usually blocks broadband signals causing its deterioration. Other obstructions like roof and trees contributes to the deterioration of broadband signal.

Here are some of my tips to make the signal that your plug-it receives stronger. For each of the tips, you will need USB Extension Cord. This cord could be bought from shops that sell computer parts and accessories like CD-R King. A cord with a length of 3 meters usually cost about 100 pesos. USB extension cords with signal booster are not required.

Tip #1: Take It Outdoors

As I had said, the walls of your house contribute to the deterioration of broadband signal. To solve these, your plug-it modem must be placed outside of your home. This could easily be done if you are using a laptop computer since it could be taken anywhere. For desktop computers, the solution is to buy a USB extension cord and place your broadband plug-it modem out through the window.

Just make sure that the plug-it modem will not be too exposed to rain or direct heat of the sun. Leaving the plug-it modem too exposed to the elements may cause it to malfunction.

Tip #2: Place It on Higher Elevation

Since trees and roof of houses also blocks broadband signal, a good solution would be to place the plug-it higher than these obstructions. For my plug-it modem, we used a pole to prop up the plug-it modem above the roof of our house. I used two 3-meter long USB extension cords to connect the plug-it modem to the USB port. This solved the problem of weak signal that we are experiencing when we are connecting to the internet.

To protect the plug-it modem, we created a housing using ice cream plastic container, plastic jar, and Styrofoam bowl. The ice cream container serves as the outermost roofing to protect the plug-it modem from rain. The Styrofoam serves as the insulator to protect the modem from the extreme heat of the sun.

These are some of the things I did to get a strong signal for my internet at home. I know that there are more tips out there to make the broadband signal being received by your plug-it modem stronger. I hope that this tips helped you.

Do have more tips? Please tell me by leaving a comment. Thanks!


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  1. Jules February 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

    Wow! This is so cool. Thanks for sharing it. ;D

    The Brown Mestizo

  2. bluedreamer27 March 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

    hate smartbro... they're service really sucks!

  3. Brandon March 10, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

    smartbro just released Surftv! http://bit.ly/dgSi5R

  4. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

    wow! awesome this is so cool!!

  5. Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM  

    smart bro bulok !! bullshit smart bro company

  6. Anonymous November 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM  

    wag nyu na po ito i try grabeh mamamatay ka sa inis sobrang bagal ang taas ng signal 0.00kbps ~ 63.00kbps sobrang topak ang smart big disappointment lumipat lng ako ng kwarto para mataas ang signal problem is kahit mataas yung signal sobrang bagal parin WTF smart bro minsan nman ang bilis.. well minsan lng yun i think once in a blue moon lng yun mang yari..HSDPA Stands for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access... mukang sa smart ang HSDPA nila Highper-slow Downlink Packet Access... sayang pera tsk tsk....

  7. Ishmael Fischer Ahab November 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM  

    So angry Anonymous? Hehe. Nangyayari rin sa akin yan. May mga moments na gusto ko na lang itapon sa basurahan yung Smart Bro plug-it ko kasi sobraaaaaaang bagal.

  8. Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

    Kakainis ung smartbroooo. npka bagal nea. nagloloko sha lage!

  9. Anonymous December 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

    dapat isuli ang load pag mabagal signal.....napakabagal talaga lugi custumer nyo.....

  10. Anonymous March 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM  

    i advice wag na kayo mag smart bro.,.,mababadtrip langkayo ,.,.every 12mn to 10am ko lang nagagamit ang facebook at mabagal na youtube kakaiyak lang

  11. Anonymous May 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM  

    dapat nabasa ko agad to.. kakakuha ko lang ng postpaid na sim-only nung tuesday.. 2 days ko nang monitor ang latency.. WTF?! average of 400-2000 ms??! tapos yung speed is averaging 50kbps lang?! most times lower pa!

    magnanakaw! magnanakaw!

    kahit lumipat ako from office to my house ganun pa rin!

    buti na lang 6 months lang ang lock-in period...

    on second thought, di ko na lang babayaran... hindi naman na ako kukuha uli ng services nila eh :D

    smart ito sayo: ..l..

  12. Anonymous October 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM  

    grabe po service ng smart. kakalipat ko lang po d2 sa la union im from zambales . d2 po sa l.u 32kbps na ung pinkamax ng net q samantalang sa zamb. umaabot po ng 1mb ung netspeed. laki ng diperensya no?. wish ko lang po na palakasin ng smart ang signal nila.
    3G everywhere will do :)