I just got a new office in downtown Baltimore and I needed to get my own internet. I was debating between Verizon DSL or Comcast. I like comcast speed, but not the price. Since I use skype for my office phone I didn’t need anything else but a broadband connection.
So I figured why not try XOHM (soon to be Clearwire) which by the way Baltimore is one of the first cities to have coverage. What attracted me was the price, speed and no contract. They have a special right now for $25 a month for six months and then it’s $10 dollars more after that.
Setting it up was a breeze. I was online in about 10 minutes. I had a little problem with the signal at start. My office is in a building surrounded with brick walls so I had to move the modem closer to a window. Download speed is around 2mbps and upload is around 0.4mbps. Not as fast as other people have reported (6 down, 2up.)
Being a tech guy I wanted to modify the settings on the modem right away so I go to 192.168.100.1 and try all default usernames and passwords that other routers use, but it didn’t work. So I called XOHM support and they gave me a 6 digit random number for my password and username admin. After I got in I wanted to forward few ports, like the port 80 to my linux box. I don’t know why but that never worked. I thought it had to do with remote management of the router which is also set on port 80 so I switched it to 8080 but still no luck. I was surprised to find out that there are some other ports open by default like ftp, telnet and another one.
So my only issue with XOHM is the port forwarding, so far. Maybe I am missing something. I will post an update when I figure it out.