Powernet Fiber Review 300Mbps SuperNet LCO

After being tired of overcharging by my PNPL LCO, I wanted to switch to something else as PNPL was not only expensive (2500 a month for 200Mbps), it also performed terribly in international speeds.

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I decided to try out Powernet which is provided by a LCO called Supernet in my area. I will list all their quoted plans below:
1 month unlimited package

500 installation
30mbps 650
50mbps 820
75mbps 1000
100mbps 1200

3 months unlimited package

Installation 300
30mbps 1650
50mbps 1950
75mbps 2460
100mbps 3000

100 mbps unlimited plan

1000/1month
2700/3month
4920/6months
9840/12months(installation free, only device security 500 refundable)
(12 months promo offerGet 200mbps instead of 100mbps)

300 mbps
1000 installation
1800 1m
4500 3m
8000 6m
14000 12m(free installation)

Plans sound pretty cheap. As I wanted a replacement for PNPL I decided to go with their 300Mbps plan costing 1800/month.

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Installation:​


Installation went easy, a single strand outdoor rated fiber comes to my home where it is terminated at a gray box). A more thin and flexible yellow wire comes out (fiber is fused with fusion splicer) of the gray box which is plugged into the ONT. I used my own ONT which I had lying around (Syrotech GEPON 1000R) so I only had to pay 1000 for the installation. While I currently don’t have a screenshot of the power it was acceptable at -24dBm last time I checked.

DNS Hijacking:​


DNS Hijacking is present on Powernet atleast on Carrier Grade NAT. This can be shown using DNSTraceroute farrokhi/dnsdiag

As you can see the DNS Server is only one hop away which obviously isn’t possible. Compare this to my TriplePlay connection:
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So, if you don’t want Powernet to intercept your queries, use Encrypted DNS!
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Carrier Grade NAT:​


Like most smaller ISPs or newer ISPs, Powernet uses Carrier Grade NAT. I’m given a static IP in 172.28.100.0/24 range (private IP). This is bad if you want to seed torrents, host something that must be publicly available; some games also don’t like Carrier Grade NAT.

There is also MAC Address authentication to prevent anyone else from using your IP.

What makes this worse is that my LCO has told me that he will only provide public static IP on “company proof” and even then, its Rs.300/month! That’s an insane price for a static IP.

Customer Service/uptime:​


Like with most local ISPs, customer support is done through LCO rather than directly. So this will vary vastly from LCO to LCO. So, I’m not talking about it here. As for reliability, I haven’t had any downtime for the few days I have had the connection though if any significant downtime occurs I will update below.

Every speedtest and traceroute is done on wired connection (Gigabit LAN).

Traceroutes:​


Here are some traceroutes:
Code:
 Host                                                                        Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
1. DESKTOP-MR5T1CK.mshome.net                                                0.0%    54    0.2   0.2   0.1   0.5   0.1
2. 172.28.100.1                                                              0.0%    54    1.6   1.2   0.4   3.7   0.6
3. 103.139.60.1                                                              0.0%    54    4.0   2.9   1.6  10.4   1.4
4. 10.100.8.49                                                               0.0%    54    2.8   2.4   1.5   5.4   0.7
5. 219.65.112.233.static-delhi.vsnl.net.in                                   0.0%    53    3.7   2.7   1.6  15.9   1.9
6. 172.31.180.57                                                             0.0%    53   41.1  42.1  39.2  65.6   4.6
7. ix-ae-4-2.tcore1.cxr-chennai.as6453.net                                   7.7%    53   37.8  37.1  35.9  55.4   2.7
8. if-ae-13-2.tcore1.svw-singapore.as6453.net                                0.0%    53  151.4 152.0 149.8 169.7   4.3
9. if-ae-36-2.tcore1.tv2-tokyo.as6453.net                                    7.5%    53  154.9 154.0 153.0 163.4   1.5
10. if-ae-2-2.tcore2.tv2-tokyo.as6453.net                                     0.0%    53  151.3 150.5 149.6 156.5   1.0
11. 180.87.181.187                                                            0.0%    53  157.7 159.7 155.4 205.3   9.2
12. one.one.one.one                                                           0.0%    53  153.2 152.6 151.8 154.6   0.6
CF Routing is messed up on TATA and Powernet has no peering with CloudFlare.

IBF:
Code:
 Host                                                                        Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
1. DESKTOP-MR5T1CK.mshome.net                                                0.0%     9    0.2   0.2   0.2   0.3   0.0
2. 172.28.100.1                                                              0.0%     9    1.1   1.3   1.0   2.0   0.4
3. 103.139.60.1                                                              0.0%     9    2.4   2.6   1.7   3.2   0.5
4. 10.100.8.41                                                               0.0%     8    1.6   2.1   1.6   3.5   0.6
5. 219.65.112.233.static-delhi.vsnl.net.in                                   0.0%     8    2.6   2.8   2.2   4.8   0.8
6. 172.31.180.57                                                             0.0%     8   40.5  41.2  40.5  43.0   0.9
7. ix-ae-4-2.tcore1.cxr-chennai.as6453.net                                   0.0%     8   38.0  39.0  37.2  42.8   2.2
8. if-ae-13-2.tcore1.svw-singapore.as6453.net                               25.0%     8  150.9 153.7 150.9 166.0   6.1
9. if-ae-36-2.tcore1.tv2-tokyo.as6453.net                                    0.0%     8  154.5 154.9 154.3 155.6   0.4
10. if-ae-2-2.tcore2.tv2-tokyo.as6453.net                                     0.0%     8  151.5 151.8 151.0 153.0   0.6
11. 180.87.181.187                                                            0.0%     8  157.6 159.7 157.0 166.8   3.5
12. 104.28.2.57                                                               0.0%     8  153.4 153.3 152.7 154.3   0.5

My EU Server:
Code:
 Host                                                                        Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
1. DESKTOP-MR5T1CK.mshome.net                                                0.0%     6    0.2   0.2   0.2   0.3   0.1
2. 172.28.100.1                                                              0.0%     6    1.2   1.4   0.9   2.6   0.6
3. 103.139.60.1                                                              0.0%     6    2.6   2.4   1.5   3.1   0.5
4. 10.100.8.41                                                               0.0%     6    1.5   2.5   1.4   4.7   1.3
5. 219.65.112.233.static-delhi.vsnl.net.in                                   0.0%     6    2.1   2.5   1.8   3.4   0.7
6. 172.23.183.134                                                            0.0%     6   28.9  28.7  27.9  29.7   0.7
7. ix-ae-0-100.tcore1.mlv-mumbai.as6453.net                                  0.0%     5   28.4  29.9  27.9  35.1   3.0
8. if-ae-2-2.tcore2.mlv-mumbai.as6453.net                                    0.0%     5  154.3 154.9 154.0 156.6   1.0
9. if-ae-12-2.tcore1.l78-london.as6453.net                                  75.0%     5  156.6 156.6 156.6 156.6   0.0
10. if-ae-2-2.tcore2.l78-london.as6453.net                                   50.0%     5  155.1 155.0 154.9 155.1   0.1
11. if-ae-15-2.tcore2.ldn-london.as6453.net                                   0.0%     5  147.3 153.3 147.3 176.1  12.7
12. ldn-b5-link.telia.net                                                     0.0%     5  154.0 154.2 153.7 154.9   0.5
13. ldn-bb4-link.telia.net                                                    0.0%     5  156.7 159.7 156.4 171.3   6.5
14. adm-bb4-link.telia.net                                                    0.0%     5  156.8 156.8 156.0 157.7   0.6
15. adm-b6-link.telia.net                                                     0.0%     5  152.9 153.3 152.9 153.8   0.4
16. leaseweb-ic-308104-adm-b3.c.telia.net                                     0.0%     5  156.3 156.3 155.9 156.6   0.3
17. 81.17.35.183                                                              0.0%     5  153.0 152.9 152.3 153.3   0.4
18. po-1.ce18.ams-01.nl.leaseweb.net                                          0.0%     5  152.4 152.7 152.4 153.0   0.2
19. andy10gbit.is.rollin                                                      0.0%     5  152.7 152.9 152.4 153.3   0.4

Google DNS:
Code:
 Host                                                                        Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
1. DESKTOP-MR5T1CK.mshome.net                                                0.0%     3    0.3   0.3   0.3   0.3   0.0
2. 172.28.100.1                                                              0.0%     3    1.2   1.0   0.9   1.2   0.2
3. 103.139.60.1                                                              0.0%     2    1.9   1.9   1.9   1.9   0.0
4. 10.100.8.37                                                               0.0%     2    2.7   2.5   2.3   2.7   0.3
5. 72.14.205.145                                                             0.0%     2    2.1   1.7   1.3   2.1   0.5
6. 74.125.244.193                                                            0.0%     2    2.1   1.9   1.7   2.1   0.3
7. 172.253.67.95                                                             0.0%     2    3.0   3.1   3.0   3.2   0.2
8. 8.8.8.8                                                                   0.0%     2    2.2   2.5   2.2   2.8   0.4


Powernet is very reliant on that TATA uplink. There isn’t any significant hourly packet loss I could detect from Smokeping.

Ignore the downtime, its because power went out too long.
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Speedtests:​

It cant even get 300 to its own servers!

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While Powernet is indeed better than my pile of shit PNPL connection in terms of international speeds. Its closer to 200Mbps on my 300Mbps plan. This makes 300Mbps Powernet plans hard to recommend. However, you will likely reach full speed on 100Mbps plans or below on international servers.
Steam reaches 23-24MB/s which is around 200Mbps.
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Pros:
1. Decent international speeds (provided you are below or at 100Mbps plan)
2. Cheap plans
3. Cheap installation
Cons:
1. DNS Hijacking
2. Refusal to provide public IP without "company proof" and costing 300 Rs/month
3. Not able to get 300Mbps on peered servers (close to 280-290Mbps).
 
JB701

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Ridiculous packet loss. I wonder what they are doing or whats happening.
 
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Yeah. Alliance broadband is asking me to pay Rs 300 plus gst per month for a static IP. Really a bummer. They must have bought those IPs for less than 3000 INR each, though I'm sure this depends on a lot other factors.
 
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My LCO switched to GPON recently, I think intl speeds might have improved a bit because of this (or could be something else). I'm currently on their 100Mbps, I plan to prepay next month so I can get 200Mbps "bonus" speed.

Though speeds don't max out as quickly as TriplePlay.
 
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I think 100Mbps is the sweet spot for Powernet atleast on my LCO. I tried out 200Mbps for some time but unfortunately they don't provide that speed outside outside domestic servers, international is closer to 110-150Mbps.

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