These days I started travelling a lot and I use a Tata Photon+ data card to connect to Internet. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a Working driver of Tata Photon+ for Mac Lion OS X and I ended up purchasing a D Link DWR 131 Router. It’s a 3G router, which convert your 3G connection into Wi-fi connection and give you the power of portability. This works with almost all the popular Indian 3G card along with Data card like Tata Photon +, MTS, Reliance and many more. I will come to the setup part later but first lets look into some of the features of D Link DWR 131 Router.
D Link DWR 131 Router feature and review:
I’m a big fan of Belkin and D link product when it comes to router and I picked D link 131 router for almost 360o INR ( $70) from a local gadget shop. Though, you can always search it online and get it for much cheaper price and deal.
DWR 131 3G router comes with 1700 mAH battery and offer many feature which you may or may not use. Specially, if you are looking for a cheap and simple solution, there are other cheap options too but if you are looking for something long term and offer more features like Ethernet connection, multiple Wi-fi connectivity and simple to configure Wizard, D link DWR 131 router could be one of the good pick. This 3G router supports multiple network (EV-DO/CDMA/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS) and in the accessories it comes with one Charger, Battery, Router and a Lan wire.
Configuring D link 3G router with Tata Photon +:
The reason I ended up buying this router is because of two reason:
- No Tata Photon + working driver for Mac Lion OS X 10.8.2+
- Connecting multiple device with same data dongle.
I could have used my Mac book as Wi-fi router but that is not very convenient when you are travelling and you want to preserve battery as much as you could. By default this router doesn’t work with Tata photon+ but you can manually set it (Which is easy and configure your D link router to work with Tata Photon +. Follow this step by step guide:
- Switch on your D link DWR 131 Router and put in battery and connect it with Charger.
- Plug in your Tata Photon + data card
- Open 192.168.0.1 in your browser
- Default username: admin Password: Blank
- Click on Setup > Manual Internet connection Setup
Now in the Ethernet Port select Wan and use Dial up profile as manual. There are few settings which you need to make and those are easy.
- Country : India
- Telecom : Others
- 3G network: WCDMA/HSPA
- username: internet
- password: password
- Dial number: #777
Click on Save settings and it will reboot the router and you will be connected to internet using your Tata photon + data card. Check out this screenshot for any confusion:
That’s it and now you can enjoy the power of Wi-fi even when you are moving and you can connect to multiple devices at one time. If you are a frequent traveller and have multiple gadgets with you, you should consider buying D link Pocket router or from any other company, not only it will give you piece of mind, but you will also be connected to Internet all the time.
Do let me know if you are stuck anywhere and I will try to find a solution.