D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

D Link DWR 131 Hands on And Tata Photon + Config

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:

D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

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.

Reliance iPad 3G Price

Some time back BSNL launched iPad 3G plan along with Micro-sim which is so far one of the best available 3G plan for iPad users in India. Joining the league, Reliance also come up with dedicated 3G plans for iPad users.

Though iPad 3g plan from reliance is not the cheapest and I won’t even put it in affordable list, since we have two major player with unlimited 3G plans in India. So far, BSNL is the first telecom company in India to come up with dedicated 3G plans for iPad users. MTNL on the other hand doesn’t have any dedicated 3G plans but I found 6 months unlimited 3G plans from MTNL to be one of the best and cheapest 3G plan for Indian market.

Reliance doesn’t offer any unlimited 3G data plan and their maximum pack offers 10Gb data plan for INR 1100 which is valid for only 30 days.

Here is a image of reliance iPad 3G plan with courtesy of telecomtalk.

Reliance iPad 3G Price

Though reliance with get an advantage with this 3G plans as they have good coverage in rural area of India. Despite of BSNL being one of the popular telecom provider, it’s always marked as bad service provider with bad client servicing.

Anyways, no matter what price will be a big factor and if I would have given a choice for 3G provider in India, I will prefer BSNL or MTNL 3G plans in India.

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Do let us know if above mentioned Reliance iPad 3G Price fascinates you in any ways? Also let us know which 3G network are you using on your 3G mobile phone?

MTNL 3G settings for iPad2 [How to]

I bought a 3G iPad2 3 weeks back and I can’t get enough of it. I have stopped using my iPhone for any other purpose apart from Calling and SMS. iPad2 is seriously addictive and if you have installed right iPad apps, you might not look for another digital entertainment source for couple of days or may be weeks.

Anyways, one reason why I bought a 3G iPad2 is because I travel a lot and I can use 3G service from any service provider on my iPad. Of all the popular 3G service provider, I opted for MTNL because they are offering unlimited 3G for 6 months for just 4500. Which I believe is a good deal considering Unlimited data download without any FUP. (Yah Airtel sucks when it comes to FUP).

Anyways, here is a quick starter guide for configuring MTNL 3G on your iPad device. Just for info, MTNL doesn’t offer Micro-sim like BSNL Micro-sim but you can either buy a SIM-Cutter or if you good with DIY stuff, you can convert normal SIM into Micro-sim. In our head-quarter, we enjoy manual work and @droidsid took the pain of cutting down normal SIM into Micro-sim.

Step by Step guide to configure MTNL 3G Jadoo SIM on iPad2:

Put the Micro-sim into your iPad and go to Settings >Cellular Data > APN setting

iPad2-MTNL-APN-Setting Click on APN settings and enter following details :

iPad2-MTNl-Setting

  • APN: pps3g
  • Username: mtnl
  • password: mtnl123

Now once you have added MTNL 3G APN settings, now restart your iPad and your 3G will start working on iPad. It’s been more than 2 hours that I’m trying out MTNL 3G and so far I’m impressed with the speed. Though speed fluctuates a lot, but for 750/month (4500 INR for 6 months), I can’t expect more than this.

Do let us know if you are using 3G SIM on your iPad? Which network provider are you using and how’s the performance? If you face any issue setting up 3G on your iPad, do let us know via comment.

Finally Vodafone Released 3G Plans in India

Yesterday Vodafone has officially launched its Vodafone 3G plans in India and most of these plans has been found similar to leaked details last month. Literally Vodafone’s 3G plans are not so exciting and I think Vodafone is unable to provide affordable 3G service in India. There has been launched no unlimited plan and its heavy usage plans are far more expensive than BSNL and DOCOMO the popular Indian 3G providers. You will get half with Vodafone in comparison with BSNL and DOCOMO ( 5GB/10-15GB). Below is the full detail of Vodafone 3G plans.

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Vodafone Mobile 3G Plans

Rs. 102 Plan

  • Free Usage- 100MB
  • Validity- 30 Days
  • How to Activate- Send SMS ACT MI102 to 111

Rs. 376 Plan

  • Free Usage- 500MB
  • Validity- 30 Days
  • How to Activate- Send SMS ACT MI376 to 111

Rs. 848 Plan

  • Free usage 3 GB
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Send SMS ACT MI848 to 111

Rs. 1250 Plan

  • Free usage 5 GB
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Send SMS ACT MI1250 to 111

Vodafone 3G Combo Plans (Voice, SMS and Data)

Rs. 500 Plan

  • Free usage 500MB Data Usage +500 Local and STD voice calling + 500 SMS
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111/116

Rs. 1000 Plan

  • Free usage 1000MB Data Usage +1000 Local and STD voice calling + 1000 SMS
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111/116

Vodafone 3G Data Card Plans

Rs. 650 Plan

  • Free usage 1 GB
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Rs. 850 Plan

  • Free usage 3 GB
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Rs. 1250 Plan

  • Free usage 5 GB
  • validity 30 Days
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Vodafone 3G Advanced Rental Plans

Rs. 3250 Plan

  • Free usage 6GB Total with 1GB/month limit
  • validity 6 Months
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Rs. 4250 Plan

  • Free usage 18GB Total with 3GB/month limit
  • validity 6 Months
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Rs. 6250 Plan

  • Free usage 30GB Total and 5GB/month limit
  • validity 6 Months
  • How to activate Visit Vodafone Store or call 111

Do you think above mentioned Vodafone 3G data plans are cheaper than other 3G service provider in India? Which 3G service provider are you using?