Internet sharing has been around for quite some time now. We are used to tethering our mobile instruments to computing devices through USB to enable sharing of an internet connection. However, technology has improved manifold and we have sophisticated mobile sets available today that are equipped with Wi-Fi; completely doing away with the need for USB cables to enable connectivity. Hi-tech mobile phones come with third party apps that are either pre-loaded or can be downloaded, enabling sharing of the internet connection via Wi-Fi with other Wi-Fi enabled gadgets. The revolutionary Wi-Fi has simplified our lives tremendously.
Portable WI-Fi router
Most products available today are Wi-Fi enabled. Be it your laptop, iPad, tablet, mobile phone, desktop or the digital camera; they all can be connected to the Wi-Fi. It therefore makes sense to have access to a Wi-Fi connection at all times and this is where the Tata Photon Pocket Wi-Fi Router comes to the rescue of people on-the-move.
The Tata Photon Pocket Wi-Fi Router is an innovative device. It is a wireless router that provides you with an internet connection while you are on the move. It's conveniently small and can be carried around in the pocket. Since it is a Wi-Fi device it can efficiently provide internet access to several users simultaneously, as well as be used in conjunction with Wi-Fi ready devices making it all the more desirable.
If you are skeptical about the performance of this Pocket Wi-Fi device, consider the fact that it can provide broadband internet access speeds of 3.1 Mbps while down-linking and 1.8 Mbps whilst up-linking.
If this does not impress you then there are some other features that will probably entice you. You get an RJ45 Ethernet port that supports LAN, so you need to just attach the incredible gadget to a computing device and you are ready to use the internet. That's not all; it is even outfitted with a built-in CDMA chip, a USB port for you to charge the device and a simple power button.
Another feature of the Tata Photon Wi-Fi router that impressed me and in my opinion makes it a good buy is its in-built battery that lasts for a good 150 minutes and provides easy operation without any hindrance.
The advantage with this device is that it does not bank on an operating system to operate nor will you need to plug it to a computer to activate any function.
The sleek device is feather weight and smaller than the palm. It is aptly designed for easy portability. The device is priced at just INR 4,999. The gadget will initially be available in only Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
The best thing about the device is that there aren't any technicalities involved, so even a non-technical person can set it up easily. You need to just pull it out of its packing case and turn it on; and voila the device is ready to use. It's as simple as that!
You do get a password along with the instruction manual, which of course is set by default. You can alter the same by hooking up the device to a computer via LAN and reconfigure it. The instruction manual is self explanatory and when in doubt you can always call the customer care department for assistance.
Connecting multiple devices to Wi-Fi
The portable Wi-Fi gadget allows you to simultaneously connect a maximum of five devices to a network. The downlink and uplink speeds obviously slow down when more than one device is sharing the Wi-Fi connection.
The little device runs on a 1350mAh battery and each charge lasts for approximately 150 minutes. This might not be much when you are on the move, however, if you have access to an electric point, you can plug it in and it will be ready to use.
My review of Tata Photon WiFi router
I have to say it couldn't get better than this. Technology keeps throwing new things at us and a Wi-Fi service when on the move is one of the coolest things so far.
3G service is not available across the nation so that could be a slight damper, but not for long. You can still pick the Tata Photon Pocket Wi-Fi at an introductory price and select from a number of available plans. At INR 4,999 it can be considered pretty expensive, but then that's the price you pay for convenience and connectivity.
I'd like to sum up my review with what the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices recently said in reference to the portable device. These are not exactly his words but a gist of what he said – Tata Teleservices takes pride in taking new initiatives in improving the telecom industry and the introduction of the Wi-Fi router is one such feat. The company strives at making connectivity simple and accessible to its subscribers. It has kept its commitment by introducing the first portable Wi-Fi router in the country. I feel with such excellent credentials there can be no doubt in anyone's mind of how good a product this is. The only hitch is the non availability of the 3G service across India; but that should be available everywhere pretty soon. Nevertheless, remember that the wireless option lets you connect all gadgets that come with the Wi-Fi hot spot. If you are one of those lucky ones who reside in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad you can perhaps invest in this portable Wi-Fi router, especially if you are constantly on the move and need to stay connected.
If the review has sparked an interest in you, then you can gather specific information regarding the tariff, plans, add-on packs and a lot more on the official website.
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Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.
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