Last updated on May 24th, 2016
No regret for the confidence betrayed
No more hiding in shadow
Cause I won’t wait for the debt to be repaid
Time has come for you
Victimized, victimized, never again victimized
That’s Linkin Park for ya and you must be wondering what the hell is this doing in a review? Exactly, the point is, this is the present scenario of net connectivity in countries like India where people are simply lured by the network companies to purchase their services and in return they are fooled and victimized by their monopoly. When are things actually going to change? Will they just remain as a dream? We are pretty sure that there might be a number of questions hovering in your mind, and don’t worry we will answer them one by one, all thanks to the opportunity provided to us by Airtel in order to review their newly launched 4G Portable Wifi Router. But first let’s overview some important topics.
What is the 3G internet speed in India?
Let’s have an overview of the 3G internet speed offered by some operators over here. The series of screenshots below depict the general speed offered by companies like Aircel and Relaince for their 3G users.
Usually, in many places across India, most of the operators offer an average 3G speed of around 1.5 Mbps. But what about the 4G internet in India? This is where the topic becomes hot and we are gonna soon find out with the help of the 4G Wifi Hotspot Device powered by Airtel.
Specifications of Airtel 4G Portable Wifi-Router
- Modem – Network Type: LTE /3G/2G
- Indicator Battery , WIfi & LTE network
- Data Speeds LTE TDD (Category 3)
- Wireless LAN 4 Ghz Wi-fi with Auto channel selection WPA & WPS
- Dimensions 106mm*58mm*15.8mm
- Weight 103g
- One SIM Slot
- One Micro-USB slot
- One Power On/Off switch
- Dual antenna extension ports
#Packaging and contents
#Design and build
Unboxing the package, we found a stone tablet shaped device that mesmerized us with it’s vivid design and stunning looks. With this palm-sized portable gadget, you can travel and access blazing high speed internet, wherever you want to. You just carry this in your pocket and thus, move with the internet. The front face of the device showcases a void/circular shaped power button accompanied by a signal as well as battery-charge indicator.
The side-panel consists of a micro-USB charging port and double external antenna interface that you can use to extend the WiFi signal. There is a detachable back panel which after removing, you will find a battery compartment along with a slot for inserting your SIM.
Check the next page to know about it’s performance and various other details.
Most of the Airtel users have complained about unstable 4G speeds on their mobile handsets. So, how does this 4G hotspot device featured by the company make a difference? We’ll soon find out.
(N.B:- The device was tested in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India)
After inserting an Airtel 4G SIM, we pressed the power button to switch ‘ON’ the device and all of a sudden the signal as well as the battery indicator started glowing in the form of red and green dots, respectively. The signal indicator kept on beeping in red for a while and soon, it became stable with ‘green’. In other words, the device took a tad bit of time to be connected to the internet, which was showcased by a beeping red signal while the green dot indicated, the device was already connected.
For benchmarking the internet speed, we chose Ookla and various trustworthy tools like NetStress.
- Ookla– This is the most popular and reliable online benchmark tool for testing your internet speed. We chose various server locations starting from Dhaka to New Delhi, and what we discovered was something impressive.
To be frank, this is the best 4G speed you will get in India at present. According to the above results, the speed normally ranges from 7-12 Mbps, reaching to a maximum of 25 Mbps which you could call amazing in a country like India. But we did notice a crazy technical issue. While the device was connected to a system via a micro USB cable, the downloading speed usually ranged between 20-25 Mbps but when it wasn’t connected via any cable, the speed varied from 10 to 12 Mbps. Actually, we aren’t even sure what may have triggered this problem but this isn’t any ordinary flaw that should be neglected. You may refer the screenshot below to see for yourself.
- NetStress– This is a very effective offline tool that requires at least two systems to run the benchmark test, i.e. one transmitter and one receiver. So, we chose to transmit data from the TCP port and the device gave us a whooping speed of 22.34 Mbps. Similarly, the speed at the receiving end was 21.56 Mbps. Sometimes, we had to change our mind that NetStress was rather a better benchmark utility as compared to Ookla.
We also tried to download a video from YouTube having a file size of 124 MB. To our surprise, the download bar got filled up within a few seconds, and thanks to that we barely managed to take a screenshot! The image below clearly depicts the download speed being 2.2 MBps which is equivalent to 17.6 Mbps which means you can download a 1080p movie within minutes!
The device can support upto 10 devices at a time in it’s hotspot radius. This is what was mentioned in the product-box and we did verify whether this was true or not. So, we connected upto 10 devices and discovered that all of them were all juiced up with Airtel 4G within a few seconds.
Why you need to buy Airtel 4G Wifi-Hotspot device?
Airtel 4G is the fastest internet available in India right now at present. And you are getting this service at normal 3G prices, which is the most important thing. While the speed may vary in the case of mobile devices, the 4G Portable Wifi Router will not let you down and hence, can enrich your days with stable high speed internet. To clarify your doubts you can compare the rate charts of Reliance 3G and Airtel 4G, mentioned below:
The Airtel network in India is very huge as well as highly efficient. So, if you might be interested to switch to 4G in the mere future, then Airtel would be the best option without any doubt. At a price range of INR 2.3K, the Portable Wifi Router by Airtel can prove to be very useful especially, when you are on the go. In addition to that, with the help of this device not only you get the privilege to access lightning speed internet on a single system but also you can share it with your family members or friends at the same time. In other words, you will be getting more than what you pay for.