Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ in Linux

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Hi ,

Finally figured out how the billing systems work  , and now i am really left laughing at my own naivity . FJ was kind enough to point  out in my last post that i was billed only for the first 10 days . So you are billed according to the tariff of the plans you choose and not according to your usage  (as i had first thought) .

I just checked my next month’s bill which does confirm that . I have been billed Rs850+ taxes . which finally comes upto a sum of  Rs 937  .

Hi ,

Just  got my first month’s bill for my reliance netconnect broadband+ connection . I was pretty anxious because in the past some of my friends had said that Reliance may cheat and make me pay some extra bucks by billing me wrong , on top of this i also had not bothered to keep track of my usage .

I am using the 2.5 GB plan which costs me about Rs 850/- per month .So i was really surprised to receive a bill for just Rs 324/- . My usage was recorded as 800 something mb , which  in my opinion is correct , so i had 1.5 GB that i  had not used  . I am not sure how this billing system works , but as i was not  told of any discounts i am guessing that you are made to pay only for the amount of data transfer you used . which is really nice ! will try and confirm this .

PS : I double checked just to make sure that it is indeed my bill and have also payed the same , so its no mistake ! .

So you seem to have done everything right and yet your wvdial refuses to connect to the internet ? .  Try using some of the tips/pointers i give below to isolate your problem . (Please make sure to check my first post here on setting up your Reliance internet by configuring your wvdial in Linux)

General trouble shooting tips

-> Have you completed the first time activation procedures for your connection ?

-> Have you unchecked ‘Work offline’ mode  in Firefox ? Otherwise it wont open any web pages inspite of your internet connection being open .(Refer to my previous post here about the Firefox work offline bug).

-> Have you got any other wired/wireless internet connection ? . If so please disconnect/unplug it physically while you are trying to make a connection for the first time .

-> Are you executing wvdial with super user previleges ?

If you still have a problem check the following …..

wvdial Configuration TroubleShooting tips

Open the wvdial configuration file

-> Have you entered the user name and password correctly ?

-> Try varying the Modem option /dev/ttyUSB0 to /dev/ttyUSB2 (This one’s a little difficult , i found mine correctly only after a few trial and errors )

->When you execute sudo wvdial look for the following lines

Modem initialized. (If you get this line , it obviously means that your modem has been successfully detected and wvdial managed to initialize it )

Carrier detected. Starting PPP immediately (This line tells you that it has detected your carrier i.e Reliance)

->Finally make sure that it ends by listing your Primary DNS,secondary DNS,local IP address  . If it does your internet has been succesfully connected !

Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ Huawei EC168C modem

Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ Huawei EC168C modem

BSNL became the forerunner in the race to introduce high speed wireless internet in India with its introduction of BSNL Evdo cards and USB modems . Even though their plans were excellent value for money BSNL Evdo’s adoption by people was hampered by their very limited coverage . At this stage two other Internet service providers TATA INDICOM and Reliance decided to unveil their own wireless Evdos .

TATA Indicom’s Photon and Reliance’s Netconnect Broadband+ are similar to each other in many respects   . For one each uses an advanced 3G service so they are capable of  delivering higher speeds ( 3mbps compared to BSNL Evdo’s 2mbps).Both the services also have a better coverage area . But i personally am very impressed with Reliance’s Service . Reliance claimed to have a coverage of over 30 cities and villages . Pretty tall claim . so i decided to put their claim to the test .

Having tested in 2 different cities (Chennai and Coimbatore) i got more or less consistent speeds of upto 1mbps. Pretty impressive for an Indian isp .In both the cities i made a point of testing in the fringe areas (outskirts) of the city .I separately tested using speed test sites as well as Downloads .

Heres a link to one of my Tests using a server based in London (using speedtest.net)

(copy paste the URL in your browser’s address bar )

Positives

->   Reliance’s Broadband+ service has the largest coverage area . According to them more than 35+ cities and villages .

-> Free Roaming inside India .

-> Consistent speeds in different cities .

-> Highest Download and upload speeds .

-> Monthly packs pretty economical

Negatives

->  Unlimited night time pack has a capped data limit of upto 10GB only . This Fair Usage policy unfortunately also effects TATA Indiacom Photon’s plans