CON­FUS­INGLY SIM­PLE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

There is no point us­ing a USB In­ter­net don­gle if you are in your house. But you don’t have much of an op­tion if you still haven’t in­stalled Wi-Fi in the house, maybe be­cause you do not want to spend on an­other Net connection. But your 3G don­gle can eas­ily be­come the Wi-Fi net­work in your home if you get a wire­less router up to the task.

The NWZ-WR150A-3G wire­less router from Ze­bron­ics does just this. Let us warn you to that this router works only with a 3G don­gle or a new HSIA-based don­gle. While we were ex­pect­ing plug-n-play, the in­stal­la­tion was any­thing but that. You have to plug the don­gle into the router, be­fore con­nect­ing it to power and then run an in­stal­la­tion pro­gramme from the CD to get it to work said the man­ual inside. But that did not work for us. This is when we no­ticed the box, which said you also need to have an IP ad­dress open to get the router to work.

The router worked af­ter we did as the box or­dered. In fact, in the sec­ond at­tempt the router worked even with­out go­ing through the en­tire Netwiz process listed in the man­ual—it seems parts of the man­ual is ac­tu­ally meant for a WAN-based net­work. If only some­body has worked on the man­ual and saved us the trou­ble. But the router worked well af­ter the ini­tial hic­cup, which you thank­fully have to un­dergo only once.

Sadly, the connection got ter­mi­nated when we re­moved the LAN ca­ble con­nect­ing the router to the lap­top us­ing which we had run the setup. We are hop­ing this was a quirk with the re­view unit. Oth­er­wise, this should work with­out PC as­sis­tance.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Works, but there must cer­tainly be bet­ter op­tions out there.

GG ZE­BRON­ICS NWZ-WR150A-3G Price:

` 3,150

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