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#1
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internet woes

Currently I'm studying in Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. I have been trying for the past few weeks to set up an internet connection for my laptop. I purchased a WLL phone, a cable and CD to install on my computer, only to discover, despite their reassurances, that the CD was not Macintosh compatible. They offered to install virtual PC and windows so I could install the CD, but that would not meet my needs (I have a .mac website, and in order to update it I must be on a mac, virtual pc wouldn't work). So..they are refunding the phone and I am desperately searching for other options. It is a very small town, and so most of the usually used providers are simply not available...does anyone have any suggestions?

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#2
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Try this!!

Here's an outfit called Net2roam who claim to be able to put you online anywhere in the world using a local telephone number!!!
And the good news is it runs on Mac machines!! here is the link and let us know if this helps in any way as I know many people staying in India would just love a service like this (if it's all they say it is!!) although it is a bit pricey!!
anyway here's the link!!!


http://www.net2roam.com/howItWorks.html

Hope that helps!!:) :) :) :)
Sanatana Dharma

www.goneindia.com
#3
| indianeyes
i am also in internet hell...

i have a private phone line with 'free' internet service which only works as fast as a pig can fly from 8 am to 9:30 am on the sixth tuesday of every march. this free service only goes up to 25 hours and from there on you are charged for local phone call only but that is by the 'pulse' which equals three minutes' time.

i can never send a picture home at this rate-it takes forever to open my email.

i am looking into the company reliance to get a cell phone and internet hookup through that. i have a dell laptop. at this point i dont care what it costs, if i can get the money i will spend it. even a quick connection for an hour is worth more than a slow one for five hours.

on top of everything else i had to cough up 3000 rupees security deposit and have this phone put in a friend's name who is a resident.

internet cafes are not an option for me-it's a long, boring story, never mind why.

i hope to get reliance service-i'll let you know how it works out. if you dont hear from me you will know how it works out! they said they could have it going in an hour....and they will throw ijn the gateway to india with the package i suppose.
#4
| Maha Guru Member
Be warned that a GSM cell phone is normally 9600 bits/second.
Thats around 1 kilobyte/second.
I don't think you will find that very fast either.
#5
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Success, well, after doing dome research in internet cafes I discovered another macintosh user who succeeded in using a reliance phone. I realized that the phone I had (an LG model) was not compatible, but that Samsung (which Reliance is no longer working with) is...so they dug up a used phone for me, and I am finally connected. It is not a great connection, it constatly goes out if I try to do anything big...however it is good enough to send photos (though sometimes it takes a couple tries, and update my website. I hope this helps other people out who have similar problems. Oh, and about Reliance, I was the first foreigner they'd ever sold a phone too (at least in this area), and so I got to do lots of extra paperwork, I had to have all sort of documents copied and have the copied notorized (a bit pricey), but it is exciting that I am finally wired. Anyway, if you are a mac user and want internet through Reliance, you can e-mail me, and I'll tell you the tricks for setting up your network preferences in OSX
#6
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I've been told that Reliance wasn't working that good... But haven't tried it myself. I have a cable connection, and it works very well. But then it's not available everywhere, not even everywhere in delhi !!
And even if you're not the first foreigner, there is a lot of paperwork... actually more for a mobile phone than for cable. And you must be able to advise the men who install the cable on where to put it, if you don't want to have it in weird places, and also on how to use an electric drill :)
#7
| Mine's a Haywoods...
Julie.. please tell us more. !

I know there are other Mac users ( or PC ) who are looking into viable internet / mobile connections..

What phone did you use & what cable.. ? Did you need to 'doctor' the phone ?

:)
#8
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reliance mac secrets

The only way that I know of of hooking up a mac with a reliance phone is to get a samsung phone model and a samsung usb data cable. For me, this meant going more than a few hours out of my way by bus to Kottayam, Kerala, the only office still carrying samsung products. Once you've got the phone and cord, you don't need the CD at all. A macintosh will automatically recognise that there's another modem option. Go into system preferences (note: this is all for OSX), click network...
Go to the network port configurations and you should see a new option "Samsung CDMA Technologies" Use that for your modem. Configure using PPP. Your account name and password are your phone number without the zero in front of the area code. The telephone number is #777 (this part would have been set up by the CD that's not mac compatible).
When you buy the phone, they'll give you the number you have to dial to activate the modem in the phone.
Now, back in your network preferences... under "modem" you need to choose SUNTAC U-Cable D3 (PDC)... Now you should be able to go to Internet connect, click on Samsung CDMA technologies and dial up.
Recently, Reliance went to a pre-paid plan. This is probably your best bet,rather than having to deal with bills that never come and the hells of indian bureaucracy. However! If you're not quite so middle of nowhere as me (meaning a city the size of Kottayam, Kerala... or bigger) they're going to be starting up a cable modem service very soon, so that should be checked into before getting a not so fast WLL phone connection.

Hope this helps!
Julie
#9
| Member

Thank you very much....can I help you

Originally posted by: Julie DuhonThe only way that I know of of hooking up a mac with a reliance phone is to get a samsung phone model and a samsung usb data cable. For me, this meant going more than a few hours out of my way by bus to Kottayam, Kerala, the only office still carrying samsung products. Once you've got the phone and cord, you don't need the CD at all. A macintosh will automatically recognise that there's another modem option. Go into system preferences (note: this is all for OSX), click network...
Go to the network port configurations and you should see a new option "Samsung CDMA Technologies" Use that for your modem. Configure using PPP. Your account name and password are your phone number without the zero in front of the area code. The telephone number is #777 (this part would have been set up by the CD that's not mac compatible).
When you buy the phone, they'll give you the number you have to dial to activate the modem in the phone.
Now, back in your network preferences... under "modem" you need to choose SUNTAC U-Cable D3 (PDC)... Now you should be able to go to Internet connect, click on Samsung CDMA technologies and dial up.
Recently, Reliance went to a pre-paid plan. This is probably your best bet,rather than having to deal with bills that never come and the hells of indian bureaucracy. However! If you're not quite so middle of nowhere as me (meaning a city the size of Kottayam, Kerala... or bigger) they're going to be starting up a cable modem service very soon, so that should be checked into before getting a not so fast WLL phone connection.

Hope this helps!
Julie








I will be very happy to help you from my position......Thanks a lot..........
#10
| Maha Guru Member
My comments may be of little use, but I want to congratulate you for bringing your mac to India. Here's my experience: When I rented a flat in Mumbai last year I bought my powerbook, figuring I'd be able to connect through the phone line in the flat. It turned out that the phone was actually a wireless phone (WLL, like yours), even though it looked like a normal telephone. I could dial up just fine from my friend's house, and just about everywhere else we tried, EXCEPT at the flat. How annoying! I became a well known visitor at the cybercafe downstairs as a result. They had slow slow slow cable connection ("it's fast! really!!") and a spare port on their ethernet hub, so it was easy to connect. Of course there was no software installation required at all. Just plug in and you're on the internet!

In other words, it could be that it's your WLL connection that's giving you problems.
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--May a moody baby doom a yam.
#11
| Mine's a Haywoods...
Thanks Julie & all.. That really helps.

I guess I'll have to wait and see how things look 'on the ground' with phone availability and coverage.

I'm going to play down the expectations with speed etc..

Expect more questions when I get out there in Early November !

:rolleyes:
#12
| Mine's a Haywoods...
:question: already..

Will ANY Samsung handset work ? I've just been to the Reliance website and they do still stock a Samsung 356

http://www.relianceinfo.com/Infocomm...amsung356.html

Also, a good dealer in Trivandrum / Kollam would be good to hear of & some idea of coverage around Varkala

Thanks

BB
#13
| Mine's a Haywoods...
.. for anyone interested, I found this useful forum :

Reliance R-Connect forum
#14
| Mine's a Haywoods...

Originally posted by: Julie DuhonThe only way that I know of of hooking up a mac with a reliance phone is to get a samsung phone model and a samsung usb data cable. For me, this meant going more than a few hours out of my way by bus to Kottayam, Kerala, the only office still carrying samsung products. Once you've got the phone and cord, you don't need the CD at all. A macintosh will automatically recognise that there's another modem option. Go into system preferences (note: this is all for OSX), click network...
Go to the network port configurations and you should see a new option "Samsung CDMA Technologies" Use that for your modem. Configure using PPP. Your account name and password are your phone number without the zero in front of the area code. The telephone number is #777 (this part would have been set up by the CD that's not mac compatible).
When you buy the phone, they'll give you the number you have to dial to activate the modem in the phone.
Now, back in your network preferences... under "modem" you need to choose SUNTAC U-Cable D3 (PDC)... Now you should be able to go to Internet connect, click on Samsung CDMA technologies and dial up.
Recently, Reliance went to a pre-paid plan. This is probably your best bet,rather than having to deal with bills that never come and the hells of indian bureaucracy. However! If you're not quite so middle of nowhere as me (meaning a city the size of Kottayam, Kerala... or bigger) they're going to be starting up a cable modem service very soon, so that should be checked into before getting a not so fast WLL phone connection.

Hope this helps!
Julie




Julie, I presume you bought a 'new' Samsung handset...

Seems these are no longer available. Will a second hand set do the trick ? Will I still get a number to 'activate' the modem or does this come with the SIM...

Thanks

bb

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