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A record of my experiences with certifications. Starting with BrainBench, moving on to Microsoft (MCP, MCDBA, MCAD) and … surely one day with Sun (SCJP), together with things I come across my day to day life.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Got on the Broad BANDWagon! Finally

Recently I have had some very bad experience in buying peripherals for my computer.

First it was my USB-IR port (BAFO 120b), which I brought to connect my mobile (Sony Ericsson T630) to my computer using IR. I bought it from a local shop for Rs 550 and when I connected it to my computer it was not recognized by my Window XP operating system. I tried all I could do but it didn’t work. I searched about it in Google and posted about it in various forums but no luck. Finally I gave up and packed it and placed it in my shelf.

Next, I decided to take up broad band connection (Believe me till now I was using only Dial-up Connection). And I selected BSNL Dataone 500, as the plan suited my needs. And regarding the modem, BSNL gave me two options either I can opt for their modem (Huawei SmartAX MT880) or I can buy my own modem. I gave a thought for some time and then decide to get my own modem and I bought a DLink DSL – 502T router / modem for RS 2450.

I was waiting with excitement to use my broadband connection. After about two weeks BSNL approved my request and enabled ADSL for my telephone line. Then came the real problem, I was trying to connect using my modem and it was not able to do that and was getting an error. I called up BSNL and they said that the problem is with my modem and not with their connection and went to the shop (yes still I am buying from a brick-mortar shop and not an e-Shop) from where I brought the modem and asked them to replace it, since I had warranty. They accepted it and gave me a new modem and even that one was giving the same problem for me.

I searched about it in Google and posted about it in various forums and almost every one gave me the same answer, connect the modem, run the wizard and you are through. I have changed almost all the configuration parameters and even then I just couldn’t do it. People from BSNL started saying that I shouldn’t have opted for my own modem and virtually all people with whom I discussed about it started pointing their fingers on me saying that it was my fault (expect my parents). I was in real frustration for about a month and finally decide to get the modem from BSNL itself and I listed my modem in ebay for Rs 2000, but I got a response from only one person who wanted it for just s 1500.

I was at my peak in frustration and something inside me asked me to give just one more try. So I just connected it (thinking that it would be my last time doing this) and the LED’s started to blink and I was staring at the screen and my hand was trying to point my mouse pointer to the shortcut (for my connection) which I have placed in the desktop.

Suddenly my yahoo messenger popped up and was trying to connect and I was trying to close it and to my surprise it got connected, I was not able to believe this because I haven’t clicked on the connection which I have created in my network connection yet. Then I opened firefox and typed Google and WOW! Google’s home page flashed.

Finally I realized that my modem has an in-built PPPoE dialer and there is no need for me to create a connection in network connection. And all these days whenever I switched on my modem it was connected to internet but I didn’t realize it. (How bad!)

My sprits went high after finding out that I have actually made a right decision while buying my modem and now I can prove to all those people who pointed their fingers at me that I did took the right decision.

And after making sure that I am connected the first website which I opened was , the forum in which I was posting my query and I found that a person named Ashok who was helping me all these days and suggesting me all the possible combinations for configuring my modem has posted a reply to my post saying that my modem doesn’t need a connection to be created in Control Panel. Thanks Ashok.

And then I cancelled my ebay listing for my modem and told my parents about it. Even they shared my excitement and finally even I got on the Broad BANDWagon!

This has some how given me the confidence and energy to start fiddling with my USB-IR port and I will post my experience if I succeed in that too..

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  • At 8/04/2005 05:11:00 AM, Blogger Sunil said…

    Welcome to the BROADBand world. I am a subscriber of DataOne too. But the sadest part if the data transfer limit of 1GB :( In other countries, students get access to 10Mbps lines, which is amazing. Wonder when we would see that in India.

  • At 8/04/2005 05:29:00 AM, Blogger Sudar said…

    Thanks Sunil.

    Hmm the 1GB limit is disheartening for me also, But what to do?

    Let’s hope that BSNL come with some kind of unlimited plan soon...

    And the latest news from our IT minister seems to be promising

  • At 8/05/2005 04:11:00 AM, Blogger Yuvi Panda said…

    Yeah, true that the 1 GB limit is a bottleneck:(.

    I almost got my connection removed by unwittingly overshoting my 1 GB Limit by 200 MB. But Now, everything seems to be Fine.

    Hope those BSNL Guys get out with some plan like the Sify one, with Unlimited Bandwidth:)

  • At 8/05/2005 04:32:00 AM, Blogger Sudar said…

    Hey does Sify offer unlimited broadband..? Am not sure.. I have heared that Sify's offer is still worse than BSNL

  • At 8/05/2005 05:50:00 AM, Blogger Yuvi Panda said…

    Ofcourse Sify Does! I think it's somewhere similiar to Rs.500, the Rent.

    But, Unfortunately, The speed is more like Dialup, 64 kbps:(

    So, If we want to be the fastest and the most affordable thing as of now, I think our Only Option is BSNL Dataone.

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  • At 9/02/2005 07:56:00 AM, Anonymous srinivasmaktal said…

    I have Data One broad band connection with 256 KBps with Smartax M880 ADSL modem.
    I have one problem. I am using webphone dialler for calling US phone from my PC ( PC to Phone ).

    The problem is that the other end they are able to listen my voice clearly , but I am getting all broken voice from them. Please help me and pmail me the solution to my mail ID (

  • At 10/11/2005 03:56:00 AM, Blogger Bellie Jayaprakash said…

    Hi Friends,

    You may be surprised to know that I am a 57 yrs old, ex-fauji (no big deal to say Wing Commander (Retd)) and self taught compu - literate spending an average of 4hrs on the net amidst the constant nagging of my wife. I have done a lot of 'research' or should I say 'google search' and can assure you that "DataOne" is SIMBLY great.

    Imagine our BSNL babus can also deliver and match the best in the world !

    But it takes the breadth out of me to think that the Home500 plan offers you 'unlimited' surfing only between 2 to 6 a.m (repeat am or rather "thick of night" when the 'whole' country is expected to sleep). Indians can not be graceful even when we give charity.

    Because of the 1GB limit of DataOne per month, I am forced to use Sify's 256 kbps 'Night Unlimited' for Rs.545. Of course, you have to go through the hassel of logging in using their dialer (unlike D-O which is always on) and the compulsory entry into as your home page. To avoid changing the IP address everyday in the LAN card configured for BSNL's D-One, I have settled for a second LAN Card (RealTek 8139 Family PCI ethernet)...but not very bad. Download is still possible around 30k.

    Minister Maran, you have done very well to bring broadband, but when are you going to 'broaden the band' by removing the GB limits?

  • At 10/11/2005 05:42:00 AM, Blogger Sudar said…

    Hi bellie Jayaprakash,

    Just read your blog and you seem to be very intersting. Your poem was simply great. I am sure you would have a wealth of experience under your belt and it would be nice if you share them with us in your blog.

    And reagarding broadband, even i want them to 'broaden the band'

  • At 3/25/2006 02:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Interesting experience, I registered for the BSNL connection and I made a mistake in the online form for the Mode, (I opted for own modem though I wanted to take it from BSNL). Now that I have made the mistake, changing it is another process which I do not want to get into.

    Can you please tell me which modem should I go for and will work with the BSNL connection


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