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Which is the best Wireless 3G dongle (universal) availabe in India?

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    Default Which is the best Wireless 3G dongle (universal) availabe in India?

    I am interested to buy a wireless 3G dongle for my laptop. I have seen that Huawei got a range of good wireless dongles at affordable prices. My budget would be somewhat Rs.2000/- or at the max Rs.2500/- Can anybody suggest a good universal wireless 3G dongle which can cover up to 10-15 meters of area.

    I think in wireless dongle, we can plug it in a USB adapter and through it access the Internet wireless. Is it possible to see the balance left in the net connection through these dongles?

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    non-wifi
    GSM 3G - Huawei E173
    CDMA EVDO EC306

    both can be used with TPLink MR3020 or TPLink W8968 wifi routers to create a wifi network that can be kept running continuously for days. W8968 supports both wireless and wired LAN and has longer range so better if you intent to use with desktop, laptop and other devices. They can also support upto 32 devices.

    wifi based
    GSM 3G - Huawei E8221 - limit 6 devices.
    CDMA EVDO - not sure.

    personally I prefer non-wifi + router configuration. I use the E8221 only when I'm travelling as it is small and can run from a power bank.

    All three support SMS/USSD facility, so if your service provider gives net balance through SMS/USSD, you can get them. Also many operators provide net balance information through browser access.
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    Thanks a lot for this detailed answer.

    My idea is to place a WiFi dongle at a place on my terrace where I have a good network coverage so that I can access it from my room which is around 8-10 meters far away. Will that be possible? I heard a lot of good comments about Huawei E8221, even recommended by a member here. So, I think I will go for it.

    Hope it will operate even when there is only 2G because sometimes there happen to be no 3G coverage. Is there any other model where the distance covered is very good?

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    E8221 supports both 2G and 3G. But wifi is more effective within 10 mtrs. For longer distance, go for a non-wifi dongle + hi power router setup (like W8968) or use E8221 plus a wifi router in repeater mode.
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    Thanks for the clarification. I think ten meters is more than enough for me. I think a WiFi setup would be suitable for me.

    I search the Huawei model on net and some users were complaining of getting it hot after prolonged use. I think it is black in color. Huawei got one more advanced version dongle in white color which does not become hot after use. I think it has something to do with the color or it is the processor that makes the difference.

    Whatever it is I need to go for one and that is the only one option left for me. I am fed up with the unfriendly attitude of BSNL. In my neighborhood phones are dead for more than 10 days now and there is nobody to take care of them. Moreover, there is news of corruption in BSNL as a whole and an investigation has just started.

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