jiofi.local.html | JioFi Router: How To Setup & Access Jio Preview Offer With Unlimited Internet
Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries that has already become a massive headache for its rivals before commercial launch, is continuously bringing highly competitive offers to the market. After pan-India success of its Jio preview offer bundled with LYF branded smartphones the company has come out with a similar offer to kickstart the sales of its JioFi router. The device is priced at Rs. 2,899 only, which is 200 bucks less than the cost of its cheapest LYF phones. And just like LYF phones, it comes with a free Jio SIM card. We tried it out, and here we’re going to share our experience with you about device and Jio network both.
|Number of Devices that can be connected||11 (10 on Wi-Fi + 1 on USB)|
|Other Features||Jio Preview Offer (unlimited HD voice calling and internet browsing)|
|MicroSD card slot|
Let’s start with the device first. It’s a very pocket friendly pebble-structured device with a glossy front and colorful rear (colorful because the back cover is available in several colors). The front, which is very prone to scratches unfortunately, has got all the notification LEDs along with a “Jio” logo in the center. The device looks awesome at first glance, but thanks to its scratch-prone nature, keeping it that way is a struggle in itself.
However, besides that everything is just fantastic. You can connect up to 10 devices on Wi-Fi and one on USB, which is more than enough for most home users, and it emits strong Wi-Fi signals that can penetrate through walls and roofs. And frankly, that’s what you should ultimately care about. It’d certainly have been great if the build quality had been better – after all, it’s a pocket friendly device that you’d like to show off, but as long as it serves its purpose nicely, hard feelings related to its aesthetics can be put aside.
The device is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery, which according to company is capable of providing browsing time up to 6 hrs and standby time up to 300 hrs. It should be more than enough for most users.
Setting it up is also quite a breeze. Just remove the back cover, and underneath it you’ll find the battery.
- Take the battery out, and below it is a SIM card slot, just like most mobile phones, where you need to insert your Jio SIM Card (after activation and tele-verification). If you wish you can insert a memory card too.
- Now before putting the battery back into its place, please note down two things from the white label inside: the SSID and PWD, which are the name of your Wi-Fi device and its password, respectively.
- Put the battery back in, charge the device and turn it ‘On’ by holding the power button on top for a few seconds. LEDs on the front of device will light up when device is turned on.
- Now search for the new Wi-Fi device on your laptop, smartphone or any other device that you want to connect to the internet. Use the SSID and password that you noted down in 2nd step to login, and you’ll be connected.
Along with unlimited data for 3 months, the device also comes with unlimited HD voice calling through Jio Join – the things that’re making everyone go crazy for them. We tried them out, and the results were astonishing. We consistently got download speeds in the range of 10 – 15 Mbps and upload speeds in the range of 6 – 8 Mbps on our connection, which is way better than what we receive in 4G connections of other companies. In fact, sometimes speeds also went up as much as 20 Mbps for downloading, which happened mostly during the night or early morning.
The HD voice calling through Jio Join also provides a superb experience – as long as both users are on Jio’s LTE network. The voice remains loud, crisp and clear, unlike anything that you might’ve heard ever before on a phone call. However, calling numbers of other operators (especially Airtel, Vodafone and Idea) doesn’t work most of the time, as according to Jio these players aren’t providing enough interconnection ports to Jio network. So even if you call someone who’s on LTE network of any of these big 3 operators, there’s a very good chance that the call won’t connect! But when it does, and both of you’re on LTE, the call quality will again be great.
Video calling also works just as expected. Both voice and video come sharp and clear, as long as you’ve got a good camera and mic in place.
In the end I’d like to say that if you haven’t already bought a LYF smartphone from the intention of using as a Wi-Fi router, JioFi is a product that you should consider if you want robust internet connectivity. 4G LTE is going to be the new standard of communications in India, and Jio is the only company capable of providing True 4G experience. So consider purchasing one for you today.