It is hard to appreciate the evil in FB’s “Free Basic”. The simple facts.
If and when “Free Basics” becomes very popular, which in all likelihood it will, if government does not ban it, then people will mostly probably stop renewing their mobile data plans. That means they will be able to access only “basic” sites when on the go. If tomorrow a startup creates a competing social network – Coolbook, there is no chance, no matter how good it is, Facebook will allow it on its “Free Basics”. So that means a lot and lot of users who are now already used to “Free Basics” will rarely access that site, causing it to shutdown due to poor response, even if few people like us want to use it.
So, if majority supports “Free Basics” we are basically screwed since that will make Mark and FB to become our country’s internet gatekeeper; even if the minority does not like it. This is such an evil but genius scheme.
However, there is still slim sign of hope. In India we are very demanding customers, even when freeloading. When “Free Basics” takes off people are going to use it real heavily, and due to the sheer volume it will inevitably result into slowdown, and public outcry, giving it the much needed negative publicity.
Needless to say, all and everyone should oppose this. Do not bank on the small hope. Take action and goto savetheinternet.in.
- Login to your router dashboard. It should usually be at http://192.168.2.1.
- Now under “Inertnet WAN” click on “Connection Type”.
- Here select “PPPoE” and click on Next.
- Provide your BSNL username and password. Leave the “Service Name” field blank.
- For “VPI/VCI” field provide 0 and 35 as values.
- For “Encapsulation” field choose “LLC”.
- Leave all other fileds to their default values.
- Now Apply Changes. It will take around 30 seconds for the router to restart.
- Notice the top-right corner of the page and check the status. If it says “Connected”, then you are good to go.
- Else click on the “Home” link near that. On the home page click on Connect button.
Now you should be able to use this Wifi router with your BSNL broadband. Happy surfing. 🙂
PS: Now you no longer need to use your computer to dial the BSNL connection and login. Your router has your BSNL username and password, it will do the dialing and logging in.
First a disclaimer: I am not 100% sure if the incident that I am about to mention was really a social engineering attack to steal my email id. The attacker introduced himself as Osher. Osher if your intentions were really good then do let me know and I sincerely apologies.
Refer to the comment posted by some guy Osher on my post ‘Making sense of standard deviation‘. I had asked one question in the StackOverflow forum, to which he replied on my forum! his repose read funny.
Hi – I’m trying to get you without any relevance to this post.
I’m referring your post in Stack Overflow:
I don’t see the mechanism of Stack-Overflow fit for dialog, and I need some information to understand some things before I can post a reply…
Is one of the scripts that do not exist any more is HtmlUnit?
find me at osher.filter (at) gmail.com, and we’ll sort things out 🙂
If you read his reply then it doesn’t make any sense. Furthermore StackOverflow has comment section for discussing stuffs. You need not reply in anybody’s forum. My StackOverflow account has my blog address, so it wasn’t hard to guess how he came here. My guess is that he wanted to harvest my email for spam, so I replied to him by posting via my forum. After that I never heard from him.
So, friends beware on the net!
I have a Netgear ADSL Wifi router. The router provided to me by TATA Indicom was below par so I decided to use my router. Below are the settings you need to configure your router. Note that you need a router with ADSL modem (like my Netgear DG834G).
Multiplexing method: LLC-Based
DSL Mode: ADSL2+
Encapsulation: PPPoE (Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet)
Login: (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, check the receipt given to you for your email ID)
Password: (default is reset123)
That’s it. These the critical values you need. Particularly if you set VPI and VCI values to anything but the ones listed above then you will not be able to connect to the net.
PS: If your plan provides static IP address then chances are that you will be using completely different protocol, e.g. maybe MER (MAC Encapsulated Routing) instead of PPPoE. In that case the above giude is not useful for you.