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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tips & Tricks: Troubleshooting BSNL Broadband 2018 (FTTH) - No Internet

Introduction

For past 5 years we have used, Tata Photon, Airtel Dongle, Act Fiber, Hathway in Hyderabad. We were very pleased with Hathway services in Hyderabad since we had zero connectivity issue. Since we had to change our apartment to outskirts of Hyderabad, none of the private players were offering their services. Hence we had to migrate to BSNL FTTH Broadband plan – 499/- PM.

So far the experience with BSNL has been good. BSNL technicians installed the connection in less than 24 hours and this definitely reinstated faith in govt. entity like BSNL. Due to monsoon rains, connectivity problem is quite common. We recently an issue where we got in touch with BSNL spoc for our township. He helped us with the steps despite being on a Sunday holiday over call. We would like to share those troubleshooting steps with you all.

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Step by Step Guide to make BSNL Broadband work:

Step 1: Check the lights of your router. See if the data light is blinking.

BSNL ONT - Usually placed outside your premises


Step 2: If the data light is not blinking, check the main board (BSNL ONT box) to see if the data light is on or not? If the data light is not blinking – there could be two scenarios i.e. backend connectivity issue or the fiber connection has been ruptured somewhere (i.e. may be a pole is broken etc.). In either situation of no data lights – simply raise a ticket with BSNL customer care. Also check if the data lights on your  home router is blinking or not.

Very important check: See if Data Light is blinking


Step 3: If the Data light is blinking – but you are still not able to connect to the internet, that means some of the network setting has been refreshed and you need to reconfigure the BSNL ONT. 

Step 4: Refreshing Settings of BSNL ONT

a. Connect your laptop/tablet to your home wifi
b. Type http://192.168.1.251
c. Pop Window appears asking for username and password
        Username: root
        Password: admin
d. Click on Network Setting and then click WAN
e. Check internet connection type as PPPoE (Status: connecting) – allow 60 sec and the username and password window will get activated
f. In Username (your BSNL username): jc402988XXXX_sid@ffth.bsnl.in
        Note: 2988XXXX is your landline number, 40 is STD code
In Password field type: password
g. Click on apply and refresh



Step 5: Disconnect and restart your home router.

Step 6: You are now connected to internet.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Kia Carnival MPV: Everything that you need to know

Kia Motors India is still few months away from rolling out it’s first car on Indian soil, even before that it's Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is catching huge attention in eyes of car enthusiasts. In India, MPV segment has been dominated by Toyota Innova.  It definitely is the undisputed bestseller despite having gone up in terms of price and offering.  The 7 or 8 seater configurations is becoming very popular with Indian buyers . Keeping that in mind, Kia is planning to unveil ‘Carnival’ for India, somewhere later next year. Let’s apprise you on 10 highlights of this MPV.




10 Key Things To Know About Kia Carnival 


1. Carnival is a full size MPV and is also sold as the Sedona in some markets like the United States.
2. Carnival is in its 3rd generation now, and is available with a front wheel drive, 3.3 litre petrol V6 (270 bhp, 336 Nm) in the US.



3. Engine exhumes a 6-Speed Sportmatic auto transmission while in Korea it sports a 2.2 litre diesel (197 bhp, 440 Nm) with an 8-Speed auto gearbox. The Kia Carnival is a full size MPV and is also sold as the Sedona in some markets like the United States.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks - India Bound SUV: A Preview


4. Carnival is dimensionally larger than the Innova i.e. it is 380.5 mm longer, 154 mm wider, and has a 311 mm longer wheelbase than the Innova Crysta however is 55 mm shorter in height.
It features larger 17/18 inch wheels (the Innova gets 16 inchers) and an optional roof rail, the Carnival is still 40mm shorter.




5. The fascia is elegant, with the Kia tiger-nose grille and LED lights for a nice niche feel. 
6. Carnival gets sliding side rear doors which make ingress and egress a breeze.



7. India bound Carnival may sport a 7-seater configuration with two individual seats in the second row while the third row gets front facing seats that are quite comfortable.
8. The front seats are heated and ventilated at the front and fairly comfortable for long drives. Driver-side seat gets 8-way power adjustment.

Also Read: Upcoming India's cheapest MPV


9. Major USP of Carnival is its 8-inch touchscreen which syncs perfectly with overall dash and offers a host of features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, voice commands plus steering mounted controls, a decent sound system and keyless entry.



10. MPV offers ample storage in it's cabin for drinks bottles, phones etc. The circular roof mounted AC vents for the rear seats are impressive and syncs smoothly against the roof lining.

Overall Verdict:

While rumors are high that Kia will actually bring the Carnival to India. We expect the prices to be in between ₹ 18 and 22 lakh. Overall it will be a great package for that price. 

Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more updates on this MPV and some upcoming new launches and exclusive auto reviews. Do share your feedback with us.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

A preview to Nissan Kicks SUV - 10 Key Things To Know

Nissan has been in India for around quite some time. However except for Micra & Terreno, they have not been able to capture the Indian market by storm. But this may soon change, by introduction of Nissan Kicks Compact SUV which made its global debut in 2016. Nissan may potentially launch the Kicks SUV in India by December this year.



10 Key Things To Know About Nissan Kicks


a) Kicks SUV is based on Nissan's V platform, however for India debut it may use the M0 platform which is currently used by Renault for the Duster, Lodgy and even the Captur.

b) Using existing framework will help in increasing localisation of content and therefore the prices will remain competitive.

c) Nissan Kicks will have its own bodyshell and will not be a rebadged model but it will still share similar engines and transmissions i.e. 1.5-litre K9K diesel and 1.6-litre petrol.

d) Gearbox will come loaded with a six-speed manual for the diesel and a five-speed manual for the petrol. The petrol-powered Kicks could also come with a CVT gearbox.

Also Read: 30 Secs Review of New Honda Amaze


e) Nissan Kicks will however come in its own unique looks - sharp, muscular yet offers very fresh appeal to young buyers.

f) Exaggerated wheel arches, Ridged bonnet and raked rear windscreen complemented by Blackened A-, B- and C-pillars at the roof offers a ‘floating’ effect which adds to its beauty.

g) The interiors will be feature loaded and will sport 7-inch infotainment system, automatic climate control and 4 cameras to help park and manoeuvre the car.



h) Nissan Kicks may be priced at a premium (i.e. above the Terrano).

i) It will compete directly with Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and even the Mahindra XUV500, Tata Safari & Ford EcoSport.



h) Quick Facts: Kicks SUV was the official car of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nissan has had an investment of R$750 million for the crossover and is produced at the Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro State.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Honda Amaze 2018 - A quick review

The all new Honda Amaze 2018 has been finally unveiled with a starting price of ₹ 5.59 lakh, going up to ₹ 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Amaze is likely to compete with Suzuki Desire, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent and Volkswagen Ameo in India. Lets quickly dig into some quick facts about this subcompact sedan.



10 Key Things To Know About Honda Amaze 2018


1) The new Honda Amaze comes in an all new platform with a completely new design, features and the option of a diesel CVT as well.

2) The base Petrol Model of Amaze will cost about ₹ 5.59 lakh for E grade, going up to ₹ 7.57 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) for the range-topping VX grade. 

Also Read: A preview to India bound New Suzuki Ertiga


3) Amaze draws power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission delivering 100hp.



4) Amaze is slightly expensive, where as the Hyundai Xcent is the most aggressively priced subcompact sedan across most trims.

5) Honda Amaze diesel will use existing 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission delivering 80hp and it's base diesel E trim is priced at ₹ 6.69 lakh, while the top-spec VX MT diesel is priced at ₹ 8.67 lakh.

6) Honda Amaze is offered with an optional CVT paired with the petrol engine and will compete with likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT and Ford Aspire AT.



7) In terms of design, the Amaze borrows styling cues from its elder siblings like the City and the Accord, particularly the grille and face.

8) Amaze will offer best in class mileage of 19.5kpl for the petrol-manual, 19.0kpl for the petrol-automatic, 27.8kpl for the diesel-manual and 23.8kpl for the diesel-automatic.

9) The top-spec VX trim,gets equipments such as a 7.0-inch infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen, GPS with turn-by-turn navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a reverse camera, steering-mounted voice controls and cruise control along with paddleshifters along with kit like LED daytime-running lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, keyless go with push-button start, automatic climate control and a rear defogge

10) Luggage space has also increased by 20 litres and now stands at 420 litres and offer impressive ground clearance.



Overall Verdict

Having owned Honda Brio for 6 years, one thing you can always rely on Honda is quality of product. The new Amaze will be a game changer for Honda in subcompact category. We would rate the new Amaze 4 out of 5. 


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Friday, April 20, 2018

India bound New Suzuki Ertiga 2018 - A Preview


Suzuki's all new Ertiga MPV is all set to launch in India soon. The new variant was showcased at the Indonesia International Motor Show recently. The latest generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with variety of changes in its design, dimensions and a powerful engine.

Also Read: Complete Review of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - World cheapest gearless car

Know 10 Key Things About Upcoming Suzuki Ertiga

1) Looks: The new generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga's fascia includes a chrome detailing on its new hexagonal grille while the angular headlamps gets projector lens.

2) Body (Front): The front bumper sports a C-shaped housing for fog lamps, the new bonnet comes with a muscular creases along the hood.



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3) Body (Rear): Rear is quite inspired by Honda WR-V with the tail lights in L-shape(LED based) and rear windscreen is a bit raked. Interestingly the license plate gets chrome detailing as well while the rear bumper is redesigned for a sleekness.

4) Interiors: The second-gen Ertiga gets a new dashboard  - is now divided in half by a faux wood insert running across the length. The AC vents spans the entire length of the dashboard while the infotainment system is a floating one.



5) Other features: Ertiga is loaded with amazing features such as 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, manual AC with roof-mounted rear AC vents, push-button start, rear parking sensors, height adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs and a tilt adjustable steering.

6) Tyres: MPV looks quite muscular due to the new 15-inch 185/R65 alloy wheels.

7) Dimensions: There is a signficant improvement in its overall length by 99mm and stands at 4,395 mm, while the width increases by almost 40mm at 1,735 mm and the height is increased by just 5mm at 1,690 mm. The wheelbase is at 2,740 mm.



8) Ground Clearance: The 7-seater MPV has a ground clearance of 180mm.

9) Engine: The new generation Ertiga is powered by all latest 1.5-litre K15B, DOHC, VVT petrol engine that produces max power of 104hp and peak torque of 138NM, coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

10) Seating Capacity & Safety: MPV will come in 7 seater capabilities. Ertiga gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

Also Read: Best Entry-Level CNG Cars In India of 2018-19


Final Observation & Verdict

The Ertiga in India is very popular MPV and is quintessential to middle class family with more than 4 members. The new Ertiga aims to bring exciting facelift and refreshing interiors. We strongly believe that it is going to do very well in India. The launch and pricing is not confirmed as of now but the launch may be sooner than later.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Google Home Speaker (India Edition) - 10 Key Things To Know

Google has finally revealed its smart speakers in India and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. Google Home costs Rs 9,999 while the Google Home Mini is priced at Rs 4,499. The AI-enabled smart Google speaker will take directly on Amazon’s Echo range currently getting popular in India. Let’s discuss key things about this new product and if it makes sense to invest in this gadget.



Know 10 Key Things About Google Home Speakers

1. Google Home comes with a power adapter and weighs about 477 grams. The speaker stands tall at 142.8 mm and 96.4 mm in diameter.

2. The speaker comes in white color base slate fabric, which can be changed in different colors.

Also Read - World's first Chromebook OS based Tablet - A preview


3. The speaker supports iOS (9.1 and higher) and Android (5.0 and higher) operating systems.



4. Like it’s rival Echo, the new Google Home is a voice-enabled speaker and relies completely on Google Assistant.

5. Device can be turned on by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” before giving a command and the Assistant springs into action.

6. Google Home does not comes with an inbuilt battery and hence it relies on a power socket. 
Wi-Fi connectivity is a must to run Google Home.



7. Google Home allows you to play music and it understands Indian accent very accurately. It can play from various sources including Google Play and third-party apps like Gaana, Saavan etc.

8. Google Home also aims to make your home smarter as long as you have smart lights.

9. The other options includes smart Navigation: Get traffic alerts, routes etc with a commands and to update any errands or Things-to-Do.

10. But not the least, it can perform whatever Echo is capable of doing and not limited to playing Youtube Videos, telling you a funny joke or new briefings etc.

Final Observations & Verdict

Both Echo and Google Home are welcome addition to AI enabled gadgets category and are very similar products. The advantage with Google Home is that you can sync all your devices as long as you are on Android ecosystem something which Amazon fails to struggle at this stage. However, Echo is a more matured device with huge capabilities while Google home is still at nascent stage.
       

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

World's first ChromeOS based 10" Tablet - Acer Chomebook Tab 10: A Preview



The first Chrome OS tablet is here and you heard it right. Traditionally Chrome OS has  been around for quite sometime now mostly on laptops, desktops, convertibles, and all-in-ones, but never on a tablet. However this loop is also closed now. The new tablet is called  Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run Chrome OS. Let’s get into it’s hood to know more about what it has to offer. 


Know Key Things About Acer Chromebook Tab 10:

a) Display: 9.7-inch IPS (2048×1536)

b) Processor: OP1 dual-core Cortex-A72 and quad-core Cortex-A53

c) Memory: 4GB LPDDR3

d) Storage: 32GB eMMC with Micro SD slot for expansion

e) Connectivity: 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac WIFI, Bluetooth 4.1

Also Read: Most Powerful Redmi Smartphone


f) Stylus: Included Wacom EMR pen (garaged)

g) Camera: Front-facing 2MP, rear-facing 5MP

h) Ports: Single USB-C 3.1

i) Audio: Dual speakers with headphone jack

j) Battery: 34Wh – up to 9 hours

k) Weight: 1.21 lbs. (550 grams)

l) Dimensions: 6.78(W) x 9.38(D) x 0.39(H) inches [172.2(W) x 238.2(D) x 9.98(H) mm]

Observation and Verdict:

In nutshell, Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 is aimed at the new iPad version however we feel iPad has a clear advantage. On other hand, Tab 10 has a stylus support; like the  Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. It is basically a Wacom-branded stylus, and it doesn’t require a battery or any additional charging.



In terms of pricing, this tablet will sell for $329, and it may become popular with schools as Google’s operating systems currently lead the sales of classroom computers due to their low cost and extensive cloud maintenance tools. However if you are still looking for a cheaper version, we strongly recommend to consider Fire HD10 Tablet from Amazon. 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Xiaomi 's Most Powerful Smartphone Launched- Mi Mix 2S with dual AI-powered cameras: A Preview

Xiaomi's has launched all new smartphone Mi Mix 2S on Tuesday which is an inception to new generation smartphone. This model is a revamp of last year's Mi Mix 2. The phone boasts of new dual 12-megapixel rear cameras at the back, featuring an AI-powered wide angle and a telephoto lens combo. So what is AI-powered lens all about? Lets get to know more about this smartphone.

First Look - Xiaomi Mix 2S

Know 10 Key Things About Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S:

a) Camera - The major USP of this smartphone is it's dual 12-megapixel rear cameras at the back, featuring an AI-powered wide angle and a telephoto lens combo. In addition to same, phone also includes a front 5-megapixel selfie camera at the bottom right corner of the phone.

b) Lens -Mix 2sS sports Sony's new IMX636 sensor, featuring larger 1.4um pixels and dual-pixel technology, which allows for better low-light shots.

Also Read - All new foldable iPhone set to launch in 2020: A report


c) Display - Mix 2S comes in all-screen 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display (2,160x1,080 pixels).

Hey, it doesn't have a top notch.


d) Processor - Phone is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor, and has dual nano-SIM card slots. 

e) Memory- 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

f) Battery - 3,400mAh, wireless charging.

g) Colors -  The phone will come in two colors variants, black or white.  

h) Pricing - The base model will be available for 3,299 Chinese yuan ($530, £370 or AU$680) , mid-variant costs about 3,599 yuan (about $575, £405 or AU$745) and top end model will cost about 3,999 yuan (about $640, £450 or AU$830).

Rear-View

i) USP: With inbuilt AI (machine learning), the Mix 2S has a camera with an ability to detect stray hair or accessories to ensure they don't get blurred when taking portrait-mode pictures. In addition to same, phone can proficiently take five different shots and combine them together to reduce noise in low-light photos.

j) Other Features - This phone also showcases feature called optical character recognition (OCR). It can detect when you're taking a picture of a presentation and use OCR to transcribe Mandarin or English text, so when you zoom into the picture, the text remains clear.

Caveat - Only top-end model supports all global LTE bands.

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