By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The IoT Router WiFi opens fresh possibilities for linking up devices and sharing the Net
New from True, the IoT Router WiFi is a multifunction router that can serve as 4G modem and provide a convenient Internet connection wherever there is no line-based service. The router has a full-sized SIM slot for plugging in a 4G SIM card. It’s power cord plugs into the wall.
It conveniently shares your Internet connection with your computer, notebook or tablet. Since most 4G SIM cards are now in nano SIM form, you might need to use a nano-to-full-sized SIM adapter. Otherwise contact your mobile-phone operator to change the nano SIM back to the full-sized SIM.
The router is useful for a mobile coffee truck or condominium or if you live in a remote area where there’s a strong enough 4G signal but no line Internet service such as True Online’s FTTX service. Once the router is online with your mobile-phone service, you can connect the LAN cables to the four ports at the back of the router. No further setup is needed. The LAN connection automatically shares out the Internet.
To use this as a WiFi router, though, you need to set up its SSID (Service Set Identifier) – giving the name of your WiFi router and a password. Setup can be done easily by using a Web browser and typing in the IP address of the router (192.168.0.1). A Web-based administrator’s page will appear where you can change the SSID and password from those set at the factory.
You can also use the admin page to send and read SMS messages from the SIM. The router has two phone ports for connecting to telephones and making calls. The router supports 4G LTE FDD at 900, 1,800 and 2,100MHz, and 3G UMTS at 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz. Peak 4G download speed is 150Mbps and peak upload speed 50Mbps. But the real speeds will vary depending on location and how many 4G users are sharing at any given time. I tested the router on TrueMove H’s LTE network at a Bangkok condominium at high noon and measured the connection speed.
I found that the router achieved a download speed of 15.71Mbps and upload speed of 18Mbps. The router can share an Internet connection to multiple devices because it supports WiFI 2×2 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) protocol and uses WiFi 802.11n protocol at 2.4GHz. One of the router’s four LAN ports can function as a WAN (wide area network) – a port that receives the Internet connection from an Internet modem/router such as the one that comes with True Online’s FTTX service.
I connected the router to an FTTX modem/router and shared the Internet with ease. The True IoT router can also function as a wireless repeater for your current router, extending its WiFi range. Since the router can work for both FTTX and TrueMove H 4G, it’s a good choice for a new convergence package from True Online, which costs Bt799 a month.
That price includes True Super Fibre (FTTX) service at 50/20Mbps, TrueMove H’s unlimited 4G data at 4Mbps, free WiFi at True hotspots around the country, a TrueVisions Enjoy HD package, TrueID app and TrueU’s Red Card. Plus, you get a True wire-based telephone with 50 minutes of call time every month.
The True IoT Router WiFi is now available for Bt1,490, discounted from Bt3,900. You have to sign a 12-month contract for either the True IoT Pack (Bt399 per month) or 4G IoT Shared Package (Bt599).
An extra advance payment of Bt500 is required and will be used to reduce the monthly payment of Bt100 a month for five months.
– Network: 4G
– LTEFDD 900/1800/2100MHz, 3G – UMTS 850/900/2100MHz, 2G – GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
– Ports: Two telephone ports, four LAN Ports (one shared with WAN port)
– Peak 4G speeds: Downloads 150Mbps, uploads 50Mbps
– Functions: WiFi hotspot, WiFi repeater, router
– WiFi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2×2 MIMO