Lava W150 – Hands On Review

When I got the Lava W150 package, I was just surprised to see the cute small box for the device. Well I am telling you when I opened the box, I find the damn sexy, sleek & small W150.

The package contains the Lava W150, Quick User Guide, Warranty Card, a charger (for AC and USB charging) and a black pouch.After getting the device, I put it on charging for 2 hours which provides me enough charge to start my first date with W150.

It is very much Plug-n-play device, I just switched on it and insert my Huawei E1550 3G modem in its USB port.

It catches the signal very fast but took a minute to connect to internet. You don’t need to do anything; it will obtain the APN and connect to internet via GPRS/3G automatically.

This screenshot looks a like a modem dashboard, but it is actually shown on your web browser. W150 uses web interface, as it works with Windows or Linux simultaneously with any browser. I tested with Opera & Firefox on Windows 7 and Opera, Firefox and Chromium on Ubuntu. Lastly I tried it with Android browsers too, it works flawlessly.

[Screenshot from Android phone Samsung Galaxy 3]

Tested with EVDO Modem:

It did not work, as I used MTS MBlaze which had a network issue that time. Network was in & out in seconds. But I think it would work with all EVDO or 1x devices pretty much without any extra effort.

To access this & unveil all the features under the hood you have to go to ‘192.168.169.1’ or’router.3g’ from your browser’s address bar. The very neat interface will appear on browser screen.

Under the Settings you will find lot of stuffs waiting for configuring, which often do not need to edit. Click on any settings, and a Help will also appear on the right side.

W150 does not give you a hole in the security. You can filter any content like MAC/IP/URL. You can create your own De-Militarized Zone to separate internal network and internet or setup Virtual Server to provide services on Internet.

MAC Clone:

I think this option will not show the actual MAC of the W150, rather you can set as per your requirement.

Why it is special: Cable broadband operators register your computer in their network by checking your computer’s LAN card’s MAC address. In this process you can bypass the visit of lineman and still can make a Wifi hotspot at you home without any hassle.
Firmware Update can be done from there too.
Wifi Hotspot:
When you insert a USB modem or RJ45 on W150, it creates WiFi Hotspot very fast. I tried with 3 devices connected to it – a laptop & 2 mobile phones. There was no problem. Certainly I was not able to check Lava’s claim of 32 devices connected via W150.

Just note, for BSNL Broadband or other ISP, you need to put the ADSL modem into PPPoE mode, not BRIDGE mode. Thus the modem will auto connect and thus W150 will create the WiFi network.

File Sharing:
I tried with my laptop and my brother’s android phone. Check the screenshot below.
It is easy to get files from the mobile and vice versa. I used Wifi File Explorer app on Android phone.

Battery Life:
Since it is a portable/pocket wireless router, battery life is important for W150. I got around 3+ hours from it, which is sufficient for frequent travellers as most laptops offer similar back up.
Price: Rs 2900

Verdict:

With respect to price point, feature sets and easy setup Lava W150 is a really good buy – Best Value for Money! It is not only for frequent travellers, it can also be a household device in coming days, as one broadband connection can be shared with many devices like smartphones, PSPs, Gaming consoles, laptop, e-Book reader, tablet, PMP, laptop, netbook etc.

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • Dr ravi kumar March 23, 2013 3:17 pm, 3:17 PM

    How do I use lava w150 as a cloud device,
    I couldn’t access my hdd connected to the router
    Thanks

    Reply
  • Raju March 9, 2013 2:39 pm, 2:39 PM

    Worst product I have ever seen.. new product purchased & still not able to open admin page as admin page does not open with default username and password.

    Please never ever purchase any product from flipkart

    Reply
  • julfequar March 7, 2013 10:31 am, 10:31 AM

    Want to know whether it would work with huawei e303c

    Reply
  • Utsav Verma January 23, 2013 8:47 pm, 8:47 PM

    I have a Reliance Netconnect dongle (CDMA). But I am not able to configure the internet settings for it. Please help.

    Regards,
    Utsav

    Reply
  • Surya January 15, 2013 5:03 pm, 5:03 PM

    What am i doing wrong? i cant open the dashboard tried this one http://192.168.169.1/
    the device is on and a tata photon is plugged in, all the lights are glowing and stable.
    and the device is router is also connected to computer via provided cable , but i guess it is only supportin the charging and the device does not appear in the device manager either.

    Reply
  • shameem September 24, 2012 8:18 pm, 8:18 PM

    Please tell where we can purchase this product in delhi or gurgaon with cheapest rate….

    Reply
  • deep555 July 19, 2012 2:11 pm, 2:11 PM

    @sonu
    dono nahin hai…in short agar aapko aapke wifi ipad pe internet surf karna hai lekin aap bus/train mein travel kar rahe hain to aap apna tata photon ispe attach kijiye aur wifi se ipad pe internet surf kijiye

    Reply
    • Pallav January 8, 2013 1:38 pm, 1:38 PM

      Can you please tell me the APN settings for Tata Photon +? I have recently purchased the Lava W150 Wifi router and unable to connect the Tata Photon + dongle.
      Thanks in Advance

      Reply
  • sonu July 19, 2012 8:07 am, 8:07 AM

    sir kya ye hamare as a phone ki tarah hai ya sirf modem hai

    Reply
  • veer December 26, 2011 9:32 pm, 9:32 PM

    delhi me kha mill sakta hai can you tell me sir i realy need this poket wifi

    Reply
  • Rajesh November 18, 2011 11:47 pm, 11:47 PM

    Can i use tata photon with it for sharing internet with more than two laptops? will it auto connect with internet after plug in tata photon?

    Reply
  • Gautam Anand November 10, 2011 4:55 pm, 4:55 PM

    Hi,
    Can you connect the device to a edge/3G mobile phone via a USB cable and create a wifi hotspot. I dnt wanna buy a USB dongle and wanna use my phone’s 3G network as a wifi hotspot using this device. Thanks

    Reply
  • Jerrin October 3, 2011 3:50 pm, 3:50 PM

    Hi,
    Does this work with Apple’s OS X Lion operating system?

    Reply
  • Albert Pinto September 25, 2011 3:57 pm, 3:57 PM

    What about the EVDO by BSNL…. it offers Unlimited for Rs. 750 only per month with national roaming..??

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh September 24, 2011 4:09 pm, 4:09 PM

    Albert Pinto :
    Can i use this with BSNL 3G Postpadi or prepaid connection…
    i am looking forward to buy BSNL 3g Unlimited connection and this card..??
    Please guide me forward..

    Yes u can it’s not locked to any operator. You should have a data card and if u wish to share connection then u can go for it.

    Reply
  • Albert Pinto September 24, 2011 2:54 pm, 2:54 PM

    Can i use this with BSNL 3G Postpadi or prepaid connection…
    i am looking forward to buy BSNL 3g Unlimited connection and this card..??
    Please guide me forward..

    Reply
  • Rohan Singh September 19, 2011 4:16 pm, 4:16 PM

    LAVA Customer Care :
    @Arjun Chandrashekar
    Hi
    In case you are facing any issues please share your details at care@lavainternational.in
    Team LAVA

    Do u have any plans for launching 14.4 or 21Mbps data card. And dual mode data card supporting EVDO and 3G both ..??

    Reply
  • LAVA Customer Care September 19, 2011 3:39 pm, 3:39 PM

    @Arjun Chandrashekar
    Hi

    In case you are facing any issues please share your details at care@lavainternational.in

    Team LAVA

    Reply
  • mehboob September 18, 2011 12:33 pm, 12:33 PM

    lava 720g is very nice.i have been using it for 6 months.

    Reply
  • Arjun Chandrashekar September 18, 2011 10:22 am, 10:22 AM

    Lava Sucks I Have Nokia and Lava Mobiles. If I Connect Lava Mobile With Aircel/Idea Connection Lava Never Gets Connected. Where as Nokia Gets Connected Immidiately.

    Reply
  • UDAY KIRAN K September 18, 2011 10:19 am, 10:19 AM

    VERY NICE

    Reply
  • Abhay September 17, 2011 11:31 pm, 11:31 PM

    LAVA has launched several network products including unlocked 7.2Mbps 3G modem which is really superb but the company has not yet launched any 3G phone. Technology wise LAVA is following Micromax.

    Reply
  • tarun dhawan September 17, 2011 9:10 pm, 9:10 PM

    thanks for suggesting these devices.

    Reply
  • RDB September 17, 2011 9:05 pm, 9:05 PM

    As Lava mentions W150 has a range of 50m. I tried it with around 25-30 m and got almost zero loss of signal with my laptop.

    @Tarun dhwan
    I think this is not the device you are looking for. You should look for DLink or Belkin router, which offer more than 200 m wifi range.

    Reply
  • altaf September 17, 2011 8:53 pm, 8:53 PM

    I feel price is on the higher side!

    Reply
  • AzK September 17, 2011 7:57 pm, 7:57 PM

    @rdb,did you purchase this or you got it exclusively from lava as a tt team member?

    Reply
  • Tarun dhwan September 17, 2011 7:08 pm, 7:08 PM

    what is the range of it?
    if it works in 100 meter range.
    pl check it in four or storey building.
    because i need a device which will work in all floors of four or storey building(area of building about 450 sq feet).

    Reply
  • Ganesh Srinivasan September 17, 2011 6:39 pm, 6:39 PM

    Extensive inputs, thanks for sharing

    Reply
  • Kanaga Deepan N September 17, 2011 6:30 pm, 6:30 PM

    Please tell us, the range of WiFi, you are getting with this device???

    Reply
  • RDB September 17, 2011 6:30 pm, 6:30 PM

    @Aatif Sumar
    all specs r given in the annoucement story, read the 1st line of the story, link is given. It works with any prepaid gsm sim. I tried with TAta doocom, reliance, bsnl & uninor prepaid sims.

    Reply
  • Aatif Sumar September 17, 2011 6:25 pm, 6:25 PM

    Interesting. Could you give the length width and height? Also weight. Also, will it work with any prepaid GPRS sim card?

    Reply

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