JioFi 2 MiFi portable hotspot
Right now, this is just “the cover”, as Jio’s 4G network has yet to go public. And that is indeed the true test for any 4G network.
For those who have been living under a rock, JioFi 2 can be purchased at Rs 2,899 from a Reliance Digital Store. What you get with this pebble-shaped device, is a free Jio SIM card, unlimited internet access, HD voice calling and unlimited access to Jio apps for 90 days. The MiFi device was announced shortly after Jio opened up its 4G network to Samsung smartphone owners.
Design and Hardware
The JioFi 2 MiFi hotspot is tiny. Tiny enough to fit in the change pocket of jeans. This also translates to better portability. Meaning you can carry it around all day, without even noticing that it right there in your pocket connecting everything from your smartphone to your tablet down to the laptop on your table.
While it is heavier and thicker compared to competitor offerings from Airtel and Vodafone, it does pack in more. Still then, you get a rounded pebble-shaped design from the back that gets chopped off on the front, and this is where all the indicators are placed.
The JioFi 2 is made entirely of plastic that also features a removable back cover that gives you access to a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), SIM slot and the removable battery. The 2,300 mAh battery can be charged using the micro USB port available on the right side of the device.
Hidden beneath the shiny black front face are 4 LED indicators that show the status of the network’s connectivity, mobile data, Wi-Fi connectivity and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). While the 4 LED indicators to do with networks sit above the Jio logo, there is another three-bar battery indicator that sits to the right of the power button.
Operation and Features
Using the JioFi 2 is fairly easy. You simply insert the SIM card, and press the power button on the front of the device, to boot the MiFi hotspot. It takes about 5-10 seconds to boot up and connect to the Jio 4G network. The network indicator cycles from red to green and then the Wi-Fi indicator turns on, indicating that the JioFi 2 is ready to share it data connection. Post this you simply connect your device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) to by turning on its Wi-Fi network and entering the password, and you are good to go.Unlike most MiFi devices, the JioFi 2 lets you share internet connection with up t0 31 users. This is probably the reason why, it also features a bigger battery compared to the rest of the competition.
Unlike most other MiFi devices, you also get a microSD card slot that can accept cards of up to 32GB in capacity. The same works well when it comes to the wireless sharing through SD card feature where users connected to the same hotspot can easily share and transfer files between the devices using the JioFi 2’s microSD card as the host.
One point to note, is that the hotspot automatically disconnects (indicator turns blue) from the Jio network when not in use. While it makes for a great power saving feature, your device does get disconnected from the internet until you press power button to quick connect once again.