Tata Indicom Plug2Surf on a Mac

My mom and bro gave me a Tata Indicom Plug2Surf for my last birthday (geeky gift, I know. What can I say? They know me too well). It’s only been with me for a couple of days but I’m already addicted to the sweet device. And as usual, set up is as Mac-ish as can be… if you know the proper settings.

  1. Start by plugging in your Tata Indicom device. It’s a blocky ugly but functional device that takes up more than its share of USB ports on my Macbook. The small light should change from red to orange and then stay a pale green.

    Tata Indicom Plug2Surf pics

  2. Open System Preferences and navigate to Network. A Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM device should already be detected. Select that and click Configure.

  3. Fill up the settings as in the pic below. The number to dial is #777, the username and password are the same: ‘internet’ (lame!). Be sure to check Save Password to avoid nag screens.

  4. Click on the Modem tab and from the list choose the ‘au CDMA 1x WIN W01K’ modem. The default selection will not work. Navigate back to the PPP tab and click Dial Now…

  5. You’ll be presented with Internet Connect, the general dialer application for the Mac. I use this for VPN connections as well. Check ‘Show modem status in the menu bar’ and click Connect. It should take under 5 seconds and the dialog will expand to show statistics for the connection.

The tariffs are reasonable. It’s Rs. 2500/- for the device and Rs. 350/ per month (paid like a postpaid bill) for 30 hours of net access a month (overcharges are 25ps for a minute). I have a BSNL plan otherwise, so this is for mobile net. It’s not entirely as plug2surf as the advertisement shows however since on Windows devices, you’ll have to install a driver (provided in a tiny CD). On a mac, you don’t, but you don’t know how much of tariff you’ve used either.

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  5. Dhananjay khanna Avatar
    Dhananjay khanna

    hey vishnu !
    great site…helped alot!
    I am using the apple Ibook G4
    but i’m facing a problem aftr setting up the whole thing i clicked dial now.
    but after it i get a message called “Could not negotiate a connection with the remote PPP server. Please verify your settings and try again.”
    and i’ve rechecked all the settings!
    so what should i do now.
    one more problem is that ,i don’t even how balance is there in it

    Dhananjay R khanna

  6. Thanks Man….its helped me alot

  7. bindhu Malini Avatar
    bindhu Malini

    Hi, I am facing a problem again,
    I had managed to connect once.
    but now when i am trying to connect once again, with the same settings, some thing seems to be going wrong. It keeps saying authentication failed

    kindly help

  8. bindhu Malini Avatar
    bindhu Malini

    I followed all this given in this URL,

    added to this, in IP, i changed the settings to automatic proxy setting,
    it works now.
    thanks a lot to all of you,
    I was at a loss,
    Vishnu- great work

  9. bindhu Malini Avatar
    bindhu Malini

    I bought a TATA indicom photon plus this morning. I have a Mac X 10.411,
    I have tried all the combinations suggested above, if i do not choose the default modem called HUAWEI mobile, it gives me an error
    kindly help

  10. Hi

    Thank a ton. Been trying to get the tata indicom to work with mac for the past one year and your suggestion was the first one that worked. Was unable to locate the username and password from any of the tata guys.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.

  11. Just figured it out! Here is how it works for my machine (whose details I have provided in the message above):

    Location: Automatic
    Configuration: Default
    Telephone Number: #777
    Account Name: internet
    Password: internet

    Then, go to “Advanced”–and have the following settings:

    Vendor: au by KDDI
    Model: cdmaOne Bluetooth
    (Tick “Enable Error correction and compression in modem”)
    Dial Mode: Wait for dial tone before dialing

    That’s it! No installations necessary. I am using it right now.
    However, thanks a lot to the blogger, Vishnu here, for initiating this conversation, and giving the basic details.

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