The complete details about the Wi-Fi facility offered by Indian railways
Wi-Fi is a really common thing at present, even a school going kid now days knows about what Wi-Fi is. And in such a scenario, Wi-Fi has become accessible even in the Indian Railways. This facility was in demand in Indian Railways and finally it was implemented by the Indian Government. In this article we are going to discuss about the complete facts and questions that people have regarding the Wi-Fi facility offered by the Indian Railways.
What is Wi-Fi facility in trains?
To be specific about what is Wi-Fi, it is the Wireless Internet for Frequent Interface that offers internet connectivity without actually connecting your device to any ports or USB. This facility shall be provided to the Indian railways through the usage of routers (mostly the four port routers) that enables internet connectivity through Wi-Fi signals to a certain distance. Now the next thing that will be necessary for the people to access to the Wi-Fi in the railways stations and trains is the Password, and here is how to get that.
How to get Wi-Fi Password?
For having access to the Wi-Fi passwords, you will need to get on to the website of Indian Railways first. The next step is you need the PNR and few other details like mobile number, email id for the registration of your network as an authentic user. When the data is verified, which usually takes 5 mins; you will be given the login details and password. This will come as an SMS in your mobile number.
How to connect Wi-Fi in train stations and on the trains?
Once you are in such stations or trains that offer free Wi-Fi for passengers, then the first step is to open the Wi-Fi settings to look for the available networks. When you get the Indian Railway Wi-Fi network, you have to tap on it.
The second step is open the internet browser and on the address bar you have to type railwire.co.in. Click on the link and you shall be redirected to the page for where your mobile number shall be asked.
Now you have to enter the phone number and then you shall immediately receive a sms that offers you the login details of the Wi-Fi. There will be an OTP and when you go to the page again mentioned above, you will have to enter the OTP to get the password of the Wi-Fi.
Go to the Login page again and then enter the OTP in place of the password. That’s it. You are finally connected to the Railway Wi-Fi.
What will be the Wi-Fi speed within the railway stations?
Speaking about the speed with the railway stations, it has been announced that the Wi-Fi shall have an upload speed of 512 KBPS and the download speed will be 4MBPS. But considering the number of passengers using the Wi-Fi within the trains and stations, the speed might vary to a large amount. To deal with the speed fluctuation issue, Google’s Mr. Sundar Pichai has announced that it is focusing on covering more area with larger capacity. At present Indian Railways are looking forward to seeing a potential of 10 million users. Indian Railways has also joined hand in hand with Railtel that will lay out the fiber optical wires for an area of 45,000 kilometers throughout the country. The Google’s free Wi-Fi shall only work on the platforms and not on the trains.
Will the Wi-Fi in trains be free?
Well, about the free Wi-Fi offered by the Indian railways, it can be surely said that Google wants that the passengers who are having access to the free Wi-Fi throughout the journey, can have the broadband experience while using the Wi-Fi. Also for the video quality, Google wants to offer at the HD video streaming. The experience shall be free initially but it is not sure yet whether the passengers shall have to pay a certain amount for availing the free Wi-Fi services. At the same time, we need to mention that Wi-Fi at certain places like Airports is free for a certain limited period only. So, chances are there that Wi-Fi at different railway stations shall be offered for a limited time period only and after that it will be charged.
Which railway stations and trains will have the free Wi-Fi facility?
According to the recent reports, till date a total of 100 stations have the free Wi-Fi facility. But the present government is focusing on increasing the number of stations to 400. Speaking the number of trains that comprises of Wi-Fi facilities, at present, Howrah-Rajdhani express and Gatiman Express has the free Wi-Fi facility. But soon the government of India is proposing to enhance the project in more trains like Shatabdi Express and the Duranto Express. The golden Chariot, which is a luxury tourist express that connects Karnataka and Goa, also has the free Wi-Fi facility. According to an estimation offered by the central government, it is going to take a time period of 18-24 months for the completion of the project depending on the inflow of funds and infrastructure.
A tabular overview about details of Wi-Fi offered by the Indian Railways
|SL NO||Fact about Wi-Fi by Indian Railways||Brief details|
|1.||Prime Railway stations||Pune, Bhopal, BBhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Kochi, Howrah, Sealdah, Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam|
|3.||Technology used for stations||Google’s Fiber Technology|
|4.||The mode of connecting Wi-Fi in trains||Using the Satellite Communication technology for the moving trains at certain routes.|
|5.||Supporting project||The Digital India Campaign initiated by PM Narendra Modi.|
|6.||Wi-Fi installed till date||19 of the prime stations within 6 months.|
|7.||Service period for passengers||The Wi-Fi service is available for 30 minutes. After that the service status still remains active but the signal strength might become slow or the passenger might be charged.|
|8.||Related Services||Maharashtra state transport buses have already started offering free Wi-Fi for passengers.|
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