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Saturday, 3 May 2008

Quick note: i600 MAC address and turning off inadvertent dialling..

i600 MAC address

If you've got a Samsung i600 and you want to find out what MAC address is, so you can register it with your wi-fi access point if it's set up for MAC address filtering, just dial


It will present a menu. Choose Version -> PDA Version and scroll down all the way to WLAN (so not Bluetooth, which I did last time!) .. that's where the MAC address will be displayed.

Turning off cellular data when there's no wi-fi

If my i600 can't find a wi-fi connection (or can't find it in time!), it'll dial up a GPRS connection, which - certainly since I'm on a pay-as-you-go arrangement - costs money, and is very very slow.

To avoid this happening, I change the settings for GPRS thus:

Start -> Connections -> More -> GPRS -> Orange Internet

Cange the Connects To menu item
from The Internet
to WAP Gateway

Obviously, this stops it from connecting to the GPRS system entirely anyway, so I need to put it back if I want to browse when I'm out and about...

Speaking of which, I'm not sure what's going on with 3G access. The phone claims to be 3G capable, and the little '3G' logo pops up every now and then (although not in the house, despite being in the Orange 3G coverage area) there doesn't seem to be any way to connect to it. Something to look into if I need it at any point!

Posted by james at May 3, 2008 11:44 AM

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