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Taxco TX60 as GPRS Modem

Posted in Gadgets n Techies with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Firstiar N

Last time, I review about Taxco TX60’s user interface. Now, Let’s talk about it’s other functionality, GPRS modem.

And how we can use the phone as dialup modem? In my review of TX60, when we connect the handset to USB port, we propted for three options. The last one is COM Port. Select that one and it will recognized as new hardware and request for driver installation. Question: where can we obtain the driver? Well, usually china phone are similiar one and another. Usually they are marked as MT6227. You can googling for MT6227 driver for one. Or you can go here since I aquired it from googling myself :p. Now, point the installation source to the downloaded and extracted directory/folder and install the driver.

After the driver installed, we need to Install the modem. For this, go to “Control Panels” -> “Phone and Modem Options”. The steps are:

  • Chose Modems tab. There we can se list of installed modems.
  • Click “Add…”. This will open modem installation wizard.
  • Check “Don’t detect my modem; I will select it from a list.” for manual installation and go Next.
  • Don’t select available modems. Click “Have Disk…” instead. This will open “Install from disk” dialog.
  • Point to previous extracted directory/folder and select “MTK GPRS USB Modem.inf” and click OK.
  • Ignore the warning about the driver is not digitally signed. I’ve test it and I have no problem with it. Go Next.
  • Here we will prompted for which COM port we will use. Use the appropriate com port and go Next.

Viola … your modem is installed. But wait, how can I ensure that the modem installed properly? Select your new installed modem and open it’s properties (by clicking “Properties” if you don’t follow what I mean (-_-)a ). Go to “Diagnostics” tab and cick “Query Modem” to test modem connection. If the command ATQ0V1E0 return “Success”, it should be ok.

Next, We need to set the modem for appropriate mobile operator. Still at modem properties (the one we query the modem), go to “Advanced” tab and enter this command:

AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”APN_of_operator”

The examples of APN are: “www.indosat-m3.net” for IM3, “3gprs” for Hutchison 3, etc (these examples are based on Indonesian operators). Note that in those initialization commands, the quotes are needed. For Indonesian operators, find the appropriate APN for your operator here.

Next, the final part, We must create a dialup networking connection. Go to “Control Panel” -> “Network Connections”. The step are:

  • Click “Create a new connection” and go Next
  • Select “Connect to the Internet” and go Next
  • Select “Set up my connection manually” and go Next
  • Select “Connect using dial-up modem” and go Next
  • Select your new istalled modem (MTK GPRS USB Modem) and go Next
  • Type in your ISP name (the connection name) and go Next
  • Type in “*99***1#” (without quote) for default GPRS dialup number (most GSM operators use this) and go Next
  • Select the user (either Anyone or just ourself. This is based on our own policy) and go Next
  • Fill in username, password (and retype it). Where I get this? see this again. You can check the two options or not. It’s self explanatory :p. Note that this form are fully optional. username and password are just saved and re-prompted when we want to connect to the internet (of course, if you fill it now, they will filled automatically when prompted). go Next.
  • You can optionally create this connection’s shortuct on desktop or not. click Finish.

Your modem is ready to use. Try to connect it (double click it or right click and chose connect). If your username and password correct and no signal distortion exist, it should be connected to the server. Congratulation. You’ve been connected 🙂

PS:
Sometime, the DNS of the operator(s) doesn’t work well. You can set it manually (of course, it definitelly slower than operator’s DNS). Go to connection properties (by right click and chose properties). Go to “Networking” tab. On “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)”, click properties again. Let the IP address assigned by server (Obtain an IP address automatically) and change the DNS setting to manual (Use the following DNS Server addresses) and fill in the DNS IP address. One example of free public DNS server are listed here.

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Taxco TX60

Posted in Gadgets n Techies with tags , , on October 14, 2008 by Firstiar N

Taxco TX60

Doubtful. Maybe that’s what we think when looking at chinesse cellphones. Bad material, bad finishing, bad anything. But for short-budgeted people, chinesse cellphones can be an option. Specially for those who after quantity over quality. Chinesse cellphones usually packed with numerous feature and sold at low price. Taxco, is one of them.

Taxco has released value based phone named TX60. This phone offer VGA camera, mp3 player, FM radio, and external memory slot. I bought one at IDR 575,000.00 for phone only (no microSD included). Considerably cheap for above feature. Of course, the quality it self are limited. Let’s review it one by one.

Design. Well … not much to say. In my opinion, it resemble one of nokia model with almost no variation.

Body. The material of this phone are made of plastic. Looks so fragile. Since it made of plastic, this phone has glossy appearance. Note that it also vulnurable to grease/oil-mark and fingerprint. Apart from material composition, the phone looks fine.

Camera. The resolution of this phone’s camera is 640×320 (VGA). Still image picture quality is not good. Too white. We need to edit the brightness and contrast of resulted image for only an acceptable quality. Still image mode has some settings. up/down for zoom in/out (not functioned on VGA res), lift/right for exsposure level (EV), numpad 1 for effect setting, 2 for white balance, 4 for delay timer, 5 for continuous shot, 6 for scene mode, 7 for image quality, 8 for image size, 0 for capture image (same as mid button on d-pad), and # for information display. On video recording, this phone use up/down for zoom in/out, right/left for Exposure level (EV), 1 and 2 has same function as still image capture, 4 for night mode on/off, and 0 for start/pause (same as mid button).

Audio player. The sound output of this phone when playing mp3 file over headset are crampy. For those who enjoy musics, this is definitely not accepted. But for me who only use the mp3 player for drive the boreness, or to keep me awake when driving, it’s acceptable. Audio player can be accessed via menu or simply press up button when standby. The control are, up button for play/pause, down for stop, left/right for prev/next, and */# for volume control (down/up). We can arrange songs on playlist. File selection can be one by one or by folder.

FM radio. Unlike the audio player, the sound output of the radio are surprisingly clean. This means the sound output quality of the hardware should be fine. The software is the problem. The control is up for snap search on/off. This is for when you search a station. Like digital auto search on TV. Down for radio on/off, left/right for search radio stations, and */# for volume control (down/up). The numeric keys are used to access respective stored stations.

File storage. This phone only has 500kB of internal storage. Way too little for store even an mp3 cut-song for ringtone. But worry not, Taxco provide a microSD slot (too bad, not hot swapable). The official record are this phone can hold up to 1GB of microSD. But I use a 2GB one and find no problem on it. Using USB cable, the microSD can be a flashdisk replacement by chosing mass storage when connected to PC/laptop. In this mode, the phone it self still operable and charging, but the card selection are missing, which mean we can’t access data on microSD from the phone. So all setting like wallpapers and ringtone which directed to card are revert back to original ones. But worry not. When we disconnect the cable, the setting back to what we set before.

Battery. The power life-time currently still unknown to me. At least, when nearly full charged, I use the phone as mp3 player and couples of call during the trip from tangerang to serang on bike. For arround 4 hour, the battery indicator still show 2 bars (max are 3 bars). enough for light to moderate use.

Conclusions. For those who shot-budgeted and only looking for cellphone mainly for call and sms with some addons, this phone can be one of the solutions. Cheap, has audio player, FM radio, camera, and file storage, packed on arround half a million rupiahs.