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Android 2.2.1 (custom) rooting and DNS not resolving
Android 2.2.1

I finally caved and bought an Android smartphone for $87 (including shipping) last week. Was it a good purchase? Perhaps. I suppose it was inevitable, as I work on webapps targeting both iOS and Android 2.X+ devices. I bought a Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform from a bloke off of eBay; probably cost him more than $87 (closer to $500+).

Unfortunately this device had not been rooted, nor were there any DNS servers set when I connected to my home 802.11g home network. ALSO: Android Marketplace is not installed, so had to grab all the .apks from non-standard channels. Not sure if the previous owner screwed this up or what?

What needed to get done:

  1. get root access to phone to set DNS servers
  2. automate process of setting DNS servers when connecting to Wi-Fi networks
  3. download some apps and updates

rooting the phone

Since I was able to access direct IPv4 addresses, what I did was upload my various .apk files to my LAN webserver (http://192.168.x.x/path) and download them to my device. Bluetooth-to-Bluetooth connection would not let my transfer .apk's. Android 2.2.1 is allegedly just for patching up rooted devices, and allegedly one has to downgrade to 2.2 to root. But I had success by 1) installing Universal Androot 1.6.2 beta 5 (local mirror) (screen shots and more info) and attempting to root and it failing (I removed the Universal Androot after and kept the bundled SuperUser app which is handy) and then 2) installing z4root (local mirror) (screen shots and more info) and successfully rooting in that order.

automating DNS resolver (background)

Admittedly this solution is rather hackish, but since I do not have access to the Android Marketplace I cannot get the slick DNS settings apps like mytechie's SetDNS utility. Also, if you do not have access to a terminal emulator of some kind, this solution might not be for you. If you want something more stable or want more information see the article on Varun's ScratchPad called Change the DNS server of 3G connection on Android phones. My pay-as-you go T-Mobile service has no problem setting my device's DNS servers when I access their Edge network.

automating DNS resolver (setup)

Open up the Terminal Emulator's startup commands, you might already see something like export $PATH .... Put a semi-colon at the end of the line if there is not already one and append the following:

su -c "setprop net.dns1"; su -c "setprop net.dns2"; So whenever you open up your terminal emulator application, it should automatically set your DNS resolvers to OpenDNS's servers. On my own device I put in the first resolver address as one of my university's DNS resolvers, as they have internal addresses for authenticating devices when you connect to their 802.11b/g/n mesh.

some other apps

  1. Flash 10.1 - The .apk should work on any Android 2.2 phone - local mirror, source information
  2. rootexplorer_2.13.3.apk - local mirror - great root file browsing app