How to get free WiFi on East Coast trains
We've long been of the opinion that since East Coast began charging for WiFi on board its trains, the service is no better than when it was was free. East Coast PR claimed they'd performed all sorts of technical wizardry to ensure consistent, high-speed access, whereas is reality it couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding.
And of course the pricing makes no sense at all, given that the route stretches from Glasgow to London; £4.95 for an hour or £9.95 for 24 hours - chances are you'll be paying top whack, then. "But what about 15 minutes of free WiFi, Bitterwallet?" If it worked, that'd be great - but even opening your email is like waiting for a horse to solve Fermat's Last Theorem.
So here's some homework for those travelling the route on a regular basis, posted recently in the comments by avid Bitterwallet reader Iain. Let us know how you get on:
If you want to utilise the free East Coast WiFi service for more than 15 minutes then you will have to change your MAC address. The system works out your device based on the network cards MAC address so keep changing that and you will get free net for your journey.
I have been sitting on East Coast WiFi for free for the past hour now and no issues other than the annoyance of having to re-connect every 15 minutes.
If you’re using a Mac then you want to find an app called “ChangeMAC” on CNET download.com and it will sort you right out.
If it isn’t working for you then make sure the MAC address you are trying to set begins with 00:23: otherwise it definitely won’t work on Lion.
If you’re on a PC then google “change mac address windows” and you will find all you need.
Enjoy the free WiFi!