Firefox Mobile

Firefox Mobile on Android (and probably on other smartphone OSes as well) supports proxy servers, but doesn't provide any user interface to let you configure them. However, you can set the proxy settings by editing Firefox Mobile's configuration file directly. To do this, do the following:

  • Type about:config into the address bar to open the configuration editor.
  • Find the network.proxy.autoconfig_url variable and set it to
  • Search for the network.proxy.type variable and set it to 2.

Then quit Firefox Mobile and restart it. It should now correctly work with Rhodes' proxy servers. Note that this only affects Firefox Mobile, so other applications on your smartphone still might not work correctly.

The above instructions also work for Firefox, and simply reproduce what the proxy setting user interface does behind the scenes.

Rhodes' proxy autoconfiguration file is written in such a way that you can leave this setting in place even when you're not on Rhodes' network (for instance, when you're connecting via the cell network). When you're not on Rhodes' network, the autoconfig file will simply return DIRECT which acts like no proxy is configured at all.

Last Modified: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:58:20 SAST