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# 214556 17-May-2017 16:43
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Just received my new Huawei HG659 in preparation for new Fibre install in the coming month and I was stumped to find out I couldn't use my old WiFi network's SSID in this new modem.

 

Apparently you can't have spaces or other "special characters"? This wouldn't normally bother me, except I was wanting to replicate the old SSID exactly, so that all my existing devices as well as friends/family's devices would auto reconnect without a hitch.

 

In the end, I was able to hijack the CSRF token from the web portal and submit a POST request to circumvent the client side validation. The result being, my new network now is now running completely fine with this supposedly "invalid" SSID, I just wasn't able to use their portal to get to this point.

 

Did this bother anyone else? Am I really not supposed to put spaces or other characters in my SSID's, or this just a silly unnecessary rule this modem seems to enforce?

 

 


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  # 1783800 17-May-2017 17:33
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Yes it IS annoying, the firmware coder is too lazy to do proper SSID string sanitisation and settle with very restricted character set, not even "space" char! 
Good thing I have another router as a wireless AP :-)


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  # 1783961 18-May-2017 01:08
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It can be done reasonably easily, just not via the Huawei Web GUI.

 

See the post from @solutionz at the bottom of the page on this thread;

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=40&topicid=195795

 

You can simply edit the xml file with the SSID you desire - including spaces, save and upload to your HG659 and Bob's your uncle. Works on mine.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1783968 18-May-2017 06:56
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A long time ago a friend bricked a router putting emoji into the ssid of it. I guess things like this are in response to the poor string handling that crappy little embedded devices have.





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  # 1784239 18-May-2017 14:06
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Yeah I hit the space issue last week with this modem.

 

 

 

Need to tweak the XML and upload.





Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.


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