Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

40 posts


# 182487 18-Oct-2015 00:20
Send private message

Does anyone know if there is an APN setting that works with Spark's 4G Mobile Broadband to allow connections from the internet to a 4G Mobile Broadband router (in this case a Huawei B315). i.e I need to be able to connect from externally to a VPN server behind the mobile router. (Used to have everything working on a DSL-based service, but relocation to a more rural setting has forced the need to use a wireless/mobile/RBI solution).

The default profile on the B315 comes configured as 'Broadband'. Connections out from the router work fine, but am unable to ping or connect on other ports from any other internet address. All firewall and port pinhole settings on the B315 to allow traffic through on the VPN port I'm using appear correctly configured, but just will not work, so have concluded that the Broadband APN blocks traffic from the net, just as other standard APNs do.

Changing the Profile to use 'direct' or 'connect' or 'internet' just kills the 4G connection, so they're obviously not set up for 4G addresses (I'm seeing 100.xx.xx.xx addresses assigned).

Am hoping there is an equivalent of 'direct' for 4G, otherwise will have to cancel the service and find another provider that can allow opening these connections.


Create new topic
Nate wants an iphone
3907 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1408501 18-Oct-2015 09:11
Send private message

Have you tried the apn that the spark website recommends ( )?

webhosting |New Zealand connectionsgeekzone IRC chat
Loose lips may sink ships - Be smart - Don't post internal/commercially sensitive or confidential information!

40 posts


  # 1408510 18-Oct-2015 09:52
Send private message

Yes, I tried 'direct' and '', no joy with either, but will re-try just to be sure.


19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user

  # 1408513 18-Oct-2015 10:01
Send private message

I would say inbound connections are blocked on the Firewall and no APN will let it in

40 posts


  # 1408561 18-Oct-2015 12:38
Send private message

I agree, but the Direct APN does allow this for other Spark mobile based services, does it not?

So the question is does anyone know whether use of a Spark 4G Mobile Broadband based host/server will ever be permitted? i.e is there now, or will there ever be, an APN that does allow inbound connections throught the firewall/s?

114 posts

Master Geek

Spark NZ
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1408574 18-Oct-2015 13:51
Send private message

DM me some details and I'll check what APNs have been provisioned.

My comments and remarks are not necessarily of my employer.

5579 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1408608 18-Oct-2015 14:56
Send private message

Ultimate Broadband do public IP on RBI connections. Static IP also on request.

Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour


Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com

28439 posts

Uber Geek

Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1408762 18-Oct-2015 19:07
Send private message

It's pretty much the norm on any mobile network anyway in the world to heavily restrict unbound uninitiated traffic due to the massive implications of allowing this.  Allowing this would be very poor from a security perspective.

I'm not aware of Spark allowing this on any of their public APN's but you can get this with a private APN.


1 post

Wannabe Geek

  # 1456750 24-Dec-2015 19:53
One person supports this post
Send private message

Sorry to revive this topic, but it seems like this question will continue to creep up now that Rural Broadband is becoming more prominent.

Should mobile broadband fall under the "mobile" security profile, or should be considered a "home broadband" service with all the pros & cons that go with it?

The modem itself supports "Virtual Servers" and this guide:  gives the impression is endorsed by Spark (as long as it's not SMTP).

Is the answer a definitive "NO"?  Not being able to remotely review security cameras and access files is a major bugger.

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32

Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30

Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01

NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00

New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33

IMAGR and Farro bring checkout-less supermarket shopping to New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2019 09:07

Wellington Airport becomes first 5G connected airport in the country
Posted 3-Dec-2019 08:42

MetService secures Al Jazeera as a new weather client
Posted 28-Nov-2019 09:40

NZ a top 10 connected nation with stage one of ultra-fast broadband roll-out completed
Posted 24-Nov-2019 14:15

Microsoft Translator understands te reo Māori
Posted 22-Nov-2019 08:46

Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00

Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08

Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55

Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19

Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.