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#208573 17-Feb-2017 13:42
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We have a couple of ISP specific HG659 threads


There also appears to be a thread on the OpenWRT forum


I'm personally interested in any hack/tweaks including


  • Cross flashing firmwares


    • BP / Spark / Vodafone firmwares appear to be interchangeable - but double check your hardware version
  • Shell Access - See BigPipe Thread
  • Using as an additional AP
  • Using as a VOIP device
  • Bridge mode - just operating as a VDSL modem
  • OpenWRT support

My ideal would be OpenWRT or LEDE support but I have a feeling that would break the VOIP support.


I'm currently running a device as an AP with DNS/DHCP turned off and connection via LAN Port.


  • BigPipe Firmware
  • Telnet access with Shell

Lack of a default route means I can't test VOIP support. Anyone else found a guide on setting a default route to match my existing firewall?


Tried on the command line, but it appears you can't drop a full root shell which restricts some of the commands when on the telnet console.

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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Ultimate Geek

  #1722030 17-Feb-2017 21:38
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I don't know how widely known it is, but you can enable WAN packet mirroring at the following address:

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  #1722081 17-Feb-2017 22:49
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Oh cool, never knew that. Does it work reliably though? Feels like an undocumented feature.

It's a shame these things are not accessible / discoverable from the main UI.


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Ultimate Geek

  #1722102 18-Feb-2017 06:40
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It worked well when I tried it. Instructions on how to enable it were provided to me by Huawei so I think it's legit, just undocumented.

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  #1728054 1-Mar-2017 08:08
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So I've been trying to get this to work in bridge mode so it could act as a backup ADSL or VDSL modem. So far I've tried the BigPipe and Spark firmwares but I always get the following message


PPPoA can support only one PPP connection


Here are some of the guides from Vodafone and Spark


I've tried clean firmware uploads with a full factory reset, but no luck so far. I have a feeling there must be a additional connection defined somewhere on the device but I can't find it.


Dumping the config shows only a single WAN connection defined, and that PPPoE Bridged is a valid option for the connection type.


<WANPPPConnection NumberOfInstances="1">
<WANPPPConnectionInstance InstanceID="1" Enable="1" PossibleConnectionTypes="IP_Routed,PPPoE_Bridged,DHCP_Spoofed" ConnectionType="IP_Routed" X_HW_PPPoESession="" Name="" X_WanAlias="INTERNET_TR069_ADSL_0_100" AutoDisconnectTime="0" IdleDisconnectTime="0" NATEnabled="1" Username="" Password="dCbUtWQXEhV5Ic2hESH/Xg==" PPPAuthenticationProtocol="PAP" MaxMRUSize="1492" X_TCP_MSS="0" DNSEnabled="1" DNSOverrideAllowed="1" DNSServers="" MACAddress="" MACAddressOverride="0" PPPLCPEcho="20" PPPLCPEchoRetry="3" X_PPPRetryDialInterval="0" PPPoEACName="" PPPoEServiceName="" ConnectionTrigger="AlwaysOn" RouteProtocolRx="Off" X_InterfaceName="" X_LowerLayers="" X_ServiceList="INTERNET" X_Default="1" X_APN="" X_DialNumber="" X_IPv4Enable="1" X_IPv6Enable="0" X_IPv6AddressingType="SLAAC" X_IPv6DefaultGateway="" X_IPv6DNSEnabled="1" X_IPv6DNSOverrideAllowed="1" X_IPv6DNSServers="" X_IPv6Address="" X_IPv6PrefixLength="0" X_NATType="symmetric">
<X_DMZ DMZEnable="0" DMZHostIPAddress=""/>


Has anyone got one of these working in bridge mode where your router can connect back to the HG659 via PPPoE?



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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