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Wannabe Geek
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# 248513 29-Mar-2019 00:37
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I have a HG659 on VDSL.   The VOIP doesn't work.   This thread here outlines the exact scenario and symptoms, so 99.9% sure it's this issue.


My firmware is V100R001C297B011 (Skinny/BigPipe), I've also tried V100R001C227B011 (Spark), but as both of those are B011 the issue exists. 


Apparently Vodafone fixed this in their firmware, but when I flash it with vf firmware (V100R001C206B026) the device bricks. 




I reached out to Skinny support.   They said tough biscuits.  Can't believe this hasn't been fixed after 5 years..... 




Is there a kind soul out there hoarding firmware for the HG659 (hardware revision b) which would like to share some?        



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  # 2206764 29-Mar-2019 01:08
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Both the skinny and spark firmwares werent built for voip.




there is some that have managed to get it working, but it's always been firmware specific etc.


B011 is very old too,








On the support front... It's kinda like walking into a supermarket and going "why don't you support my internet, you sell a filter afterall!"


Skinny do not support voice service.


Spark dont support voip configuration on modems.



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Wannabe Geek
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  # 2206992 29-Mar-2019 13:20
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Thanks. That firmware is for a different device, the hg659b. I also disagree with your metaphor and opinion.

My opinion is that I have purchased a router and it is faulty. It's fine that they don't support a feature on their service, but selling a device with features that are broken is different.


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  # 2206996 29-Mar-2019 13:26
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I have an HG659 (not b)  with V100R001C297B011 from Bigpipe.


On Voyager, VoIP would not work on VDSL but does work now that I am on Fibre.


edit: I am using 2Talk.


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Wannabe Geek
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  # 2207850 30-Mar-2019 21:28
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Thanks, yeah same issue.   I'm stuck with VDSL for a long time and I think it's fantastic.  We just got it 2 weeks ago.   Previously we had ADSL1 and the total cabinet capacity was 6mbit shared between 55 users and a lot of the time you couldn't even use a browser.   They just put fibre to cabinet and added VDSL and now I get over 100mbit! 




I'll just throw a DV130 + Mikrotik + PAP2T at this, that means 3 devices instead of one, but at least it'll work reliably forever.   Just wish I hadn't wasted the time on it. 

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  # 2208191 31-Mar-2019 15:31
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There are a few different HG659 & HG659b firmware options listed with links here:


Vodafone 026 appears to be to most recent, so is probably the best bet. I've been using it with voice (on Slingshot UFB) for ages and no problems whatsoever.


If the device is bricked, use the CFE recovery method, and upload a 'packet' firmware, and then repeat with the target firmware.


It sometimes takes a few power-cycle attempts to get the CFE thing to work.


The router IP address changes between Vodafone ( and Spark (


Always do a reset to factory details after changing firmware (otherwise there is leftover jump from the previous firmware which isnt good)

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  # 2217503 15-Apr-2019 16:00
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FYI.  I have a HG659 from Vodafone on VDSL and using Vodafone setup VOIP.  Works fine most of the time.  Only problem is when there is large uploads going on the phoneline is not usable.  No QOS setup on the network apparently.  I did not setup the VOIP is was a auto push from Vodafone.

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  # 2220888 18-Apr-2019 23:45
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Thanks people, good to have the link to the OpenWRT firmware page, I couldn't find that on google easily. 




I had a Draytek & Mikrotik in the draw, so I just put them in and got a PAP2T from Aliexpress.   Shouldn't have bothered spending time on the Huawei. 

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