08-12-2014 04:44 PM
After spending countless hours playing with the settings on the Huawei VDSL router Vodafone provided, and then troubleshooting using a second and third wireless router for comparison purposes, I have come to the conclusion that the Huawei is absolute trash. I get horrible speeds and terrible range, given every device in my house is at the minimum 802.11n with dual band support. Yet everything works fine when connected via ethernet.
I have purchased an ASUS RT-AC68U to use with the Huawei for better range and speed. However now I find that the Huawei doesn't have a Bridge Mode option anywhere? Yet there is a light for it on the device, and as per Spark's documents for the exact same modem (albeit probably a different firmware), there are instructions on how to switch it to Bridge Mode.
Why am I unable to activate this on the VF Huawei HG659?
Solved! See solution
11-07-2016 04:03 PM - edited 11-05-2017 10:00 AM
Here's the guts of setting up bridge mode, will try to get this written up a bit nicer (@MikeHales?). This method will give you full bridge mode as well as a reserved IP to access from another LAN port. Supports VDSL, Fibre and FibreX, does not support ADSL.
Yell out if you have any problems or if something is unclear.
13-12-2014 12:01 AM
I have a HG659 modem in one end of the house on an ADSL connection. In the middle of the house I have a cisco linksys router which is connected to a main hub that supplies internet to different data ports to the rest of the house. On the other end of the house I have another HG659 connected to a data port and I am trying to setup this as a router. I dont seem to change the internet connection type from internet to bridged so that I can just use this as a wireless router.
Is this possible as all by any chance. The modem does have a WAN port that I am connecting to the data port but does not seem to get any internet access.
18-03-2015 11:32 AM
You need to log in with the Admin user not the vodafone user it will give u full access,
Username - Admin
Password - VF-NZhg659
then u can change the internet type in the the internet tab under the VDSL settings.
14-05-2015 08:36 PM - edited 14-05-2015 08:37 PM
Hi Mash, (sorry about my bad english)
but I don't think so that it's the solution!
I have the HG659 and I'm looking for a real solution to make this modem working in bridge mode!
I was able to switch it (as bridge) but I was not able to make the router working.
I follow the only serius instruction I found online from SPARK and seem for most the people (in Spark) this working fine
but not with the Vodafone connection nd the modem are the same.
Anyone has the real solution.
19-05-2015 12:11 PM
I do not think the HG659 supports full bridge mode. However you may be able to add another router to your network as a wireless access point by disabling DHCP and NAT, and setting a static IP on the second router.
10-01-2016 04:28 AM
This is not the solution to the problem that is being asked, so it is really irritating that Vodafone staff just delare it to be solved when they don't even understand the problem.
I phoned Vodadfone on numerous occasions, and despite being escalated to a number of "technical" teams, I could not find anyone who even understood what bridging means. Very unimpressive for a telecommuications company.
While the Huawei is a dreadful router, we need it to make the connection to the Vodadone network, and that is ALL we want it to do. Entrusting DHCP and NAT to the Huawei is the exactly opposite of what we want to achieve. Control of DHCP and NAT settings are required for the important network management features that we would rather do on our own routers (because they are much better at it and more reliable).
To "solve" the problem, you need to:
a) explain in detail how to set bridging mode on the Huawei, and
b) list the settings (and their values) that need to be configured on the second router.
I would not expect Vodafone to explain how to reconfigure someone elses router in any kind of step-by-step detail, but I would expect them to be able to list the settings (in generic terms) and values.
So... problem still NOT solved.
10-07-2016 01:05 PM
i have the exact same problem as the owner of this thread (even the exact same router) and would also count this thread as not solved.
hello vodafone... throw us a bone here?
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