Introduction: Convert a HG658 Huawei Router to a Repeater

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This is a quick tutorial on how to convert a Huawei ADSL/VDSL Modem/Router in a router. The original firmware from Huawei HAS a repeater function, the dumb thing is some of the ISP that are re-branding and using this device have blocked this feature.

Now for my special case, i received in the years 3 modems of this type from the same ISP, they just gave me a new one for free, and i needed to use the WIFI in the whole building, 3 level, but i cant get the signal from the top to the 2nd or to the ground level. Then i got the idea to use the modems that are just laying around. After fiddling and browsing around, i discovered that if i flash the original firmware on them i will loose the warranty on them (?!!!). Then i decided to use a patchwork, keeping the warranty and having the job done too.

As you can see, in the pictures, the outside is somehow different but it is the same thing, the HG658.

Now a step by step.

1. The first HG658 (the one that has the ADSL/VDSL enabled, the one with the phone cord plugged in) will use the IP address poll from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.255. We gonna make our 2nd HG658 go from 192.168.1.200 to 168.168.1.255. How ? Easy. Log in the web interface of the HG658 (the one that is gonna be converted to repeater) and go to

BASIC -> LAN

IP ADDRESS : change from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.200 then hit SUBMIT button.

WARNING ! WARNING ! WARNING ! WARNING !

Do this when your PC or Laptop is only connected to this HG658 (that means no internet access, no connection to the 1st HG 658, the administration IP will otherwise overlap)

2. We gonna disable DHCP. Why ? 2 DHCP servers in same network will block your network communication.

Go to BASIC -> LAN

DHCP SERVER : DISABLE then hit SUBMIT button.

3. We gonna enable WAN and setup WIFI encryption and password for repeater (i recommend WPA2 without WPS and change the default SSID to something else like "Repeater")

BASIC -> WAN

ENABLE

setup password and stuff i told you before and hit SUBMIT button.

4. Pug a LAN cable from the router that has internet access to one of the LAN ports of the repeater and you are clear to go, but read until the end before!

WARNING ! WARNING ! WARNING ! WARNING !

The repeater will work with static IP addresses, that means that when you connect to it with a laptop or table or phone or whatever it will need to asign it a static IP in the domain of 192.168.1.200 to 192.168.1.255, this is done manually.

when asked about a SUBNET MASK input 255.255.255.0

ANDROID:

1.) go to settings>wireless options>wifi settings
2.) now click on the menu button

3.) go to "Advance options"

4.) cick on set up Static IP address

IOS (assumed 6)

1.) Tap on “Settings” and then tap on “General”

2.) Tap “Wi-Fi” and look for the network name you are connected to, tap the blue (>) arrow next to it

3.) Tap the “Static” tab and enter network appropriate DHCP/static IP information Close out of Settings

WINDOWS: (if needed lol)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/

I recommend to keep a list of the IP addresses used to be sure not to assign the same IP to more that one device. (wont work and it will be a IP address conflict).

something like:

192.168.1.201 - IPHONE

192.168.1.202 - TABLET

192.168.1.203 - TV

168.168.1.204 - XBOX

and so on ...

Comments

tirconaill (author)2016-11-20

Hi neumanngregor

Can you advise of where one might find original or unbranded firmware for the HG658c? I've looked on Huawei's site but they don't list this model as it's an ISP box. We're stuck with Vodafone branded firmware in Ireland

Thanks!

neumanngregor (author)tirconaill2016-11-21

For Ireland, there is the unbranded version of HG658c made by O2 and with the hacked config you get telnet and shell, that gives you the same power as the ISP over your HG658c.

At this link you will find the files needed:

http://forum.kitz.co.uk/index.php?topic=15303.0

And only if you know what you do and wanna play even more in the guts of the HG658c use this tool:

https://hg658c.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/hg658c_configtool/

tirconaill (author)neumanngregor2016-11-21

Thanks neumanngregor

I have used the o2 branded firmware in the past but as Vodafone have released 1 or 2 newer firmwares since that o2 release, I'm back on them for now. I'm familiar with decrypting and tweaking the config files and I've done this for many units

What I'm hoping to find is a more current F/W image direct from Huawei for the HG658c as the last release from Vodafone was some time ago now. As I mentioned above though, Huawei don't list the 658c on their websites as it seems to be a direct-to-telco unit (it may be listed... just under a different model number). A similar router to the HG658c is the eircom F1000 (Zyxel VMG8324-B10A) as they share the same Broadcom chipset. Zyxel has been much more forthcoming with newer firmware for their model with the latest release only a few weeks ago. I guess I'd like to see the popular HG658c receive the same consideration from Huawei

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