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Bubblesthefish6

Top Member
Guys, this is just amazing.

Thanks to your suggestion about the IPv4 APN issue, and after a bit of F12 hacking to reveal a hidden IPv4/IPv6 field in the B818's APN settings so that I could select IPv4 (rather than the hidden default of IPv4 and IPv6), all of the applications I mentioned in my first post (at least my work laptop VPN, Tor browser, Skype video, Facebook messenger video that we've tried so far) now work.

Note: I was not able to modify and submit the existing "hard-coded" EE APN profile. I had to create my own new APN profile (using the "+" button), this time calling it everywhere_hacked or something, and using the existing EE APN settings but also setting the hidden field to IPv4.

Also, something else quite curious happened. After I submitted those new settings, the router alerted me to there being a new firmware version available, 10.0.5.2(H190SP1C74). Previously, the firmware page always indicated an error checking for firmware updates. It actually seems that the router's own firmware update code relies on IPv4 perhaps, and fixing (hacking!) the APN to IPv4 only brought that to life.

I cannot say thanks enough. I'm just amazed.

Oh, for info, when creating the new APN profile, you can make the IP type field visible in the console using:

$("#ip_type").show()

So, should I also allow it to do the firmware update? Or keep it on the existing 10.0.2.2? I'd have a very sad face on if it all broke again.
AFAIK it would keep the settings as you have configured the APN and it saves the settings no matter what you do. Don't trust me tho I'm not accountable for you having to do it again ;-) (I have no faith in myself lol). At least you do know what to do now if it does go south.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
Note: I was not able to modify and submit the existing "hard-coded" EE APN profile. I had to create my own new APN profile (using the "+" button), this time calling it everywhere_hacked or something, and using the existing EE APN settings but also setting the hidden field to IPv4.
AFAIK you can't modify the 'default' APN in Huawei routers, you have to do as you did and create a new one and switch to it and/or use as default.
 

The Wee Bear

Pro Member
I kind of like it, it makes it somewhere fool proof in that you (should) have a working APN to switch back to if your new one doesn't work for some reason.
It is handy, because it switches automatically to the one you want, as in my case from 3internet to goto.virginmobile.uk when i'm bored and want to experiment. :rolleyes:
 

Bubblesthefish6

Top Member
Slightly angoying though when there's about 10 default APNs. (looking at u Lebara and Vodafone)
 

Bubblesthefish6

Top Member
Interesting, I might chuck a EE sim in my B535 just so I can get a new firmware! I'm still using 10.0.1.1(H191SP63C983)
I'm on 10.0.1.1 as well with lebara, haven't tried updating yet tho, will report back if I can update with vodafone :)
 

GaryW

Regular Member
Guys, this is just amazing.

Thanks to your suggestion about the IPv4 APN issue, and after a bit of F12 hacking to reveal a hidden IPv4/IPv6 field in the B818's APN settings so that I could select IPv4 (rather than the hidden default of IPv4 and IPv6), all of the applications I mentioned in my first post (at least my work laptop VPN, Tor browser, Skype video, Facebook messenger video that we've tried so far) now work.

Note: I was not able to modify and submit the existing "hard-coded" EE APN profile. I had to create my own new APN profile (using the "+" button), this time calling it everywhere_hacked or something, and using the existing EE APN settings but also setting the hidden field to IPv4.

Also, something else quite curious happened. After I submitted those new settings, the router alerted me to there being a new firmware version available, 10.0.5.2(H190SP1C74). Previously, the firmware page always indicated an error checking for firmware updates. It actually seems that the router's own firmware update code relies on IPv4 perhaps, and fixing (hacking!) the APN to IPv4 only brought that to life.

I cannot say thanks enough. I'm just amazed.

Oh, for info, when creating the new APN profile, you can make the IP type field visible in the console using:

$("#ip_type").show()

So, should I also allow it to do the firmware update? Or keep it on the existing 10.0.2.2? I'd have a very sad face on if it all broke again.
I'd be slightly wary of updating the firmware unless you're having significant problems with the current firmware (and know what's in/out of the new firmware). In the past, for example, the bridge mode capability has disappeared from some older Huawei 4G routers as a result of upgrading firmware. As there's no way of downgrading the firmware it's a bit of a gamble!
 

Bubblesthefish6

Top Member
I'd be slightly wary of updating the firmware unless you're having significant problems with the current firmware (and know what's in/out of the new firmware). In the past, for example, the bridge mode capability has disappeared from some older Huawei 4G routers as a result of upgrading firmware. As there's no way of downgrading the firmware it's a bit of a gamble!
Seems a bit stupid theres no way of downgrading it.... Meh i never had bridge mode anyways so imma do it anyways :p.
 

Buggerlugz

ULTIMATE Member
The whole firmware debacle with Huawei is a bit of a mess IMHO. Sending improvements annually should be expected with all networking gear, the fact they rely on the carriers to provide updates just goes to show how little aftercare support they operate.

Like LG's doing the same, it puts me off buying anything else from them.
 
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