How do I set up my Skinny Unlimited HG659 modem?

The Skinny Unlimited modem is an all-in-one powerful modem/router for use with your new Skinny Unlimited Broadband connection.

It is a Huawei HG659. It’ll work for ADSL, VDSL or Fibre.

 

Front:

Back:




Specifications:

1x ADSL/VDSL port (labelled as “DSL”)

1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN ports

2x ATA ports

2x USB ports

802.11n and 802.11ac wireless (up to 1300Mbps)

Items included in box:

  • Skinny Unlimited modem (Huawei HG659)
  • 1x Blue Ethernet (LAN or RJ45-RJ45) cable
  • 1x Yellow Ethernet (LAN or RJ45-RJ45) cable
  • 2x Grey DSL cables (AKA phone or RJ11-RJ11 cables)
  • 1x Black RJ45-RJ11 cable (AKA VDSL cable)
  • 1x xDSL splitter/filter (BT male to RJ11 female, used to connect to a BT jackpoint)
  • Power supply (PSU)
  • Welcome pack
  • Quick start guide from Huawei
  • Box sleeve

 

How to connect on ADSL or VDSL:

 

Required items:

  • Skinny Unlimited HG659 modem
  • Power cord (Power Supply Cable or PSU)
  • Yellow Ethernet cable (LAN or RJ45-RJ45)
  • Computer

 

Depending on Jackpoint type:

 

EITHER

  • 1x Grey DSL cable (RJ11-RJ11)
  • 1x xDSL filter (splitter)

OR

  • 1x Black VDSL cable (RJ45-RJ11)

 

Physical connections:

  • Make sure the power cable is plugged into you Skinny Unlimited modem
  • It also needs to be connected to a working power point
  • One of the LAN ports on your modem needs to be connected to a computer using the Yellow Ethernet cable
  • Your modem needs to have its DSL port connected to a phone jackpoint through either:

 

In case of BT jackpoint (older phone connection, most common in NZ - you’ll know it’s this one because the port is rectangular):

 

 

  • Grey DSL cable (RJ11-RJ11) connected to DSL port on the modem
  • The other end of the Grey DSL cable connected to ADSL/DSL port on the filter (splitter)
  • Filter plugged into jackpoint
  • No other devices or cables connected to jackpoint(s) on wall(s) in any room around your house

 

OR

 

In case of a VDSL jackpoint (RJ45 for a full, recommended VDSL install from Chorus, standard in newer buildings - you’ll know it’s this one because the port is square):

 

 

  • Black VDSL cable (RJ45-RJ11)
  • Small (RJ11) end connected to the DSL port on your Skinny Unlimited modem
  • Large (RJ45) end connected to the jackpoint on your wall
  • No other devices or cables connected to jackpoint(s) on wall(s)

 

How to connect on UFB:

 

Required items:

  • Your Skinny Unlimited HG659 modem
  • The modem’s power cable (Power supply unit or PSU)
  • 2x Blue and Yellow Ethernet (LAN or RJ45-RJ45) cables
  • A computer with an Ethernet port
  • An active ONT (Optical Network Terminal)

 

Physical connections:

  • Make sure the power cable is plugged into you Skinny Unlimited modem
  • It also needs to be connected to a working power point
  • One of the LAN ports on your modem needs to be connected to a computer using the Yellow Ethernet cable
  • The WAN port on your modem needs to be connected to the active port on ONT with the Blue Ethernet cable
  • The ONT’s active port may be marked LANX or GEX. X ranges from 1-4. By default port 1 will be active. May differ on case by case basis
  • ONT needs to be powered on

 

ONT in a Chorus region:


ONT in an Enable or UFF region:

 

 

OR




How to connect to your Skinny Unlimited modem’s WiFi

 

The Skinny Unlimited HG659 modem by default produces two wireless networks - one on 2.4Ghz, the other one 5Ghz. The default network names (or SSIDs) can be found on the sticker on the back of the unit. The default password (or WLAN Key) is also printed on the back. It’s the same for both networks.

Either the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz network can be used. Depending on local interference levels one may give better performance than the other. In order to take advantage of the highest WiFi speeds, it’s better to connect your device to the 5Ghz network. Your device also needs to support 802.11ac.

 

Example network info:

2.4Ghz SSID: HUAWEI-WEHJ3Z
5Ghz SSD: HUAWEI-WEHJ3Z-5G
WLAN Key:12345678

The default configuration will allow any device to connect which has the correct network information.



Your Skinny Unlimited HG659 modem also has a WPS button on the right side. Some devices support WPS, allowing them to connect to a network by pressing the WPS button on the router, and activating WPS on the device at the same time.