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.





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:


How to connect on ADSL or VDSL:


Required items:


Depending on Jackpoint type:





Physical connections:


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






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):




How to connect on UFB:


Required items:


Physical connections:


ONT in a Chorus region:

ONT in an Enable or UFF region:




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:

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.

Article ID: 374
Created On: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:26 AM
Last Updated On: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:06 AM

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