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Huawei E355 Pocket WiFi - Setup, Configuration and Troubleshooting


Posted Date: 06-Feb-2013  Last Updated:   Category: Internet & Wifi    
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Are you looking for help with initial setup and configuration of the Huawei E355 Pocket WiFi hotspot device? Read complete instructions, step by step guide and troubleshooting instructions to resolve any connectivity issues with Huawei E355.



How to get started with Configure Huawei E355


Huawei E355 pocket WiFi hotspot device is a plug and play device and will work out of the box, after you insert a SIM card with a valid 2G/3G data plan activated. To test the device I have, I took out the Airtel SIM card from my mobile phone and inserted into the device. A message appeared in the system tray indicating Windows is installing the necessary drivers for the device. It is a true plug and play device and there was no separate step involved for installing the drivers.

In a few seconds, the drivers were installed and the device was recognized by Windows. I could see the USB device in the Windows Explorer in the name of "MobileWiFi".

NOTE: Before you connect the device to your computer, remember to open the sliding cover and insert the SIM. Also, note down the WiFi Key provided above the SIM card slot. This key will be required later to connect to internet.

How to open the device and insert the SIM card in Huawei E355

First remove the cap from the device. Hold the device facing the label "Huawei" and the green window with the LED indicators facing you. Now, slide the top surface towards the USB connector by firmly holding the bottom part in your hand. The cover will slide open.

Installing MobileWifi Software


Once the Huawei E355 device was recognized by the computer, it launched the setup.exe from the Autorun file in the device. I went through the simple setup wizard and completed the installation in few seconds. Here are the steps in installing the Huawei Mobile Wifi:

Huawei Mobile WiFi setup and installation
This is the initial welcome screen. Click on the button to proceed to the next step.

Huawei Pocket WiFi Hotspot device reviews
This screen shows the standard license agreement, which usually no one bother to read. Click Next to proceed.

Huawei Pocket WiFi Hotspot installation
In this screen, you can choose the location to install your Huawei E355 software. You may leave it to the default value and proceed.

Setup Huawei Portable WiFi Hotspot
In a couple of seconds, it will finish the installation and show you the final screen.

Once the installation is finished, if there is a firewall, you may be prompted how you want to share your data in the WiFi network. Choose 'Allow sharing' so that you can share your connection and access devices within the WiFi network.

After the installation is completed, look at your available WiFi hotspots. You will see the new WiFi hotspot in the name if MobileWiFi-748e, which is your Huawei E355 WiFi network. Double click on it to connect to WiFi. You will be prompted to enter the password.

What is the default password for Huawei E355


I was a bit confused when I was prompted to enter the password. I had not set any password and did not see any passwords written anywhere. I pulled out the device from the laptop and did a bit of research. Finally, I located the password under the sliding cover in the device just above the slot for the SIM card. It is written with the label "WiFi Key". I noted down the Key from there, closed the device, inserted it into the computer and waited until it connects again. I entered the password found in the device and it was accepted without a problem.

Huawei E355 default password

(NOTE: If you enter the PIN wrong for 3 times consecutively, your SIM will be locked. To unlock the SIM, you will have to enter the Pin Unlock Key (PUK). The Pin Unlock Key is also provided with your device. If you enter the PUK 10 times consecutively, you will be permanently locked out and will get into trouble!)

In just a few seconds, I was connected to internet. Except for my few seconds search for the password, the initial configuration was seamless.

How to configure Huawei E355 router


Being a true plug and play device, there is no sophisticated setup required for you to get connected with internet. All you need is a SIM card with a valid data plan activated. However, if you like to customize the settings and configure it according to your preferences, you can use the web based admin module and change all settings.

To configure the device, type the following url in your web browser:

http://192.168.1.1/

You will be taken to the admin screen. You will be prompted to enter the admin password to access the admin features.

The default admin password for Huawei E355 is "admin" itself

How to change admin password

To change the admin password, go to the admin screen at http://192.168.1.1/. Then click on the "Settings" tab. Expand the "System" menu on the left bar and click on the "Modify Password" link. You will be prompted to enter the old password and choose a new password. Press the "Apply" button after you enter all the details.

Change password of Huawei E355

How to change the SSID (WiFi Hotspot name)


Follow the steps below to change the WiFi hotspot name (SSID):

1. Open the admin screen by visiting the URL http://192.168.1.1/ in your browser.

2. Click on Settings tab

3. Expand WLAN

4. Click on WLAN Basic Settings

5. On the right panel, replace the default SSID with any SSID (WiFI name) of your choice. Don't forget to press the "Apply" button.

How to change the default WiFi Key

You can locate the WPA pre-shared key in the above screen ("WLAN Basic Settings"). Change the key to any key of your choice. If you changed your authentication settings, the password/key requirements also may change accordingly.

How to restore default factory settings

If you forgot your password or want to restore your device into the default factory settings, there are couple of options:

Software reset: You can reset the device to factory settings from the admin panel. Go to Settings >> System >> Restore Defaults and click on "Restore" button. It will restore the device to the factory default configuration.

Hardware reset: If you can't access the admin panel, you can do a hardware reset from the device. Open the device by sliding the cover. Locate the small "reset hole" on one end of the device. Use a ball pen or similar device and press for few seconds. It will restore the device to default configuration.

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Responses to "Huawei E355 Pocket WiFi - Setup, Configuration and Troubleshooting"
Guest Author: abhi     07 Feb 2013
A great review for indian market good work keep it up. Thanks


Guest Author: Subhankar Pattnaik     07 Mar 2013
Well thanks for the review. Although I spotted all those before hand, I can access internet from my Laptop and Mobiles through this modem when the modem is connected to desktop directly but I cannot access internet from my desktop (well I don't have WiFi adapter) but in spite of that I think this modem works on desktop (when it is connected directly).



Author: Tony John    07 Mar 2013Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0
Subhankar Pattnaik,

I am afraid you will not be able to use it with your desktop, even if you connect it directly. Another option is, you can buy a a WiFi adapter for your desktop.



Guest Author: Subhankar Pattnaik     07 Mar 2013
If I require Wifi adapter for my desktop, then what is the difference between Huawei E3131B and E355 ? Where E355 costs Rs 700 more with no extra benefits and that too E3131B also requires wifi adapter to connect desktop, it also has call facility which is absent in E355.


Guest Author: Elbab     31 Mar 2013
A336 is a good starting point, but what is the data limit? Having 100mb when you can download in 4G would be very limited downloading experience and maybe even browsing!


Guest Author: CeeJay     24 Apr 2013
Thank you very much for the information. It helps me to login and open my huawie e355.. Thanks again.. and God bless..


Guest Author: Bob B     03 May 2013
GREAT step by step. I am still have connectivity issues (no internet) and have done everything I know but I think the issue is that ATT is the local provided to my SIM CARD and the E355 won't process ATT. Wish I was wrong but I've tried the dongle with other SIM CARDS to see if it was working and it appears to be but I could be wrong.


Guest Author: Bhavin Shah     09 May 2013
I have receive SMS but i can not send SMS.
How to send SMS through HuaWEI E355 WiFi ?



Guest Author: Bhavin Shah     09 May 2013
How to send SMS through HUAWEI E355 WiFi?


Guest Author: whrfs     30 May 2013
I'm using Windows 8 Single user. I found that E355 does not support. Please help if there is anyway or upgrading the firmware would help..??


Guest Author: Asung Lkr     20 Jun 2013
Bought the e355 two months back and everything was ok. But since last week i keep getting SIM invalid. What could be wrong? Can it be rectified? Please help - i'm not a techie.


Guest Author: vishal     14 Jul 2013
Here is another method to see password:

Login as admin then go to connection setting. Click on WLAN basic setting. Click on show password.



Guest Author: jaison K     22 Jul 2013
Huawei E355 has inbuilt WiFi router and can use it as hotspot, whereas E3131 doesn't have inbuilt wifi adapter and it uses laptop's wifi and make hotspot.

Huawei E355 can directly connect to pc via usb and use internet (if your pc doesn't have wifi router).



Guest Author: Jidesh     25 Jul 2013
I have a 3MobileWIFI of Huawei. Its from UK. It works with the 3g sim card of service provider by name 3 which is at UK. But it doesn't work with any of the Indian sim. Can this device be cracked so as to make it work with Indian sim cards?


Guest Author: sandeep singh     15 Sep 2013
last one i have being using it successfully but day before yesterday, it simply doesn't connects with internet,,the SIM is working fine with all other dongles, i have sufficient balance and net balance but still, even the dongle main page shows connected and strong signal...please help me?


Guest Author: Akshay C     19 Sep 2013
This is the amazing Device I ever had in my life. Till now everything is working properly. But one thing i can't recognize, that how to disconnect from laptop?
Please do reply me, if any body who know to do,..
Thanks in Advance!!!!!



Guest Author: Max     03 Oct 2013
Tony,

Allthough the E355 is a no-nonsense stuff, your walkthrough of the setting was a great help. Stuff like these article makes the internet more & more helpful.



Guest Author: Moazzam Ali     18 Jan 2014
I was using this Huawei Dongle, it is of course very nice. But the problem is that I had changed the admin username & password which is required to open the settings. And now I have forgotten it. Feeling Helpless. Can anyone can help me how to reset the password? The reset method given in the manual to reset settings is also not working on passwords. Please help.


Guest Author: Vnj     18 Feb 2014
Do you guys have any idea of using this adapter to receive internet without SIM card, meaning can we use it as internet signal receive as we do it on mobile phone? I want to use it without SIM card by receiving signal from another device through Wi-Fi.


Guest Author: NSM     08 May 2014
Will this E355 will work with AIRTEL 4g LTE Sim card ?


Guest Author: Ramesh     10 May 2014
Can u advise, how to reset the button in the Modem Huwaei E355s-1.Otherwise, how to setup internet connection in laptop because when i insert modem to my laptop home page is not open.


Guest Author: Steve Coakley     23 Jul 2014
I just purchased an E355 but none of your steps work for it. The directions are only in Chinese and it doesn't seem to be able to work in N. America with my T-Mobile SIM which says it's only 2G, not 3G. It is model E355-1b21, do you know what that is, a counterfeit knockoff possibly? Thanks.


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