SSID name and password

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SSID name and password

Post by M6HJX » Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:48 am

I'm about to build a hotspot using an MMDVM HS hat, a raspberry pi zero w and pi star.
I'm hearing that Pi Star doesn't cope with a WiFi SSID or password with non alpha numeric characters in it. Is this true? is there anyway around it, apart from the obvious one of changing the SSID and / or password?
The reason I ask is on one of the WiFi networks I intend to use I have no control of the the login credentials.

Thanks, Neil.

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Re: SSID name and password

Post by W1KMC » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:20 pm

I've read that too, on FB group people say just change it. I said exactly your situation, no control over the creds.

I have not tried myself as I don't need to, but I would say , from a different network (cell perhaps) get into config->Expert->WiFi and copy the Network { ... } section and the substitue the other system's creds and change idstr='0' and Priority=100 to 1 and 99 respectively.

I would say it doesn't like certain (not all) special characters I'm guessing anything thatwould interfere with the quoytes, brackets, and wierd non-ascii characters.

Make sure you click Apply at the bottom.

Then try it on the other network.

I am no linux or pi-star expert but if the router assigned the password and no one ever changed it then anything should work, but if someone used hyroglyphics from the character map to make it impossible for breakins, the you mak be out of luck here.

Good Luck
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Re: SSID name and password

Post by M6HJX » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:25 pm

Thanks for that. the only non alphanumeric character I can't change is a - I might get away with that one.
We'll see!

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Re: SSID name and password

Post by Dk6hp » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:57 pm

The password "raspberry" does Not Work with the AP "pi-star setup". What ist the correct Password?
Thank you for you help.

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Re: SSID name and password

Post by KE0FHS » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:31 pm

That is the correct password for the Pi-Star-Setup access point.

If it doesn't work, one thing to try is downloading the most recent version of the Pi-Star image. There was an Auto AP issue with version 3.4.15 and the early image of version 3.4.16. The issue caused various problems, one of which was a problem logging in using the default password to connect to Pi-Star-Setup AP. The issue was fixed in the V3.4.16 image released Aug 10th, which is currently available via
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Re: SSID name and password

Post by G0RAU » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:55 pm

I had this issue using an iPhone 6s. It was named Dave's iPhone and the SSID showed up on a scan but the would not go into the box when selected.
I renamed the phone leaving out the apostrophe and it worked straight away.

Interestingly, in earlier attempts to connect, I used my wife's iPhone 7 and although that also had an apostrophe in her name it connected but in Pi-star it changed the apostrophe into other characters and worked without problems.

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