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
W1KMC - Kevin M Carman
Bangor, ME USA
Using a Jumbospot on a Pi Zero W
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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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