If you’re looking how to do this on PLDTHOMEFIBR, see this post.
As my way of saying fuck you to PLDT for draconially locking down the modems and not handing over the key, here are instructions on how to remove “PLDTMyDSL” from your SSID.
These instructions are tested on provided ZyXEL P660HN-T1A. If you have another PLDT-provided modem, please try it out and comment your results.
Telnet client (PuTTY for Windows, if you don’t have one available). OS X and Linux come provided, just use the terminal.
a bit of patience
- Connect to the modem. By default, it is 192.168.1.1. Password is “1234567890”
or for PuTTY, host: 192.168.1.1, connection type: Telnet, port: 23
rt ssidpre ""
- Change SSID settings on modem web interface. Log in with
Changes are not persistent across power cycles.
To make changes persistent, the CLI contains a basic text editor for autoexec.net which contains CLI commands that are run automatically after a full reboot of the modem:
router> sys edit autoexec.net
EDIT cmd: q(uit) x(save & exit) i(nsert after) d(elete) r(eplace) n(ext)
To make changes permanent
sys edit autoexec.net
keep pressing space or enter until you get past
rt ssidpre PLDTMyDSL
rt ssidpre ""
How this works
As stated above, the modem runs
autoexec.net during startup. PLDT’s configuration includes a line which sets SSID prefix to “PLDTMyDSL” with
rt ssidpre PLDTMyDSL. What we are doing is changing this prefix to
"" (null) and effectively clears out the setting. The new line is only appended as deletion of the previous line is not necessary. Also, due to the confusing nature of the editor, inserting a new line for this edit is far less troublesome deleting and inserting a new line.
Looking back, the editor seems to mimic the behavior (or is a variant) of ed, the standard text editor, which explains its very confusing interface.
Devices tested working
I had for a few minutes an opportunity to play with the newer Baudtec based modem/router, forgot the model. It seems to use a different shell and couldn’t find the relevant settings with the short time I had with it.
A workaround I can see is to hide the SSID of the main network (PLDTHOMEDSL, change its password for security also), use its virtual AP (multiple SSID) feature and set your desired name from there. The base name appears to be editable, but I haven’t tried it out for myself.
Alternatively, set the modem/router to bridge mode and get a better unit like an Asus
RT-N16 AC-66U (if you have the money), or anything that can decently run DD-WRT, OpenWRT, or Tomato.
A friend has one of those Baudtec modems and managed to play around with it for some time. I still haven’t found a way to remove
PLDTMyDSL from this modem. However, its virtual AP (may also be named “multiple SSID”) feature lets you name a network without it. The drawback is, root SSID
PLDTHOMEDSL (or variants) cannot be hidden. If you can live with that, enabling a second SSID and changing the root SSID’s password to something you don’t need to remember is a viable workaround. Its effects like being still able to access the router’s configuration page has not been determined. Otherwise, connect via ethernet.
Recommendation to get a separate router still stands.