My Passport Wireless Pro failing to reconnect to wifi


There seems to be a bug in the MPWP firmware that I’ve been trying to address with tech support, but I figure I’ll post here too in case anybody’s tearing their hair out. The bug is, I can connect to my home wifi network (for internet pass-through, and network-wide access of the MPWP) ONLY on initial product setup, i.e. the out-of-box experience. After a powercycle, the MPWP won’t reconnect to the network, and trying to reset the network settings doesn’t fix anything. Fully resetting the drive does let me connect again, but only once, and only during the initial out of box setup.

I believe I’ve isolated the problem to an ampersand (&) in my home wifi password. Here’s the email I just sent to try and open a bug report with WD support:

I believe this case needs to be reopened. I have received the replacement unit, it functions as expected, but the problem persists. I have isolated the root cause, which I believe to be a software bug in handling the text of the wifi password for remembered networks. Specifically, my network password has an ampersand (&) in it. Further details to recreate the problem.

Initial condition: Normal network name (all lower case chars) and password (lower case chars, numerals, and one &). Same SSID on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.

  1. I open the new package and proceed to turn the device on. I connect to its 5GHz wifi network, and go through the setup flow.
  2. Upon getting to network configuration for connecting to internet, I input my network name (mynet) and password (my&pass11) (approximately) The device successfully connects to the internet, which I verify by visiting webpages while connected to the device (MyPassport 5GHz) SSID.
  3. Power cycle device.
  4. Verify the device hasn’t connected to ‘mynet’ by trying to visit http://mypassport/
  5. Verify the device hasn’t connected to ‘mynet’ by connecting my computer to ‘MyPassport 5GHz’ and looking at the wifi tab.
  6. Try to connect the device manually to ‘mynet’ by selecting ‘mynet’ on the wifi tab. The first time I get to (6), the MPWP won’t connect, showing an error like “Couldn’t connect, be sure you’re in range”. On subsequent attempts, it’ll prompt for a new password, assuming that’s the problem. When I put in the correct password (my&pass11) it fails with “Password is incorrect” (the password is correct, assuredly.)
  7. Reset to factory defaults. Successfully reproduce 1-6.
  8. At this point, the MPWP installed a firmware update. I’m not sure why - it must have downloaded during one of my successful connections on step (2). It’s now on firmware v1.03.04
  9. I log into my home router and change the wifi password on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands to ‘mypass11’, removing the ampersand.
  10. I connect to ‘MyPassport 5GHz’ and reconfigure the ‘mynet’ wifi network with the new password.
  11. At this point, the device works reliably through power cycles, reconnecting to ‘mynet’ within a few moments of reboot. I can access it at http://mypassport/ while connected directly to ‘mynet’ on my computer, and I can access the internet while connected to ‘MyPassport 5GHz’. Tried this with a few power cycles, just for sanity.
  12. Switch the network password back to the original on both bands (my&pass11)
  13. Verifiy steps 3-7, reliably.

I conclude that there’s a bug in handling how special characters in the wifi password outside of the initial setup flow. It seems likely that it’s something to do with how they’re written to disk, but if that’s true, I’m not sure why I’m unable to manually reconnect with any success in step (6).

Please file this as a bug, and if possible, I’d quite like to know when it gets fixed.

Bug Report: My Passport Wireless Pro + My Cloud app disconnect

@alexw thank you for reporting the issue and the detailed description


I am having the same issue. After being on customer service i was sent a new one because they determined my first one was defective. But the same thing is happening to my new one


I’ve been on the phone with someone from tier 2 support who’s currently working to reproduce on his own unit - I expect to hear back within another day or two. Does your password have an &, or other special characters? Were you also able to verify that it’s not a problem when you change it?


No, my password only has Letters & Numbers.

  • Tyler


@alexw Your issue is capture here. Sorry for your troubles

@TYLER_NELSON What about the SSID itself?
It’s captured here


@SBrown Oh so it’s been verified? Great! Interesting note that the SSID is affected as well.

So, like, those two answers aren’t super hopeful that we’ll see a fix…


My wifi network has dashes in the name though. Might that be the issue?


@TYLER_NELSON Single dash like XX-XXXX or XXXX-X work fine.
Where are your dashes located?


@SBrown To be clear, are these bugs slated for fixing, or is this more of a “If you can’t change your wifi password, you’re out of luck and should return the device for a refund” sort of situation?


My wifi is:

I am really only trying to connect to the 5Ghz band though.

  • Tyler


Nothing special with your SSID names.
We tested “!!JR-10G2-5G-N-20M!!” without an issue.

This could be range or something else going on.
I suggest to collect the logs and open a support case.


Our modem, router, HD & Mac computer are all within 6ft of each other.

  • Tyler


Hey, @SBrown I’d really like an answer here. I’ve spent literally tens of hours chasing down this bug, I do feel I deserve an answer as to whether it’ll be fixed. “Sorry, we don’t quite adhere to the wifi spec” isn’t satisfactory." Moreover, I have a few hours worth of work to set about doing, if you can confirm that no, this won’t be fixed, and my options are spend MORE time changing settings on my tens of network devices that already work, or return the drive.


Jeeze, why all the fuss? Most people know not to use spaces or special characters (other than underscore_ ) in most passwords or SSIDs. For years, my router signal SSID has been a five letter word followed by underscore2.4G or underscore5G. For example, Xxxxx_2.4G and Xxxxx_5G, and the password is same for both bands; e.g., a seven letter word (all lower case), followed by two numbers (e.g. xxxxxxx89.

Everything connected in my home network is very happy and works fine; Including my MPW; another wireless drive from Seagate and a wireless flash drive stick from Sandisk. Not to mention over 40 other gadgets. Any device that needs a concurrent connection to home network/Internet (like these wireless drives do) do so without a problem.


Your self-righteous ignorance is super annoying.


And, I quote: “Your self-righteous ignorance is super annoying.”
Why did I ever try to help you? Your whole entire post is full of “attitude”, Dude. Skip the ampersand and special characters thing and get on board with how things work.



The issue reported in this thread has been escalated and logged by engineering.
I cannot state or promise if and when the next firmware release will be
or if it will contain a fix for the reported issue.

Listed below has been the firmware release cadence for My Passport Wireless Pro
so that you can make the best decision for your environment. This is in no
way a promise that a new release is planned or pending.

  • Firmware Version 1.01.11 was released on 07/25/2016
  • Firmware Version 1.02.24 was released on 12/23/2016
  • Firmware Version 1.03.04 was released on 04/17/2017 (latest release)


@SBrown I appreciate the info!

@mike27oct “Get on board with how things work”? That attitude is everything that’s wrong with the world.


@SBrown: Since your last posting regarding this matter, nothing new seems to have developed. I bought myself last week a 2TB MPWP and face exactly the same problems as described by @alexw.
Only difference: MY SSID on both, 2.4 and 5 GHz is only capital letters with one underscore in-between.
I had updated (manually!) my firmware to 1.03.04. But to no avail.

@alexw: Or have you had any news from WD and got a fix running? Maybe, you could come back on the situation?