GoldenOrb Features

The ROOter firmware has many features to offer the user and we will look at them here. These features are ones that are unique to the ROOter and make it different from other OpenWRT based firmware.

  ROOter Feature Description
Firmware Update Check for a new ROOter firmware
Changing the GUI Theme Change the look of the web interface
System Stop A safe way to turn off your router
Guest Wifi Creation Add a Guest Wifi interface to your router
Connection Info Information needed to make a connection
Connection Monitoring Check your connection and take action if it fails
Connection Failover Set up connection failover using multiple Internet sources
Network Status Showing information about your connection
SMS Messaging Text messaging from your modem
Miscellanous Other things you can do with your modem
Debugging Information to help debug modem problems


Connection Info

Unless you are using a hostless modem (Hilink, Wifi modem, Wingle) you must enter certain connection details in order to have the modem connect to the Providers network.

This is done in the Modem section and the Connection Info subsection.

GoldenOrb supports the use of two modems so there are two information sections, one for each modem. They are labeled MODEMINFO1 and MODEMINFO2.

For normal use, the only thing you must enter here is the APN and even that is optional with some Providers. The rest of the information can be left at the default values. Just click on Save&Apply at the bottom of the page to save the changed information.

Some Providers require more information when making a connection so, if yours is one of these, you must enter (if required) your User Name, Password and Authenication Protocol.

If your Sim is Pin Locked then you must also enter the PIN Code needed to unlock it.

Always click on Save&Apply after making changes to your connection information.

The rest of the information you can change is more advanced and isn't normally needed by the average user but can be useful in certain situations.

Force Modem to PPP Protocol is used in cases where the modem does not work using the high speed protocol it normally uses. This should be used with caution since very few modems do not work with the proper protocol. Only use this if you know what you are doing.

Connection Delay is used to introduce a delay in the connection process for certain modems that require it. It is normally not needed and can be safely left at the default value.

Lock Connection to a Provider is used to stop a modem from roaming and connecting to an undesirable Provider. Selection Yes will cause more information boxes to appear to identify the desired Provider.

You must know the Providers Country and Network code to make this work. Once enabled, your modem will only connect to a Provider with those codes.

Custom DNS Server1 and Server2 can be used to replaced the default DNS Servers that are provided by your Provider when you connect.

Enable Connection Logging will log the response to the connection commands used to make your modem connect. Thiese will appear in the System Log sunsection of Status. This is only needed if there is a connection problem and it is being debugged by the ROOter team.

Enable Load Balancing at Connection is only available on 8meg routers and is used only if you have more than one Internet source like dual modems, wired Internet or a Hotspot connection. If you only use a single modem for your Internet then this can remain off.

Enable Custom AT Startup Command at Connection allows you to run an AT Command after the modem has finished connecting. Selecting Yes will display another box where you can enter the command you wish to send.

Knowledge of AT Commands is required before using this feature.

And, as always, click on Save&Apply after making changes to your connection information.