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 Failover

Connection Failover is a method that allows you to have multipe source of Internet and to set up automatic switching between them if one connection goes down.

Thiis feature is only available on 4meg routers. The 8meg routers have Load Balancing which does failover by default.

Failover is restricted to two different types of Internet source. The Primary source can be either the Wan (wired Internet) or a Wifi Hotspot connection.

The Secondary source can be either of the two modems supported by GoldenOrb.

Failover checks the Primary source to see if it is up by pinging it. If it is down then the Secondary source is made active. When the Primary source is up again then a switch is made back to it.

To set up Failover go to the Modem section and the Connection Failover subsection.

Failover Enabled is used to enable this feature. By default it is disabled.

Primary Internet Source selects between Wan (wired) and Hotspot Internet sources as the primary source.

Secondary Internet Source selects between the modems for the secondary source.

The rest of the information is used to determine if the Internet sources are connected and working. This is done by pinging a Tracking IP using each Internet source.If the Primary source is up then the Secondary source is put in an offline state until it is needed. This saves data usage on the modem.

Tracking IP is the IP Address of a site you wish to ping. By clicking on the green plus at the end of the box you can have multiple IP Addresses that you wish to ping. An IP Address must be entered in this box in order for Failover to work.

If multiple Tracking IPs are defined then these are pinged one after the other and the number of responses are kept track of for that ping session.

Tracking Reliability is the number of Tracking IPs that must respond each time a ping session is done in order for the connection to be deemed up. It must ne less than or equal to the number of Tracking IPs defined.

Ping Count is the number of packets sent during a ping to a Tracking IP. A larger number of packets can ensure that a ping response occurs in congested areas.

Ping Interval is the amount of time between each ping session. The longer this interval the less data that is used pinging the Tracking IPs but it is also slower to determine if a connection is up or down.

Ping Timeout is the amount of time that Failover waits after sending a ping for its response. If no response is obtained in this time then the ping is assumed to be lost. This time may be increased if congestion is slowing down your connection.

Interface Down is the number of ping sessions that failed to return the number of pings defined by Tracking Reliability required before the connection is deemed to be down.

Interface Up is the number of ping sessions that returned a response of the number of pings defined by Tracking Reliability required before the connection is deemed to be up.

The default values will work quite well in most situations but connections that suffer from congestion or other problems may have to be customized to avoid false indications of the connection being down.

The status of Failover is displayed at the bottom of the Status Overview page.