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
Network Status Showing information about your connection
SMS Messaging Text messaging from your modem
Debugging Information to help debug modem problems


Network Status

A major feature of ROOter is the Network Status display. It shows detailed information about your modem, the Sim used in it and much information about the connection with your Provider.

The information about the connection signal and cell status is updated in real time while the modem is connected to the Provider.

To see this information go to the Modem section and the Network Status subsection.

This page is broken down into 5 different sections, each displaying some information about your modem and its connection.

General Information

This section shows information about the modem. If you have multiple modems plugged into the router then use the Prev Modem and Next Modem buttons to change the display to the other modem.

Shown is the modem Manufacturer and Model, the ID that identifies the modem, the name of the Provider you are connected to and the port used as the Communication Port.

In the cases where the Communications Port is incorrect for this modem you can change it by using the Decrease and Increase buttons. The change may take some time to happen (sometimes a minute or more) so please wait for it without clicking any other buttons.


Modem/SIM Information

This section shows the various identifying numbers of the modem and the Sim used in it.

You can change the Sim phone number and the name associated with that number by editing the appropriate values and clicking on the Apply Change button. This change is stored on the SIM.

If you wish to hide this information from viewers of this page then click on the Hide Information button. This will blank out the values shown in this section.


Signal Information

This section shows information about the actual connection as well as the status of the Connection Monitoring.

This information is updated in real time so it is an indication of the current state of your connection.

CSQ and Signal Strength are an indication of how good a signal you are receiving. Larger values are better.

RSSI is the strength of the total signal being received by the modem. larger (less negative) values are better.

ECIO is the amount of noise that is present in the signal. Again, larger (less negative) values mean less noise.

RSCP is the amount of usable signal that the modem is receiving. Larger (less negative) values mean more usable signal is reaching the modem. This value determines how good your connection actually is.


Cell Information

This section shows information about the Cell tower you are connected to. Not all modems will show all the information in this section. Some do not support gathering certain information so it won't be shown.

MCC MNC is the codes that identify the Provider you are connected to. MCC is the country code and MNC is the network code of the Provider.

RNC/eNB ID, LAC/TAC and Cell ID all identify the actual cell tower you are connect to.

UMTS Channel shows the 3G channel that is used by your connection. Only Sierra modems will display this.

Maximum QOS shows the speed of the cell tower both up and down. This is the maximum speed you can get from the connection with your data plan.


Refresh Rate

The information shown on this page is updated in real time and you can change the refresh rate to suit your needs.

The default rate is to update every 10 seconds. Modems won't update their information any faster than this so this is the maximum rate you can use.

If you don't need to update the data that fast you can slow it down to every 60 seconds. This will free up some processing power in the router and may help out in high traffic times.

To change the Refresh Rate select the speed in the drop down box and click on the Apply Rate Change button.