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Modem Configuration

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Configuring for a USB Modem

Once you have flashed your router to use the ROOter firmware and have finished configuring the router functions, it is time to configure it to use your USB modem.

Do not plug the modem into the router until this configuration is completed.

Log on to the ROOter web interface and select the Modem menu and Connection Info submenu.

GoldenOrb allows the use of two modems so you must fill out the information for each modem if you plan on using both. Otherwise, only Modem 1 needs to be configured.

Here you can fill in the boxes with information required to allow the modem to connect to the Provider's network and to add some custom features to the process.

Modem APN

Enter your APN in the APN : box. This is required to make a connection and the name is supplied by your Provider. Note that hostless modems don't require this. For most providers and modems this is all that is required to make a connection.

User Name, Password, Authentication Protocol and SIM Pin

If your Provider requires a User Name and Password, enter them in the appropriate boxes, along with the type of Authentication Protocol to use, either PAP or CHAP. Otherwise they can be left blank.

If your SIM is Pin locked you must enter the correct code in the PIN field. If it is not locked then leave this blank.

This is all the information that is needed to make a connection to your Provider's Network. Click on the Save button in the lower right corner and wait for the changes to be applied. You can now plug the modem into the router and it will automatically make a connection to your Provider's Network. This can take a minute or so to happen.

If the modem is plugged into the router when you power it up, it will automatically connect to the Provider's Network as soon as the router has finished its boot process.

ROOter also has a number of custom settings that are applied when your modem connects to the Provider's Network. These are all optional and can be left at default if you have no need for them. These settings require some knowledge of modems and routers and are best left alone by beginners.

Please note that any changes made to a custom setting must be done before the modem tries to connect to the Provider's Network. These custom settings are applied during the connection process only. If you make any changes to the custom settings then you must click on the Save button in the lower right corner and wait for the changes to be applied.

Custom DNS Servers

Custom DNS Servers can be specified here so that they override the DNS servers used by your Provider.

DNS Server Order

  • those defined in the computer's Network and Internet settings
  • those defined in the router's LAN settings
  • the servers defined here
  • the servers provided by the modem after connection

You can enter either one or two DNS servers you wish to use. If you enter two servers then the primary DNS server will be DNS Server 1. The IP Address is checked for correct format and will be rejected if it is incorrect.

Lock Connection to Provider

If you wish to have your modem connect only to a specific Provider (not allow roaming) then select Yes in Lock Connection to a Provider. When you do this two more fields will appear.

You must enter the Country and Network codes for your Provider in the correct fields. See here for a list of Country and Provider codes.

Enable Load Balancing at Connection

If you are using more than one source of Internet, like dual modems or a modem and a WAN connection, then you will want to enable Load Balancing to allow you to manage these connections. If you are using a single modem then you do not need this feature enabled and this setting can be left at default.

Enable Custom AT Startup Command at Connection

If you enable the Custom AT Startup Command at Connection you can have the router sent an AT Command to the modem just before the connection process starts. This command is defined in Custom AT Startup Command. A knowledge of AT Commands and your modem is required before using this.

Custom Settings for Debugging

There are also several custom settings that are used when debugging connection problems. Normally you will never need to use these but they are there just in case.

Force Modem to PPP Protocol

In some cases a modem that uses one of the high speed connection protocols will not connect to the Provider's Network using that protocol. This setting will force the modem to use the slower PPP protocol and connect using AT Commands. Knowledge about the modem is required in order to use this setting.

Connection Delay in Seconds

This setting allows increasing the delay after the modem starts the connection procedure and when it actually does the connection. This applies only to modems not using the PPP protocol. The delay must be at least 1 seconds or you will not be able to save it. The delay may need to be increased if you are having problems getting your modem to run the connection sequence correctly.

Enable Connection Logging

This setting will make the router display, in the System Log, all the responses from AT Commands used during the connection process. This can be useful when debugging connection problems.