In this Go Wireless NZ blog, we will detail how to set up a Teltonika RUT240 as a marine LTE/WiFi gateway.
The purpose of this blog is for those of you who operate a boat and park up at marinas and hope for better WiFi.
This blog details the following:
- How to log into your RUT240
- How to configure your RUT240 to receive a local WiFi network (e.g. Marina WiFi)
This blog assumes you have purchased a RUT240 and have a laptop handy (Windows or MacOS is fine).
Step 1: How to connect to your RUT240 using a laptop
Firstly, ensure that the SIM card is inserted into the unit and the supplied antenna are screwed on. Connect your RUT240 to power and give it a few minutes to boot.
By default the RUT240 will broadcast a WiFi network with the details written on the base of the unit. Connect your laptop to this WiFi network.
Now that you have connected to the RUT240, open a browser (such as Chrome or Firefox) and type in 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and hit go.
You will be presented with a log in screen. The default credentials are "admin" for the username and "admin01" for the password. This is also written on top of the unit as a friendly reminder.
Following your first log in, you will be prompted to create a new password. Type this in and hit save.
Finally, you will be presented with the first time setup wizard. Set the time zone to Pacific/Auckland, leave the APN as auto (unless your provider has told you otherwise), leave the LAN settings as default, re-configure your WiFi network if you choose and disable RMS if you don't plan on using it.
Step 2: Receiving local WiFi
By default, all of your internet traffic will be sent out LTE (mobile data). There will be times where you are close enough to a marina to use their WiFi and in this step, we will show you how to connect your RUT240 to this WiFi network.
To configure these settings, navigate to the Network drop down menu and select WAN.
On this page you can see that there are 3 options for WAN (connection to the internet): Wired, Mobile (LTE) or WiFi. There are also two options: WAN Failover and Load Balancing.
WAN failover is great for situations where the primary internet source drops out. The router will automatically switch over to the selected secondary internet source. An example would be setting marina WiFi as primary and mobile as secondary so that internet traffic will continue even if the marina WiFi drops.
Load balancing splits traffic across both internet sources.
In this scenario, we are connecting to marina WiFi so will select WiFi as our Main WAN and Mobile as secondary. Click Save to commit changes.
To connect to the marina WiFi network, make sure you know both the network name and password (if there is one). Now navigate to Wireless under the Network menu drop down.
Click Add under Wireless Station Mode. You will now see a list of available WiFi networks. Click Join Network on the WiFi network you wish to join. Enter the password if required.
Congratulations, you have now configured WiFi WAN settings.
To configure Mobile (LTE) as your primary WAN, navigate back to the WAN settings page as you did previously and tick Mobile as Main WAN.
A note on external antenna
As the RUT240 is equipped with 2x external mobile connectors and 1x WiFi connectors you are able to connect external antenna. This would improve the range of both the LTE and WiFi.
The only downside to this would be that the local WiFi network will now be broadcast on a larger antenna (potentially all around the marina).
To avoid this, you could purchase an additional WiFi access point to provide local WiFi. An example of this would be: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/ubiquitinetworks/acb-isp.html
If you have any further questions on this blog or any Teltonika-related enquires, send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org