Teltonika Networks has updated the RutOS software to version RUT_R_00.07.01.2 Here is an overview of the most important additions and changes of this software:
RutOS is coming to RUT240!
Just as the previous update unlocked the full potential of RutOS for the RUT9**, RUTX**, RUT3** and TRB** series, it now does for the RUT240. Having all devices on the same platform allows for more streamlined firmware updates and more available functionalities. That also means that the devices will receive OpenWRT and Kernel updates at the same time, just like all other products using RutOS.
Users can expect a more interactive user interface, faster and smoother performance based on Vue.js, and multiple new features to enable more streamlined applications and business opportunities.
Wireless Mesh Network
Teltonika Networks already offers the Mesh functionality, but the latest update will simplify its configuration. From now on, RutOS supports the Wireless Mesh 802.11s standard. It provides a faster alternative to connect various wireless devices to the network without setting up infrastructure (including creating access points, stations, or hotspots). Operating at level 2, 802.11s allows the nodes to see each other as if they were connected to a switch.
Mesh networks are valued for their reliability, resilience, and ease of management. They are most commonly used in corporate, catering industry or industrial environments. IT administrators love Mesh networks for their easy configuration that can be applied to multiple devices simultaneously and their self-healing properties. However, for a fast transition between wireless devices, Fast Roaming must also be turned on.
802.11r standard is an addition to the previous 802.11 that enables seamless connection continuity of wireless devices on the move. It enables fast and insensitive client transitions from one access point to another. The connection switches to an alternate Access Point (AP) based on distance instead of operating based on network load. Whenever the wireless device moves too far from the AP, it connects to another device that is approaching at that time. However, the process happens so fast that it doesn’t affect the connection and the users don’t notice the switch taking place.
This functionality works well for enterprises with many employees who use laptops and various other wireless devices. It helps ensure that they enjoy the same high-quality connection, even when moving through different office spaces. Overall, Fast Roaming is a great tool to provide a smooth Wi-Fi experience in any establishment that covers large areas such as shopping malls, airports, event venues and many other public places.
Multi Wi-Fi station priority configuration
It is now possible to take advantage of support for Wi-Fi Station (STA) priority configuration on devices running RutOS. It means that in addition to sharing Wi-Fi for the users, Teltonika Networks’ router can also act as a user itself. With priority support it is possible to add a list of Wi-Fi stations and let the router choose the best available option according to predefined criteria.
A good example is an intercity bus that runs through different stations. On the go, the router uses 4G connectivity to provide internet for the ticket terminal, hotspot and other devices when needed. However, when the bus arrives at one of the stations, it automatically switches the connection to a known Wi-Fi network. The router’s STA list contains SSIDs of Wi-Fi networks at all bus stations along the way. It predefines which network the bus connects to for data exchange, resulting in optimal connectivity and lower data costs.
More flexibility with SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) makes it possible to remotely monitor connected devices within a network. SNMP is not new to RutOS. However, Teltonika Networks has expanded its capabilities by adding Input/Output (I/O) support. In addition to monitoring various other parameters via SNMP, it is now also possible to monitor the status of inputs and outputs. The information is transferred in real time and it is possible to set alerts for specific events. This can be especially useful in factory automation solutions, where many (old) machines use I/Os for control and communication.
New VPN protocol
Security has always been a key focus for Teltonika Networks. Just like providing flexibility to clients and providing them with the tools they find suitable for their projects. As such, they have already offered an extensive list of VPN services available, including OpenVPN, Zerotier, IPsec, Wireguard, GRE, and many others. Tinc has now also been added. This VPN-daemon uses tunneling and encryption to create a secure private network between hosts on the Internet. Because the IP-level network code is seen as a standard network device, it does not require modification with existing software. This VPN is better suited for more advanced users because, for now, it doesn’t have a web interface.
Improved IPsec throughput for RUTX** routers
IPsec is one of the most popular VPN tunnels that protect data exchange using cryptographic security services. However, this process results in an “overhead” added to each packet entering the tunnel, requiring a higher bandwidth than the actual packet size to pass through the IPsec tunnel. With the latest update, Teltonika Networks has more than doubled the IPsec throughput for RUTX** series routers. So, this latest improvement means that the users don’t have to compromise on performance over security and can enjoy both.
There are two major updates to event reporting. The first is called “New Wi-Fi client”. As the name suggests, it allows to monitor new customers and analyze public Wi-Fi. It helps to deal with security risks by ensuring that no unauthorized devices can get on the network and cause damage. In 2021 there was a 600% increase in cyber-attacks and, as is well known, a significant part of that is due to vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi networks.
“Topology status” report, added to RUT9**, RUT3** and RUT2** devices, warns about network topology changes. This is more focused on physical security breaches from the network. Whenever someone adds or removes a device, the network administrator is notified and damage can be prevented.
RutOS says “Guten Tag!”
Good news for all German speakers using Teltonika Networks devices. After a short hiatus, the German language is back in Teltonika Networks’ products. Keep in mind that some newer features may take a while to be fully translated, but most of RutOS can already be used in German.
Failover and Load Balancing Rules
You can now define how load balancing should occur in multi-WAN devices with the newly added Failover/Load balancing “Policies” and “Rules” configuration support. Adding new rules is easy and can be completed via the web interface. For example, you can now specify which traffic to failover or load balancing. Suppose you want to increase the browsing speed, you just need to create a rule to divide this kind of traffic between two modems.
Being a custom OpenWRT software, RutOS base has been updated with OpenWRT version 21.02. That means the system became more optimized and more secure after completing the latest bug fixes, eliminating vulnerabilities and adding new supported components. You can see the changelog available on the Teltonika Networks Wiki for more details. Along with the OpenWRT, the Linux kernel was updated to version 5.4.147. Visit the OpenWRT webpage for the full list of updated features.
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