07-03-2018 11:30 AM
Hi 4GEE experts...
I've been using 4G for my home broadband for a couple of years now. I currently have a Huawei B593 with a Poynting 4g Aerial, 2 4g SIMS 1x200GB and 1x64GB. Down speed around 35Mbps, up 20Mbps - so way better than the 0.8Mbps ADSL offers.
To ensure that I dont waste any valuable data I have created a piece of software to control each individual devices quota, DNS settings, dhcp etc. This runs on a Raspberry Pi and acts as a router infront of the 4G router. This can be configured to use NAT or act as router. Why? Well imagine a scenario that an Xbox tries to donwload 60GB of data, this "device' stops it doing that and therefore preserving some data for the rest of the family.
HERE IS THE QUESTION:
As part of my new 200GB deal, I received the new 4GEE home router. Looking at it, it feels like Huawai could be the OEM. The problem I have with it is quite a simple one. I'd like to see an option for 'static routing' in the config panel.
Can you enable this please?
You're really limiting the possible use cases for you device by not having static routes available. Was that a conscious decision?
07-03-2018 12:15 PM
Do you mean reserving fixed internal IP addys? If the MBB router does not have that in its DHCP there is nowt anyone can do to enable it on your router. You could always fix their IPs on individual devices themselves. There MBB routers are functionally weaker than real routers.
07-03-2018 02:14 PM - edited 07-03-2018 02:20 PM
BTW its this router:
My question is about adding static IP routes to the router config. On most consumer grade and above routers you can add static routes e.g.
If I config my 4GEE router as 192.168.1.1/24
My routing table would be something like:
0.0.0.0/0 -> Internet IP address
192.168.1.0/24 -> local network
In other words, Anything outside 192.168.1.0/24 would go via the default route out to my external Internet IP address
So... say I had 2 subnets on my lan and the other one is 172.24.0.0/24 and I wanted to route packets back from the 4GEE router to 172.24.0.x then I'd add a static route to another router (with an address 192.168.1.6/24) in the 192.168.1.0/24 range that would forward packets into 172.24.0.0/24. To do this the 4GEE router need to know what to do with that packets.
e.g. you'd add a static route as follows:
172.24.0.0/24 -> 192.168.1.6 (my second router)
The 4GEE router won't allow you to add static routes, can you add this feature in the firmware please?
BTW this new router look like a decent piece of kit and you can plug in external aerials etc, seems a pity to cut of some basic IP functionality when that would be useful for customer applications.
07-03-2018 05:01 PM
It is possible, but not via the web interface, and if you break it your on your own.
Two possible ways - issue the commands on the router, but they'll be lost on a restart/power cycle
Manually making changes to the overlay file system [which is where the resetable changes are] that goes over the top of the rom files [so when you do a factory reset it wipes the overlay changes]
With the other downfalls of this router I'm looking at putting another router in line of it and doing the serious work with that - so basically it'll be a glorified dongle, shame as the backend has got a lot of these options already there just no web interface to set them.
08-03-2018 10:06 AM - edited 08-03-2018 10:15 AM
Do you have any advice on adding static routes? Can I SSH into the router and add manually? @geoffers12 can you be more specific about accessing the router's console
@EE Is there a mechanism/process for making requests for firmware additions? I'm guessing you have a software engineering team that does this stuff?
08-03-2018 02:22 PM
I know it’s not terribly obvious
above the search box at the top - what looks like an advert for EE - that’s it
08-03-2018 02:38 PM
You generally don't get static routes on consumer grade routers even for fixed BB. So I wouldn't expect them for these MBB routers.
08-03-2018 04:00 PM
All the other consumer grade routers I have allow static routes. It's a simple feature that opens up more possible use cases for your product. Is it not worth at least putting forward as a suggestion for a future firmware update?
Thanks for the reply anyway.
08-03-2018 04:04 PM
All those I have, don't. Not that I have any need for it nor do I see the ordinary consumer have.
08-03-2018 04:29 PM
I don't make decisions for EE but unlikely, I'd say.
08-03-2018 04:32 PM
Do you know of a request process for potential feature enhancements?
Is this purely a user community forum?
08-03-2018 04:35 PM
There is a so-called "email" form that you can use for fixed BB: https://explore.ee.co.uk/broadband/email-us . Dunno whether it is the same team for MBB. Also see below in my sig.
Yes, this is a peer-to-peer user discussion group.
14-03-2018 07:28 PM
Many thanks for offering to take suggestions forward to the development team. I'd like to make the following suggestions:
- Provide the functionality to have the EE 4G Router operate in Bridge Mode.
- Provide the functionality for the user to be able to assign static IP addresses.
- Provide an (ideally automated) dimming of the blue lights on the device; they're too bright at night.
Regards and thanks
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