Network page

You can change the network settings of the openSPOT4 on this page.

The Network status section shows current network status. The Wi-Fi RSSI graph can be shown by clicking on the little arrow next to the RSSI value. The Internet connection quality is determined by the openSPOT4 by periodically measuring the network latency. You can get the measured latency value by hovering the mouse above (or clicking on) the quality display circle. The Wireless regulatory domain is determined by the country of operation.

The openSPOT4's built-in Wi-Fi access point (AP) can be enabled/disabled with the Enable/Disable Wi-Fi AP button. This is the same as pressing the Wi-Fi button for 3 seconds.

Network traffic

The traffic graph can be shown by clicking on the arrow at the top of the Traffic section. Values displayed are rough estimates, and are based on the currently active connector's traffic.

The openSPOT4 uses very little internet traffic. Depending on the active connector, the data rate estimates are as follows:

  • Quiet channel is 36-180 kB / hour
  • Active channel is 3-6 MB / hour

Network settings

The web interface of the openSPOT4 is not password protected by default, which means anyone on the local network can open it. You can set a password by entering it in the Change web int. password input field. To reset the original behavior and clear the password, click on the Clear password button.

The Hostname is used by openSPOT4's built-in LLMNR and MDNS server which means you'll be able to open the web interface by entering http://hostname/ or http://hostname.local/ into the browser. The hostname is also displayed at the top right corner of the web interface. If you have multiple openSPOT4s on the same network, make sure you use different hostnames for each of them.

The following settings are only available if Advanced mode is enabled.

Please see the About the dejitter queue section of the user manual for more information on the Dejitter queue length setting.

The openSPOT4 can send its log to a syslog server set by the Syslog server field. Check the Send log to syslog server checkbox to enable using the syslog server.

NTP settings

This section is only available if Advanced mode is enabled.

The openSPOT4 synchronizes date and time using the Network Time Protocol (NTP). By default, the NTP server advertised by the Wi-Fi network's DHCP server is used for synchronizing, but if the DHCP server does not advertise an NTP server, the host set at the NTP server setting will be used.

Note: The web interface loads the time from the openSPOT4 only when the web interface is opened. After that, the browser is updating the displayed clock and if the browser, or the web interface's browser tab is sent to the background then the time will be updated more irregularly due to the browser's CPU power saving mechanism. This causes the displayed openSPOT4 device time to be incorrect, but this does not affect the openSPOT4's clock, it will stay correct. Reload the web interface to make the displayed time accurate again.

Wireless settings

If Advanced mode is enabled, you can define up to 5 Wi-Fi networks (per configuration profile) to connect. If the first configured Wi-Fi network is not available, then the openSPOT4 will try connecting to the second one. If it's not available either, then it'll try the third one and so on. After trying connecting to all of the configured networks, it restarts the sequence with the first network.

If Advanced mode is enabled, the Wireless scan list will have a Save button for all previously unsaved networks instead of the Connect button. Clicking on the Save button lets you easily save the network to one of the 5 available Wi-Fi network slots.

If you are manually adding a connection to an iPhone's shared internet connection then make sure you copy and paste the phone's Wi-Fi SSID as the iPhone uses a special apostrophe character which looks nearly the same as the one you can enter with your keyboard, but it's different, and all characters need to match.

If the Disable reconnect when no internet access detected setting is active then the openSPOT4 won't try connecting to other Wi-Fi networks when there is no internet connection detected on the currently connected Wi-Fi network.

If the Save to all configuration profiles is active then the configured Wi-Fi networks will be saved to all profiles and will be common between profiles.

If no networks are configured then the openSPOT4 switches to access point (AP) mode and starts broadcasting its own Wi-Fi network. This is indicated by the status LED:

In this case, complete the steps described in the Initialization setup section of the user manual to set a Wi-Fi network for the openSPOT4.

The AP mode SSID can be set in the AP SSID input field. By default there's no Wi-Fi password set for the openSPOT4's AP mode, but you can set one at the AP key input field. The AP mode Wi-Fi channel can be set in the Channel number input field. If the Always start in AP mode checkbox is checked, then the openSPOT4 will always switch to AP mode after powered on even if there are configured Wi-Fi networks in the current configuration profile.

If a BSSID is configured for a network then it'll be used instead of the SSID.

Connecting to hidden SSIDs are not supported.

IP settings

This section is only available if Advanced mode is enabled.

The DNS server settings which are advertised by the DHCP server can be overriden if the Override DHCP DNS servers checkbox is checked. If the openSPOT4 can't connect to a server (for ex. the openSPOT4 shows connector connecting after switching D-STAR® reflectors from your radio, but it can connect using the web interface otherwise), you can try overriding the DNS servers to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

MAC settings

This section is only available if Advanced mode is enabled.

You can change/clone the Wi-Fi MAC address of the openSPOT4 here. This is useful if you try to use a Wi-Fi network which uses a captive portal for authentication (example: hotel or airport networks). In this case, do the following steps:

  • Connect to the Wi-Fi network with your phone/tablet/computer, log in on the captive portal to enable the internet access for your phone/tablet/computer's MAC address.
  • Enable the openSPOT4's access point (AP) mode by holding the button for 3 seconds.
  • Connect your phone/tablet/computer to the openSPOT4 AP, but exit the Initialization setup and open the Network page.
  • Set the captive portal Wi-Fi network's SSID and key at the Wireless settings section.
  • Click on the Clone button at the MAC settings section (make sure Advanced mode is enabled so the MAC settings section is visible).
  • Disable the openSPOT4's AP mode by holding the button for 3 seconds, or by clicking the Disable Wi-Fi AP button at the top of the Network page. The openSPOT4 will connect to the captive portal Wi-Fi network with your phone/tablet/computer's already logged in MAC address.

Please keep in mind that MAC cloning may cause packet loss and the network connection of both devices may get periodically interrupted.

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