While most people were looking forward to celebrating the New Year, our programmers were busy finalizing and uploading the latest firmware version of RutOS on the last day of 2020. It was worth the effort as we managed to finish the year strong with fixed and improved features it already had and new functionalities, making the devices from RUTX and TRB families safer, more convenient, and expanding their application possibilities. Here is a short review of the most exciting highlights when it comes to version 2.06.
WPA3 WiFi Encryption
We implemented the latest WiFi security standard to the RUTX series devices equipped with WiFi functionality (RUTX10, RUTX11, RUTX12, and RUTXR1) - WPA3. As such, we decided to no longer offer the first WPA version due to safety concerns, keeping only WPA2 and WPA3 available to our clients.WPA3 was much awaited by many as it took around 14 years to release it since the launch of WPA2. It solves previously witnessed password vulnerability issues allowing to guess it using brute-force attacks and then decrypt any captured data. WPA 3 offers individualized encryption for personal and open networks and even improved cryptographic encryption for enterprise networks transmitting sensitive data. Although WPA3 adoption may take its time to become widespread, we decided to make this capability available to our clients as early as possible. Keep note that you will only be able to utilize WPA3 benefits if your network supports it. However, the WPA3 devices will always be able to downgrade to WPA2 and use it as a backup option.
External Quectel Modem Support
So, this is quite amazing! From now on, you may add an external Quectel modem via USB and use two modems instead of one or grant cellular capabilities to otherwise non-mobile Teltonika Networks devices. For example, adding an external modem to RUTX08 or RUTX10 would allow SMS control of these devices, whereas usually, these products do not support LTE connectivity. Adding an external modem to a cellular device has its' own benefits, like dual LTE support. Another example could be combining LTE Cat 6 devices with TRM240 or TRM250 modems to award them with additional NB-IoT or LTE-CatM1 connectivity features, highly relevant for industrial equipment and providing even more flexibility when it comes to upgrading IoT solutions. The support of an external Quectel modem provides flexibility regarding application scenarios and monitoring of our devices while expanding their functionalities. It enables mobile backup for non-cellular products and allows connecting them to the Remote Management System (RMS). This is a great way to quickly and cost-efficiently update or scale the solutions which previously did not require a mobile network without changing the whole infrastructure.
The possibility to whitelist and blacklist mobile operators might come in handy because of a few reasons. An administrator can restrict access to only specific few operators or, in other cases, block a list of them due to roaming, high data charges, or signal strength. It is especially relevant in transportation, where a moving vehicle uses the connection or when a subject is situated close to a country border. Anyone using the services of MVNOs (virtual mobile network operators) might be especially interested in this functionality. While MVNOs may offer pocket-friendly pricing and a wider selection of operators, we recommend setting-up prerequisites for using or restricting one or another operator. That will result in a stronger signal, higher internet speed, and optimized expenses.
Updated base to OpenWrt 19.07.4
Our RutOS is based on OpenWRT (an open-source project for embedded operating systems built on Linux) but highly customized. OpenWRT is a widely trusted platform because of its' extensibility, high-security standards, great performance and stability metrics, and strong community support. Although RutOS is a modified version of OpenWRT, updating to the latest version made it safer, faster, more reliable, and resolved previous bugs. As a result of the OpenWrt 19.07 update, all supported targets are brought to Linux Kernel version 4.14, Openssl version 1.1.1i, Strongswan (IPsec) version 5.8.2, and more.
That is all about RutOS today. You may find a full changelog on our Wiki page by clicking on a respective product model name and selecting “Firmware downloads”.