RUTOS 7.06: ENHANCED OS FOR YOUR NETWORKING SOLUTIONS
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Liquid gold is exciting, but have you explored the glory of digital gold, like Teltonika Networks’ operating system, RutOS? This gold is unique. Based on OpenWrt, RutOS is an in-house software developed by our R&D, enhancing Teltonika Networks routers, gateways, and wireless access points to serve your networking solutions. And it just got more feature-rich.
Part of what makes Teltonika Networks devices so good is their software capabilities. Our R&D is constantly refining and enhancing its performance in the digital realm, tailoring it to our clients' networking solutions. Therefore, it’s important that RutOS 7.06 not only aligns with the IoT market trends but also includes the features you need the most.
We always take time to polish and elevate existing features and functions of RutOS, such as updating the kernel version as well as implementing updates and safeguards against global security vulnerabilities within the market. However, there’s no denying that brand-new additions are the most exciting. So, let’s have a look at what the 7.06 version brings to the table.
A BUNDLE OF THE NEW AND EXCITING
With RutOS 7.06, you can now enhance your networking solution’s security with the Tailscale virtual private network (VPN), located at the ‘Package Manager’ window for download. Tailscale is an extremely easy VPN network to install, ensuring your local traffic stays local and its safety isn’t negotiable.
This is a great VPN option for those in the enterprise sector or requiring remote, continuous monitoring of IoT solutions. Tailscale VPN provides a user-friendly approach for managing secure networks. Such networks can be easily scaled and controlled remotely, ensuring low-latency connections for efficient operation.
Increased OverIP security
Another security addition has been integrated within the OverIP functionality, relevant for all clients using devices with RS232 or RS485 interfaces. With OverIP, our networking devices become a communication intermediary over a computer network that’s responsible for transmitting serial data from one point to another.
RutOS 7.06 provides a way to increase OverIP’s security with the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol for IP connections. Essentially, the TLS protocol encrypts every data travelling within your network chain and its integrity.
Operator whitelisting and blacklisting
Ensuring that your networking solution receives access to the Internet is a no-brainer, but there’s more to it that must be considered, including your mobile operator and the myriad of nuances that come with mobile IoT solutions. Whether you need to ensure your network’s security, reliability, or best cost-to-effectiveness ratio when the solution is moving across different regions or countries, having control over mobile connectivity is what you need to look for.
RutOS 7.06 previously offered this type of connectivity control in the form of operator whitelisting and blacklisting. However, it was limited by list entries having to be set individually. With the new version, you can instantly block all operators of one country, while leaving them accessible in the other. This way, you can easily minimise mobile data costs or roaming charges, prevent security vulnerabilities, or experience operational inefficiency.
Server mode in OPC UA
It’s been just a bit over a year since we first implemented the OPC UA protocol support in our RutOS, with its ability to function in client mode only. With the 7.06 version, RutOS grants you the ability to use OPC UA in server mode too!
OPC UA is a protocol tailored for industrial M2M communication, enabling machinery to exchange real-time data. While the client mode initiates a connection with servers to collect data, the server mode enables your networking solution to give information about its particular components when requested.
Support for server mode enriches the OPC UA ecosystem, as networking devices can now actively transmit data and services to OPC UA clients whenever they’re being asked to, whereas before, our devices could only request and receive data from servers.
A shift from IPv4 to IPv6
The key distinction between IPv4 and IPv6 primarily lies in the format and capacity of the addresses, yet their efficiency is just as crucial. Since IPv6 enhances networking with advanced routing, autoconfiguration, QoS support, and superior security protocols, we brought the convenience of an automatic IPv6 application for your networking solutions.
Don’t worry, we’re not abandoning IPv4. Both IPv4 and IPv6 will work simultaneously, just with one new exception. With the release of RutOS 7.06, IPv6 addressing is now automatically enabled by default across all mobile devices and within the LAN of your IoT solutions. This update ensures ease of use of our devices and convenience over configurations.
Letting wireless access points talk
Well, metaphorically speaking, of course. RutOS 7.06 enables Teltonika Networks RUTX and RUTM-series routers in combination with our TAP200 wireless access point to support both the 802.11.k and 802.11.v protocols at the same time. This allows access points belonging to your networking solutions to communicate with and migrate end devices from one access point to another.
This is a great feature that lets you improve your network’s efficiency and performance as well as makes a better Internet surfing experience for end device users.
A FEAST FOR YOUR EYES
New features, additions, and corrections are great, but what cannot be overlooked is the updated design of RutOS. We shifted to using new icons, sizes, and colours to ultimately elevate user experience and improve accessibility over RutOS functions.
We’ve made design changes for mobile and tablet to improve the layout and display of RutOS on these devices. Such updates will make your time spent on RutOS more enjoyable and intuitive, no matter what endpoint device you use to access it.
Importantly, we’ve established a clearer display of your networking solution’s mobile connections. Now, it shows whether you’re connected to your usual network or a backup one and any errors the mobile connections experience. This display also shows if the SIM card has been removed from the device.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We’re thrilled about our latest network operating system updates and hope you are as well! To explore the comprehensive list of enhancements in the latest RutOS version, please visit our Wiki knowledge base, where you'll find detailed information for each device.
Of course, remember to update your firmware to enjoy all these new goodies. And if you have suggestions or feedback for further improvements in RutOS, don't hesitate to reach out and share your thoughts.