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Route Sentry : Local/International Traffic Router Utility Print E-mail
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  Please note that Antibody Software does NOT provide any support for Route Sentry.

 

Image Download Route Sentry v1.01 [617 Kb]

 

Introduction  

Route Sentry is specially designed for South Africans who want to make use of 2 ADSL accounts on the same PC at the same time, with the one account being used for local access only and the other for international. Most people are put off using such a setup due to the inconvenience of having to manually set up the IP routing tables after each new connection (due to ISP's allocating dynamic IP addresses). Route Sentry makes it easy.

It will monitor your 2 connections and automatically route South African traffic through the “local” account while directing all other traffic through the “international” account. It will automatically reconnect if either connection is dropped (which at the moment happens at least once every 24 hrs) and keep traffic flowing through the correct connections even if the IP addresses are changed after reconnecting.

 

For information on how to share the connection and modify the routing behaviour please see the Route Sentry FAQ.

 

Setting up your ADSL connections  

To make use of this program you must install the RASPPPOE protocol (see http://raspppoe.com for more info) on your PC and use it to establish “Dial Up” style connections for each of your ADSL accounts. Please check the RASPPPOE web site for details on exactly how to do this.

 

Note that your ADSL modem will have to be put into “bridge” or “modem” mode for the protocol to work. Also note that your ADSL modem should not be configured to automatically connect to your ISP as this may prevent the RASPPPOE protocol from “seeing” it. It should also be noted that the modem does not have to be directly connected to your PC as this protocol will work just as well if the modem is connected to a hub or switch on your network. This makes it possible to share the modem between different PCs on your network for different simultaneous PPPOE connections.

 

Important: You must set the number of lines (WAN endpoints) in the PPPOE protocol properties to 2 or more otherwise you will get an error that the device is busy when you try to “dial” the second connection. When testing the connection for the first time you must select the ‘save password’ option on the “Connect” dialog, otherwise Route Sentry won’t be able to automatically connect for you.

 

Warning: If you previously used your ADSL modem in router mode you wouldn’t have had to worry too much about your PC being vulnerable to internet threats as the modem itself would have acted as a firewall. Using the modem in “modem/bridge” mode however, means that your PC will be directly connected to the internet when next you “dial up”, so making use of a software firewall is highly recommended (such as the built in Windows XP firewall).


 Configuring Route Sentry   

 

  • “Route Sentry Enabled”
    Untick this to disable Route Sentry functionality.

  • “Local Connection to use”
    Select the connection to be used for local access.

  • “Automatically reconnect local connection when disconnected”
    If ticked Route Sentry will automatically attempt to reconnect if the connection is dropped. It will also cause it to automatically connect when Route Sentry starts up if the connection is not currently connected.

  • “Disconnect Local”/”Connect Local”
    This button either connects or disconnects the local connection. Note that if“Automatically reconnect” is ticked then the connection will be automatically reconnected after disconnecting.

  • “International Connection to use”
    Select the connection to be used for international access.

  • “Automatically reconnect international connection when disconnected”
    If ticked Route Sentry will automatically attempt to reconnect if the connection is dropped. It will also cause it to automatically connect when Route Sentry starts up if the connection is not currently connected.

  • “Disconnect International”/”Connect International”
    This button either connects or disconnects the international connection. Note that if “Automatically reconnect” is ticked then the connection will be automatically reconnected after disconnecting.

  • “Automatically set up routes when both connections connected”
    If ticked Route Sentry will automatically configure your IP routing table to route traffic through the appropriate connection when both connections are connected.

  • “Minimize on Startup”
    If ticked Route Sentry will automatically minimize to the system tray on startup.

  • “Set up Routes Now”
    Click on this button to force the routing table to be updated immediately. Note that both connections must be active for this to work.

  • “Log”
    Select the log tab to view status and error information.

  • “About”
    About the program. :)


 What's new in v1.01?  

  • Updated local route table with latest route info from Internet Solutions (11/11/2008)
  • Some minor Vista tweaks
  • Some minor UI tweaks

 What's new in v1.00?  

  • Support for lan connections. This allows RouteSentry to work with vista if the modem supports 'half bridge' mode (acting as a router and modem simultaneously). Simply set up a single 'broadband' windows pppoe connection for local and the modem router for international (or vice versa)
  • Taken out of beta.
  • Removed expiry date

 

 What's new in v0.04?  

  • Minor problem where international connection failure would be reported as a local connection error fixed.

 

 
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