Introduction to Graphic User Interface (GUI)
This is a quick introduction for logging into and navigating the Graphic User Interface.
After reading this you should be able to login in to the router and use the homepage of the Graphic User Interface.
It’s a few simple steps to get logged into the GUI screen on the C4R400 router.
- Connect to the router via wi-fi or with a direct ethernet connection.
- Load a web browser on the device you are using. You can also access this with a Smart Phone.
- Select the url address tab and type in : 192.168.100.1
At that point this is the screen you should see:
- Enter the default password : admin
At this point you are now logged into the Router and looking at the GUI.
The first thing you see when you log in to the GUI is the connect status on the left side of the screen.
In the middle of the screen are the links to access the Network Settings and Wifi Settings.
On the right is the Connected Devices tab which allows you to see the amount and type of connected devices.
On the bottom right side is where the active status bar is located. You can use this information for a number of things.
The most important piece of information displayed here is the Signal Strength. The Signal Strength is what determines the speed and quality of service this router will receive. You can also use this active signal meter to tune a directional antenna on installations when necessary. ( I’ll go over that process at the end of this tutorial).
Last but not least, on the bottom left is the Statistics tab; This is where the data management tools for the Router are located.
If the unit is reading -105 DBM signal strength or lower, it is recommend to add an external antenna or booster system. If it is reading -115 DBM or less, you can always try the booster system but I would say it’s probably not a good fit for that customer.
If you select the Detailed Information tab on the bottom right of the GUI home page, the system will provide more details on the live status on the of the router’s performance.
This is what you should refer to if you are going to install an external antenna or any type of booster system.
You can log in to the GUI with your device and actively view the signal as you tune the router.
Use cellmapper.net to narrow down the location of a desired tower and simultaneously monitor the active router statistics to ensure a quick and efficient installation.
Once you have a rough idea of where the tower is located, simply turn the antenna 5 to 10 degrees at a time.
Allow the antenna to settle for around 10 seconds after each move. Check the GUI to see how the tuning of the antenna effects the Signal Strength shown. If the Signal Strength improves, continue to move the antenna in that direction.
If you reach a point in this process where the signal strength starts to worsen, begin reversing the position of the antenna until you get back to the best possible dBm rating on the GUI’s active signal meter.
There are quite a few more things that you can accomplish within the GUI that I will describe in the future. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to your Account Manager for assistance. I hope this helps.