TyconOS Firmware for Tycon EZ-Bridge LT+ Gen 3 Units


Introduction

This section is a user guide for the TyconOS™ firmware used on Tycon's EZ-Bridge LT+ product line.

TyconOS is an extensible GNU/Linux distribution for EZ-Bridge LT+ products. It is based on the popular OpenWRT opensource software for embedded devices. It is powered by a Linux kernel that is more recent than many other distributions. The TyconOS software is based on the latest stable version OpenWRT v12.09, Attitude Adjustment.

LuCI is a clean, extensible and easily maintainable web user interface. It has high performance, small installation size, fast runtimes, and good maintainability. LuCI is used for the TyconOS web pages.

The contents of this user guide is organized the same as the user WEB interface so it should be easy to find more information about a particular tab or user web page.


Status

Overview - Summary

The overview page contains link status information and other pertinent info regarding  active Wifi and Lan interfaces. This is the goto page for system status.

Overview - Details

Here you can dig deeper into the Status-Overview pages for the AP and Client. This is the page that you will spend most of your time on so you should become familiar with it.

Routes

Displays the current active routes on the TyconOS system.

Kernel Log

The kernel log otherwise known as the system log, displays all system commands going on behind the scenes.

Realtime Graphs

Realtime graphs can show Load, Traffic on all the different interfaces, Wireless signal/noise/TX-CCQ and overview of active network Connections over time. These are useful when troubleshooting performance issues.


System

System - System

On the System page you can change hostname, timezone, NTP parameters, setup a syslog server and change user interface language or theme.

Administration

The Administration page is where you can change the web interface password and setup SSH and Telnet access. You can also change the web interface port (default is 80) and web security (HTTPS)

Services

Ping Watchdog: You can setup a watchdog timer to ping an ip address on your network. If connectivity is lost the unit will automatically reboot itself. We recommend a ping interval of 5 seconds which will send a ping every 5 seconds. Startup delay must be at least 60 seconds to give the unit time to restart and start communicating again. Failure Count to Reboot = 5 means that the ping would need to fail 5 times in a row before the unit will reboot. This helps prevent false reboots.

Auto Reboot: This setting will automatically reboot the unit at a particular time every day. We highly recommend setting this to reboot every day, typically when everyone is sleeping, because this will clear out any garbage in the memory and make sure the units are operating at peak performance.

SNMP

SNMP is Simple Network Management Protocol. It is a standard way to manage many devices on a network using an SNMP server running on a computer.

LED Configuration

This page allows you to control the LED signal strength meter that is built into the unit LED array. There are 4 LED used for signal strength. You can disable the signal strength indicator function or change the thresholds on each LED. We recommend leaving the settings at default settings.

Backup/Flash Firmware

On this page you can download or upload a configuration backup file. This file will contain all the current device settings. Once your network is performing well, we recommend making a backup of your settings and storing on a computer. In the future if you start having issues, you can upload your saved configuration to get back to a point where everything was working well.

Reset to Defaults: You can reset the unit to defaults. This will reset the unit to factory defaults and you will lose any custom settings.

You can download the latest software from our http://tyconsystems.com website and upload to the unit. Download the new software to your computer, Choose File, Flash Firmware. If the Keep Settings box is checked it will keep all your custom settings when it updates the firmware. If you uncheck the Keep Settings box the unit will be reset to factory defaults. We recommend you check the Keep Settings box. This is the default action. 

When updating the software, first the unit will upload the software, then it will write the software to flash memory, then it will reboot. The entire process takes over 2 minutes so be patient.  The unit will give a single audible beep when it reboots and then two beeps when it is ready.

CAUTION! If you disturb the firmware update by powering down the unit prematurely, you could brick the unit. If this happens you can try to recover by pressing the reset button for 30 seconds with the power applied.

Reboot

Reboot allows you to reboot the unit via the user interface. A typical reboot takes about 60 seconds to complete. The unit will give an audible two beeps when it is ready.


Services

Dynamic DNS

Dynamic DNS (DDNS) allows access to the unit with a fixed hostname even if the unit’s IP Address changes. It allows for use of a common name to access the unit over the internet. It requires that you have a service like DynDNS to manage the DNS.

Discovery

The discovery page allows you to enable or disable the discovery function. If Discovery is disabled, the unit will not show up in a device using Cisco Discovery Protocol. The unit will continue to show up in the Tycon Discovery Tool irregardless of the discovery setting.  We recommend leaving this enabled (default).

UPNP

UPnP – Universal Plug and Play – allows units on the network to automatically configure the router. It is a set of networking protocols that permits networked devices, such as personal computers, printers, Internet gateways, Wi-Fi access points and mobile devices to seamlessly discover each other's presence on the network and establish functional network services for data sharing, communications, and entertainment. UPnP is intended primarily for residential networks without enterprise-class devices.

UPnP is an advanced networking protocol and is quite complicated to configure. The protocol is supported in our operating system but we don’t offer implementation support. You are on your own.


Network

Interfaces

Configuration of the LAN and WAN interfaces is accomplished from this page. The WAN interface isn’t used unless the unit is configured as a router.

Wifi

The Wifi page is where all settings related to the wireless connection are accessed.

Interface Configuration

This is where you will set the wireless settings like operational mode (AP WDS or Station WDS), SSID, Wireless Security, MAC Address Authentication and some advanced settings.

VLANS

Allows the Tycon unit to be assigned to a particular VLAN.

The Tycon EZ-Bridge operating in AP WDS and Station WDS modes will pass VLAN packets from one side of the network to the other. It doesn’t require any VLAN setup in the user interface unless you want to assign the unit to a particular VLAN.

Hostnames

You can specify custom hostnames (URLs) with their respective IP addresses. This is an additional local DNS

Static Routes

You can setup IPV4 and IPV6 static routes. This is only applicable when the Tycon unit is being used as a router.

Firewall

You can configure the firewall. You can configure Firewall, Port Forwards and Traffic Rules. This is only applicable when the Tycon unit is being used as a router.

Diagnostics

Diagnostics allow running of Ping, Traceroute and NS Lookup utilities from the user interface. These utilities are useful when troubleshooting network issues. The LAN interface must have valid IP address, netmask, gateway and DNS settings for the utilities to work.

Whole Home Coverage

This function is designed to create a plug and play environment for adding wireless devices in the home automatically. This would typically be a factory setup. The function is supported in the TyconOS firmware but Tycon does not offer implementation support. You are on your own.

QOS

Provides Quality of Service functions on traffic passing through the WAN port. This would only be available when the unit is setup as a router. Tycon EZ-Bridge is not configured as a router so this function is not applicable.

AP Controller

The TyconOS supports control by an AP Controller software. This might be useful if a customer has 50 or 100 AP’s that he wants to access and control from a single software interface. While it is supported in the firmware, Tycon products don’t use this functionality.