In October 2018, a new version of the RT-XLAN was released that can be configured to use 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WiFi bands. Previously, the RT-XLAN could only support one of these bands. In both the old and new versions, the optimal antenna differs between the two frequencies, so it is still necessary to specify the frequency you expect to use predominantly, so that the RT-XLAN is configured accordingly and the supplied antenna is the optimum one for your application. An identifying feature is that the LEDs are all blue on the AC version.
The RT-XLAN is supplied with a configuration appropriate for the chosen frequency band and the country in which it will be used (these should be specified when the order is placed).
- Configuring RT-XLAN (AC version)
- Factory reset
- Factory default access details
- Configuration downloads
- Backwards compatibility with the older RT-XLAN
- Performance testing
Configuring RT-XLAN (AC version)
Connecting to the web interface
The RT-XLAN default configuration need not be changed for most applications. However, if you choose to change the SSID, IP address, or any other settings, it will be necessary to use the web interface of the RT-XLAN. To access this, your PC must have an Ethernet connection to the RT-XLAN. The interface is then accessed by opening a web browser, typing the IP address of the RT-XLAN (see label) in the address bar and pressing Enter. You are likely to see a Certificate error and/or a warning that the site is not secure.
Click "Details" (Edge) or "Advanced" (Chrome), ignore the warning and proceed to the webpage.
You will then have to enter the Username and Password.
OxTS default access details
For this version of the RT-XLAN, they are as follows.
IP address: as labelled on RT-XLAN
Note that the first character in the password is a zero (0) not an upper case o (O).
Modifying the configuration
When you login, you will first be presented with the Dashboard screen. To make any changes, you should click the Settings button near the top left of the screen.
In the Settings section, on the System tab, the current configuration can be downloaded as a backup before you make changes.
In the same tab, it is also possible to upload a configuration to the device if you have been sent one from OxTS Support or you have downloaded one from the table below. This is the simplest and most reliable way to change the configuration.
If you want to make individual configuration changes, the SSID can be changed on the Wireless tab,
and the IP address can be changed on the Network tab.
Any changes made to the configuration must be saved by using the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen.
Sometimes, changes made might result in a user not being able to access the web interface, perhaps because the username, password or IP address has been changed. In such circumstances, it will be necessary to reset the RT-XLAN to factory settings. To do this:-
1. Carefully remove the grommet around the cable
2. Unscrew the plastic cover from the bottom of the RT-XLAN
3. Remove the metal retaining disc
4. Press down the reset button for about 10 seconds until the signal strength LEDs all flash
This will reset the device to its factory default settings, so it will no longer be accessible using the OxTS access details. The IP address to access the web interface will now be 192.168.1.20.
When replacing the plastic cover, ensure that the metal retaining disc is in place and that the cover is not cross-threaded as it is screwed on. If significant resistance is felt when screwing it into place, unscrew it and realign it so it is no longer cross-threaded.
Factory default access details
IP address: 192.168.1.20
The username and password must be created and the country in which the RT-XLAN will operate must be selected during the login process. Having performed a factory reset, an OxTS configuration appropriate for the country should be downloaded from the table below, or requested from your local channel partner or from OxTS Support.
|188.8.131.52||Base 1||2.4 GHz 5 GHz||2.4 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|Client 1||2.4 GHz 5 GHz||2.4 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|184.108.40.206||Client 2||2.4 GHz 5 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|220.127.116.11||Client 4||2.4 GHz 5 GHz|
|Base 2||2.4 GHz 5 GHz||2.4 GHz|
|Base 3||2.4 GHz 5 GHz||2.4 GHz|
Backwards compatibility with the older RT-XLAN
When using older RT-XLANs with the AC version, there are specific firmware and configuration requirements that must be met for compatibility. These are covered in the article RT-XLAN compatibility with AC version.
The RT-XLAN (AC version) was tested to determine its line-of-sight range with the available antenna options. The antennas tested were the HGV-2404U (supplied for 2.4 GHz applications) and HGV-2458-05U (supplied for 5 GHz applications).
Distances achieved (metres) are shown in the following table.
Please note: EIRP (effective isotropically radiated power) limitations are set as ‘active’ on the RT-XLAN (AC version). The performance was achieved based on UK settings, however, this cannot be guaranteed in all other countries.