Routers for use for
use on TRBO Repeaters
PinHoling and more are part of adding a IPSC repeater to a
network...successfully! While it can be Plug n Play, in
many cases, it is much more involved. This page is an
effort to help reduce the problems associated in bringing a
approach to start is to give your repeater a static LAN or
public IP and place it in the DMZ. No further
set-up should be required but many routers do not
even implement DMZ's correctly. So alternative set-up
methods will be discussed as this page matures.
We are requesting that any repeater
owner or network manager provide us with their success
Email us with the minimum product info and if
possible, provide as much set-up detail. We will add
this information to build up this list. Let us know if
you wish attribution an/or are willing to be contacted by
other hams who might need a helping hand.
|This is our beginning list of
known working routers, most which are likely to be found
in a residential or SoHo environment. More details
will be provided on set-up of a particular device.
Ebay pricing strictly as a reference, not an
|Linksys (Cisco) RVS4000 Router:
3-2012; Supports multiple multiple repeaters on same LAN,
RDAC can see repeater(s) on same LAN..This is a big deal if
NAT (pinholing) is not implemented correctly.
More NAT Detail
USG-20 Unified Gateway/Security
3-2012; low cost business class router. Supports
multiple LAN's, multiple repeaters, extensive port
monitoring and reporting. Works well with multiple
repeaters on same or different subnets. Highly
recommend this router though NAT'ing is still a mystery for
multiple peers/RDAC; likely addressed with knowledge of it's
Hints, Tips or
Detailed Info on
NAT & Routers related
to MotoTRBO IPSC by
|Begin set-up by using your
router's DMZ. You can move it out of the DMZ
later; some routers still need UDP's ports opened as
their DMZ implementation is flawed (Linksys RVS4000).
|Setup your repeater up for a test
connection on the bench at work or home. Make sure
it is working fine on that LAN and IPSC network before you drag it to
the hill or tower site and then introduce more variables
in a far less friendly environment. Have an IPSC network
admin available (off-site) to help you with the connection
with access to RDAC, c-Bridge admin, etc.
Don't rely solely on TRBO to communicate that first time
so have a cell or landline backup to the admin guy.
Remember, there can be a settle in or "Simmer" time of
10-15 minutes (or more) so be patient as the IPSC
network may be unstable (one-ways, can't to talk or hear all other
peers, drop-outs, etc)
|Buy one of the cheap routers from
the above list, stuff it in with the TRBO programming
cable in your tool box and have it available to your site
trip. You just never know what you might find with
a quick swap to a known working router that has been
partially set-up for a prior LAN/repeater combination.
Excerpt from the Motorola System
Planner, R01.07.00, page 183
|A repeater can be (and is suggested to be)
behind a router and/or a NAT and/or a firewall.
Although not required, it is highly suggested in order to
protect against the undesired solicitations common over the
public internet. Although IP Site Connect will work through
most off-the-shelf devices, the following two
router/NAT/firewalls have been validated and are therefore
suggested for use.
|D-Link – EBR-2310 /
CISCO – PIX 501: As previously described, peer-to-peer
communications over the network can be optionally
authenticated and are also encrypted end-to-end if enabled
in the radios. If this is not considered sufficient for a
particular customer, IP Site Connect supports the ability to
work through a Secure VPN (Virtual Private Network). Secure
VPN is not a function of the IP Site Connect device but
rather of the router. It is important to note that VPN does
add the need for additional bandwidth and may introduce
additional delay. This should be taken into consideration in
bandwidth planning. The following Secure VPN router has been
validated and is therefore suggested for use. See “Network
Bandwidth Considerations” on page 228.
|Linksys 4 Port Gigabit Security Router
with VPN - Model RVS4000: Only the repeaters acting as Masters require
a publicly accessible static IPv4 address from the Internet
Service Provider. The other IP Site Connect devices utilize
this publicly accessible static IPv4 address to establish
their link with the wide area system. In addition, the
router/NAT/firewall connected to the Master require some
configuration (open port) so that unsolicited messages from
other repeaters can reach the Master repeater.
are not IP experts and provide this page in the interests of
helping other hams bring their repeater onto IPSC.
Please assist us if you find any errors in this page or have
something you wish to contribute.