In short, SpotBoost™ allows you to connect your Dovado Universal Access Router (Dovado TINY AC or Dovado PRO AC) router to the Internet via a neighboring WiFi network.
SpotBoost™ Technology allows your router to wirelessly connect to a neighboring WiFi Access Point (including Smartphones and Mobile Hotspots) as a source of Internet access. From there, you can use SpotBoost™ as your primary/secondary/tertiary form of Internet access depending on your scenario.
How SpotBoost™ works :
As the Dovado Universal Access Router is a dual-band router (2.4 & 5GHz), SpotBoost™ scans both 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi frequencies to see what is available for tethering. Once tethered, the Dovado Universal Access Router will keep your home network safely firewalled (as a private network), and allow you to connect all of your devices locally via WiFi and Ethernet. Though most WiFi networks hand out a private IP address, you can still make use of familiar features such as Port Forwarding and Dynamic DNS by establishing a PPTP-based VPN tunnel straight from your Dovado TINY AC router to a VPN server that hands out public IP addresses in combination with open TCP/UDP ports.
How to set up SpotBoost™:
1. Go to the INTERNET->CONNECTION page in the Dovado Universal Access Router's web interface, and select the WiFi Tethering Client enabled by SpotBoost™ technology (NAT Enabled) option.
2. Push Save Settings.
3. Proceed to the INTERNET->WiFi Tethering page.
4. Click on Scan WiFi so that the router will check for all 2.4 & 5GHz WiFi networks within its proximity.
5. Select the network you have permission to join, and type in the passkey (if required) after pushing the Use button on that (network) SSID.
6. Push Save Settings.
7. Go to the RESTART page and push Restart. Upon a restart of the router, it will attempt to connect to the network you chose.
How to use SpotBoost™ as backup Internet interface:
1. If your router is currently using the Ethernet WAN or USB modem as primary interface, then proceed to the INTERNET->WiFi Tethering page.
2. Click on Scan WiFi so that the router will check for all 2.4 & 5GHz WiFi networks within its proximity.
3. Select the network you have permission to join, and type in the passkey (if required) after pushing the Use button on that (network) SSID.
4. Push Save Settings.
5. Go to the INTERNET->CONNECTION TRACKER page.
6. Click on Enable Connection Tracker.
7. Insert a minimum of 2; and a maximum of 3 IP addresses for the router to ping on the Internet. Make sure to click on Test Now to verify them as responsive.
8. Proceed to the Failure Handling portion below and select Auto fail-over to backup interface(s).
9. Specify which backup priority the SpotBoost™ (WiFi) interface should have, be it secondary or tertiary.
10. Push Save Settings.
11. Go to the RESTART page and push Restart. Upon a restart of the router, it will attempt to connect to the network you chose.
Being a Universal Access Router, all three Internet interface types (Ethernet WAN port, USB port, SpotBoost™) are available for you to use in order to improve your total Internet uptime experience. Should one interface fail, the Connection Tracker™ application (located in the router’s menu) will automatically toggle you to the next working connection. Read the section below for some inspiration!
Tether your smartphone!
In most smartphones exists a feature called Personal Hotspot (located in the phone’s Settings menu), which allows you to share your smartphone’s Internet data plan to a different device (computer, tablet, etc) via the WiFi interface. This is often referred to as data tethering.
Caution: Possible extra service charges!
If tethering from a Smartphone, make sure your mobile operator first of all allows you to use the Personal Hotspot (function within your Smartphone) without incurring extra charges on your data consumption. Some operators identify such traffic, and may impose a penalty fee per transferred megabyte/gigabyte. We naturally do not want this happening to you. If you would like to keep a closer watch on the data consumption on your Android/iPhone, we recommend you to install the My Data Manager app.
Interesting Internet Failover Scenarios With SpotBoost™!
For those of you with ADSL at home/office:
If you want to avoid any downtime, you can configure the router to failover from the Ethernet WAN port to either a USB modem or another WiFi source, such as your smartphone or 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot (Pocket Router). Always a good idea to tether SpotBoost™ via 5GHz (if available) for best speed.
Internet Failover Configuration: Ethernet WAN as primary, SpotBoost™/USB modem as secondary.
If you think your ADSL is too slow for the moment, then switch on your 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot or enable the Hotspot/WiFi-tethering in your smartphone for that brief period of time. Always a good idea to tether SpotBoost™ via 5GHz (if available) for best speed.
Internet Failover Configuration: SpotBoost™ as primary, Ethernet WAN port as secondary.
For those of you who own a boat/RV (Recreational Vehicle):
Scenario: You park your boat/RV at a marina/campsite. There might be a free public WiFi working in the area. Use SpotBoost™ to connect to it. Once you leave the area, the router will switch over to the inserted USB modem/Mobile Hotspot. As soon as you return to the marina/campsite, it’ll switch back to SpotBoost™. A good way to save on data consumption.
Internet Failover Configuration: SpotBoost™ as primary, USB Modem/Mobile Hotspot (via USB port) as secondary.
Tip! In case of weak SpotBoost™ signal due to distance, you might want to use a stronger external antenna, such as a dual-band 6dBi with extension cable. Though it performs better on horizontal distance, it might not on perform better on vertical (whether you are above or beneath it).
Use SpotBoost™ over 5GHz whenever possible
Thanks to the increased bandwidth as well as a minimal RF (Radio Frequency) interference, we suggest you to use the 5GHz radio band for your SpotBoost™ connections whenever possible. Naturally, this might not be an option in an environment that is beyond your control, but in many 4G/LTE Mobile Hotspot devices exists a 5GHz WiFi option for you to use. Check its menu/manual to confirm. The only drawback of using 5GHz is the distance (compared to 2.4GHz), but the pros (such as speed and minimal interference) still outweigh the cons.
General Tip Regarding The External WiFi Antenna
The Dovado TINY AC router contains two antennas; one being an internal single-band (2.4GHz), and the other an external, detachable dual-band 2dBi (2.4 & 5GHz) antenna. Should SpotBoost™ or in-house WiFi sharing be insufficient on account of poor signal, it is possible to replace the external antenna with a larger one of greater dBi output gain. Keep in mind however, that the current 2dBi antenna radiates in a small spherical pattern (enough to cover most houses), whereas larger antennas radiate in an elongated bow-tie pattern. >>>>>---<<<<< Though a larger antenna will give you better horizontal coverage, it may lose a lot of performance on the vertical; meaning that the floors above and below the router might experience degraded performance compared to the included 2dBi antenna.