Getting Started

To start using RouteMaster you need to do some basic configuration to connect it to your router system. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you begin.

Physically connect your router

Before RouteMaster can control your router there has to be a control connection between the PC running RouteMaster and the router system. This can either be an Ethernet connection or a serial connection depending on your router.<p>If you’re using a network connection, you’ll need to know the IP Address, protocol and TCP port number used by your router. Check that the IP Address can be pinged from a command prompt on the RouteMaster PC.

If you’re using a network connection, you’ll need to know the IP Address, protocol and TCP port number used by your router. Check that the IP Address can be pinged from a command prompt on the RouteMaster PC.

For serial connections, you’ll need to know the baud rate, parity, etc and also to have a tried and tested serial cable. RouteMaster will work with external USB serial port devices.

Start RouteMaster

Now you have your router connected you can start configuring RouteMaster. When you start RouteMaster for the first time you will see a screen like this. The Run button is not lit, showing that the RouteMaster server is not running. In order to configure your router the server must be off, so if the Run button is lit please click it to turn off the server.

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The Run button is not lit showing that the RouteMaster server is not running. In order to properly configure your router the server must be off, so if the Run button is lit please click it to turn off the server.

Add a router

Use the Settings/Configure Routers... menu to open the Manage Routers dialog box. This dialog lets you add and remove routers, and set a wide range of parameters for them.

Right now the list of routers is empty showing that we have no physical routers configured on this system. So the first step is to add a router by clicking the Add Physical Router button.

Configure the router

Now you’ve added a router you need to set it up.

First we define the name and size of the router.

Then move to the Connection tab and set up the router control connection.

Select the Master Router for your system

The last thing we must do before we can begin is to select the Master Router for our system.

In this case the choice is easy – we only have one router. So select it in the Routers list and click the Set as Master button.

Click OK to save the settings.

Start the RouteMaster server

Click the Run button to start the RouteMaster server. You’ll see that the screen changes to show you:

  • Clients connected (LEFT)
  • Crosspoint status (RIGHT)

You also have two important status indications:

  • Run LED – lights Green to show that the server is OK
  • Router connection status LED – flashes green if communication with the router is OK

Ready to go

Now you have a basic configuration that will let you connect to RouteMaster with various control clients and see crosspoints switching on your physical router.

There are more features of RouteMaster that are described in detail further on in this manual.