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Old 17-06-2016, 12:09   #1
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Iridium OpenPort router, MailASail web compression

We are about to install an Iridium OpenPort.

What do you folks do for a wifi router?

I'd like one that tracks data usage by device, and ideally set per device limits. I hope to use the web compression proxy from MailASail, and then firewall certain protocols (HTTP) to only use that proxy. I'm guessing this means reflashing the router with custom firmware, like OpenWRT or etc.

I've looked at the RedBox wifi router from MailASail. It looks great, but is quite expensive, especially when I add the shipping charges to Tahiti. If that's all that will work, then I will do it, but I used to managing cloud servers and am savvy with setting up firewall rules and etc on a router that gives command line access. I also feel that I may eventually want more flexibility than it offers, to, for example, allow WhatsApp texting (maybe through a proxy that I build, that blocks large attachments. Has anyone else rolled their own router, and want to share the firewall rules they made?

What do you guys think? Also, does anyone have any experience with MailASail's web proxy-- how good is it?

Thank you.

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Old 18-06-2016, 05:33   #2
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Re: Iridium OpenPort router, MailASail web compression


This is posted from Global Marine Networks. You might want to take a look at the RedPort Optimizer. Satellite Phone Data RedPort Optimizer, Router and Firewall | GMN It does exactly what you describe and it is considerably less expensive. Its been in the field since 2011 and there are over 10,000 units in the marine environment, so it is well tested. ClientSat is an Australian dealer and it might be easier for you to get the unit there than to have it shipped from the US.

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