Connecting your TetherBox to the Internet
Does my TetherBox need an Internet connection?
Your TetherBox does not require Internet to operate but it does require Internet to commission the system, monitor the health of it and to access remotely.
Your TetherBox does not require port forwarding or a custom setup and will work in most environments out of the box.
It will automatically connect to the cloud if plugged into:
- Typical business and home routers (e.g. BT/Virgin/Sky router/hub)
- Network with DHCP / Shared Internet (e.g. most office/hotel/etc networks)
- 4G/LTE ethernet routers & most 4G/LTE USB dongles
- Wifi 4G/LTE modems (connected via USB or Wifi)
What is the TetherBox Hardware (MAC) Address?
The MAC address is written on the bottom of the unit, it is also available by logging into https://my.timeline.is and tapping on Admin (top right) -> TetherBoxes -> Name of TetherBox
How do I check the TetherBox IP?
- Your TetherBox will pick up an IP Address from your router (using DHCP)
- It also has a secondary static IP address: 192.168.88.100
There are several ways to check the TetherBox IP:
1: Use the App or Website recommended
Sign in with your email/password on the app or visit https://my.timeline.is. Once logged in, click on Admin (top right) -> TetherBoxes -> Name of TetherBox. This will show you key information about your TetherBox including:
- IP Addresses & MAC address
- Connect & Reboot History
- Health Stats, etc
2: Check your router
Another option is to login to your router's admin interface and look for the "DHCP leases table", it will show what IP address the router assigned to your TetherBox.
3: Scan the network
Finally, you can scan the network with your IP/Network scanning tool of choice.
Can I connect my TetherBox to WiFI Internet?
Many of our TetherBox units have WiFi built in. If you provide us with the SSID and WiFi password, we can set this up for you ahead of time. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I connect a TetherBox to a Corporate Firewall or set a Static Network?
Yes. In most cases, the TetherBox should connect automatically using DHCP. If you need to set a static IP, we recommend that the MAC address is configured on the DHCP server with the required static IP, that way if the TetherBox is ever moved to another location, it will still be able to connect.
If that is not an option, we can configure the TetherBox ahead of time to use a static network configuration. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com to arrange this.
What ports does my TetherBox use?
Please note, you do not need to set up port forwarding. The following ports are only used to make an outgoing connection:
- TCP port 443 (HTTPs)
- UDP ports 1194, 1195, 1196, 1197 (optional)
- DNS (port 53)
Where does my TetherBox connect?
The TetherBox will make a connection to our cloud servers (hosted on Amazon UK and Linode, LLC UK). You can find the IP ranges here:
Note: the UDP ports are optional are a lot more bandwidth efficient. If you are in a locked down environment and struggling to get the TetherBox to connect, it may be worth exploring the option of connecting to a local WiFi or even adding a cellular router/dongle.