Route Sentry Guide

Route Sentry is a program that was designed to use two ADSL connections and run both connections at the same time. One account being your precious international account and the other being your local account. It monitors the local and international connections and will direct local traffic through the “local” connection and direct international traffic through the “international” connection. Below is a guide on what you will need in order to run Route Sentry and how to install it.

What is required to run Route Sentry?:


  • Two connections: You will need your international-cap account with a username and password and a separate local-cap account with a username and password. A local account can be purchased cheaply from South African ISP such as Openweb and Internet Solutions. I won’t over-advertise anymore. When signing up for your local-only account make sure you choose local-only without any line speeds as all you will need is the local cap.
  • Set your modem into bridge mode: Your modem defaults to PPPoE and this will only support a single connection and therefore will not allow RS to function properly. Most modems require you to manually change the option to bridge mode. This can be done when you type your username and password “into” your modem:
    • In the Windows “Run” feature type http://10.0.0.2 (NOTE: it depends on your computers default gateway and can be found by opening Command Prompt and typing “ipconfig”; depending on whether you are using wireless or Ethernet/LAN it will be listed below the option you use)  cmd_ipconfig
    • This will bring up a panel which requires a username and password, which for most modems is admin and admin respectively, and now login.
    • Now, after typing in your username and password (assuming you haven’t), select bridge mode. This is all you need to do. Now restart your modem after saving changes.
  • Download and install Route Sentry
  • Many people will have the standard modem/router from Telkom, in that case if you follow the above steps and there is no “bridge mode” option you will need to contact Telkom Customer Care and ask them.

Half-Bridge mode :


  • This is an optional step you can take instead of setting your modem into “full” bridge-mode.
  • It is great for many people accessing the same modem as one computer may be used for gaming and will have Route Sentry and a separate laptop using wireless won’t have to install Route Sentry to access the Internet, for example.
  • “Half Bridge mode” also known as “PPPoE with Pass-Through”  is easier to setup Route Sentry as you leave your International account on your modem (with this, people using the wireless and people plugging directly into the router can access the net without having to setting up Route Sentry), and you setup a Local Dialup account on your PC.
  • Follow the same steps as “Set your modem into bridge mode” above but instead of selecting “bridge mode” select “PPPoE with Pass-Through”
  • Short guide for the “most common” ADSL modems/routers:
    • The Mega 105WR modem/router automatically sets itself to bridge mode and half bridge mode according to this forum (http://www.prophecy.co.za/forums/topic/72892-bridge-mode/page__st__20)
    • The Billion 800VGT can be put into Half-bridge mode when inserting your username and password. Go to Quick Start and in the left column there is an option called “Encapsulation” and this must be set to PPPoE with Pass-Through.

Changing the LAN/wireless connection to support the two connections:


  • Now that the modem is in bridge mode the LAN or wireless connection will need to be configured in order to allow the international and local connections to be connected simultaneously.
  • The guide to installing Route Sentry on the Antibody website will recommend using RASPPPoE to configure your LAN/wireless connection. This can only be done for Windows XP and not for Windows Vista.
  • It is not recommended to use RASPPPoE this is due to the fact that Windows 7 and Vista have the capabilities of PASPPPoE built into their OS; instead it is advised to follow these steps, courtesy of skillpiG:
    • In the Run function (XP) type “regedit” to open your Registry Editor or you can go to the Windows folder on your Local Disk (C:) and search for regedit.exe
    • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClass{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    • Under this search for the key which has the “DriverDesc” value as “WAN Miniport (PPPOE)”
    • Under this registry key change the value of “WanEndpoints” to 2
    • Restart your computer

wanendpoints

Creating the dial-up connections in XP and Vista:


  • Create 2 dial-up connections in XP/Vista*
  • For Windows XP:
    • Click the start button > My Network Places > View network connections > Create a new connection
    • Click Next > select “Connect to the Internet” then Next > select “Set up my connection manually” then Next > select “Connect using a broadband connection that requires a username and password” then Next > type in Local or International depending on which connection you are setting up > type in you username and pass word and leave the other options ticked (for Local you can untick “Make this the default connection”) > select Next and Next again
    • Follow the above steps for both the Local and International connection
  • For Windows Vista:
    • Click the start button > Network > Network and Sharing center > Set up a connection or network
    • Select “Connect to the Internet” then Next, click “Set up a new connection anyway” (if you are already connected) then Next > select “No, create a new connection” then Next > select Broadband (PPPoE) then Next > now input your username and password, tick remember password and type Local or International (depending on the connection you are setting up) then Connect
  • On the local connection go to Properties > Networking > TCP/IPv4 > Properties > Advanced > uncheck Use Default Gateway (NOTE: this must be done!)
  • Once you have created both connections, connect to the International connection first and thereafter connect to the Local connection

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*  If you are using Half-bridge mode, then only create a single dial-up connection for your Local connection.

Downloading, installing and using Route Sentry:


  • Route Sentry is a very small program – about 620 Kb – and can be downloaded from the Antibody Software Website (http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/route-sentry-:-local%10international-traffic-router-utility/)
  • Install Route Sentry but do not open the program.
  • Go to the folder where Route Sentry is installed (most likely C:Program FilesRoute Sentry) and right-click RouteSentry.exe and Run it as administrator
  • Now the following window will pop-up, select the drop down arrow for the Local connection and select Local. For the International connection do the same but select International for the International connection
  • Now if you are using Half-bridge mode, your International connection will be your Local Area Network (LAN) or your Wireless connection as your International username and password will be “in” the modem.

route_sentry1

  • When both connections are connected click Set up Routes Now
  • Selecting the “Log” tab you will find the following:

route_sentry2

  • To make using Route Sentry even easier, keep “Automatically reconnect local/international connections when disconnected” and “Automatically set up routes when both connections connected” ticked

Using Route Sentry with email programs and Call of Duty 4:


  • When Route Sentry is running both the Local and International connections are running. This causes problems with sending and receiving emails when using Outlook Express and/or Microsoft Office Outlook. This is because your local ISP (which isn’t your Telkom or international ISP) will try to authenticate and the authentication server and won’t allow you to access SAIX emails with a Local connection
  • I have found that by disconnecting the Local connection using Route Sentry you can send and receive emails
  • NOTE: make sure you connect the Local connection afterwards
  • For CoD4 you will find that a connection error (Authenticating key code) will occur when entering a server for CoD4
  • For this, you can read the following SGS Gaming Forum Thread (http://games.saix.net/cgi-bin/sgsbb/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=322;t=57475) or simply copy the following IP’s into your Localroutes.dat file at the bottom of the list:
    • Go to the folder where Route Sentry is installed (most likely C:Program FilesRoute Sentry) and open Localroutes.dat using Notepad
    • 63.146.121.11,255.255.255.255
      63.146.121.12,255.255.255.252
      63.146.121.16,255.255.255.240
      63.146.121.32,255.255.255.224
      63.146.121.64,255.255.255.192
      63.146.121.128,255.255.255.128
      63.146.122.0,255.255.254.0
      63.146.124.0,255.255.255.240
      63.146.124.16,255.255.255.252
      63.146.124.20,255.255.255.254
  • As for other games (such as TF2 and Warcraft III) Route Sentry works normally and does not require any IP additions (have not tried any other multiplayer games yet that might need those additions)

I hope this guide really helps people by allowing them more freedom to play online games such as Team Fortress 2, The Call of Duty games, Warcraft III and also for the browsing of local websites. I would like to thank Xt3rM!n@tor and skillpiG for their advice and contributions. If you require any help or do not understand a problem you have please contact either me (XoloX), Xt3rminator or skillpiG in #tf2 channel on IRC or through Steam.

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XoloX
XoloX
10 years ago

Thanks alot 😀 Please spread the word to those who dont browse the website, im sure there are still many who wont know about it.

Headshot101
10 years ago

To me I think guys shouldnt fiddle with the registry if they dont know what theyr doing to well, but well done and I do think if you install a RASPPOE client it makes this proccess MUCH MUCH EASIER!

Headshot101
10 years ago

Oh and! Wp andy!

XoloX
XoloX
10 years ago

What you could also add: Auto-start Route Sentry: Create a shortcut of RouteSentry.exe in the installed folder and then copy it into your Startup folder (Go to “start” > All programs > Startup). This will make Route Sentry load everytime you start Windows and you wont forget to put it on and waste cap (like ive done 100 times).

cheeseofdoooom
10 years ago

nice guide, headshot RASPPPOE with vista and win7 doesn’t work very well, reason being vista and win7 have those drivers already. + RASPPPOE aint recognised as a “signed driver” so vista and win7 go a crazy

virus786
virus786
10 years ago

Man you just made my day so much easier! Especially the part about the Mega 105WR supporting half bridge automatically!

Admir
Admir
10 years ago

Hello, how can I set the Route Sentry starts with Windows?
Does anyone know?

Admir
Admir
10 years ago

I apologize
I have not seen that already explained…

Razerfox
Admin
10 years ago

No worries mate.

Luke
Luke
10 years ago

Hi. I really appreciate this post, but I would like further help. I managed to complete all the posted steps, except, where it requires me to choose my international account in Route Sentry, I don’t see Local Area Connection. Instead I see NVidia nForce Networking Controller – with the further complication that the ‘connect/disconnect international’ button is grayed out, as well as the check box just below the ‘Connection to use’ drop-down tab. I would really appreciate some help. Thank you in advance. Luke.

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