[Request for Comment] Low Bandwidth Mode of InControl 2


#1

Hi friends,

Many customers have expressed concerns and feedback regarding the relatively high data usage of InControl 2 with our router products (Ref: https://forum.peplink.com/threads/2990-InControl2-Data-Usage), we reckon this is an issue and are working on a “Low Bandwidth Mode” to help customers minimize and optimize data usage.

Here is the overview of our upcoming design and we need your help to tell us if this is what you want.

First, we will break the reported information into multiple categories:

  • GPS
  • WAN/SF up/down
  • Bandwidth usage
  • App-level (Layer 7) information
  • Client info/usage
  • Signal strength
  • (what else??)

Second, you can pick the interval for the reported data - every 5/10/30/60/120s or custom.

Third, when you check/uncheck these options, we have a “Usage Calculator” that immediately tells you the estimated usage/mo.

You can then mix-and-match and minimize the usage with only the information you want.

We love to hear your comments! :slight_smile:

Thank you,
Keith


#2

This sounds fantastic! The IC2 feature set is quite nice, but its data usage can be an issue in M2M deployments specifically. This would make the BR1 more M2M friendly, reporting only the data needed and on a timetable specific to each user. The calculator is a perfect touch so customers don’t need to calculate this on their own or contact their resellers for help. I look forward to this update!


#3

Hi Team - I wanted to follow up and see where youare at with releasing the low bandwidth modes for InControl2. We are getting more and more deployments out there and the data usage for InControl2 can be unmanageable for some.

Your feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
Mike


#4

The firmware 6.1.2 has greatly reduced the bandwidth usage in IC2 communication to just 15 MB/month without GPS data feed, and 29 MB/month with GPS data feed. Additional usage will be applied when you access the device’s live status data from IC2 web. We are going to provide an option to further suppress the usage in retrieving live data. Stay tuned.


#5

Please explain how to implement the Low Bandwidth mode.


#6

All you need to do is to upgrade to firmware 6.1.2. No setting is required. Then you will be benefit from the bandwidth saving.


#7

Thanks Mike, I was just a little bit confused but this post from Keith that sounded like there would be options to manage.

Hi friends,

Many customers have expressed concerns and feedback regarding the relatively high data usage of InControl 2 with our router products (Ref: https://forum.peplink.com/threads/29...ol2-Data-Usage), we reckon this is an issue and are working on a “Low Bandwidth Mode” to help customers minimize and optimize data usage.

Here is the overview of our upcoming design and we need your help to tell us if this is what you want.

First, we will break the reported information into multiple categories:

  • GPS
  • WAN/SF up/down
  • Bandwidth usage
  • App-level (Layer 7) information
  • Client info/usage
  • Signal strength
  • (what else??)

Second, you can pick the interval for the reported data - every 5/10/30/60/120s or custom.

Third, when you check/uncheck these options, we have a “Usage Calculator” that immediately tells you the estimated usage/mo.

You can then mix-and-match and minimize the usage with only the information you want.

We love to hear your comments!

Thank you,
Keith

CM

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Michael Chan just replied:


All you need to do is to upgrade to firmware 6.1.2 (http://www.peplink.com/support/downloads/). No setting is required. Then you will be benefit from the bandwidth saving.

—Quote (Originally by cmiller@hipco.com)— Please explain how to implement the Low Bandwidth mode.
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#8

Hi CM,

In the course of improving the bandwidth usage, we found that letting users pick the data update intervals is less than ideal. We found a way to maintain the same service level with a small amount of bandwidth. So we implemented in that way.

However as said previously, when a device is being monitored over the InControl web, some status data (e.g. WAN status, client count, upload/download figures, etc) will still be retrieved live which will incur additional usage. So we will still implement a “bandwidth saving mode” option under the Group-wide Settings page in the next InControl release. When the option is checked, no live status data will be retrieved from the devices in the group. The option will be off by default.

I hope this is clear now.

Thanks,
Michael


#9

Is this how the feature ended up getting implemented in 6.1.2? I’m evaluating whether to enable incontrol2 in the most recent firmware version or not (previous versions represented too much of a bandwidth impact).

My understanding is:

(1) without gps, the incontrol2 will incur usage of 15 MB per month
(2) if ‘bandwidth savings mode’ mode is left disabled then additional usage will occur when someone is logged into the InControl web page – but if no one is logged into this page then the usage is the same as described in (1).

Is that right?


#10

You’re totally correct!

(Note: the “bandwidth saving mode” will be available in Q4.)