Varius Message Router Getting Started Guide

Package contents

The package contents are:

  • Varius Message Router appliance (VMR)
  • 5V, 2.5A power adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • Antenna for cellular version
  • Optional environmental sensors

Preparing the environment

The following requirements are needed for VMR to work:

  1. An available AC power socket to power VMR.
    If VMR is to be powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE), a connection to a PoE switch and a PoE splitter is required.
  2. If VMR is to be connected to the LAN:
    a. An available network port for VMR to connect to the network.
    b. An available static IP address for VMR if static IP is to be used.
  3. If VMR is to be connected to WIFI:
    a. WIFI password to connect to the WIFI network.
    b. A static IP address for VMR if static IP is to be used.
  4. If VMR needs to send out email alerts, the IP address and login credentials of an SMTP server must be provided. 
  5. A standard size SIM card is required for the VMR cellular version.

Inserting the SIM card

This section applies to the cellular version only. 

Varius Message Router (cellular) uses a standard SIM card.

Newer model:

Use tweezers to press the yellow button through the opening to eject the SIM card holder.

Place the SIM card into the SIM card holder and push the SIM card holder back into Varius Message Router.

Older model:

Insert the SIM card (with the connectors facing up) into the opening of Varius Message Router in the direction of the arrow.

A click sound will be heard when the SIM card is locked in place.

To remove the SIM card, push it into Varius Message Router and release. 

This activates the spring mechanism and the SIM card is repelled out of  Varius Message Router.


Please power off and power on Varius Message Router upon any change of SIM card.


Power up

Power up Varius Message Rouer (VMR) through its supplied power adapter. 

Connecting using ethernet

The default IP address of the built-in Ethernet adapter is

  1. Configure the IP address of your computer’s Ethernet adapter to
  2. Connect the Ethernet port of your computer to the Ethernet port of the VMR with an Ethernet cable.
  3. From your web browser, access VMR’s web interface at
  4. Login using the default username / password as admin / password.
Varius Message Router Login

After login, click on the Menu icon to access the main menu.

Set Host Name

  1. Access System Administration > Device Properties from the main menu.
  2. Set the host name.
Set hostname

Ethernet configuration

  1. Select Ethernet from the System Administration menu.
  2. Select DHCP or configure the static IP address of VMR and click Save.
  3. Click Restart Network to apply the Ethernet settings immediately.
  4. This completes the configuration of the IP address for VMR to connect to your organization’s network.
Ethernet configuration

Wi-Fi configuration

  1. Select Wi-Fi from the System Administration menu.
  2. You can set the built-in wireless adapter to be in access point mode or as a Wi-Fi client.
Wi-Fi status

Set as Wi-Fi access point

  1. To configure VMR in access point mode, key in the SSID and Network Security Key and click Save.
  2. Restart VMR and use your notebook to connect to its Wi-Fi SSID.
Wi-Fi access point

Set as Wi-Fi client

  1. To configure VMR as a Wi-Fi client, first create a Wi-Fi profile.
  2. Click Scan to scan available networks and select the SSID or key in a new SSID.
  3. Key in the corresponding Network Security Key and click Save Profile.
  4. Set the IP Address assignment as DHCP or Static and click Save.
  5. Click Restart Network and VMR will auto connect to the Wi-Fi network.
  6. If you are unable to connect to the Wi-Fi network, restart VMR.
Wi-Fi client

Configure system time

  1. Select System Time from the System Administration menu.
  2. Set the system date and time manually or select Set Time Automatically to allow the system time to synchronize with public network time protocol (NTP) servers. 
  3. Click Save. 
System time