The Managed Network Security service includes an "appliance" for onsite installation.

  • If you need assistance, please coordinate and schedule installation with tech support by contacting TDS Support to schedule a 30 minute time period.
  • It is best to include pictures, front and back, of your local components; ISP modem, Wi-Fi router, etc. 
  • If you are a technician or are installing to a complex environment, please see the "How to Install - Set-Up Tips" page.

Network Security installation - For a basic introduction to the appliance and installation, see this Quick Start video guide:

Installation is surprisingly simple. Many customers accomplish the installation themselves.

The basic procedure:

IMPORTANT - give each component below at least a couple of minutes after restarting before going to the next component.

  1. Unplug the ISP modem
  2. Unplug the current router
  3. Connect the ISP modem by cable to port 1 of the security appliance
  4. Connect Port 6 of the appliance to the networking equipment
  5. Plug in and power on the ISP modem
  6. Plug in and power on the security appliance
  7. Plug in and power on the networking equipment
  8. Test the network's security, here:
  9. Contact support@  to "request optimization"
  • Be sure to notify us when complete so we can "optimize" your connection. The optimization process cleans the connection and assigns traffic lanes for prioritization and enhanced performance.

Installation of the OmniWAN OBR appliance

Following, are the general installation instructions and guidelines for your reference.

OmniWAN SD-WAN security appliance front and back

Typically, there are three primary components for installation:

  • ISP modem - this is the cable or other internet provider you use.
  • OmniWAN OBR security appliance - connects to the security center.
  • WiFi router - your devices connect to the internet through your router.

a modem and LAN cables to OBR OmniWAN security to router

To follow the directions easily, it can be helpful to place each component left-to-right, as pictured above.

1 - First, check the ISP modem

  • Is the internet signal from your ISP consistent and reliable?
  • Do you have internet outages?

For best results, contact your provider to check and optimize your internet connection before installation.

2 - Next, check the WiFi router

  • Is the signal consistent and reliable?
  • Can you reach all areas without too much signal loss?

Have your Wi-Fi router console credentials available - for signing in to adjust settings and controls for the router.

3 - Connect the OmniWAN security appliance

Connect the appliance according to the general instructions and illustrations below. Custom installations may require additional configuration.

  • Place the security appliance where it can reach the ISP modem and the WiFi router using LAN ethernet cables.
  • Plug in the OmniWAN security appliance to an outlet for power and give it a few minutes to start up. 
  • Connect an outbound ethernet cable from the ISP modem to port 1 on the back of your OmniWAN appliance.

Image - connecting the ISP modem to port 1 of the security appliance:

modem LAN connected to OmniWAN OBR security appliance

Now, connect an ethernet cable out of the OmniWAN appliance port 6, and the in-port on your Wi-Fi modem.

Image - port 6 connects to the Wi-Fi router in-port:

OmniWAN security appliance OBR with LAN cable WiFi router

Do not use any of the other ports or inputs on the appliance - they are for specific upgrade configurations and are not usable unless activated. 

  • Give the procedure plenty of time to propagate across the components.
  • It is not unusual to take more than a few minutes before the components "shake hands" and the network is up and operational again. 

5 - Test your connection 

  • Check your Wi-Fi connection to the internet.
  • Do not run bandwidth speed tests at this time.
  • Email with customer name and the serial# on the appliance. We will "optimize" your connection for performance - this process will temporarily disrupt your network for about 10 - 15 minutes.
  • You will be notified when optimization is complete.
  • Run the ShieldTest from here:


*** Note - if you use our Device Protection service by F-Secure, the Test will be blocked. You can clear the test by follow FAQ #5, here.

  • Wi-Fi and LAN connections from your WiFi router are now secure.

Important note to Device Protection customers:

If you use our Device Protection service on your computer, it will block the Test because the simulation is mimicking malicious activity.

  • You can work-around this with a simple procedure found in FAQs - "ShieldTest is blocked, what should I do?" 

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If you are a technician installing to a complex environment, please see the "How to Install Network Security Tips" here