A Dovado Router API for Ruby.

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This library serves to enable easy access to the built in, Telnet-based, rudimentary API of the routers from Dovado running software version 7 and 8 (applies to the original Tiny, Go and Pro routers). It might work with the Tiny AC too but I have no means to test against that.


The original purpose of this library was to enable addition of router information about connection state, mobile data connection quality and data quota usage on a wall-mounted TV or a small touch screen connected to a Raspberry Pi, accessing a dashboard implemented using Dashing.

See this blog entry for some discussion on usage and background: "A Ruby API for Dovado routers".


Add it to your Gemfile:

gem "ruby-dovado"

They load it in your code:

require "dovado"

router = "", user: "admin", password: "password")
message = router.sms.get_message 12

The main elements available on the router object are:

For the full documentation, head over to

Design Considerations

Since the API published by these routers is Telnet-based, it stands to reason to limit simultaneous connections. This is achieved by a single client object implemented as a Celluloid Actor. The reason for this is because Celluloid Actor objects can be supervised, block threads and be accessed from multiple threads simultaneously without the need to implement any special locking or waiting mechanisms.

Additionally, all replies are cached internally to limit the number of calls to the router API. This is done because the API is rather slow which would make any calls using this library wait for several seconds for a reply. These replies are cached inside Celluloid actors so that multiple, seemingly parallel requests will get the same response object. Caching can be overridden by forcing the call through to the router. Otherwise, the reply becomes invalid within a couple of seconds so that the next call will go through to the router and fetch any updates. Think of it as a cheap rate-limiter.

Ruby-Dovado © 2015 by Jan Lindblom. Ruby-Dovado is licensed under the MIT license. Please see the LICENSE file for more information.

The Dovado, Dovado Tiny, Dovado Go, Dovado Tiny AC brands are © 2004 - 2015 Dovado FZ-LLC.

This library is neither endorsed nor supported by Dovado.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release to create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request