MikroTik release RouterOS 6.36

MikroTik have released 6.36 in the current release channel. Here is their changelog:

What’s new in 6.36 (2016-Jul-20 14:09):

*) arm – added Dude server support;
*) dude – (changes discussed here: http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=110428);
*) dude – server package is now made smaller. client side content upgrade is now removed from it and is downloaded straight from our cloud. So workstations on which client is used will require access to wan. Alternatively upgrade must be done by reinstalling the client on each new release;
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News: Latest Ubiquiti vulnerability info

As many of you are probably aware, a lot of Ubiquiti devices running old firmware are under a new wave of attack taking advantage of an old vulnerability that was fixed a year ago.

In response to this latest wave of problems for some WISPs, Ubiquiti have thoughtfully emailed everyone on their mailing lists with their latest advice, namely:

“In recent days, we’ve seen virus activity taking network devices offline. In most cases, devices are reset to factory defaults. In other cases, devices are still operational, but inaccessible. The virus is using an HTTP/HTTPS exploit that doesn’t require authentication. Simply having a radio with out-of-date firmware and having its HTTP (port 80)/HTTPS (port 443) interface exposed to the Internet is enough to get infected.”
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HowTo: MikroTik Secure VPN Part 1.5 MikroTik to MikroTik with IPSec

This is a short HowTo which will cover the set-up of Mikrotik to Mikrotik VPN but secured with IPsec. The use of IPsec can be very CPU intensive and it is recommended that the VPN server be set up on a Mikrotik which supports hardware based AES/IPsec encryption such as the Mikrotik RB850Gx2RB3011 or any CCR series router.

I will be using a RB850Gx2 as my VPN server and a Mikrotik mAP as my VPN clients, all the heavy IPsec processing will be done on the RB850Gx2 which has AES hardware for offloading IPsec calculations. ROS 6.33.3 or higher on the client side is required in order to make use of the ‘easy IPsec connect’ feature.
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HowTo: Optimising MikroTik Firewall rules

When creating complex firewall rules on MikroTik routers, especially those with high levels of packet throughput, it is important that any rules are processed in an efficient manner. Firewall rules are processed top down. Every new packet is tested against each rule until a match is found. For high packet count traffic, this could mean that all those packets are having to be processed many times before it is matched. This can require a higher processing power than necessary and if the CPU reaches 100%, packet loss will occur.
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Training: MTCNA Training 8th Dec 2015

Once again we are holding a MTCNA (MikroTik Certified Network Associate) Training course. This is the new MTCNA course that MikroTik introduced last year with even more labs than before. We still have one place left, so why not come along to our dedicated Training Suite in Needham Market (between Ipswich and Stowmarket in Suffolk) on Tuesday 8th December 2015 and over the three days learn about how to do the following list of topics with a mix of theory, loads of practical labs and detailed documentation designed to help you with deploying RouterOS in the workplace:
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New UAP AC Range

AC Range


The UAP-AC-Lite

The AC-Lite is the entry-level product for Ubiquiti’s new range of AC access points. As the name suggests it is both the smallest and lightest of the UAPs measuring just 160 x 160 x 31.45 mm and weighing in at 170g (185g with the mounting kit). It boasts speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5Ghz band, and a maximum range of 125m (400ft).
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Ubiquiti NEXT Announcements


The Ubiquiti NEXT Conference has concluded in Wynn, Las Vegas with a host of new products and upgrades for existing UBNT products. Ubqiuti’s conference has 4 main Themes, Spectrum Utilisation, Network Management, Tower Defensibility and WISP Market expansion. Each will be outlined below.

Spectrum Utilisation

In this section UBNT announced 2 new additions to the airMAX AC range.
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Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-LITE and UAP-AC-LR now in stock

Introducing the new UniFi AC APs

AC Range

The UniFi AC Lite AP features a cleaner design in a reduced footprint – half the size compared to the standard UniFi AP.

Innovative Antenna Design

The innovative antenna design provides a long-range, symmetrical-link coverage area, and the antenna gain of the UniFi AC LR AP performs better than one-way, high transmit power does for connecting distant clients.
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News: Netonix range of intelligent PoE switches now in stock

We’ve recently received a delivery of Netonix switches. We thought we would blog about how amazing these things are, except one of our customers, Wessex Internet beat us to it!

If like those guys, you’re running your own WISP and need to power Ubiquiti or MikroTik radios, we have always advocated using batteries instead of a UPS as the site will stay up for longer when there is a mains failure. These switches make life much easier as they include within their range of products, PoE switches that can deliver 24v and 48V to radios from as little as a 9V DC supply!  We suggest your setup should consist of at least two leisure batteries wired in series, providing 24V or four batteries providing 48V.
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HowTo: Significantly improve slow throughput on EdgeRouter Lite PPPoE

When you add some rules into the firewall, it can be the case that Hardware Offloading is disabled without your knowledge! Before we re-enabled Hardware Offloading on the PPPoE client it was only able to handle about 140-150Mbps of throughput. After we re-enabled it, the throughput went up to 296Mbps on a 300Mbps BT Openreach FTTP circuit.

Try this from within the CLI to enable Hardware Offloading for the PPPoE Interface :
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