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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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New UAP AC Range

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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

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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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XClaim WiFi Launch

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Xclaim delivers a new class of Wi-Fi with the performance and reliability your business can depend on. Xclaim’s new range of products is built upon the idea of making WiFi simple and reliable for small business and homes alike with unique app based control and now a powerful web based management tool.

We have been chosen by Xclaim to become one of a select few of distributors to stock their range of WiFi Access points. This range will consist of 3 indoor access point each with it’s own capabilities and 1 outdoor access point with the latest technology built in. We will be testing the range and providing feedback as they come into stock including some help full HowTo Blogs and other insights as the Xclaim range updates and develops in the upcoming months.
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HowTo: Load Balancing multiple Internet connections

A frequent request we receive is how to use a MikroTik Router to get more bandwidth by ‘joining’ multiple internet feeds together. There are a number of different methods, however it’s a good moment to clarify that the term ‘line bonding’ is not the same as ‘Load balancing’. With line bonding we are actually sending each packet in a ’round robin’ fashion up multiple lines and at the ISP end they are joined back together again into a single circuit.  This is a service that can only be carried out at a data centre or ISP and all lines must be all connected to a common interface sharing the same IP address.  Any Public IP Addresses used at the remote site must all be routable over any one of the multiple lines.  Not so easy when all the lines are possibly from completely different service providers.
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MikroTik and FTTC ECI Modems

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There have been many questions asked via phone calls and via the MikroTik forums about MikroTik gigabit devices and problems talking to the commonly used ECI modem in FTTC (BT Infinity) connections. The problems come from a failure to negotiate the link speed on MikroTik gigabit speeds which normally results in a 10mb link being established as opposed to the 100mb full duplex link we expect, a solution can be achieved with the 2011 series routers by using the 10/100 fast Ethernet ports which negotiate fine.
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MikroTik User Meeting Venice 2014 – Presentation on QoS and Layer7

RonVeniceOnce again LinITX were in attendance at the European venue for MikroTik’s User Meeting.  Each year it gets larger with MikroTik stating that it was nearly the largest event so far, at approximately 1200 attendees. Ron Touw usually contributes to the meetings with a technical presentation and/or delivers Training in the days prior to the meeting to students from all over Europe who are keen to learn more about MikroTik and how they can use RouterOS to solve their networking needs.  On this occasion his presentation was on managing the every increasing demands placed upon ISPs to deliver ever more bandwidth as if there were no limit.
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Ubiquiti announce Training course updates

linitx product Ubiquiti airMAX Certified Admin Course main image.Ubiquiti have renamed the existing UACA (Ubiquiti AirMAX-Certified Admin) and UUCA (Ubiquiti UniFi-Certified Admin) training courses. But this is not just about a simple re-branding.  Ubiquiti have announced that instead of the training being equipment specific, it will be more orientated towards the typical roles encountered in ‘Enterprises’ and ‘Carriers’.  Therefore with immediate effect the UACA becomes the UCWA (Ubiquiti Carrier Wireless Admin) and the UUCA becomes the UEWA (Ubiquiti Enterprise Wireless Admin). Enterprise training will therefore be based upon UniFi, AirVision etc. Carrier will be for example, more on AirMAX and AirFiber etc.
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Tired of adverts in Skype?

If like myself, you are becoming tired of the Microsoft adverts within current versions of Skype, copy/paste this into your Mikrotik Router’s CLI (if it is providing you with your DNS Service).

/ip dns static
add address=127.0.0.1 name=ad-emea.doubleclick.net
add address=127.0.0.1 name=ads2.msads.net
add address=127.0.0.1 name=msntest.serving-sys.com

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HowTo: Ubiquiti EdgeRouter performance testing

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite 3-Port EdgeMAX Router
The EdgeRouter Lite from Ubiquiti promises excellent performance for a great price.
So what performance can you get out of it ?

We tested two things:

1) a typical routed configuration, including NAT, and stateful firewalling.
2) IPSec over a routed connection.

Here are the headline figures: (tests using iperf over TCP, details shown later)

1) 888 Mbits/sec routed
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