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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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MikroTik Announces the RB951Ui-2HnD with PoE output!

RB951Ui-2HnDMikroTik announced today “The RB951Ui-2HnD is a wireless SOHO AP with a new generation Atheros CPU and more processing power. It has five  Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port and a high power 2.4GHz 1000mW 802.11b/g/n wireless AP with antennas built in.

It has a 600MHz CPU,128MB of RAM and PoE output function for port #5 – it can power other PoE capable devices with the same voltage as applied to the unit. Maximum load on the port is 580mA.
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HowTo: IPv6 over PPPoE on the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite 3-Port EdgeMAX Router

The new 1.2.0beta2 version of the EdgeMAX software on the EdgeRouter Lite has the following entry in its changelog:

[PPPoE] Add IPv6 settings for PPPoE client interfaces, which allows a PPPoE client interface to work with IPv6 address

So how does that work and how can we use it ?
Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite 3-Port EdgeMAX Router
Our ISP, Andrews & Arnold, provides native IPv6 over PPPoE, so we thought we would test it.
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Portable POE power source

The Smart PowerBank PoE 16V is a really handy device for wireless installers and surveyors, in fact anyone who needs POE power and isn’t near mains power:

Smart PowerBank PoE 16V main image

Simply a nicely packaged battery pack which supplies 16V DC @ 600mA to your POE device, you can connect it up like this:

linitx product Smart PowerBank PoE 16V Overview image.

It’s ideal for use with Ubiquiti Networks AirMax products and MikroTik RouterBoards and being portable (it fits into your coat pocket) you don’t need to trail around a mains cable when you’re working out the best position for signal strength for your CPE installation 🙂
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MikroTik MTCNA Training July 2013

Once again we are proud to be holding another MTCNA (MikroTik Certified Network Associate) Training course. Come along to the Best Western Conference Hotel in Claydon (nr Ipswich) on Monday 15th July 2013 and over the three days learn about how to do the following list of topics with a mix of theory, practical labs and documentation designed to help you with deploying RouterOS in the workplace:
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HowTo: Managing POE for multiple radios

A typical wireless broadband provider/WISP usually has multiple radios, each with their own POE connection.

Here’s a way of providing Gigabit POE with the ability to power cycle individual radios:

For Gigabit POE we use a MikroTik RouterBoard Gigabit Passive PoE Injector: product Gigabit PoE Injector main image.


Each POE injector plugs into the main router and has  power fed to it  from a single 28V PSU via a relay, i.e. there is one relay per POE injector.
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MikroTik MTCRE – April 2013 product MikroTik MTCNA Training Course - Sep 2011 main image.We’ve still got a few places left on the MTCRE (MikroTik Certified Routing Engineer) Training course. Come along to the Best Western Conference Hotel in Claydon (nr Ipswich) on Monday 29th April 2013 and over the three days learn about how to do the following list of topics and more, with a mix of theory, practical labs and documentation designed to help you with deploying RouterOS efficiently back in the workplace:
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‘WISP in a box’?

Does this sound familiar?

“We have multiple internet lines to our office with some spare capacity and we want to sell internet services to our local area as we know they don’t have good internet from the xDSL mainstream providers. What items do we need to put such a system together? We have limited technical skills in this business, so if you could be very specific in the list of parts required and the trade costs for each item, that would be great! We intend selling internet to our local town which is about 500 houses and we can get 8Mbps service on each of our 4 phone lines. Do you think that would be enough speed for those 500 users, i.e.32Mbps as I’ve been told we can get away with 50:1 contention which is the same that BT uses? I have heard about bonding lines together, but on talking to our ISP they don’t know what we mean, so doubt they can do that themselves. Therefore can you also give us advice on a suitable device that can bond them together please and thus bypass our ISP as they can’t help us? I’ve read on their website that MikroTik can do bonding and can also be used for the core of a wireless ISP business, so that’s why we contacted yourselves. We have now secured access to a roof top that can see the majority of the town, but we also want to feed some farms in the distance about 10km away. Although there are some trees and the odd building in the way, I can just about see the farms between all the obstructions, so the wireless should work fine shouldn’t it? I have read that 802.11n can work around corners, so it will work easily through just a few conifer trees, right? I will forward you some photos we took from the roof if that helps?  Our capital budget is only about £1000 for this project, which I reckon if we use MikroTik will be enough money to make it be successful.  What are your thoughts?  Don’t forget, we need a complete list of everything we need to order and how it all connects together, once we get that we’ll send you a bank transfer immediately!”
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MikroTik Cloud Core Router availability and pricing

MikroTik have just announced the details of the Cloud Core Routers.

There are 2 models, both are based on a Tilera CPU, one with 16 cores and the other with 36. The 36 core model also has 4 SFP ports.

Cloud Core Router CCR1036-12G-4S

MikroTik MTCNA course

Our next MikroTik MTCNA course is running in November from the 20th to the 22nd.

Location: Claydon Country House Hotel, nr Ipswich

The Course
This training course will provide you with the skills to configure a MikroTik RouterOS Routerboard as a dedicated router, a bandwidth manager, a secure firewall appliance, a simple wireless access point, a VPN Server or Client or an Internet Hotspot concentrator etc. It is a course that covers the basics for those that new to MikroTik RouterOS (or are struggling to understand it!) and concentrates on the basics of setting up a MikroTik device. Subjects covered include, installing and upgrading the RouterOS, first login to the RouterOS using RouterBOARD, creating a simple network, static IP addressing and routing, basic dynamic routing using OSPF, creating a DHCP server and client, firewall filters and NAT rules, various VPN Tunnel types, simple queues for bandwidth control, hotspot configuration, wIreless networks, web proxy for URL Filtering control and caching and The Dude.
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