News: CVE-2015-0235 RouterOS NOT affected by GHOST glibc security risk

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MikroTik have confirmed that no version of RouterOS suffers from the security vulnerability CVE-2015-0235. See Mikrotik Forum for confirmation.

 

 

 

LinITX Up and Coming 2015

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2015 is going to a big year for WiFi and Routing with the launch of Xclaim and 802.11 ac coming into its own and not to mention all the new products from Ubiquiti and MikroTik. Here’s what we are going to see early this year.

Xclaim

Xclaim is an up and coming wireless range of small easy to use and reliable wireless access points using Ruckus technology to ensure quality WiFi performance at low prices for all. Xclaim is due to launch here at LinITX within the next few weeks with all 4 models being stocked. There will be 3 indoor models each with different specifications including dual radio and the new ac technology, 1 outdoor model will also be stocked which includes the latest in wireless ac technology. Click here to see the range.
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HowTo: Improved CAPsMAN Wireless Client Roaming

CAPsMAN is a very useful method of setting up a large number of APs (CAPs) in a building, but how can you help a client to roam better?  The problem is that clients can get “sticky”. They refuse to disconnect themselves from an AP, even though they have actually moved their location and are now much closer to another AP.  The client software seems to hang in there for dear life, despite having a very poor and low speed of connection, but it seems to decide, “some connection, no matter how bad, is better than none at all, but I will not check to see if there are any other APs that are stronger”. So they remain “stuck” to that distant AP, even though there is a better one nearby.  So what’s the solution?
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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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HowTo: MikroTik Secure VPN Part 1 MikroTik to MikroTik

This is part 1 of a VPN HowTo to aid in the set up of secure VPN services on Mikrotik Devices, in part 1 I will focus on basic set-up and MikroTik to MikroTik secure VPN. Part 1.5 can be found here which focuses on Mikrotik to Mikrotik IPsec VPN. Part 2 will focus on setting up a secure VPN with IPSec to a MikroTik from a mobile IOS or Android and a computer with Windows/OSX/Ubuntu based operating systems.
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Mikrotik QRT Perfect for PTP Wisp applications

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The Mikrotik QRT is an all in one wireless device similar to the SXT range but much more powerful. The QRT boasts a powerful 24dBi antenna combined with an internal RB911 with a transmit power of 30dBm giving a potential output of 54dbm or 250W which far exceed’s the UK power restriction for wireless networks set by Ofcom. 4W or 36dBm is the current maximum allowed power out in the UK on Band C which the QRT can manage effortlessly.
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HowTo: Building to Building PTP links using MikroTik Wireless Products

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We are often asked how to make building to building or ‘point to point’ wireless links. As the MikroTik interface does not change between models this ‘How To’ can apply to any MikroTik Wireless based device. For this How To I will be using a pair of the new MikroTik SXT AC’s, to create a L2 transparent wireless bridge in a simple point to point mode (PtP).  This How To can also apply to point to multi point scenarios (PtMP). One SXT will be set up in ‘Bridge’ mode (effectively an AP) and the other as ‘Station Bridge’ (i.e. the ‘client’), to ensure best performance the link will be created and secured using the Mikrotik NV2 TDMA based protocol.
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News: CVE-2014-6271 – RouterOS not affected by latest security risk with Bash

mikrotik_routerMikroTik have confirmed that RouterOS does not use Bash and therefore security vulnerability CVE-2014-6271  does not apply to their RouterOS Operating System. See Mikrotik Forum for confirmation.

New Product: MikroTik Cloud Router Switch 109-8G

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MikroTik have taken the Cloud Router Switch series of past and shrunk them to create this. The CRS 109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN is the perfect all in one solution for the home office, supporting built in wireless and full UK FTTC/P support along with 8 gigabit ports and a SFP Port to match. The new CRS 109 maybe smaller than the rest but it still packs a punch supporting the same 600MHZ processor and 128mb RAM as the CRS 125 series but with the added bonus of POE in on port 1 for easy power up.
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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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