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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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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New Product: LinITX Embedded Controller

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About the Controller

The LinITX Embedded controller is simply an ALIX board with Linux embedded allowing the installation of various Debian packages. One such Debian package is the Ubiquiti UniFi controller which is available free from UBNT.com.

We get phone calls daily about setting up a UniFi controller. A lot of these phone calls come from installers with customers who do not want the Ubiquiti UniFi controller on their own computer and scenarios where it is not practical to have a dozen software controllers such as a UniFi install into a residential apartment complex.   This created a neat opportunity to test and build an embedded controller to bring the benefits of having an always-on hardware controller to the Ubiquiti range with no need to host it on a server or a personal computer.  Although we have now turned the UniFi Controller into a hardware solution the UniFi Web interface we all know will still be available for easy and quick configuration.
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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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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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Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch Range

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The long awaited Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch range is here and it comes in 4 distinct models all containing IEEE 802.3af/at and 24v passive POE. These new switches are designed to be incorporated into large scale deployments of Ubiquiti’s Unifi range of wifi equipment and surveillance camera’s building upon the success of the very popular ToughSwitches. Unlike the ToughSwitches the new EdgeSwitch range are all fully capable layer 2 switches with layer 3 routing support making the new EdgeSwitch range not just a POE power device for Unifi products but an integral part of any network.
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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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New Product: MikroTik mAP 2n

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MikroTik’s new mAP 2n is now in and ready to go!

The tiny innovation is ideal for WISP’s (Wireless Internet Service Providers) and even home business users. This smart ‘mAP‘ is a fully Router OS capable device and comes equipped with POE Pass through on port 2, this is ideal for WISP’s as an all in one solution can now be made using the ‘mAP‘ to providing wireless to the house whilst simultaneously powering your Wireless internet link (typically a MikroTik SXT). The reverse can also be applied here with the ‘mAP‘ powering a second AP whilst serving reliable internet from your Cabled ISP.
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