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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Training: New 2014 MTCNA Training with LinITX

Once again we are proud to be holding another MTCNA (MikroTik Certified Network Associate) Training course. This is the new MTCNA course that MikroTik introduced this year with even more labs than before. We still have a couple of places left, so why not come along to our Air Conditioned Head Office Training Suite in Needham Market (between Ipswich and Stowmarket in Suffolk) on Tuesday 16th September 2014 and over the four 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 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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News: MikroTik RouterOS 6.19 released

MikroTik have announced the availability of RouterOs 6.19

Here is the changelog:

  • wireless – improvements for nv2 and 802.11ac
  • sstp – make sstp work on i386 as well;
  • ippool – improve performance when acquiring address without preference;
  • partitions – copying partitions did not work on some boards;
  • bridge – added “Auto Isolate” stp enhancement (802.1q-2011, 13.25.6)
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Article: Testing MikroTik`s New SXT ACs : SXT-5HPacD & SXT-5PacD-SA

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MikroTik’s new SXT-5HPacD is here and boasts some great advantages over previous models, supporting the new wireless 802.11ac technology which boasts some revolutionary breakthroughs in throughput performance with up to 866Mbit datarate along with 256-QAM modulation and 80MHz channels. The new SXT ac range also support using within 802.11a & n environments for back compatibility.
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News: MikroTik RouterOS 6.16/6.17 Released

MikroTik have announced the availability of RouterOS v6.16.

This has now been upgraded to 6.17 to fix a bug in the CCR1009 switch chip on ether ports 1-4

This is the first release to include support for 802.11ac, using the QCA9880/9882 rev2 (-BR4A) wireless chipsets.

Another new feature is the ability to easily configure a routerboard as an L2TP-Server with IPSec, allowing simple roadwarrior setups, see the wiki for more details: http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:Interface/L2TP#L2TP.2FIpSec_setup
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MikroTik Launches New ‘CAPsMAN’ Wireless Controller

The long-awaited CAPsMAN Wireless Controller system from MikroTik announced at their recent User Meeting in Venice is now available for deployment and testing by Beta Testers.  We are actively testing this and will bring more news as soon as we get more familiar with it! But so far, we can confirm it definitely works and we can see massive benefits to those who have deployed medium or large scale indoor wireless systems based on MikroTik RouterOS Wireless. 🙂
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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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