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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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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