MikroTik – Enterprise level routers for the masses

Hello evreyone,

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been very busy at work.

I’ve just got my first MikroTik equipment few days ago, a RB751G-2HnD router.
More about that later, first of all, for those of you that never heard of MikroTik: MikroTik is a Latvian company manufacturing network equipment. Their products vary between switches, routers and WiFi equipment.
These equipment runs either SwOS (for the switches) or RouterOS (for everything else).

One more thing worth mentioning is that they sell both enclosed products (which are the routers/switches/access point you are familiar with) and bare boned mother boards to fit with modules – meaning you can “build” your custom router.

I never liked the SOHO routers sold on the stores for home use, they’re never reliable. Up until now I’ve used a Debian box with two NICs – one for the ISP (WAN) and one for the LAN.
That box was doing everything from routing to DNS/DHCP services (actually, it does more than that, but that’s the functionality I’ve replaced with my MikroTik). The only functionality I was relying on specialized hardware for is the WiFi – a 3COM wireless router (don’t even remember the product exactly) functioning as an access point.

For those of you who gonna jump and say “why don’t you use DD-WRT or <other_opensource_router_firmware_here>?” I’ll answer: it’s never reliable. I’ve actually ordered a DD-WRT mega from eBay to give it a shot, still, my Debian box was irreplaceable.

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