MikroTik is a manufacturer of versatile, cost-effective wireless and wired networking solutions, aimed specifically at ISPs, enterprises and residential customers. Their products are powered by RouterOS, a powerful network routing operating system used in thousands of networks across all continents.
Who is MikroTik and what are their products used for?
Starting with the unlicensed 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, MikroTik have developed a fixed wireless broadband product portfolio that caters for many WISP applications, ranging from short-range high-throughput solutions for urban deployments, all the way to extra-long range, robust wireless connectivity solutions for rural deployments.
Their product range also includes other aspects of networking, such as indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi, beautiful and powerful 3G and LTE home routers, as well as copper and fibre switching and routing products with port capacities of more than 10Gbps. In their quest to deliver powerful routing power to as many people as possible, their latest products include a range of Core routers that deliver high networking performance at the best price point in the market, and more recently, they launched a range of CAT5/6 copper products to emulate fibre-to-the-home and fire-to-the-business connectivity, at a -reduced price – they call this technology GPEN – Gigabit Passive Ethernet Network.
History of MikroTik
MikroTik is a Latvian company which was founded in 1996 to design routers and wireless ISP systems. MikroTik has evolved throughout the years and offer provide flexible, feature-rich and cost-effective hardware and software solutions for Internet Service Providers and enterprises across the globe.
Their experience in using industry-standard PC hardware and complete routing systems enabled them to create their own operating system in 1997, called RouterOS. RouterOS provides extensive stability, control, and flexibility for all kinds of data interfaces and routing solutions. In 2002 MikroTik decided to manufacture their own hardware, and the RouterBOARD brand was born. They have resellers across the globe, including South Africa. The latest products from MikroTik are specifically designed to make existing Internet technologies faster, more powerful and affordable to a wider range of users.
Advantages of using MikroTik in South Africa
Many of MikroTik’s loyal Southern African customer base, not only love the products, but also choose MikroTik specifically for the RouterOS software. MikroTik RouterOS is a router operating system and software that turns regular PC or MikroTik RouterBOARD hardware into a dedicated router. Some of the main features of MikroTik’s RouterOS include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support, custom Nv2 TDMA protocol, advanced Quality of Service (QoS), stateful firewall, tunnels (VPN), STP bridging with filtering, WDS and Virtual AP, hotspots for Plug-and-Play access, RIP, OSPF, BGP, MPLS routing, Remote WinBox GUI and Web admin, high availability with VRRP, bonding of interfaces, Telnet/mac-telnet/ssh/console admin, real-time configuration and monitoring, 3G/LTE support, OpenFlow support.
MikroTik has a wide range of products, – including indoor and outdoor Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and wireless access point (AP) solutions, carrier-grade routers with cutting edge multi-core CPUs and their Smart Switch series, as well as small integrated copper and fibre routers running on RouterOS for assembling your own systems. MikroTik has more than 160 different products available on offer.
MikroTik is not only known for their wide range of different products and technologies but also their easy to use operating system. MikroTik’s experience and knowledge have allowed them to become a global brand, servicing almost every business, from the biggest enterprise corporate giants to home users – MikroTik has a solution for every need!
MikroTik RB2011UiAS-RM Rackmount Router
MikroTik RB4011iGS+RM Router
MikroTik RB3011UiAS-RM Rackmount Router
MikroTik CRS112-8P-4S-IN PoE Cloud Router Switch
MikroTik CCR2004-16G-2S+ Router
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Yes, you can visit https://forum.mikrotik.com/
You can download the MikroTik Mobile App – https://mikrotik.com/mobile_app – You can use the MikroTik smartphone app to configure your router in the field or to apply the most basic initial settings for your MikroTik home access point. The app is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. It is the best way to configure a new device, as it provides a simple and user-friendly setup screen for the most basic settings of your new router. It also features an advanced menu, for the more experienced user.
Simply visit https://SS Telecoms-academy.co.za/ to see when we have Certified MTCNA training available, alternatively, you can Register for SS Telecoms Academy on the same link for your sales staff to get sales training on all things MikroTik.
All historical and current changelogs can be seen here, just follow this link https://mikrotik.com/download/changelogs, you can also see all current and historical releases on this link to the Download Archive, https://mikrotik.com/download/archive
If you are already running RouterOS, upgrading to the latest version can be done by clicking on “Check For Updates” in QuickSet or System > Packages menu in WebFig or WinBox. See the documentation for more information about upgrading and release types.
The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik which can dramatically improve the way you manage your network environment. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems. https://mikrotik.com/thedude
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