I’ve been recommending Mikrotiks quite frequently lately on various forums and stuff and have promised a few people out on the interwebs a small howto.

Since most people are on a budget it seems like, I’ll start easy: Mikrotik 750G

Stuff you’ll need:
-Mikrotik 750G
-Ethernet Cable(s)

While I’m at it, here’s an unbox.

Yup. That’s it. No manuals/CDs/registration cards/extra (or in this case necessary) cords/etc.
Now for the meat of the post. The setup.
Since this guide will be targeting n00bs, I’ll go step by step.

1. Plug the 750G into a live AC outlet with the AC adapter provided
2. Plug in your broadband modem* via Ethernet to Port 1
3. Plug in your computer(s)/WirelessAP/game consoles/etc to Ports 2-5

*Assuming your ISP supports DHCP. If it requires something silly like PPPoE, you’ll have to do a touch more work.

That’s it. Apparently some people think Mikrotiks are complicated.
That’s literally all you need to do to have a fully functional router.

Obviously there’s MUCH more if you want there to be, but this is all you need to do to start with. Part 2 will cover a few more advanced topics.

  2 Responses to “Mikrotik: That was easy…”

  1. Ok, I’m really interested in what you’re doing here, but I’m a total network noob. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the reason you would want to get this over say a linksys/asus router is that it has way more settings to configure and that it is more stable due to having a faster processor inside? Would I see an improvement in network speed?

    • It has more settings to configure because it can do 10x more.
      The “basics” are a bit harder to do compared to a consumer router, but they aren’t that hard.
      Stability is basically unmatched. Even some of the better consumer routers get crushed under heavier loads, especially larger torrents. They also choke as you move up in internet speed. Some of the worst offenders are barely able to route 5MBit, let alone some of the faster line speeds available today.
      Even one of the cheapest Mikrotiks supposedly route upto 500MBit, which I plan on testing when I get my colo.
      Until that point though, I can honestly say that I put a DH sized load (lol) on my Mikrotiks haven’t had to reset them once. Same with pfSense. My Mikrotik fleet is relatively new, so I don’t have stellar uptimes yet, but I have a few pfSenses that have uptimes of over 1000 days. Mikrotiks currently are running around a month.

      As for network speed, unless your current router can’t handle your line speed, you will not see an improvement. All a router does is direct packets from point A to point B. Some are just better at it than others.

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