In this post I will show you the basic configuration of a MikroTik RouterOS router.
Connecting to the Router
There are two types of routers:
- With default configuration
- Without default configuration. When no specific configuration is found, IP address 192.168.88.1/24 is set on ether1 or combo1, or sfp1.
Connect to the Router
You cen connect to the router with tree differente mode:
- Web conssole
- WinBox client discowers and connect to MikroTik RouterOS by mac-adress or IP
- ssh connection
As you see there is several options to connect and configure, but here we will use one method that suits our needs.
ether1 port to the
WAN cable and connect your
ether2. Now open WinBox and look for your router in neighbor discovery.
If you see the router in the list, click on MAC address and click Connect.
After connection open a terminal with the
New Termonal menu and reset the configuration:
/system reset-configuration no-defaults=yes skip-backup=yes
Set admin password
Every Router has a factory preconfigured user
admin with an
empty password. To set the passford
Password1 to user
admin Use the command from terminal:
user set admin password=Password1
Configuring IP Access
Since MAC connection is not very stable, the first thing we need to do is to set up a router so that IP connectivity is available:
/ip address add address=192.168.88.1/24 interface=ether2
RouterOS license keys
MikroTik hardware routers that run RouterOS come preinstalled with a RouterOS license, if you have purchased a RouterOS based device, nothing must be done regarding the license.
Licensing information can be read from CLI system console:
/system license print software-id: "43NU-NLT9" nlevel: 6 features:
Configuring Internet Connection
The next step is to get internet access to the router. There can be several types of internet connections, but the most common ones are:
- dynamic public IP address;
- static public IP address;
- PPPoE connection.
Dynamic Public IP
Configure a DHCP client to get ip from a DHCP server:
/ip dhcp-client add disabled=no interface=ether1 comment=WAN
Static Public IP
If ther is no DHCP server in the network you can configure a static ip address and DNS server:
# static ip /ip address add address=18.104.22.168/24 interface=ether1 comment=WAN # Default Gateway /ip route add gateway=22.214.171.124 # Configure dns server /ip dns set servers=126.96.36.199
PPPoE connection also gives you a dynamic IP address and can configure dynamically DNS and default gateway. Typically service provider (ISP) gives you a username and password for the connection
/interface pppoe-client add disabled=no interface=ether1 user=admin password=Password1 \ add-default-route=yes use-peer-dns=yes comment=WAN
ip address print Flags: D - DYNAMIC Columns: ADDRESS, NETWORK, INTERFACE # ADDRESS NETWORK INTERFACE 0 192.168.88.1/24 192.168.88.0 ether2 1 D 10.0.2.15/24 10.0.2.0 ether1
ping 188.8.131.52 SEQ HOST SIZE TTL TIME STATUS 0 184.108.40.206 56 254 37ms402us 1 220.127.116.11 56 254 4ms978us 2 18.104.22.168 56 254 4ms992us 3 22.214.171.124 56 254 4ms97us sent=4 received=4 packet-loss=0% min-rtt=4ms97us avg-rtt=12ms867us max-rtt=37ms402us
How to change MikroTik RouterOS names
[vagrant@MikroTik] > system identity print name: MikroTik [vagrant@MikroTik] > system identity set name=ros01.mydomain.intra [firstname.lastname@example.org] > system identity print name: ros01.mydomain.intra
Time Server Configuration
system ntp client print enabled: no mode: unicast servers: freq-drift: 0 PPM status: stopped system clock print time: 10:30:15 date: jul/17/2022 time-zone-autodetect: yes time-zone-name: manual gmt-offset: +00:00 dst-active: no
system clock set time-zone-autodetect=no system clock set time-zone-name=CET system clock print time: 12:36:54 date: jul/17/2022 time-zone-autodetect: no time-zone-name: CET gmt-offset: +02:00 dst-active: yes
# RouterOS 7 system ntp client set enabled=yes system/ntp/client/servers/add address=2001:4860:4860::8844 system/ntp/client/servers/add address=126.96.36.199 # RouterOS 6 system ntp client set enabled=yes primary-ntp=2001:4860:4860::8844 secondary-ntp=188.8.131.52