About MikroTik


MikroTik is a Latvian company which was founded in 1996 to develop routers and wireless ISP systems. MikroTik now provides hardware and software for Internet connectivity in most of the countries around the world. Their experience in using industry standard PC hardware and complete routing systems allowed them in 1997 to create the software system that provides extensive stability, controls, and flexibility for all kinds of data interfaces and routing. In 2002 they decided to make their own hardware, and the RouterBOARD brand was born. mikroTik has resellers in most parts of the world, and customers in probably every country on the planet. The company is located in Riga, the capital city of Latvia and has more than 140 employees.
MikroTik the most user friendly, up to carrier-class routing and network management solutions. Their products are used by ISPs, individual users and companies for building data network infrastructures all across the world. There are millions of installations worldwide going back as far as 1996! Their mission is to make existing Internet technologies faster, more powerful, and affordable to wider range of users.


Why MikroTik?

MikroTik provides routing and wireless equipment for all possible uses - from the customer location, up to high end data centers.
We have an extensive network of trained consultants, training centres and distributors in almost every country of the world.
Established in Europe in 1996, we have 20 years of experience in networking and wireless installations.
Our in-house developed RouterOS software now supports most common and many special features and we are constantly adding new customer requested features.
Build wireless links across seas, internet exchanges between countries, and secure tunnels between banks. MikroTik can do it all.

  • Best price/performance
  • Millions of RouterOS powered devices currently routing the world
  • Twenty years of developing networking software and hardware
  • Over 50,000 RouterOS trained and certified network engineers
  • More than 4000 training classes in the last year
  • Worldwide network of certified consultants
  • Offering products that support simple CPEs to complex enterprise networks
  • Thousands of pages of documentation, examples, application notes, and guides






MikroTik RouterOS is the operating system of MikroTik RouterBOARD hardware. It can also be installed on a PC and will turn it into a router with all the necessary features - routing, firewall, bandwidth management, wireless access point, backhaul link, hotspot gateway, VPN server and more. RouterOS is a stand-alone operating system based on the Linux v2.6 kernel, and our goal here at MikroTik is to provide all these features with a quick and simple installation and an easy to use interface.

Although MikroTik provides a wide variety of in-house developed RouterBOARD hardware devices, RouterOS also runs on X86 machines. RouterOS supports multi-core and multi-CPU computers (SMP). You can run it on the latest and greatest Intel motherboards and use the newest multicore CPUs. RouterOS supports installation on IDE, SATA and USB storage devices, this includes HDDs, CF and SD cards, SDD disks and more. You need at least 64MB of space to install RouterOS, which will format your partition and become the default operating system of the device it's in. Of course RouterOS has a multitude of supported network interfaces, including the latest 10 Gigabit ethernet cards, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless cards, SFP modules and 3G/LTE modems.


Features

So, RouterOS is MikroTik's stand-alone operating system based on linux v3.3.5 kernel. Released in 1997 with vast number of features, it was the reason the MikroTik began to grow and become one of the leaders of the industry. The following list shows features found in the latest RouterOS release:

Hardware Support
  • i386 compatible architecture
  • SMP - multi-core and multi-CPU compatible
  • Minimum 32MB of RAM (maximum supported 2GB, except on Cloud Core devices and CHR installations, where there is no maximum)
  • IDE, SATA, USB and flash storage medium with minimum of 64MB space
  • Network cards supported by linux v3.3.5 kernel (PCI, PCI-X)
  • Partial hardware compatibility list (user maintained)
  • Switch chip configuration support

Installation
  • M: Netinstall: Full network based installation from PXE or EtherBoot enabled network card
  • Netinstall: Installation to a secondary drive mounted in Windows
  • CD based installation

Configuration

RouterOS supports various methods of configuration - local access with keyboard and monitor, serial console with a terminal application, Telnet and secure SSH access over networks, a custom GUI configuration tool called Winbox, a powerful Web based configuration interface and an API programming interface for building your own control application. In case there is no local access, and there is a problem with IP level communications, RouterOS also supports a MAC level based connection with the custom made Mac-Telnet and Winbox tools.

RouterOS features a powerful, yet easy to learn commandline configuration interface with integrated scripting capabilities.
  • Winbox GUI over IP and MAC
  • CLI with Telnet, SSH, Local console and Serial console
  • API for programming your own tools
  • Web interface with Quickset easy setup page





MikroTik User Meeting (MUM) is a conference on MikroTik RouterOS software and RouterBOARD hardware. Ask questions, attend workshops, listen to presentations, talk with specialists and see interesting technology demos by MikroTik and the users themselves - all here, at the MUM!
The Mikrotik User Meeting brings many MikroTik users together at once, so you can get the maximum information in the shortest time. The MUM has taken place already 107 times, in 53 countries in all continents. Every year, more people attend these great events - every next event breaking the previous attendance record. More

than 2500 people attended the conference in Indonesia in 2015!
You should come too!




Colleges, universities, and schools around the world are starting MikroTik Academy programs to offer students Internet networking courses using MikroTik RouterOS as a learning tool. We are actively enrolling new locations weekly and looking for new applicants. The are no charges from MikroTik for material, online testing, and online certificates associated with this program. MikroTik Academy program offers schools an excellent networking education program and program materials for little or no cost.


The program courses offer:
  • a proven network education program
  • official MikroTik RouterOS certification exams
  • discounted (and free) hardware and free RouterOS licenses

for training classes If there is an educational institution near you that could be interested in the MikroTik Academy program, please contact us or forward this information to them.
Please contact us at training@mikrotik.com.
Official MikroTik Academy Web Page: http://www.mikrotikacademy.com
MikroTik Academy application form: http://www.mikrotikacademy.com/apply




MikroTik manufactures a series of integrated circuit boards, marketed under the name RouterBOARD, as well as accessory components which implement a complete hardware operating platform for RouterOS.
The RouterBOARD line, combined with RouterOS, is marketed at small- to medium-sized wireless Internet service providers, typically providing broadband wireless access in remote areas. Products include pre-assembled small office/home office (SOHO) routers, wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac MIMO and TDMA devices for indoor and outdoor use, and also bare routers in form of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for integration into custom solutions. Also, the RouterBOARD line includes a series of Mini PCI and Mini PCI Express wireless adapters, supporting a range of IEEE 802.11 protocols, and designed to be used together with the router boards lineup.
Some RouterBOARD boards and their versions are supported by third-party Linux-based firmware, notably OpenWrt.