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by robmaltsystems
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can RouterOS do throttling ?
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: Can RouterOS do throttling ?

Thanks for that - it's a bit of an idle though about a site I manage whereby they have limited bandwidth shared with a lot of people and some are abusing streaming. I will also be looking at packet sniffing to see if one can throttle just the streaming services. But the throttling I mention might be...
by robmaltsystems
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can RouterOS do throttling ?
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Can RouterOS do throttling ?

On Virgin Media, they have a fair use policy where if you download a certain amount of data, your connection is throttled back for a certain time period. Is RouterOS capable of anything similar? For example, if somebody downloaded 2GB, their bandwidth is throttled for an hour.
by robmaltsystems
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Scripting
Topic: Can't run script - no such item
Replies: 3
Views: 1754

Re: Can't run script - no such item

When I try /import static.rsc, I also get "no such item"...
by robmaltsystems
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Option to duplicate rule....
Replies: 3
Views: 1743

Re: Option to duplicate rule....

I agree. New to RouterOS and I expected a duplicate option on right-click - sort of a de facto standard. But at least there is a way to do it.
by robmaltsystems
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

>but honestly from the point of view of users I'm not sure if I can tell the difference. Whilst I personally agree, when you get above 50Mbps, only power users are going to really notice the difference. But, UK consumers are sometimes very, err, demanding and if they know their speed test is such-an...
by robmaltsystems
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

>If your ISP line is anything more than, say, 50Mbps, then you shouldn't be looking at hAP ac lite as your router ... realistically it's not capable of routing much faster than around 50Mbps ... So don't be so cheap and buy a vastly more capable device which is not so cheap, such as hAP ac2.. My con...
by robmaltsystems
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

>This Virgin Media operates in your country, while most of the other planet gets less than 100Mbit from their provider and 100Mbit is plenty enough. I agree for consumer use but MikroTik is also sold in the business space here where 100Mbit often isn't enough. I'm new to the MikroTik range and I'm s...
by robmaltsystems
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

I appreciate that real world wireless speeds are way less than the stated speeds of the raw connection. I'm guessing that the Wi-Fi 4 2-chain Mikrotik devices are labelled as 300Mbps but hence the reason I quoted that real-life speedtest rating of 70Mbps if you're a few metres away from the access p...
by robmaltsystems
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

PS. the hAP ac² I get because that does have 1Gbps Ethernet ports.
by robmaltsystems
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Bit confused by the existence of the hAP AC Lite?

The maximum one tends to get with Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) with two chains (e..g many laptops) is ~70Mbps so it's a reasonable match for VDSL2 here in the UK where the internet link isn't much higher than that is many cases, often less. So having 100Mbps port for the internet connection is fine. One tends ...
by robmaltsystems
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning RouterOS
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Learning RouterOS

For anyone else hitting this topic later, there is a playlist of all the tutorial videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... zL3VrYtsKS
by robmaltsystems
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning about Dude
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Learning about Dude

Am I correct in saying that the Dude only runs on certain hardware but that includes the x86 environment? And if so, is it possible to run it in a VMware virtual environment? That would be a great way to experiment as you can set up multiple virtual networks for testing VLAN etc. But did I also see ...
by robmaltsystems
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning RouterOS
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Learning RouterOS

Yes, that is of course the problem with the printed form and why having the reference manual online is the right choice. I'm in same place as the author of the book - need a better grounding in the concepts behind a router. We have a phrase in the UK "All the gear and no idea" which means you've bou...
by robmaltsystems
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning RouterOS
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Learning RouterOS

Yes, those were the videos I linked to and they are very, very good. But I don't like just following blind instructions - or rather in this case I'd like to invest the time understanding exactly what I'm doing. RouterOS is incredibly powerful but it's also a darn complicated beast if you're not fami...
by robmaltsystems
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning RouterOS
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Learning RouterOS

Re-discovered how to search Amazon for books (so long since i bought a book) and I ended up at this book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/RouterOS-Example-2nd-Stephen-Discher/dp/0692777083/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=routeros&qid=1566152590&s=books&sr=1-1 The synopsis very much fits in what I've just written: From...
by robmaltsystems
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Learning RouterOS
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Learning RouterOS

I've bought the tiny but very functional hAP mini because I was intrigued about the product and esp. the power of RouterOS. My knowledge of switchers, routers and firewalls is limited to the basic kind of set-up although I was pretty adept at Juniper Netscreen firewalls in my time. I recognise all t...
by robmaltsystems
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini

>Side question - it has internal antenna; does this make a big difference to range compared to external antenna?

Answering this question with some unscientific tests but the hAP mini does as well as any other similar device range wise.
by robmaltsystems
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Expose the device name on the upsteam network
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Expose the device name on the upsteam network

But I don't have entries for the other devices on there? When they establish DHCP, DNS is automatically updated. So this is some function of the DHCP client on RouterOS?
by robmaltsystems
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Expose the device name on the upsteam network
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Expose the device name on the upsteam network

In the upsteam DNS server (i.e. on my Windows server) or on the hAP?
by robmaltsystems
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Expose the device name on the upsteam network
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Expose the device name on the upsteam network

This is how my test hAP mini appears on the host network. What do I have to do to allow a name to be assigned to the device for easier identification? Like "Rivendell" and "Faramir" which are names of Windows servers on my network.

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by robmaltsystems
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini

>hAP ac^2 is very much in the same price range as hAP and offers 5MHz radio too. It was looking for AC access points that brought me to the Mikrotik range. Whilst the Wi-Fi 4 devices are competitively priced here in the UK, the Wi-Fi 5 (AC) variants are middle of the pack. For example the TP-Link Ar...
by robmaltsystems
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Limit Bandwith Wifi
Replies: 4
Views: 3021

Re: Limit Bandwith Wifi

I think one has to invest some time in learning RouterOS. This website/tutorial helped me:

http://tksja.com/qos-basics-one-simple- ... all-users/

The key "ah ha" is that if Fasttrack is enabled, queues are ignored.
by robmaltsystems
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Generic question about throttling
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Generic question about throttling

Thanks - yes, very impressed with RouterOS - even in this tiny hAP mini that's I'm working with. Couldn't get a simple rule working until I found a handy tutorial that mentioned queues are disabled is Fasttrack is enabled. Very useful website: http://tksja.com/qos-basics-one-simple-queue-for-all-use...
by robmaltsystems
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Limit Bandwith Wifi
Replies: 4
Views: 3021

Re: Limit Bandwith Wifi

I'm looking to do the same as well. I guess this is the hit you have to take for RouterOS being such a powerful system - you have to learn a little more than usual to carry out might be more simple through a GUI. I've created a simple queue on wlan1 but nothing appears to be throttled so I guess I'm...
by robmaltsystems
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: What does it mean.. wireless with two chains ?
Replies: 4
Views: 19618

Re: What does it mean.. wireless with two chains ?

Very late to this thread, but is tiktube still available?
by robmaltsystems
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Generic question about throttling
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Generic question about throttling

Hands up - never even installed or used a MikroTik device but I am very interested in the range due to what appears to be a very powerful Router OS - offering a level of control and configuration way beyond other devices in the same price bracket. I'm a sometimes programmer so have no problem with g...
by robmaltsystems
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini

>You install crappy TP Link wifi routers in small cafes and this is how you treat your customers LOL. I think you'll find the reason was also in my first sentence: cost-effective solution. Sure, the 4011iGS looks like a fine device but it's well over £200 compared to £25. And the only problem with t...
by robmaltsystems
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Number of Wi-Fi connections on hAP mini

I'm always on the look out for a cost-effective Wi-Fi 4 router/access point for small cafe installations and I came across the hAP mini at Broadbandbuyer. Lovely looking device. I normally install TP-LINK TL-WA801ND but these aren't the best devices IMO ;-) Specifically they struggle with stable DHC...