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woodchuck
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Routerboard configuration as WiFi client

Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:09 am

Hi All,

I am just getting started with the MikroTik gear, coming mainly from the Cisco world. I purchased a Routerboard RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN WiFi router to be deployed as the gateway device to my home computer lab. The layout is roughly as follows:

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The lab network switches will use the Ethernet ports on the Routerboard to connect their external / internet interfaces. I would like the Routerboard to get its upstream connectivity using its own WiFi link to connect to the existing home WiFi router.

How would I configure the MikroTik Routerboard to do this?

Thanks for any advice!!!!
 
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Re: Routerboard configuration as WiFi client

Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:19 pm

hi:

Connect your device to the MikroTik wireless network › Connect to MikroTik (Winbox, SSH, telnet, IOS/Android APP) › Use a WiFi Analyzer to find channel of the public wifi– Or Background SCAN by mikrotik › Change channel of the physical wlanto match the Upstream AP› Put SSID of the Upstream WiFi in the Virtual AP– Wait for connecting
source with detail: https://mum.mikrotik.com/presentations/ ... 599323.pdf
 
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Re: Routerboard configuration as WiFi client

Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:44 pm

I would personally do the following (with Winbox starting from stock configuration):
1. Connect to a LAN port of the RB2011 with cable
2. Exclude the Wi-Fi interface from the bridge - Bridge -> Ports -> Delete the Wi-Fi interface
3. Include the Ether1 interface in the bridge - Bridge - Ports -> Open ether2 -> Copy -> Change the interface in the new dialog to ether 1 -> OK
4. Adjust which is the WAN port - Interfaces -> Interface list - WAN -> wlan1
5. Connect the Wi-Fi interface as a client to the Wi-Fi network of Home WiFi router - Wireless -> WiFi interfaces -> wlan1 -> Scan -> find the WiFi network and press Connect
6. Adjust the security settings of the WiFi client - Wireless -> Security Profiles -> default -> Mode: dynamic keys; Authentication Types WPA/WPA2 PSK (or other, depending on the security settings of the Home WiFi router)
If everything is OK with the security settings the RB2011 will connect to the home router
7. Enable the DHCP client of the RB2011 on the WiFi interface - IP -> DHCP client -> Change ether1 to wlan1

If everything is OK the RB2011 will receive an IP address from the Home WiFi Router and all of the clients connected to the Ethernet ports of the RB2011 will have an access to the Internet.
 
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Re: Routerboard configuration as WiFi client

Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:08 pm

Fantastic and helpful responses. Thank you guys!

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