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Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:06 pm
by alphalt
Hello,

I've seen feature request for Metarouter image installations on microSD card, but I want to hear from developer if this feature is under plans or it will be never supported ? Its important to me because I have two options: wait for implementation of feature or buy another routerboard for full OpenWRT installation. So its interesting.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:36 am
by janisk
There are few things that prevent us from implementing this feature at this moment. So, yes, MetaROUTER support for external cards is planned.

Just out of curiosity, what feature you are missing in RouterOS, that you so readily want to install OpenWRT on router or in MetaROUTER?

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:52 am
by alphalt
Hello,

Thanks for answering !
I think RouterOS is full of features that any router need, but with OpenWRT we can have running linux machine so I was planning to install intrusion prevention system (snort) and also apache web server. I don't need for additional linux server running web server for example. Off course web server is not router's task, but intrusion prevention system would be good to have in router itself. Anyway Metarouter is like an additional linux server PC just running on the same hardware platform as router. That is awesome, but I don't like to waste internal flash write cycles for that.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:29 pm
by janisk
metarouter on micro-sd will not be available for some time.

Also, about flash memory - it is writeable a lot of times, and you should not worry about writes. At least RouterOS works for years on few nand storage several generations older than ones used now.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:34 pm
by alphalt
The most important thing is that microSD support is on planing list.
Now I'll try to configure Metarouter on internal flash and start to use it. Hope it will be possible to mount microSD partition with Metarouter and install additional packages on it ?

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:15 pm
by janisk
now you cannot access that storage from MetaROUTER or any other hardware that is available on host.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:18 pm
by alphalt
I see. Then I'll check what is better: Metarouter or new routerboard with OpenWRT installed on it. The most important think for me at this moment is snort installation. It would be nice to know how much approximate wites will be made per day to internal flash if I use Metarouter, but I think its too hard to predict.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:10 pm
by janisk
it highly depends on your configuration. For example if you use remote logging and you are getting data from some database that resides somewhere else, writes should be minimal if there at all, and reads do not do anything.

it may wary, but 1 sector on NAND should be writeable 100`000 times. and that is a lot.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:19 pm
by alphalt
Agree... That's a lot. Its bad that I have already have one bad sector :)
I think I will go for Metarouter anyway and at the same time will wait for microSD support. Thanks for information !

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:44 pm
by robertpenz
@janisk: You asked why someone whats to have OpenWRT. We need it in our small remote locations for a Radius Server that can perform 802.1x and MAC authentication. We're replicating the data from the central server and the switches have both server configured. so if there is a problem with one server or the WAN connections the users still get authenticated.

Our problem now is that the new 1100AH has 40MB of flash (25Mb free) which is not that much if you're using OpenWRT with Radius and other stuff. It would be cool if we could move the Metarouter to the mircoSD.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:23 am
by janisk
unfortunately i cannot influence dates when the feature is implemented. Got on the list thought.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:41 pm
by fbotha
Hi MikroTik Support

Been using Mikrotik Routerboard for a few years now and have only recently started using the METAROUTER virtualization functionality.

It is totally awesome and probably one of the coolest features of the Mikrotik devices.

If at all possible can you BUMP the feature request for running METAROUTER on top of external MicroSD / USB storage.

It would unlock so many cool possibilities which require sufficient storage i.e. Media Servers / Web Servers / File Servers / Webcam Security Servers, etc.

Kind Regards

Frikkie Botha

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:29 pm
by guglez
Hi MikroTik Support,


any updates on this?

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:06 pm
by marklodge
Bump... 7 years later

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:39 pm
by Paternot
Yes, install Metarouter on the SD would be really great. Now, with the Hex3 (RB750Gr3), even more.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:38 pm
by isKUL
unfortunately i cannot influence dates when the feature is implemented. Got on the list thought.
Hello MikroTik Support! How are things with the implementation of storage on external USB (Flash, External SSD) media virtual images of guest operating systems in MetaROUTER? I own a great device RouterBOARD 962UiGS-5HacT2HnT, the worst drawback - memory storage of only 16MB, it is very small! I can't use virtualization features ... Urgently implement this opportunity, and you will have many more customers! I really want to get VOIP-server, Console-Torrent-Client on my MikroTik RouterBOARD!

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:42 pm
by DrNeuhaus
Hello everyone! Same here with RouterBOARD 962UiGS-5HacT2HnT. Please, Mikrotik, add an ability to use a USB storage to place MetaROUTER VMs.

Re: Metarouter on microSD, will it be ever supported ?

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:59 pm
by andrewlp
At this point how about an option to remove the almost useless feature? Everytime I see this option I get excited and then remember it useless with the pitiful amount of space on the devices that do support it :(