There is one thing I can't understand.
Lets talk about an 20$ stupid router. If you want to change LAN ip address, you just have to modify LAN address from 192.168.1.1 ti 192.168.2.1. But if you want to do this in mikrotik, you have to :
2.IP-dhcp server-dhcp config
For such an advanced operating system, this is more than stupid, is ridiculous.
well if it's that stupid it's an easy fix for you.
You know, i use this at my advantage, i can have the router on 192.168.89.0/16 and run a DHCP for 192.168.88.0/24
so as you see you can actually do more with a 50$ router then a linkshit 20$ router ( which are now around 120$ around here)
of course if you need KISS then you could get a linksys that would actually setup the dst-nat and masquerades for you with a simple
Application Forwarding tab .. lol but then you lack any of the multitude of functions this has.
Im running 10 VPN's ipseced on different subnets to 6 different offices with multitude of servers and such connecting
i call it my spider web
try that with a 20$ router
try mesh/hotspot/custom routing, scripts etc... that what you get here
i learned the hard way that dhcp doesnt update if you change ip directly, but then again it's part of the troubleshooting process,
it takes 1 sec to see device gets a wrong ip and from there you know it's dhcp the culprit.
so basically, i prefer having to think about something then someone deep throat feeding me the answer.
if this pisses you off, then i can imagine that you are using core basic functionalities of the routers, when you get into more advanced functionalities, you will need the train of thoughts that these small hickups procured you.
my 0.02 canadian cents, (0.01 us i guess)
BTW another thing to checkout is that some encryptions need current time to be accurate, so you should install the ntp-client package ( why not default ? no idea ) to keep time on reboots/power failures.