What is MikroTik?
MikroTik is a manufacturer of versatile, cost-effective wireless and wired networking solutions, aimed specifically at ISPs, enterprises and residential customers. Their products are powered by RouterOS, a powerful network routing operating system used in thousands of networks across all continents. Starting with the unlicensed 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, they have developed a fixed wireless broadband product portfolio that caters for many WISP applications, ranging from short-range high-throughput solutions for urban deployments, all the way to extra-long range, robust wireless connectivity solutions for rural deployments. Their product range also includes other aspects of networking, such as indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi, beautiful and powerful 3G and LTE home routers, as well as copper and fibre switching and routing products with port capacities of more than 10Gbps. In their quest to deliver powerful routing power to as many people as possible, their latest products include a range of Core routers that deliver high networking performance at the best price point in the market, and more recently, they launched a range of CAT5/6 copper products to emulate fibre-to-the-home and fire-to-the-business connectivity, at a -reduced price – they call this technology GPEN – Gigabit Passive Ethernet Network.
History of MikroTik
MikroTik is a Latvian company which was founded in 1996 to design routers and wireless ISP systems. MikroTik has evolved throughout the years and offer provide flexible, feature-rich and cost-effective hardware and software solutions for Internet Service Providers and enterprises across the globe. Their experience in using industry-standard PC hardware and complete routing systems enabled them to create their own operating system in 1997, called RouterOS. RouterOS provides extensive stability, control, and flexibility for all kinds of data interfaces and routing solutions. In 2002 MikroTik decided to manufacture their own hardware, and the RouterBOARD brand was born. They have resellers across the globe, including South Africa. The latest products from MikroTik are specifically designed to make existing Internet technologies faster, more powerful and affordable to a wider range of users. You can buy these best-of-breed MikroTik products directly from www.miro.co.za.
Pros of using MikroTik in South Africa
Many of MikroTik’s loyal South African customer base, not only love their products but also choose MikroTik specifically for the RouterOS software. MikroTik RouterOS is a router operating system and software that turns regular PC or MikroTik RouterBOARD hardware into a dedicated router. Some of the main features of MikroTik’s RouterOS include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support, custom Nv2 TDMA protocol, advanced Quality of Service (QoS), stateful firewall, tunnels (VPN), STP bridging with filtering, WDS and Virtual AP, hotspots for Plug-and-Play access, RIP, OSPF, BGP, MPLS routing, Remote WinBox GUI and Web admin, high availability with VRRP, bonding of interfaces, Telnet/mac-telnet/ssh/console admin, real-time configuration and monitoring, 3G/LTE support, OpenFlow support.
MikroTik has a wide range of products, – including indoor and outdoor Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and wireless access point (AP) solutions, carrier-grade routers with cutting edge multi-core CPUs and their Smart Switch series, as well as small integrated copper and fibre routers running on RouterOS for assembling your own systems. MikroTik has more than 160 different products available on offer.
MikroTik is not only known for their wide range of different products and technologies but also their easy to use operating system. Mikrotik’s experience and knowledge have allowed them to become a global brand, servicing almost every business, from the biggest enterprise corporate giants to home users – MikroTik has a solution for every need!
MiRO’s partnership with MikroTik
MiRO South Africa has been supplying MikroTik’s range of products for over 16 years and has since played a pivotal role in the expansion of MikroTik in Southern Africa. MiRO is committed to managing a reliable and steady supply chain of MikroTik products in Southern Africa and is fully equipped to support the brand in the local market. Not only can you purchase your MikroTik devices from MiRO, but MiRO can also assist you with pre-sales support, internationally-certified training, and after-sales support.
MiRO stocks the latest and greatest MikroTik range to ensure you too can make the right choice when choosing the best solution that will work for you.
Their comprehensive range includes:
· Indoor and Outdoor 2.4HGz, 5GHz and 60GHz CPE and AP solutions to suit every budget.
· Carrier-grade routers with cutting edge multi-core CPUs and the MikroTik Smart Switch Series.
· Small integrated routers running RouterOS for assembling your own systems.
· Accessories such as RouterBoard cases, Power Supplies and RouterBoards.
· Fibre Solutions such as the CWDM range
· GPEN concept product range.
· MikroTik certified trainings are hosted frequently across South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nairobi, Swaziland and Lesotho. These certified trainings include MTCNA, MTCNE, MCWE and MTCRE.
How much does MikroTik cost?
Register with MiRO at www.miro.co.za and download their complete MikroTik price list for pricing.
Does MikroTik have a platform for my FAQ’s?
Yes, you can visit https://forum.mikrotik.com/
What do I need to connect my home AP?
You can download the MikroTik Mobile App - https://mikrotik.com/mobile_app - You can use the MikroTik smartphone app to configure your router in the field or to apply the most basic initial settings for your MikroTik home access point. The app is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. It is the best way to configure a new device, as it provides a simple and user-friendly setup screen for the most basic settings of your new router. It also features an advanced menu, for the more experienced user.
How can I get training for myself and/or my staff on all things MikroTik?
Simply visit https://miro-academy.co.za/ to see when we have Certified MTCNA training available, alternatively, you can Register for MiRO Academy on the same link for your sales staff to get sales training on all things MikroTik.
How do I know that my changelogs are the right ones?
All historical and current changelogs can be seen here, just follow this link https://mikrotik.com/download/changelogs, you can also see all current and historical releases on this link to the Download Archive, https://mikrotik.com/download/archive
Do I have to update the firmware on my MikroTik devices?
If you are already running RouterOS, upgrading to the latest version can be done by clicking on "Check For Updates" in QuickSet or System > Packages menu in WebFig or WinBox. See the documentation for more information about upgrading and release types.
What is the Dude?
The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik which can dramatically improve the way you manage your network environment. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems. https://mikrotik.com/thedude
How do I stay up to date with the latest MikroTik specials?
To stay up to date with the latest promotions you can subscribe to the MiRO newsletter or email email@example.com to find out about MiRO’s latest offerings.
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