MikroTik RouterOS is a Linux-based operating system that creates PC-based routers. You use a router to send packets from one network to another. Routers are the basis for networks and allow the Internet to function. You can install RouterOS on a PC, and it will turn the PC into a router with all the necessary and standard features found on a router: routing, wireless access points, firewall control, backhaul link, bandwidth management, hot spot gateway and VPN server.
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Things you need
- Blank CD
Download and burn the RouterOS ISO image to CD. Download the license from MikroTik (see Resources). To install the RouterOS from a CD, the software license is necessary.
Install the RouterOS software on the hard drive, and accept the defaults. Note that this deletes the data on the hard drive. Reboot the PC when you're finished.
Log in to the router using the terminal console feature that is on the screen. When the login prompt appears, type "admin." There is no password to enter when logging in to the router for the first time.
Type "/set-up" at the terminal console to enable the router configuration. Here you can configure an interface (the router connection to the network), assign an IP address and subnet mask to it, and configure the default route.
Tips and warnings
- When you install the RouterOS on the hard disk, it will be reformatted entirely during the installation, which means that all data on it will be lost.
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