MikroTik SXT LTE Kit – The obvious next step.

Image result for mikrotik sxt lte

I’ve recently been lucky enough to be included in a friends deployment of a MikroTik SXT LTE kit.
Having previously had a full hands on play with the kit, it is typical MikroTik quality, average quality plastic with a brilliant performance for a less than average price.

The purpose of the installation was to remove the tired fixed wireless link he had which was only the region of around 10/2Mb and wasn’t the most cost effective solution.
Being a semi rural location meant a fixed line solution wasn’t going to work and mobile phone signal wasn’t awful returning better than wireless access speeds.

The decision was made to put in an SXT and with the help of an unlimited data SIM card, he is getting speeds far superior to the FWA, cheaper monthly outlay and it’s unlimited which is something the WISPS tend not to do.

When there is 4G access this good it is a stark signal that there is light at the end of the tunnel for those who aren’t blessed by Openreach and their fibre.

Speedtest result of a recently deployed SXT LTE

Bored of my Board

IMG_20190826_093530

After having my current set up now for around a year and a half I’ve started tinkering trying to get some more efficiency and better performance out of it. Unfortunately the Asus board I had wasn’t the strongest of the bunch so an upgrade was needed. The swap out was absolutely flawless and along with a Windows re-install it is absolutely flying along and with little to no effort it has clocked up to 4.8Ghz already. I’ve got kit for a delid to bring the temperatures down so 5Ghz is on the horizon somewhere.

IMG_20190824_120114

CHR back in place with a shuffle around

2019-04-10_08-43-07

The new PSU has worked so far so it was back up into the attic rack for my R210ii. No other modifications although if it manages a couple of weeks I will most likely look into some Noctua fans to quiet it off a bit. A bit of a tidy up as well removing some old switches and getting the patch panel in line.
One of the next jobs on the list will be to get a “CRS3XX” down into the cave so I can take advantage of some 10GB goodness with failover on 2 of the 3 fibres.

A breathe of life for the CHR

There has been a glimmer of hope for the CHR. I’ve come across a donor R210 with a power supply that is in brilliant condition, installed the power supply and it burst back into life. A good hour getting ESXi re-installed to the SSD I’d wiped and then reloading a CHR image onto it then carefully copying over the config and it’s just about ready to bring back into service.

I’ll be sorry to part ways again with the Hex and the FastTrack setup but this time around with the CHR I’ll be going for a really big QoS tree build.

So Much Broken MikroTik

What an absolute nightmare of a week so far!

Friday afternoon my beloved Dell R210ii decided to eat it’s own PSU, completely rendering the box useless and along with it my CHR routing my home network. It’s fine though as I made backups, which I stored within the CHR, so can’t access them #feelsbadman

Never mind, I quickly pulled out my CCR1009 which I retrieved from a scrap pile and whilst it had faulted 1 or 2 times had never completely keeled over. I configured it up and replaced the CHR, after a few hours of tweaking and trying to resume normality as well as activating fast track as CHR can’t do that), home was up and running.

Monday morning, got some weird things going on in the network, checked the CCR and it was reporting traffic on interfaces I knew weren’t even connected as well as flapping on the SFP port which the other end showed as solid. The CCR has now been marked for removal. I am so thankful of having a “spare” RB750Gr3 Hex unit about though as that should keep the family quiet whilst I work out where to go from here. Currently my poultry 55Mb connection won’t stress it but I have been eyeing up a Virgin Media upgrade to 350Mb next which looks set to increase to 500Mb in the next few months, who knows, Gigabit may be round the corner as well. Either way, I’m not confident the little Hex can do that so back to the drawing board and looking for a unit to suffice my needs.