Securing RouterOS written guide is now Live!

This is probably one of the most important (and overlooked) aspects of using an internet capable router. Security of your device is paramount an you should always do everything you can to protect it. I’ve got both a written and video tutorial to show try and help you achieve a solid security solution so you can be safe in the knowledge that your router is unreachable from unauthorised sources.

What’s happening? 04/03/2018

I’ve pumped out a fair amount of tutorials recently and then had a bit of a hard stop. The work is carrying on in the background. I have loads of plans for more tutorials primarily based on MikroTik but there will be some Ubiquiti elements thrown in.

Project home router is at an odd point, I’ve re-ignited it but not done any further work to it. I’m currently waiting for a full iDrac setup to come through from China to see if I can quiet it off and I’m also waiting for the opportunity to re-paste the CPU to make sure I’m getting the best possible thermal setup out of it. I’m still undecided what to do with it, I have a quad port NIC but reality is I wish it was an SFP card and I can’t run both. Either way it can’t be any worse (apart from noise) than the RB3011 which is dropping ports and getting a lot of hard CPU usage under load.

I’ve also had to reinstall my trusty laptop, Ubuntu was aggravating me and some apps just weren’t what I wanted so have reinstalled to Windows 10 and have spent a few days getting it set up exactly how I want it. Some new editions to my Windows portfolio include Notepad++ which I’d never used until now but is absolutely awesome especially when combined with a user defined RouterOS language and the biggest surprise was the Bash on Windows functionality that W10 offers, simply it’s brilliant and now I genuinely have no drawbacks to moving back to Windows. I may drop a few posts about that in the future as simple stuff like SSH tunnelling is now so much easier from the Windows desktop.

As time has been short I’ve not managed to put a lot up to YouTube however have had a couple of gaming sessions which I’ve streamed to Twitch. I’ve been playing with some frames and scrolling text and I think I’m about there with those now. I’ve also ony just discovered StreamLabs which I have set up but am still waiting to sit down and learn intimately and get it set up to the standards I want.

Having a great time with my tech at the moment, I never seem to have enough time to do what I want and I’m eagerly waiting the launch of the new Ryzen+ or Ryzen2 kit in a couple weeks time as I’m definitely upgrading. 4Ghz seems to be the way to go!

 

UPnP Tutorial Now Completed

UPnP is helpful in certain situations where you need a device to poke holes in your firewall for particular services, the most common usage of UPnP in MikroTik is for online gamers who want to achieve an open NAT type for their XBOX One’s, PS4’s and other applicable gaming consoles. Some CCTV systems do offer usage of UPnP for remote viewing. UPnP is seen as a bit of a security flaw because it allows devices to poke their own holes, if a device becomes compromised it could open your network up to a lot of nasty stuff from the web, you should only really use it as a temporary measure whilst you employ a good port forwarding structure or where port forwarding is not possible.

Both written and video tutorials are now written for adding UPnP to your router using MikroTik RouterOS. UPnP is a nice easy one to do but should only be used if you absolutely can’t forward the relevant ports.

Written tutorial can be found here

Video can be found here