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.

MikroTik QoS with script now live!

I’ve just put the finishing touches to v1 of my QoS script for Mikrotik RouterOS devices. QoS is a weird one as what suits my needs may not suit yours and I go into some detail here about it but regardless to that the written tutorial with downloadable script file is now live on my site and you can find it just here.

Hope you find it useful and please do give me any feedback you may have!

MikroTik Bandwidth Test Removed!

MikroTik have recently removed this excellent little tool from their website. Whilst it is not known in the MikroTik community as being a “good” speed testing tool, it certainly has helped me out a few times testing bandwidth to one of a few co-hosted RouterOS devices and getting a good reading on the ISP delivered speeds.

This is in part to MikroTik now pushing the Traffic Generator as the new testing tool and whilst I really do hope they don’t drop the BTest server capability in future versions, I do ultimately see it coming.

So, whilst the tool has been removed from the website and it’s not even being kept in the archives, I did manage to rescue a copy from my laptop and am happily hosting on my site should there ever be a need for it.

You can download a copy of the last version of the tester from within my website here.

 

CHR completed! But not how I hoped it would be

My long ongoing build of a 1U ESXi server to run CHR on has come to an end, a frustrating end that meant I simply couldn’t live with the noise it was kicking out because of the 40mm fans and constantly comparing it to my massively overpowered i7 mATX fileserver.

As a fairly large change to the home setup I decided to pull apart about 3 of my home servers and rebuild the main storage into the spare N54L and then rebuild the “Node” into an ESXi server to host the CHR. Quad port NIC in the Node and a quick install onto the Crucial M4 128GB and it was up and running, installed the CHR and it’s moving along really well and actually turning about double the traffic capability of what the “older” Xeon was doing!

So a really big shuffle around but now I feel like I’m actually starting to do my i7 some justice and not just using it for a ridiculously overpowered power hungry file server.

Whilst doing the work I had the dog in the cave with me (not that she was much help)

UK 5Ghz Wifi March 2018

I’ve been keeping an eye on the latest updates from OFCOM and not too long ago there was a release of a notch in the 5.8Ghz channel banding which has ultimately led to creating/allowing use of some more channel space at the higher end. With a slight shuffle around of existing conventions it now means that you can effectively run 6 20Mhz links in Band C.

Below is an image (and PDF) of my proposal of how to do this along with a chart of other 5Ghz wifi usage and availability. I am by no means saying that this is the “right” or “only” way of doing this but to my logic this makes the best use of the newly available spectrum.

 

 

You can download a nice PDF version of the above chart from here.

Transitional Week Ubuntu to Windows

This week has been a bit of a milestone week for me in computing. Traditionally I’ve always maintained a Windows for gaming and Linux/Ubuntu for my work.

I’ve been keeping a track of the whole Bash on Windows thing though, as much as I do/did love my Ubuntu machines I did find myself getting a bit aggravate, simple things like Winbox not fully working as well as it should, not being able to use my copy of Adobe PS CS. Jobs where I’d normally switch my Windows machine on and then RDP into it to complete the work.

So this week I’ve made a joint move and moved both my laptop and work desktop over to Windows 10 with the alluring factor being that I won’t lose all the benefits or command-line-fu I’ve learned from my now 5 years on the CLI with Ubuntu.

An honest and unbiased review here, I’m in a great place. Windows 10 is great to use, it feels faster around the desktop and doing simple things like web browsing with Firefox. I’ve got PS back and I’m really enjoying not having to use apps which are like a cheap knock off of the “real” thing.

I’m really happy using the Windows Store in fact as well, there are some great usability apps now such as Plex an Amazon music which just bring that better level of integration to the whole experience. Also L2TP/IPSEC works without any messing about! Amazing times!

So that’s where my week has been, I’ve been concentrating on that as well as trying to put some effort into the CHR build I’ve got going on. Hopefully over the weekend the CHR build will complete and I’ll bring that up and online and I’ve recently had to do some work bringing up a guest network so I have a great video planned on ensuring they get a filtered experience that can’t be worked around!

More CHR router updates

My iDrac kit has arrived and a lot faster than I thought it would. I’ve got it installed and I’m ready to battle with it and try to learn how to get into it and access the iDrac interface.

Now to get it powered up and updated to latest firmware. Also I’ve been looking at OS for routers and OPNSense has come onto my radar, I may be tempted to spin up one of each on ESXi so I can switch between the two.