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.