Network/MikroTik RB493G

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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: None
Make/Model: RouterBOARD 493G (google)
Arrival Date: December 2019
Does it work?: yes
Certification Needed?: yes
Contact: CTO
Floorplan: 3C
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As of January 2020, Hive13's internet connection has been moved to a MikroTik RouterBOARD 493G donated by Drew K. This RouterBOARD platform features nine 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, three miniPCI slots for wireless radios, and an unpowered USB port inside the case.

Managing the router

There are several ways to manage a RouterOS device. You can:

  • Connect to the serial port on the router (9600,8,N,1) to access the CLI
  • Connect over SSH (LAN only) to access the CLI
  • Use the Winbox application to access a graphical configuration interface and the CLI
  • Use a web browser to access a graphical configuration interface (similar to Winbox) and the CLI

RouterOS has extensive documentation on the MikroTik wiki site.

How to update the firmware

Winbox or Web
  • Go to System > Packages
  • Click the "Check for updates" button
  • If an update is available, you will see a Download and a Download&Install button
  • Take a moment to review the displayed changelog.
  • The Download button will simply download the new firmware to be installed at the next reboot. Download&Install will additionally trigger an immediate reboot.
CLI
  • Type /system package update check-for-updates and wait for the message.
  • If an update is available, type either /system package update download or /system package update install. These commands have the same effect as the Download or Download&Install buttons in Winbox.
Alternate method
  • Visit https://mikrotik.com/download and find the main package for the Stable branch of RouterOS. The RouterBOARD 493G is a MIPSBE device.
  • Download the .npk file to your computer.
  • Upload the .npk file to the router using Winbox (click Files on the left side) or via SFTP
  • Reboot the router to install.