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RouterOS is the operating system of RouterBOARD

It can also be installed on a PC and will turn it into a router with all the necessary features - routing, firewall, bandwidth management, wireless access point, backhaul link, hotspot gateway, VPN server and more.

You can compare the different license Level features on this page in our manual.


Try RouterOS now by using our online demo routers

Connect via SSH or download our graphical application WinBox (latest version). When connecting in either way, use the address or Username is "demo" and there is no password.

You can also open the web configuration interface in your web browser: and


Installing RouterOS on an x86 machine is very simple

PC: Download the ISO image, burn it to CD and boot from it. Your new router will run for 24 hours without a license (turn it off to stop the timer). During this time you can try all the features of RouterOS.

Other x86: Netinstall will write RouterOS to any secondary drive you have attached to your Windows PC. Move the drive to your Router PC and boot it.

Both installation methods, plus upgrade files and more - on our download page.


Virtual environments now have special treatment: CHR

CHR, short for Cloud Hosted Router, is a new approach specifically made for Virtual Machines both locally and in the cloud. Optimised drivers, a new and more affordable licensing scheme, transferable licenses and more.

CHR is a special installation image, which is available for free on our download page, or directly in the Amazon AWS marketplace. Read mode in the PDF brochure.


Learning more about our software

RouterOS has extensive documentation and a Forum. Additionally we conduct Training and User Meetings.


Also our technical support team will try to answer your questions, and our trained consultants will help you configure your routers.


Purchasing a license for RouterOS

To use RouterOS after the free trial, a license key is required. You can obtain license keys in the MikroTik Account server. If you don't have an account yet, click on "New Account" there in the top-right corner of this page.

When purchasing the license, a SoftID number will be asked - this can be copied from the router's License menu.

To view license key level differences, see the comparison table.

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