MikroTik RouterOS is the operating system of MikroTik Router BOARD. This OS can also be installed on a PC or virtual machine and turn it into a router with all the necessary features. In this tutorial, we will check the methods to connect to a MikroTik VPS.
RouterOS is a stand-alone operating system based on the Linux v2.6 kernel, and our goal here at this tutorial is to provide all the connection methods for a starter client/administrator with a quick and step by step guide. This service gives us all the networking features in a simple environment but requires a bit of knowledge of computer networks as you would expect.
Some Amazing Configurations Over MikroTik
- BW Management
- Wireless Access Point
- Hotspot Gateway
- VPN Server
How To Connect To A MikroTik VPS
There are many ways to connect a MikroTik VPS router, we will describe just the Web, Winbox, and SSH in this tutorial.
- Web (WWW) Connection
- Winbox Connection
- SSH Connection
- API For Programming Your Own Tools
- CLI With Telnet, Local Console, And Serial Console
Connect To A MikroTik VPS Through Web
This method is the easiest way to connect to a MikrotTik VPS. This connection is over port 80 and web browser. Open your web browser, type the IP of your server, and press Enter. If port 80 is open on your server, you will be redirected to a page to login to your Mikrotik VPS.
Insert Username and Password and click Login, here is a demo of web connection.
Connect To A MikroTik VPS Through Winbox
The recommended and secure method to connect to a MikroTik VPS is Winbox, it is a small utility to manage your router ( MikroTik RouterOS ), over a simple graphical environment. Also, it has a Terminal option to execute commands through this GUI. Winbox is available for Windows, IOS, Linux, and Android.
Steps To Connect To A MikroTik VPS Through Winbox
- Download Winbox software and install/run it.
- Put the IP and credentials in the fields and click on Connect.
Note: The Mikrotik default port is 8291, to connect through a specific port, insert the IP like 192.168.1.1:40410
This interface gives you all the options and features in the left panel, You can access the Terminal simply by clicking on New Terminal.
Connect To A MikroTik VPS Through SSH
Since Mikrotik is a Linux based OS, you can also manage and execute commands through SSH, it will connect you directly to the Mikrotik Terminal.
Use the following guide in order to connect through SSH.
How to Use Putty to Connect a Linux VPS (SSH)
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