RouterOS is an operating system from MikroTik, primarily designed for network hardware based on RouterBOARD and used to manage routers. It is also possible to install the system on a personal computer compatible with i386 architecture, thus turning it into a router.
The system supports a large number of protocols and network interfaces, allowing you to use the computer, depending on the purpose, as a firewall, VPN server, FTP server, proxy server, wired or wireless access point and much more. The user is provided with a selection of the desired components during installation. The WinBox graphical utility is used for configuration; besides, there is a possibility to access settings through the web-interface or SSH terminal, as well as through serial COM-port and HyperTerminal. On the official website there is a large amount of documentation, which developers maintain up to date.
It should be noted that RouterOS is installed on a clean hard drive and cannot work as a second operating system (for example, with Windows). A properly configured program does not require the constant presence of an administrator, and demonstrates good fault tolerance and reliability in standalone operation.
- several interfaces for remote control of the system;
- High reliability and fault tolerance;
- Support for a large number of hardware networking devices and personal computers;
- support for a large number of protocols and network interfaces;
- Ability to work as a firewall, router, MPLS-device, VPN-server, wireless access point, DHCP-server, hot-spot server, proxy-server and so on;
- QoS standard support;
- the ability to hide local networks via NAT Masquerading;
- A large number of different tools for network operation and maintenance;
- Developed documentation system.