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Article from ADMIN 77/2023
Most routers provided by ISPs are built cheaply, come with low-quality firmware, and are insufficient even for basic tasks. MikroTik manufactures a line of affordable routers for those in need of professional network gear.

MikroTik is a Latvian manufacturer of network equipment whose main audience comprises small Internet service providers (ISPs) and wireless connectivity providers. What makes MikroTik's offerings interesting for home users and administrators of small business networks is that their low-end products offer a lot of features for the money. Deploying a small router from MikroTik feels like deploying consumer-grade hardware loaded with enterprise-grade firmware (Figure 1).

Figure 1: MikroTik equips their low-end SOHO routers with the same firmware they use for their more powerful products. Pictured is a RouterBOARD RB3011UiAS-RM intended for a network rack – clearly not a router designed for home users.

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I was forced to learn network administration when my university migrated to a digital distribution platform for resources and documentation necessary to follow classes online. The University's plan was built on the premise that every student had a serviceable Internet connection at home; yet, I was stuck with a pitiful one. My ISP provided 3Mbps of symmetric bandwidth in an age in which

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