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Mikrotik day (dhcp and thedude)

Moving dhcp from isc-dhcp-server to Mikrotik.
And playing with theDude and speedtesting.

I got an old linux gateway which only runs a dhcp server.
Time to move this to a Mikrotik router.

The config on this isc-dhcp-server is huge!
So i was planning to migrate some one by one by hand.
Maybe writing a script to do this automatically later on.

I’ve got loads of static configured hosts, so I change these

  • Change static entry in dhcp to a deny booting entry
  • Add a static lease to the Mikrotik
  • Restart dhcp service

Example host

#                # kodiserver
#                host kodi.example.com {
#                fixed-address;
#                hardware ethernet ae:ae:ae:ae:ae:ea;
#                }

host movekodito4011 {
   hardware ethernet ae:ae:ae:ae:ae:ea;
   deny booting;

Mikrotik config (static single entry config)
See other post about dhcp config

/ip dhcp-server lease
add address= mac-address=EA:EA:EA:EA:EA:EA:EA

The Dude

The dude is a cool tool which connects to your MT and generates all kinds of cool info.
I was trying to get the frequency spectral scan working.
But it generates a nice network map also.

Easy to install under linux

  • Install wine
  • Download thedude from the MT website
  • start “wine dude_install.exe”
  • cd ” /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Dude”
  • wine dude.exe

Mikrotik and Zerotier

Today i’ve upgraded one of my Mikrotiks to 7.8.

And installed the zerotier extra package!
I’m not going to explain what zerotier is .. read it here:

I already did some tests using my phone and a linux server.

  1. Upgrade to the latest stable version (at this time : 7.8)
  2. Install from the extra packages zerotier-7.8.arm.npk
    upload to the files folder and reboot your MT

Add zerotier network

Allow connection in the Zerotier Gui

Mikrotik changes from ACCESS_DENIED to OK

Ping test from MT to my Phone !

Maybe we could setup a adhoc zerotier network with some of my friends to do some remote assisting when needed!

Android and devices in your neighbourhood

When i play around with Arduino’s which i have flashed and start with their own access points. It’s sometimes not clear which remote IP is connected.

Applications like Tasmota,Wled and Easyesp startup with their own Access Point, which you can use to connect to and configure them to your real accesspoint.
So you connect to this temporary AP, and want to remote access it with your phone’s browser. Not all apps (certainly not my apps) have a captive portal. Most won’t .. Which ip to use to connect?

Install JuiceSSH of you don’t have it .. it’s a must have really

Select quick connect – local device

Enter command “ip neigh”, It wil show devices connected to your android phone or which where broadcasting in your network-neighbourhood

Most of the times it also your default gw .. which can be found in settings. But above gives you more information.

Phpipam – Added Switch port Custom Field

Added custom fields to Phpipam, so i can remove my port sheet and administer everything in Phpipam. And to prepare for a Augmented reality project i want to create.

Howto add fields:
Go to the administrator menu on the right.
Select IP related management > Custom fields
Custom IP addresses fields press the plus sign
Give it a name and description.
I’m using varchar(10) at the moment
so i can enter switchname:port (media:4)

See below for a example: Using a QR code and the information, i want to display port information using a app.

Example Augmented switch ports