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Is Your Device Snooping on You?

Naughty Companies are Eavesdropping...

You're sitting at home, watching TV or sipping that morning coffee, and talking about last night's ball game or the price of that living room sofa you've been wanting for weeks.


Next thing you know, in a few hours to a couple of days, your social media is flooded with news about the latest sporting events and discounts on home furniture! Rings a bell? It sure does with us. Well, it's not your device but rather the services running on it...


The good news is you can use MikroTik's hardware and RouterOS to get rid of all these unwanted ads, and in the video below, we teach you how to do just that!

You Decide What You Get!

Using RouterOS capabilities like the Torch or firewall configurations, with a little basic networking knowledge, you can take matters into your own hands and set about tracking down and blocking all the traffic that is undesirable for you.


More importantly, with MikroTik's RouterOS, you can do all this for free, and unlike many other devices from our competitors, you do not need to pay extra for licenses and program registration fees.

What You Need to Know?

To effectively manage to block off unwelcome traffic, you will need a basic knowledge of working with RouterOS tools and firewall settings. The possibilities are endless, but for the purposes of this tutorial, you'd find the following four episodes below quite useful.


First learn about the three main different types of expected traffic and the various stages and steps of the routing process in Layer 3. Then, watch how you can combine the power of Torch and firewall settings to block off any traffic in the most efficient way.

Devices that Get the Job Done

Based on your industry, the services you wish to deliver, and the number of simultaneous users active on your network, MikroTik has a number of offers:

For small network simulations, home lab and training facilities with 1-5 users, you can opt for the mAP and mAP lite for, as well as the hAP and hAP mini.

For more demanding setups like small to medium businesses, customer premises, home networks & small offices, system integration or VoIP, you can begin with the hEX and hEX lite for 1 to 5 users or go to higher tier hardware for 30 to 35 users like the hAP ac2 or hAP ac3 and the new-gen hAP ax2 and hAP ax3 that carry Wi-Fi 6.

There is also the RB5009 and its PoE version with 2.5 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit interfaces, 3 powering options for max uptime and notable flexibility regarding connection speeds, suitable

At the top, we have the CCR2004-16G-2S+ and its quieter version with passive cooling that handle up to 200 users for various service providers, such as ISPs, WISPs, VoIP, hosting and co-location services.


Finally, for the greatest performance in the heaviest of scenarios, you have the CCR2116 or the flagship CCR2216. The former gives you 10 Gigabit interfaces with an amazing CPU power while the latter will usher in the world of 100 Gigabit connectivity to your operation.

Need Help?

The set up of these firewall settings is quite simple and manageable when dealing with lab simulations or simple home networks. However, if you are working with more complex networks in your place of business or that of your clients, you might find yourself faced with greater challenges.


If you ever think you need help with your networks setup and especially its firewall configurations, remember that we're just a phone call away!