Mesh on MikroTik is now available and compliments our support of mesh using GL-iNet or Sercomm units which are already accredited for Mesh use with Minim.

There are multiple ways you can provide improved WiFi coverage using additional access points. We're going to explore these options and how to configure those within the Minim Care Portal.

All of our accredited MikroTik devices can support being part of a mesh and being a wired access point. 

Wired Extenders / Wired Access Point

Wired Access Points provide a very consistent connection and strong backhaul in homes with challenging RF environments. A cable is run from a LAN port on the gateway to the WAN port on the access point to achieve this setup. 

To setup a wired access point, follow the steps below. We'll assume you have a Minim enabled MikroTik gateway already setup.

  1. flash a mikrotik unit with Minim (recommend flashing with DHCP Port 1)
  2. ensure the unit is setup as DHCP so that it can get a lease from the gateway
  3. ensure the unit appears in your inventory tab in the Minim Care Portal
  4. find the subscriber you wish to add the access point to and go into the subscriber overview in the Minim Care Portal
  5. Click on the + icon next to "Access Points" (see screenshot below)
  6. Enter the mac address of the unit next to "MAC Address" and then click "Add to LAN"
  7. Plug ether1 of the access point into a LAN port on the gateway
  8. Wait for a couple of minutes while the unit comes online and configures, you should see it appear online
  9. Go to "Router Settings" and press the "Apply" button, this will ensure WiFi settings are added to this gateway.
  10. Test the setup, you have now increased the wireless coverage.

For homes needing more wifi coverage where is is challenging to run cables, mesh provides the ability to add more coverage by simply adding new access points.

To setup a wireless mesh access point, follow the steps below. We'll assume you have a Minim enabled MikroTik gateway already setup.

  1. flash a mikrotik unit with Minim (recommend flashing with DHCP Port 1)
  2. ensure the unit is setup as DHCP so that it can get a lease from the gateway
  3. ensure the unit appears in your inventory tab in the Minim Care Portal
  4. find the subscriber you wish to add the access point to and go into the subscriber overview in the Minim Care Portal
  5. Click on the + icon next to "Access Points" (see screenshot below)
  6. Enter the mac address of the unit next to "MAC Address" and then click "Add to LAN"
  7. Plug ether1 of the access point into a LAN port on the gateway
    alternatively, you can configure this unit elsewhere as long as it can get internet access to pickup it's configuration.
  8. Wait for a couple of minutes while the unit comes online and configures, you should see it appear online
  9. Click the pencil icon next to each unit you want to form part of a wireless mesh.
  10. Change the "Mesh Type" to "MikroTik" and press apply.
  11. Ensure all the mesh units are online to allow them to pickup their configuration.
    At this point we set up a WDS configuration and have each unit selected join this. You should not select MikroTik Mesh Type for wired backhaul.
  12. Once each unit (including the gateway if it will be part of the mesh) are set in MikroTik mesh mode, go to "Router Settings" and press the "Apply" button, this will ensure WiFi settings are up to date.
  13. Test the setup, you have now increased the wireless coverage.

Faster Wireless Mesh

Using units such as the hAP AC Lite, hAP AC2 or RB4011 for wireless mesh work exceptionally well, but they share their backhaul with the devices accessing the network. 

If you need to support faster networks, for FTTH or other highspeed applications, we recommend using devices with dedicated backhaul networks such as the MikroTik Audience. These devices have a third-radio, used for backhaul ensuring higher speeds for the subscriber devices.

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