There are multiple ways you can provide improved WiFi coverage using additional access points. This article will cover these options and how to configure the MikroTiks using the Minim Care Portal.

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

Please update to latest stable firmware before provisioning

Wired Extenders / Wired Access Points

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. Before proceeding, confirm the  Minim enabled MikroTik gateway has already been setup and enabled in a customer account.

  1. Flash the MikroTik unit to be used as an extender with Minim.  We recommend flashing the unit with DHCP Port 1.
  2. Next, ensure the unit is setup as DHCP. This will make it so the device can receive a lease from the gateway.
  3. Navigate to the Inventory tab of the Minim Care Portal. Confirm the MAC address of the unit appears in your inventory list.
  4. Proceed to the customer account where the wired access point will be assigned.
  5. Scroll down to the Access Points section where the main gateway is displayed. Click on the + icon (see screenshot below).
  6. Enter the MAC address of the unit in the available field and then click  the Add to LAN button.
  7. Plug ether1 of the access point into a LAN port on the gateway.
  8. Wait a couple of minutes to allow the unit to come online and configure itself. When ready, it will appear as Online on the customer's account page.
  9. Go to the Router Settings tab and click the Apply button. This will ensure WiFi settings are added to this gateway.
  10. Confirm the access point was configured correctly by testing the connection. The Care Portal will show when devices are connecting to the access point.

Wireless Mesh Access Point

For homes needing more WiFi coverage and there is a challenge with running additional cables, wireless 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. Before proceeding, confirm the  Minim enabled MikroTik gateway has already been setup and enabled in a customer account.

  1. Flash the MikroTik unit to be used as an extender with Minim.  We recommend flashing the unit with DHCP Port 1.
  2. Next, ensure the unit is setup as DHCP. This will make it so the device can receive a lease from the gateway.
  3. Navigate to the Inventory tab of the Minim Care Portal. Confirm the MAC address of the unit appears in your inventory list.
  4. Proceed to the customer account where the wired access point will be assigned.
  5. Scroll down to the Access Points section where the main gateway is displayed. Click on the + icon (see screenshot below).
  6. Enter the MAC address of the unit in the available field and then click  the Add to LAN button.
  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 a couple of minutes to allow the unit to come online and configure itself. When ready, it will appear as Online on the customer's account page.
  9. Click the pencil icon next to each unit that will be included as an extension to the mesh network. Change the Mesh Type to "MikroTik" and click the Apply button.
  10. Ensure all the mesh units are online to allow them to be updated with their mesh 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.)
  11. Once each unit (including the gateway if it will be part of the mesh) are set in MikroTik mesh mode, go to theRouter Settings tab and click the Apply button. This will ensure WiFi settings are up to date.
  12. Confirm the mesh was configured correctly by testing the connection. The Care Portal will show when devices are connecting to the access point.

Use Case - 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 high-speed 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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