The Mikrotik has a really easy way of quickly get it running, Quick Set. In order to have the option, you must have at least one wireless interface, and 2 or more ethernet interfaces.
First step is to connect to your router using Winbox:
Login into the router by scanning for the router from the WinBox the […] button near [Connect]. Once you found the router, you can connect by clicking the MAC address. The default user is admin with no password.
Once you’re logged in click on Quick Set at the top left corner.
On the top left select AP
On the Wireless side, you need to put:
– SSID – the name of your wireless network.
– Frequency – the channel that it will work – I suggest not to put the sixth frequency (2437) since is the most used, and use first (2412), third (2422) or the ninth (2452) one.
– Band – normally 2GHz B/G but select the one you need (most current devices use G or N wireless band), just select the one with the most options. Be aware that normal wireless devices uses 2GHz band not 5GHz band.
– Channel Width: normally stick to 20 MHz, but if you have wireless N devices and the wireless card supports N band, you can select the 40 MHz width.
– Country: no_country_set will be OK.
– Security: tick WPA and WPA2
– Encryption: tick tkip and aes ccm
– Pre-Shared Key: write your wireless password.
On Configuration side:
– Mode: Router.
On WAN (Internet connection):
NOTE: in order to mark the WAN interface you need to go to IP -> UPnP Settings -> Intrafaces -> double click on the interface connected to your ISP and select Type external. If the interface is not there, ass it with the red + sign.
– Address acquisition: select the way you connect to the ISP. You need to confirm with your ISP how you connect. Most of them use PPPoE.
– PPPoE User and PPPoE Password – the ones from your ISP.
– LAN IP Address: the IP for wireless. Use /24 t the end. Normally use 192.168.1.1/24. This will allocate the IP’s from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254 to devices on LAN.
– Bridge All LAN Ports – you can tick the option and in that case the IP Addresses from the previous step will be shared with the Ethernet ports and put the wireless and wired devices in the same LAN.
– DHCP Server – tick to have the IP’s allocated automatically, with all the right settings.
– NAT – tick. It’s a must.
Click OK and your router is set up.