Report: MikroTik User Meeting 2012 – Warsaw, Poland (MuM)

Report: MikroTik User Meeting 2012 – Warsaw, Poland (MuM)

Apr 23

Phew, finally I get some time to write this event report. Apologies to all those who have been patiently waiting all this time.

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Warsaw at night

So, this was my first MuM event. I’m a relative newbie to MikroTik – somehow managed to dodge the lure of these excellent pieces of kit until sometime last year! As i’m based in the UK, flying out to Poland wasn’t too far, and I managed to kill two birds with one stone: attend the largest European MuM to date, and also participate in the excellent MTCWE training course hosted by Ron Touw (@Nest_Wireless). More about that later. Flew out from London Luton airport with Nick Shore from LinItx (@NickShore), my first time flying with WhizAir. Had no problems with them at all, but I do recommend booking online directly with them and paying the extra £7 for extra leg-room seating. Much better experience all round and no lengthy check-ins. Anyway, enough of the general blah, i’ll leave that to the end of the article, let’s get on with the MuM.

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Tranquil Marzukas hotel atrium before MuM start

This MuM was held at the MCC Mazurkas Conference Centre & Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. This is a 4-star venue with over 150 hotel rooms and function suites capable of accommodating over 1000 people. Ideal for the MuM! Fortunately as the MTCWE course was running for the 3 days before the MuM kicked off, I had opportunity to sample the Hotel and local area before the majority of people arrived. The hotel was about 30 mins by train outside of the main city centre. Not the nicest of locations, but for the purpose of a conference it was fine. Taxi fares to and from the airport seemed to vary wildly by all accounts.

The hotel wi-fi set-up was a bit strange, although it did work. Well, it worked until the Wednesday evening before the MuM, then their DHCP server ran out of leases! Great planning. Perhaps they should have asked MikroTik for some network consultancy in advance ? :-)

Kicking off on the Wednesday evening was a registration & networking (people) event hosted by MikroTik. There had been hints (not so subtle) that registered visitors to the MuM would receive some free hardware upon attending. What I don’t think people expected, myself included, was that MikroTik would be giving everyone not only a nice bag, couple of t-shirts and a pen, but also the latest routerboard 751G (!) and a Groove 5Hn. Two routers! Perfect, just what I needed, and no doubt to a lot of other’s too. Kudos, MikroTik, it was very generous of you.

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Quickset demo

Okay, so day 1, Thursday. Normunds Rustanovics from MikroTik starts the event with a talk about the new ‘Quickset’ feature in ROS v5.13+ (on compatible devices). This is a neat feature that allows you to quickly get your routerboard up and running through a web interface with a minimal configuration. Then came the part everyone was waiting for; the new product line-up and announcements!

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MikroTik Cloud Core CCR-1036 Router

New product announcements that stood out to me were the Cloud Core Router CCR-1036, the RB2011 range and the metal version of the Groove called ‘Metal SSHPN’.

The CCR-1036 is due to release this summer. I think we’ll be lucky if we actually see it by then, but we can only hope and push MikroTik to get this one out the door! It is the highest spec routerboard to date, sporting a total of 36 cores (split into different tasks) on a bespoke network-device processor chip. Not sure if it’s an FPGA or not but will update this when I find out. The CCR-1036 also comes with 12x gigabit ethernet ports, 4x SFP ports, a USB port and serial console port, with a maximum PPS throughput in the region of 15 million PPS and an ethernet backplane size of 16gbit/sec. I must admit, I am a little surprised at the specification. Where are the SFP+ ports for 10gige? Why only 12 gigabit ethernet ports? Why a tiny touchscreen LCD? I think these are questions that MikroTik should try and answer and make clear to their target audience for this device. No pricing was announced, but my guess it will still be under $1k usd. Yes, it’s still extremely good value for it’s performance, but have they missed a trick with some of my questions above? Only time will tell.

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RB2011 routerboard Range

Most of you are probably already aware of the RB2011 range coming down the line. The distinct red and black enclosures will no doubt remind you. I wonder if this is a new trend for routerboard enclosures? I hope so, but I can’t help but think many years ago there was another cheap brand of networking hardware with similar colours.

I’m still a bit puzzled as to where I would use one of these routerboards. Five gigabit ports, five fast ethernet and a single SFP port. Sure, SFP rocks for linking up your two offices over fibre. Great. Four gigabit, great. But why four fast ethernet? I suppose if you need SFP, then this is your only option (until the CCR-1036 comes out). The most likely scenario where I would recommend one of these to be used would be a SOHO environment where they have two offices they wish to link together, and more than one WAN connection they need to load balance across,  making use of the fast ethernet ports. I did like the black security wall bracket though. Nicely designed and well thought out.

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Metal 'Groove' TBC

The metal groove. This was one of my favourites for the day. A really nice die-cast enclosure, properly sealed against the weather.

I’m a big fan of metal enclosures when it comes to matters of RF. Isolating your routerboards from interference can make such a huge improvement sometimes to the speed and reliability of your wireless link that it really should not be ignored. Hopefully the next product we’ll see from MikroTik will be a metal-backed SXT type product for those CPE or P2P links. It’d be ideal for busy shared towers where everyone and their dog is saturating the band(s) with low quality plastic enclosures with spurious RF going everywhere!

 

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Interactive session on OSPF & wireless link with Ron Touw & Leo De Geer

Throughout the rest of Thursday and through to Friday there were some excellent talks by MikroTik professionals from around the globe.

One which stood out to me was hosted by Leo De Geer (from Satellithuset, Sweden) and Ron Touw (Nest Wireless) which talked about real world wireless link problems. In an interactive session with the audience, various useful tools and utilities as part of the MikroTik suite were demonstrated, including the spectral analyser and the advanced features inside ‘The Dude’. I strongly recommend you download the slides from this presentation and all of the others as there is always something to learn.

I won’t bore you by repeating the content of all of the great presentations held at the MuM, so let’s continue. There were a LOT of exhibitors at this MuM. Attendee’s really were spoilt for choice. All of my photographs from the MuM are at the bottom of this article, but i’ll call out a few vendors which really caught my eye now.

 

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300W Wind Turbine from i4wifi

i4wifi had a nice stand featuring some eco power solutions for your routerboards. Offering complete solutions including wind turbines, batteries, charging management, etc., it really was a full package. I was particularly surprised at how cheap these solutions can be now, with the smaller 300W wind turbine coming in just over a few hundred euros retail. They also stock a weather station product which I think could be a really nice companion with one of these wind generators. Think: Hill, Turbine, Routerboard, Weather Station + 3G, probably for not much more than 500 euros.

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Impressive antennas from MTI Wireless Edge

I also really liked the range of antenna products from MTI Wireless Edge. MTI manufacture a wide range of antennas covering all of the bands you are most likely ever going to need. With over 40 years experience in the field they are possibly one of the longest serving antenna manufacturers in Europe. A really professional range of products, expertly promoted by MTI’s Michel Bodenheimer. Real nice chap, drop him a note for your high-quality antenna needs. A nice simple selection for 2.4 and 5ghz p2p links with their “half foot” and “foot” panel antennas, all with a decent die-cast metal backing.

 

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Jirous antennas

Jirous had an impressive range of antennas on display on their stand. They manufacturer a wide range of high quality antennas, with some very high gain dual polarity types, for example the JRC-32 model, for those with exceptional needs! This really is a beast of an antenna. There are a lot of companies out there making antennas, but can be assured that what you get from Jirous will be a top class piece of equipment.

 

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EDCWifi range of RB replacement enclosures

For those of you wanting to customise your routerboards in your own enclosures, EDCWifi were promoting some of their product portfolio. They offer a wide range of replacement & upgrade enclosures for the various routerboards that MikroTik offer. Custom colours and silk screening are an option for bulk orders and the pricing was very keen. Something that stood out to me was a metal enclosure for the new 751 range routerboard. Definitely worth a chat to these top guys if you have any bespoke routerboard enclosure requirements.

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If you want fast ethernet throughput, then you have to take a look at what HotLava is doing. What do you get with some nice guys from California and some blistering fast ethernet adapters? 200gbps throughput, that’s what! Manufacturing a range of gigabit and 10-gigabit multi-port ethernet cards, it is now a case for motherboard chipset manufacturers (Ahem, Intel) to catch up and let these cards fly! Real insane stuff.

 

Apologies to all the other exhibitors whom I haven’t written about. As you can imagine, time and space are limited but please everyone have a look through the photo album at the end of this article for plenty of photographs from all of the exhibitors. Apologies for the quality of photos, the AWB on my phone camera did not agree with the interior lighting of the hotel!

 

Ok, so this almost concludes my event report from my first MuM event. MikroTik wrapped up the event nicely by running a raffle, both of their own and also from various exhibitors who kindly gave away many products. I myself won a panel antenna (along with about 30 other people!). Thanks again for the gift.

Whether you are a casual RB user or a networking professional reliant on MikroTik products, I strongly urge you to consider going to the next MuM event near you as they really are a good way to get insight on new products, meet lots of exhibitors and like-minded people such as yourself. Networking opportunities a’plenty (pun intended).

There are usually training courses being held before the MuM where you can get on-board the MikroTik training programme (starting with the MTCNA). I gained my MTCWE certification during the three days before this MuM event which was a great course to attend. Ron Touw is a great trainer with a huge amount of experience and a massive history in the field of RF (not just in Wi-Fi). If you need a routerboard Wi-Fi guru, Ron’s your guy!

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Pre-MuM Dinner in Poland!

I met many new people and made some new friends. See you all at the next MuM!

 

Please see all of my photographs from the MuM below. Apologies again for the quality, I promise to take a better camera and perhaps some video footage at the next one I go to!

 

 

MikroTik MuM 2012

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MuM 2012 Warsaw – Presentations for download

MuM 2012 Warsaw – Presentations for download

Mar 26

Some of the excellent presentations given at the MuM 2012 event in Warsaw, Poland, are now available to download :-

 

 

Don’t worry, my report of MuM 2012 is on its way – watch this space! (I had a cheeky holiday after the MuM, but back now! :-) )

Excited about MuM Warsaw 2012!

Excited about MuM Warsaw 2012!

Mar 10

Flying out tomorrow with Nick Shore from LinITX (@NickShore) to Warsaw, Poland for the 2012 European MuM event! From Monday to Wednesday we’re indulging in the excellent MTCWE (certified wireless engineer) course led by the infamous Ron Touw of Nest Wireless and then onto the MuM main event Thursday and Friday.

Look forward to meeting many of you there. If you see me, come say Hi!

MTCWE training at MuM 2012 Warsaw – still some places left, get in quick!

MTCWE training at MuM 2012 Warsaw – still some places left, get in quick!

Feb 10

Ron Touw (@nest_wireless) is running a three-day MikroTik Certified Wireless Engineer (MTCWE) course immediately before the MuM 2012 Warsaw event this year. There’s still a few places left on the course, and it’s a bargain price, so make sure you don’t miss out!

I’ll be doing the course to go along with my MTCNA – they’re so collectible, I want them ALL!!

For more into on the MTWCE from Ron, check out http://www.nestwireless.co.uk/index.php/trainingcourses

Biggest WISP event in Europe? That’ll be the MuM!

Biggest WISP event in Europe? That’ll be the MuM!

Feb 03

In a newsletter today from MikroTik, it is expected that this year’s European MuM event in Warsaw, Poland will be the largest WISP event in Europe:

It’s only FIVE WEEKS until the Biggest WISP Event in Europe of all times - MUM Poland 2012 !!! Warsaw/Poland, March 15-16, 2012

http://mum.mikrotik.com/register.php?section=32.

We are expecting MUM Poland 2012 to gather more than 1000 attendees thus becoming the ALL TIMES largest WISP event in Europe. Be a part of this historical event and register now for FREE!

 

And even more free hardware gifts:

We are pleased to announce that we have managed to allocate more HARDWARE GIFTS of RouterBOARD product family to 100 more MUM attendees who will register at http://mum.mikrotik.com/register.php?section=32.

 

Less than three weeks left for free registration, after Feb 21 entrance will cost $75 – so get in quick!

The event agenda has now been published, and looks to be a great one!:

 

* * Agenda | Presentations and Workshops * *

March 14, Wednesday

18:00     Meet ‘n’ greet party, early check-in, free drinks, free hardware gift

March 15, Thursday

08:00     Check-in and Exhibitor hall opens. Bring your printed tickets! 10:00     Opening and Introduction, New Amazing Product Announcements by Normunds Rustanovics (MikroTik, Latvia) 10:30     RouterOS Tips and Tricks Workshops by RouterOS professionals 12:00     Lunch time 13:30     MikroTik RouterOS as a PIM router (principles of multicast routing, PIM-SM routing protocol, other multicast related topics) by Piotr Cogiel (Inter Projekt, Poland) 14:15     High availability network services using MikroTik RouterOS (techniques how to make sure your critical services like DNS or RADIUS are running and reachable) by Martin Pina (hanacke.net, Czech Republic) 15:00     Switch Chip, Bypass and Co. – Using advanced RouterBOARD Hardware Features by Patrik Schaub (FMS Internetservice, Germany) 15:45     OSPF on Wireless – with a twist by Ron Touw (Nest Wireless, UK) and Leo De Geer (Satellithuset, Sweden) 16:30     IPV6 Security – Threats and countermeasures by Wardner Maia (MD Brasil, Brazil)

March 16, Friday

08:00     Check-in and Exhibitor hall opens. Bring your printed tickets! 09:00     Wireless workshop by RouterOS professionals 10:30     Coffee break 11:00     QoS workshop by RouterOS professionals 12:30     Lunch time 14:00     Why our link performance is not Good? (primary elements which directly affect your wireless link performance, tips to improve it) by Ahmad Mortazavi (Deltalink Electronics Ltd., Turkey) 14:30     Web skins, What are they and how the use them? (one of latest features of RouterOS which allows to create a customized user interfaces for different purposes) by Paweł Ciepliński (Poland) 15:45     Access Point Redundancy, Part 2 (advanced setup for implementing Access Point Redundancy using RouterOS) by Lorenzo Busatti (Grifonline S.r.l., Italy) 16:15     Raffle and closing of MUM

Full list of presentations is here: http://mum.mikrotik.com/2012/PL/agenda

 

 

See you in Warsaw!

 

MikroTik MuM Warsaw 2012 – 150 more to receive hardware freebies!

MikroTik MuM Warsaw 2012 – 150 more to receive hardware freebies!

Jan 26

Great news for 150 more lucky people registering for the MikroTik MuM event in Warsaw (March 2012). In an email this morning from MikroTik :-

Biggest WISP event in Europe! LESS THAN TWO MONTHS UNTIL THE MUM !!! Warsaw/Poland, March 15-16, 2012

Over 500 people have already registered for the MUM Europe 2012. The capacity of the conference room will be reached soon. We are working with the hotel to get additional space if needed, but please register IMMEDIATELY to be sure of your place.

FREE registration will end on February 21, 2012. Entrance ticket at the door will cost USD 75.

Registered attendees and the next 150 people to register will receive a HARDWARE GIFT from MikroTik! Register now to be among them http://mum.mikrotik.com/register.php?section=32.

The hotel is filling up as well, please reserve your room as soon as possible to be sure that you get one! Promotion code for booking rooms at a special price is “MIKROTIK”, more information -

http://mum.mikrotik.com/2012/PL/accomodation.

Come and see:

!!! BIG new product announcements and demos !!! New Hands On Workshop Events A raffle on the last day of the MUM with many interesting gifts from us and the vendors at the show Meet, greet, and register Wednesday night at 6PM (free beer and soft drinks) Exhibition area with distributors and vendors presenting their innovative hardware and software designs

http://mum.mikrotik.com/2012/PL/exhibitors

Where: Warsaw (Poland) When: Thu-Fri, March 15-16 Meet and greet: Wednesday, March 14, 6PM (registration and free beer) Register: http://mum.mikrotik.com/register.php?section=32 Venue: http://mum.mikrotik.com/2012/PL/accomodation Agenda: http://mum.mikrotik.com/2012/PL/agenda

Training sessions before the MUM are almost fully booked. Please be sure to register soon to get a seat. Contact the organizer to sign up!

To register for the MUM event (conference, exhibition, workshop), follow this link: http://mum.mikrotik.com/register.php?section=32