The ImageStream router (http://www.imagestream.com) is a Linux based router that offers all the flexibility of any other Linux system with the added advantage of ImageStream’s special driver component architecture and management interface called “Inetics”.Â I won’t go into the details of the Inetics platform (that’ll be another article some day), but it should be sufficient to say that it is a trememdous feature in ImageStream’s router platforms.
This article will detail the steps needed to successfully configure an ImageStream router as a replacement for a consumer grade CPE device such as a Linksys, Dlink or even the higher end Cisco Pix.Â This article will deal only with the configuration of a router with ethernet ports.Â We will see all the steps needed to get the customer online and functional.Â Items such as VPN and firewall will also be covered at a later time.
This is my first post about the Mikrotik Product.Â I will be putting up several examples in the coming weeks and months, so if you don’t see what you are looking for, be sure to contact me directly.Â Leaving a comment is fine, but not likely to be “answered” unless it is a clarification for the specific article.
This article is intended to be a short guide to help you configure a Mikrotik router to behave in a way that is similar to a soho router with a wireless connection upstream.Â This configuration is perfect for a WISP that is using devices like the RouterBoard 411 (priced at about $59), along with a CM9 or similar radio (about $40), associated power supply, outdoor enclosure/antenna, etc.Â The total cost of a flexible device like this is about $150-160, including everything needed to install at a customer’s house or business. (more…)