RouterBOARD devices come preinstalled with a RouterOS license, if you have purchased a RouterBOARD device, nothing must be done regarding the license.
For X86 systems (ie. PC devices), you need to obtain a license key.
The license key is a block of symbols that needs to be copied from your mikrotik.com account, or from the email you received in, and then it can be pasted into the router. You can paste the key anywhere in the terminal, or by clicking "Paste key" in Winbox License menu. A reboot is required for the key to take effect.
RouterOS licensing scheme is based on SoftwareID number that is bound to storage media (HDD, NAND).
You can purchase a Level 3, 4, 5 and 6. Level 1 is the demo license. The difference between license levels is shown in the table.
Level 3 is a wireless station (client) only license. Level 3 can only be obtained in large quantities.
Level 2 was a transitional license from old legacy (pre 2.8) license format. These licenses are not available anymore, if you have this kind of license, it will work, but to upgrade it - you will have to purchase a new license.
Note: current RouterOS version is 5 table modified according to that. The Upgradable-to below applies only to Keys purchased after release of v5
|Level number||0 (Demo mode)||1 (Free)||3 (WISP CPE)||4 (WISP)||5 (WISP)||6 (Controller)|
|Price||no key||registration required||volume only||Call||Call||Call|
|Upgradable To||-||no upgrades||ROS v6.x||ROS v6.x||ROS v7.x||ROS v7.x|
|Initial Config Support||-||-||-||15 days||30 days||30 days|
|Wireless AP||24h trial||-||-||yes||yes||yes|
|Wireless Client and Bridge||24h trial||-||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|RIP, OSPF, BGP protocols||24h trial||-||yes(*)||yes||yes||yes|
|EoIP tunnels||24h trial||1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited|
|PPPoE tunnels||24h trial||1||200||200||500||unlimited|
|PPTP tunnels||24h trial||1||200||200||500||unlimited|
|L2TP tunnels||24h trial||1||200||200||500||unlimited|
|OVPN tunnels||24h trial||1||200||200||unlimited||unlimited|
|VLAN interfaces||24h trial||1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited|
|HotSpot active users||24h trial||1||1||200||500||unlimited|
|RADIUS client||24h trial||-||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Web proxy||24h trial||-||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|User manager active sessions||24h trial||1||10||20||50||Unlimited|
|Number of KVM guests||none||1||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
(*) - BGP is included in License Level3 only for RouterBOARDs, for other devices you need Level4 or above to have BGP.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 January, 2013.