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Turn an Old PC into a LAN Server with RouterOS, Part 1

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Want an enterprise router for your network at a fraction of the cost of a Cisco router? Connect your offices together, remotely access files, run enterprise Wi-Fi encryption, and more. Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, shows you how to get started with the MikroTik RouterOS software that you can load onto an old PC.
Installing it on the Drive

Installing it on the Drive

When you're ready to get started, pop in the CD and reboot. RouterOS should automatically load and go to the installation screen. Select the packages you want to install and then hit the I key. You might be interested in the following packages: system, lcd, dhcp, advanced-tools, routing, security, and hotspot.

Once the install is complete, you can log on to the command line interface using the username admin and a blank password.

The first thing you should do is change the password by typing password and hitting Enter.

Next, you need to figure out how the interfaces (network adapters) are labeled: which one is ether1 and which one is ether2. On the main menu, type interface, hit Enter, type monitor-traffic and first try the ether1 interface. Then you can usually sort it all out by plugging in a computer to each network adapter (to create traffic) and see which one shows activity.

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