How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

Accessing the Mikrotik Router For the First Time - In this article, I will explain the steps on how to access the MikroTik router for the first time before configuring the router. There are several methods or ways to access the MikroTik router, we can use the Winbox application, remote Telnet and SSH, or through a web browser using webfig.

How to Access the MikroTik Router Using Winbox

The most common way to access a MikroTik router is to use the winbox application, with this application it is possible to configure the router through a graphical interface (GUI). To access the MikroTik router using a winbox, we can connect via MAC address (layer 2) and also IP address (layer 3).

To login to the MikroTik router with a MAC address, we don't have to configure the IP address on the laptop, this is because the connection via MAC address runs at layer 2. Meanwhile, to log in to the router with the IP address, you must configure the IP address both on the router interface and on the laptop.

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To access the MikroTik router with a winbox, make sure your laptop is connected to the router using a LAN cable, please open the winbox application and then please follow the instruction below.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

To log in to the router, make sure the username and password that you typed are correct, if so, then you will successfully enter the MikroTik router via winbox as shown below.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

How to Access the MikroTik Router Using SSH & Telnet

Besides using a winbox, you can also access the MikroTik router through the SSH (TCP port 22) and Telnet (TCP port 23) using the PuTTY application. But before, make sure you have PuTTY installed on your laptop.

Please open the PuTTY application, then enter the router's IP address in the Host Name (or IP address) column, to be clearer, please follow the instructions in the image below.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

Please insert the router username & password, then press "enter" on the keyboard to log in to the router.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

How to Access the MikroTik Router Using WebFig

Besides using winbox, SSH and Telnet, you can also access MikroTik router using a web browser with webfig services.

The steps please open a web browser, then type the router's IP address in the URL bar. This webfig uses port 80, so make sure port 80 on the router is open.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time
How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time

Here is the appearance of webfig, it looks almost similar to Winbox, but the difference is that access to the MikroTik with this webfig is run through a web browser.

How to Access Mikrotik Router For the First Time
Those are some ways to access the MikroTik router both through the command line interface and through the graphical interface. In the next article I will discuss a tutorial on how to do a basic configuration on a MikroTik router so that the router can connect to the internet and also function as an internet gateway for local networks.

Hopefully, this tutorial is useful, thank you.

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