Detailed How to Monitor Mikrotik Networks Using The Dude

Detailed How to Monitor Mikrotik Networks Using The Dude

Monitoring and monitoring the Mikrotik network and other connected devices can be done easily using an application called The Dude. The Dude is an application made by Mikrotik that functions to monitor computer networks simply and easily.

The Dude can perform automatic scanning on all devices connected to a particular network subnet. The scanning results are in the form of a network configuration map image that appears automatically. This network configuration map will describe the condition of the network whether it is up/down.

In addition, the dude can also display the transfer rate between devices on the network, so we can easily monitor the traffic running on our network in real time. What’s even more special, the dude can be used on devices other than Mikrotik.

The Dude can automatically identify the types of devices on the network by scanning the services used by certain devices. For example, the dude scans a device with open port 80, it will identify the device as a Web Server.

The Dude’s Version

The Dude there are several versions, ranging from the old to the newest. The old versions are version 3.6 and version 4.0beta3. While the new version follows the version of its RouterOS. For more details, please see the following image:

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In the old version of The Dude (3.6 & 4.0beta3) there is only 1 installer file with .exe extension which can be installed on all PCs/servers and can be used as both Server and Client.

While in the new version of The Dude, there are 2 types of installer files, namely The Dude Server installer file with .npk extension which can be installed on Mikrotik CCR, CHR, x86 and RB3011.

Actually it’s more practical and easier if we use the old version of The Dude, but now Mikrotik has not released the old version, and has replaced it with a new version, so we must have the Mikrotik device first before we can activate the new version of The Dude, unless using Mikrotik CHR.

How to Install The Dude version 3.6 & 4.0beta3

OK, that’s enough explanation. Now we try How to Monitor and Monitor Mikrotik Networks Using The Dude. The steps are as follows:

1. Download The Dude here:
Download The Dude version 3.6
or
Download The Dude version 4.0beta3

2. Install The Dude application.

3. Open the application, the Dude display will appear as shown below:

Here’s an example of a network map and data on the dude:

4. There are two ways to start using it:

  • Entering device data manually.
  • Scans all devices on a specific network, device network data & map will appear automatically (this option we will use).

5. Click the Discover menu –> Enter the address of the network subnet you want to scan. for example 10.10.10.0/24 –> click Discover.

6. All devices that are turned on on the subnet will be found by The Dude and a network map will automatically be formed of all the devices found, as shown in the following image.

7. From the picture it can be seen the condition of each device, it can also be known the transfer rate between devices (routers).

8. To view detailed data on the scanned device, double-click on the device icon. We can change device data, such as changing name, IP address, username & password, etc.

9. The status of the equipment whether the network is up, down, or if there is a service that is timed out can be seen as shown in the following figure:

Color Description:

  • Green color = Network and equipment ok (up)
  • Red color = There is network or equipment interference (down)
  • Orange color = There is a service that is timed out, or in certain intervals it is occasionally timed

10. In addition, on each equipment there are also tools that we can use to analyze its status, as shown below:

11. Besides being able to scan devices automatically, we can also add devices to the network map manually. Click the + Device button.

12. Enter the device IP Address, Enter Username & Password (if any) –> Next

13. Click Discover. The Dude will scan the services running on the device automatically –> Finish

14. We can also connect this new device by adding a link. Click the +Link button.

15. Drag the icon between the devices you want to connect. Select Mastering type: Simple. The result will be like this:

16. To be able to display traffic (Tx Rx) between the two devices, on the link you can choose Mastering Type: snmp or routeros. However, not all devices support this feature. If both devices are Mikrotik routers, then the username and password on the device data must be filled in and select the routeros mode on the data and link.

Okay, for the time being, it’s enough to get here first for the tutorial on How to Monitor and Monitor Mikrotik Networks Using The Dude. Please try and develop your own according to the needs of the network.