The Complete History of Mikrotik from its Founding to the Present

The Complete History of Mikrotik from its Founding to the Present

Mikrotik is a company that has many computer network equipment products that are popular and widely used throughout the world.

For those of you who are not familiar with Mikrotik, maybe you can read the article What is Mikrotik first, then you can continue reading the Mikrotik History article which we will discuss on this occasion.

History of Mikrotik

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Like other companies in the world, Mikrotik also has a long history that is interesting for us to discuss. The reason is that this Latvian company has now been very calculated and its products are popular in the market.

The history of Mikrotik begins with the cooperation of the two founders of Mikrotik namely John Trully and Arnis Riekstins. Which in 1996 began to develop Linux and MS DOS systems combined with 2Mbps Aeronet Wireless LAN technology in Moldova. Soon they started serving 5 customers in Latvia.

They continue to develop their products to fulfill their ambition to create a special software for routers that is reliable and can be deployed and used around the world.

History of Mikrotik RouterOS

This router software development is then carried out by 5-15 Research & Development (R&D) staff. Initially They developed Linux with kernel version 2.2. In 1997 they succeeded in developing routing software for PC (intel) called RouterOS.

This RouterOS Operating System allows a PC/computer to be used as a router with a system that provides stability, control, and broad flexibility for all types of data and routing interfaces.

After successfully developing router software for other hardware, Mikrotik started developing their own hardware. Until 2002 they managed to make their own hardware product called RouterBOARD.

This RouterBOARD product is also combined with RouterOS to provide network devices that have the ability as a router with a compact form and a cheaper price than a PC/computer.

The Mikrotik RouterOS Operating System product continued to be developed until in 2008 they released RouterOS version 3 which was developed with Linux kernel version 2.4.31.

A year later in 2009 Mikrotik launched its newest RouterOS software, namely RouterOS version 4 which is based on Linux kernel version 2.6.26 and several new RouterBOARD products.

Two years later, they re-released the latest RouterOS Operating System, namely RouterOS version 5 with a Linux kernel based version 2.6.35 which has several new features and improvements from the previous version.

Then in May 2013 Mikrotik launched the latest version of the RouterOS Operating System, namely RouterOS version 6 which is based on Linux kernel version 3.3.5. In the development of RouterOS, this version is also equipped with various new features that are much better and more stable than the previous version.

RouterOS version 6 is what we currently use on Mikrotik Router devices. RouterOS is still being developed by Mikrotik with the updates (updates) of the operating system that they do regularly.

Meanwhile, RouterOS version 7 has also begun to be developed but is still in an unstable version, namely the beta version.

History of Mikrotik RouterBOARD

Mikrotik RouterBOARD is the first hardware product that Mikrotik has developed and produced to meet the needs of network router devices. Routerboard products are made in a package with RouterOS.

Mikrotik RouterBoard products continue to develop along with the development of the version on its RouterOS. Most Routerboards can upgrade to the latest RouterOS version. However, for certain types of routerboards, updating to the latest version of RouterOS is not supported.

A quite striking development in RouterBoard products is the use of the type of processor architecture. Initially, Mikrotik only developed Routerboards with one processor architecture, but now there are several Processor Architectures used in Mikrotik RouterBoard products.

The following is an example of using several types of processor architecture for Mikrotik Router products:

  • MIPSBE for hardware : CRS1xx, CRS2xx, CRS312-4C+8XG, CRS326-24S+2Q+, DISC, FiberBox, hAP, hAP ac, hAP ac lite, LDF, LHG, ltAP mini, mANTBox, mAP, NetBox, NetMetal, PowerBox, PWR-Line, QRT, RB9xx, SXTsq, cAP, hEX Lite, RB4xx, wAP, BaseBox, DynaDish, RB2011, SXT, OmniTik, Groove, Metal, Sextant, RB7xx, hEX PoE.
  • MIPSLE for hardware : RB5xx, RB1xx (discontinued).
  • ARM64 for hardware: CCR2004.
  • SMIPS for hardware : hAP mini, hAP lite.
  • TILE for hardware : CCR1xxx.
  • PowerPC (PPC) for hardware : RB3xx, RB600, RB8xx, RB1100AHx2, RB1100AH, RB1100, RB1200.
  • ARM for hardware : cAP ac, CRS305-1G-4S+, CRS309-1G-8S+, CRS317-1G-16S+, CRS326-24G-2S+, CRS328-24P-4S+, CRS328-4C-20S-4S+, DISC AC, hAP ac² , LDF ac, LHG ac, RB4011, SXTsq (ac series), Wireless Wire, Château, RB3011, RB1100AHx4, RB450Gx4.
  • x86 for hardware : RB230, X86 (computer/PC).
  • MMIPS for hardware : hEX (RB750Gr3), hEX S, RBMxx.

As time goes by and continues to develop its hardware products, Mikrotik launches a new type of hardware that has more capabilities than RouterBoard.

With the development and use of various processor architectures, Mikrotik released their new product in the form of the Cloud Core Router (CCR). This Mikrotik CCR has much higher hardware capabilities and specifications than its RouterBoard products.

Then they also make hardware products that have many ethernet port interfaces to meet the needs of network switching.

Mikrotik launched the Mikrotik Cloud Router Switch (CRS) product which has a large number of Ethernet port interfaces from 24 to 48 ports. In addition, several types of CRS are also equipped with an SFP port interface for backbone needs with Fiber Optic cables.

Along with the times and technology that has given rise to Cloud Computing technology, Mikrotik also innovates to develop products for cloud purposes.

Mikrotik launched its Cloud Hosted Router (CHR) product which was specifically developed to run on cloud infrastructure and Virtual Machines (VM) such as VMWare, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, etc.

Besides being able to be used for virtual and cloud purposes, Mikrotik CHR can also be used for learning purposes in the lab. This is supported by the provision of a free license with a speed limit on its interface.

Mikrotik Company continues to innovate and develop products to meet the needs of computer networks, especially the internet network, which continues to grow along with the times.

Until now, Mikrotik has launched more than 160 products with different types and types. Starting from software and hardware products that have been used by hundreds of countries around the world, including Indonesia.

Supported by more than 280 employees working at Mikrotik and more than 500 product distributors spread across more than 140 countries around the world.

With this support, it is fitting for this company to become one of the Top companies in Latvia which is included in the top 20 largest companies in Latvia in terms of revenue.

Mikrotik is also active in educating its users by launching the Mikrotik Academy program. Computer network education support from Mikroitk Academi has entered more than 500 universities around the world, including Indonesia. This program has also recruited more than 750 trainers from all over the world.

In addition, Mikrotik also regularly organizes Mikrotik User Meeting activities which are held every year in several different countries. Mikrotik User Meeting is a conference program and association of Mikrotik activists and Mikrotik experts to exchange their knowledge and experiences.

Even ordinary people can join this event to increase their knowledge about computer network technology and the latest Mikrotik products. In Indonesia itself, MUM is routinely held every year which takes place in different cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, etc.

So that’s a bit of Mikrotik History that we discuss this time. Actually there are still many things about Mikrotik that we can discuss about the History of Mikrotik, but due to limited sources of information, that’s enough for now. Hopefully this article about the History of Mikrotik can be useful for you all.