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==== Licenses and RouterOS upgrades ====
==== Licenses and RouterOS upgrades ====


*Currently RouterOS can be Licensed with two types of keys, L3 and L4, and also L5 and L6
*In regards to RouterOS upgrades, RouterOS can be Licensed with two types of keys, L3/L4, and also L5/L6
*The difference between these is that L3 and L4 only allow RouterOS upgrades until the last update of the current version, plus the beta versions of the next one. L5 and L6 however, give you the ability to use one more major version
*The difference between these is that L3 and L4 only allow RouterOS upgrades until the last update of the current version, plus the beta versions of the next one. L5 and L6 however, give you the ability to use one more major version
*There are also differences between all License levels (L3-L6) that are unrelated to RouterOS upgrades, see [[Software_levels]]


Examples:  
Examples:  

Revision as of 11:56, 12 August 2008

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Licenses and RouterOS upgrades

  • In regards to RouterOS upgrades, RouterOS can be Licensed with two types of keys, L3/L4, and also L5/L6
  • The difference between these is that L3 and L4 only allow RouterOS upgrades until the last update of the current version, plus the beta versions of the next one. L5 and L6 however, give you the ability to use one more major version
  • There are also differences between all License levels (L3-L6) that are unrelated to RouterOS upgrades, see Software_levels

Examples:

  • If current version is ROS v3, L3 and L4 will work with v3.1, v3.20 and v4beta1, but NOT v4.1 and v4.20
  • If current version is ROS v3, L5 and L5 will work with v3.1, v3.20, v4.1, v4.20 and also v5beta1 but NOT v5.1 and v5.20
  • If current version is ROS v4, L5 and L6 will work with v4.1, v4.20, v5.1, v5.20 and also v6beta1 but NOT v6.1 and v6.20

Change license Level

  1. There are no license level upgrades, if you wish to use a different license Level, please purchase the appropriate level. Be very careful when purchasing for the first time, choose the correct option.
  2. Why is it not possible to change license level (ie. upgrade license)? Just like you can't easily upgrade your car's engine from 2L to 4L just by paying the difference, you can't switch license levels as easily. This is a policy used by many software companies, choose wisely when making your purchase! Instead we have lowered the prices, and removed the software update time limit.

Updating

  1. Updating is the process of changing RouterOS versions within one release. Example: update from 2.9.12 to 2.9.21
  2. As written above, if you purchase a license at a time when 2.9 is the current release, the key will be valid for all - 2.9, 3 beta and 3 versions
  3. Updates include fixes and improvements, but no new features

Upgrading

  1. Upgrading is the process of changing the RouterOS release to the next milestone release, example: v3 to v4
  2. If your key is valid for v2.9, v3 beta and v3, then to upgrade to v4 or later versions of it, you will have to purchase another key.
  3. Upgrades introduce new features, along with other improvements.

Current (old) keys

  1. If you own a key that was still upgradable on or after 2.9.0's release date of 23 Aug 2005 (so, those licenses that expired on "sep/01/2005" and after), you can upgrade to the latest 2.9 version and the above rules will apply, extending your upgrade period to v3.x (use Netinstall to upgrade keys that have no upgrade time!)
  2. Same policy applies to next versions, eg. if you purchase a key when v3 is current, you can upgrade to any v4 version etc.
  3. Important notice! You can also use any older version. If you purchase a v3 key and decide to use 2.9, this key will also be valid for 2.9

Using the License

Can I Format or Re-Flash the drive?

Formatting, and Re-Imaging the drive with non-mikrotik tools (like DD and Fdisk) will destroy your license! Be very careful and contact mikrotik support before doing this. It is not recommended, as mikrotik support might deny your request for a replacement license.

How many computers can I use the License on?

At the same time, the RouterOS license can be used only in one system. The License is bound to the HDD it is installed on, but you have the ability to move the HDD to another computer system. You cannot move the License to another HDD, neither can you format or overwrite the HDD with the RouterOS license. It will be erased from the drive, and you will have to get a new one. If you accidently removed your license, contact the support team for help.

Can I temporary use the HDD for something else, other than RouterOS?

As stated above, no.

What is a Replacement Key

It is a special key which is issued by the Support Team if you accidently lose the license, and the Mikrotik Support decides that it is not directly your fault. It costs 10$ and has the same features as the key that you lose. Note that before issuing such key, the Mikrotik Support can ask you to prove that the old drive is failed, in some cases this means sending us the dead drive.

Must I type the whole key into the router?

No, simply copy it and paste into the Telnet window, or License menu in Winbox.

Can I install another OS on my drive and then install RouterOS again later?

No, because if you use formatting or partitioning utilities, or tools that do something to the MBR, you will lose the license and you will have to make a new one. This process is not free (see Replacement Key above)

I lost my RouterBOARD, can you give me the license to use on another system?

The RouterBOARD comes with an embedded license that is free of charge. You cannot move this license to a new system in any way.

License Levels

What Levels are there ?

You can purchase a Level 4,5 and 6. Level 1 is the demo license.

What are the Level 2 and 3 ?

Level 2 was a transitional license from old legacy 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.

Level 3 was the basic license without wireless features, which now has been replaced with Level 4 as the lowest level. Now Level 3 is not available on the account server. Upgrading of this Level is not possible, a new purchase is necessary if you wish to get a higher level with wireless AP. Since the policy change we have removed Level3 from the account server, and it is available as a bulk-only purchase. It does have wireless client now if you happen to have it.

Level 3 can only be obtained in large quantities. If you need a wireless-client-only license, you can get these if you need more than 100 at once.

Why is there no Level3 anymore?

We significantly lowered the Software prices, and the Wireless-AP enabled license now costs 45$ list price. It replaces the Level3 as the cheapest available license. Level3 is not available on the account server now (except for special request bulk purchase, contact sales for this). See above for description of the Level3

Licenses Purchased from Resellers

The keys that you purchase from other vendors and resellers, are not in your account. Your mikrotik.com account only contains licenses purchased from MikroTik directly.

Obtaining Licenses and working with them

Where can I buy/upgrade a RouterOS license key?

In the Account Server, which is located on www.mikrotik.com

If I have purchased my key elsewhere, and now want to upgrade it?

You must contact the company who sold you the license, they will provide support and upgrades.

If I have a license and want to put it on another account?

You can give access to keys with the help of Virtual Folders