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So the math is:  
So the math is:  

L3/4 = current version + 1 = can use
*L3/4 = current version + 1 = can use
L5/6 = current version + 2 = can use  
*L5/6 = current version + 2 = can use  

eg. L5/6 = v3 + 2 = v5.21 you can use  
''eg. L5/6 = v3 + 2 = v5.21 you can use''


Revision as of 11:16, 18 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 next version. 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

So the math is:

  • L3/4 = current version + 1 = can use
  • L5/6 = current version + 2 = can use

eg. L5/6 = v3 + 2 = v5.21 you can use


  • If current version is ROS v3, L3 and L4 will work with v3.1, v3.20, v4,1, v4.20 but NOT v5.0 and beyond
  • 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 v6.0 and beyond
  • If current version would be ROS v4, L5 and L6 will work with v4.1, v4.20, v5.1, v5.20 and also v6beta to v6.99 but NOT v7

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.

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 3, 4, 5 and 6. Level 1 is the demo license.

Level 3 is a wireless station (client) only license. Level 3 can only be obtained in large quantities.

Level 2 was a transitional license from old legacy (pre 2.8) 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.

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