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Applies to RouterOS: v5+


Sub-menu: /interface gre
Standards: GRE RFC 1701

GRE (generic routing encapsulation) is a tunneling protocol that was originally developed by Cisco. It can encapsulate wide variety of protocols creating virtual point-to-point link.

GRE the same as IPIP and EoIP were originally developed as stateless tunnels. Meaning that if remote end of the tunnels goes down all traffic that was routed over the tunnels gets blackholed. To solve this problem RouterOS have added keepalive feature for GRE tunnels.


Property Description
arp (disabled | enabled | proxy-arp | reply-only; Default: ) Address Resolution Protocol mode
comment (string; Default: ) Short description of the tunnel.
disabled (yes | no; Default: no) Whether tunnel is enabled.
keepalive (integer [1..4294967295]; Default: ) Tunnel keepalive timeout in seconds. By default keepalive is disabled.
l2mtu (integer [0..65536]; Default: 65535) Layer2 Maximum transmission unit.
local-address (IP; Default: Ip addres that will be used as local tunnel end. If set to then ip address of outgoing interface will be taken.
mtu (integer [0..65536]; Default: 1476) Layer3 Maximum transmission unit.
name (string; Default: ) Name of the tunnel.
remote-address (IP; Default: ) IP address of remote tunnel end.

Setup examples

The goal of example is to get Layer 3 connectivity between two remote sites over the internet. Site-to-site-gre-example.png

We two sites Site1 with local network range and Site2 with local network range

First step is to create GRE tunnels. Router on site 1:

/interface gre add name=myGre remote-address= local-address=

Router on site 2:

/interface gre add name=myGre remote-address= local-address=

As you can see tunnel configuration is quite simple.


Note: In this example keepalive is not configured, so tunnel interface will have running flag even if remote tunnel end is not reachable

Now we just need to set up tunnel addresses and proper routing. Router on site 1:

/ip address 
  add address= interface=myGre

/ip route 
  add dst-address= gateway=

Router on site 2:

/ip address 
  add address= interface=myGre

/ip route 
  add dst-address= gateway=

At this point sites have Layer 3 connectivity over GRE tunnel.

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