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Warning: This guidance is kept for archival purpose and information in it are not updated. Latest RouterOS v6 changes you can find here!


  • Updated drivers and Kernel (to linux-3.3.5)
  • Initial OpenFlow support
  • New LCD Touch screen features
  • Hotspot mac-cookie login method (mostly used for smartphones)
  • Configurable Kernel options in /ip settings and /ipv6 settings menu (ip forward, rp filters etc)
  • ARP timeout can be changed in /ip settings
  • Neighbor discovery can be disabled by default on dynamic interfaces in /ip neighbor discovery settings menu
  • To enable/disable discovery on interface you now must use command: "/ip neighbor discovery set (interface number/name) discover=yes/no".
  • Show last-logged-in in users list
  • GRE supports all protocol encapsulation, not just ip and ipv6;
  • Slave flag shows up for interfaces that are in bridge,bonding or switch group;
  • SSH client has new property output-to-file, useful for scripting.
  • Support for API over TLS (SSL)
  • API is now enabled by default
  • DNS retry queries with tcp if truncated results received
  • DNS rotates servers only on failure
  • DNS cache logs requests to topics "dns" and "packet";
  • WebFig now supports RADIUS authentication (via MS-CHAPv2)
  • New Web Proxy parameter max-cache-object-size
  • Increased Max client/server connection count for Web Proxy
  • If NTP client is enabled, logs show correct time and date when router was rebooted.
  • 802.1Q Trunking with Atheros switch chip


  • SSTP can now force AES encryption instead of default RC4
  • PPP profile now has bridge-path-cost amd bridge-port-priority parameters
  • Secrets shows last-logged-out date and time
  • Hotspot and PPP now support multiple address-lists
  • Only 2 change mss mangle rules are created for all ppp interfaces;


  • New all-ether,all-wireless,all-vlan,all-ppp interface matchers
  • Priority matcher
  • New change-dscp options from-priority and from-priority-to-high-3-bits
  • New Mangle Actions snif-tzsp,snif-pc



  • DHCP client now support custom options
  • DHCP v4 client now have special-classless option for add-default-route parameter
  • Possibility to add DHCP relay agent information option (Option 82)
  • DHCPv6 DNS option support
  • DHCPv6 Relay support
  • DHCP server RADIUS framed route support
  • DHCP option configuration per lease


Significantly improved Road Warrior setup usage with Mode Configuration support.

Detailed configuration example can be found in the manual.

Full list of new features:

  • Mode Conf support (unity split include, address pools, DNS)
  • Ipsec peer can be set as passive - will not start ISAKMP SA negotiation
  • Xauth support ( xauth PSK and Hybrid RSA)
  • Policy templates - allow to generate policy only if src/dst address, protocol and proposal matches the template
  • Peer groups
  • Multiple peers with the same IP can be used.
  • For peers with full IP address specified system will auto-start ISAKMP SA negotiation.
  • generate-policy now can have port-strict value which will use port from peer's proposal
  • Source address of phase1 is now configurable


  • CA keys are no more cached, every CA operations now requires a valid CA passphrase. Use set-ca-passphrase for scep server to cache CA key in encrypted form;
  • For certificates marked as trusted=yes, CRL will be automatically updated once in an hour from http sources;
  • Ipsec and SSTP respects CRLs
  • SCEP server/client support
  • Certificate manager now can issue self signed certificates.


  • New OSPF parameter use-dn. Forces to ignore DN bit in LSAs.
  • Changed BGP MED propagation logic, now discarded when sending route with non-empty AS_PATH to an external peer
  • Connected routes become inactive when Interface goes down. It also means that dynamic routing protocols will stop distributing connected routes without Active flag.


  • improved overall router performance when simple queues are used
  • improved queue management (/queue simple and /queue tree) - easily handles tens of thousands of queues;
  • /queue tree entries with parent=global are performed separately from /queue simple and before /queue simple;
  • new default queue types: pcq-download-default and pcq-upload-default;
  • simple queues have separate priority setting for download/upload/total;
  • global-in, global-out, global-total parent in /queue tree is replaced with global that is equivalent to global-total in v5;
  • simple queues happen in different place - at the very end of postrouting and local-in chains;
  • simple queues target-addresses and interface parameters are joined into one target parameter, now supports multiple interfaces match for one queue;
  • simple queues dst-address parameter is changed to dst and now supports destination interface matching;

Compact configuration export

Now by default configuration is exported in compact mode.

To make full config export verbose parameter should be used:

/export verbose file=myConfig


  • FastPath support
  • Renamed e-mail tls to start-tls and added it as a configurable parameter
  • Fetch tool now has HTTPS support
  • Added ipv6 header support for traffic generator
  • Playback pcap files into network using new trafficgen inject-pcap command
  • NAND Flash can be Partitioned on routerboards and separate RouterOS versions can be installed on each of the partitions

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