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Applies to RouterOS: v3, v4 +


This menu allows to configure system to reboot, when a specific IP address does not respond, or when it detects, that the software has locked up. The detection is done in two ways:

  • Software watchdog timer (mostly caused by hardware malfunction) device can recover itself with a reboot.
  • Ping watchdog can monitor connectivity to a specific IP address and trigger reboot function.


Note: These are two different Watchdog features and both have their own settings. By default software Watchdog is enabled and ping Watchdog is disabled. You can enable ping Watchdog by specifying an IP address and you can disable software Watchdog by unsetting Watchdog Timer option.


Sub-menu: /system watchdog

Property Description
watch-address (IP; Default: none) The system will reboot, in case 6 sequential pings to the given IP address will fail. If set to none this feature is disabled. By default router will reboot every 6 minutes if watch-address is set and not reachable.
watchdog-timer (yes | no; Default: yes) Whether to reboot if system is unresponsive for a minute
no-ping-delay (time; Default: 5m) Specifies how long will it wait before trying to reach the watch-address.
ping-timeout (time; Default: 60s) Specifies the time interval in which the device will be pinged 6 times (after "no-ping-delay").
automatic-supout (yes | no; Default: yes) When software failure happens, a file named "autosupout.rif" is generated automatically, when software failure occurs. The previous "autosupout.rif" file is renamed to "autosupout.old.rif. It contains the same information as a regular supout.rif file.
auto-send-supout (yes | no; Default: no) After the support output file is automatically generated, it can be sent by email
send-email-from (string; Default: ) e-mail address to send the support output file from. If not set, the value set in /tool e-mail is used
send-email-to (string; Default: ) e-mail address to send the support output file to.
send-smtp-server (string; Default: ) SMTP server address to send the support output file through. If not set, the value set in /tool e-mail is used.

Basic examples

To make system generate a support output file and sent it automatically to throught the case of a software crash:

[admin@MikroTik] system watchdog> set auto-send-supout=yes \
\... send-smtp-server=
[admin@MikroTik] system watchdog> print
      watch-address: none
     watchdog-timer: yes
      no-ping-delay: 5m
   automatic-supout: yes
   auto-send-supout: yes
[admin@MikroTik] system watchdog>

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