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Why Aerez runs on MikroTik

  • By Marc Perea
  • 27 Sep, 2017

Because MikroTik RouterBoards are awesome!

  • RouterOS (ROS) exposes an API for developers
  • RouterBoard hardware is inexpensive
  • ROS feature set is rich and robust


Back in 2009 I discovered a company completely unknown to me or any of my peers at a telco serving around fifty thousand subscribers with voice, video, data, security and wireless services. I’d never heard of this company called MikroTik and their RouterBoards. Some forum posts suggested that it was nearly as feature rich as the Cisco, Brocade or Juniper gear which we’d spent tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars on. Many called it the Swiss Army knife of networking, so I mentioned it to my boss. We had no need for any, but after seeing the price - a couple hundo $ for a middle tier RB1100, we bought a couple and I was charged with testing them out. I was (am) a CLI guy so Winbox - the GUI for controlling a MikroTik - was pretty cool and captivated my attention for about a week. But then I promptly got busy with other things and forgot about the platform for a couple years.


Fast forward and the company I worked at decided to deploy Microsoft Mediaroom middleware for IPTV service - which is video over IP broadband - and boy did we have plenty of growing and learning pains. Equipment that worked fine with unicast traffic doesn’t necessarily work all that fantastic with multicast! Time and again we found ourselves using cumbersome and complex workarounds to get our IPTV service to work, and it was a support nightmare. And then I recalled that network Swiss Army knife on my desk, and figured what do I have to lose?


After replacing our CPE router (Customer Premise Equipment) - the customer leased wifi router in the basement - with a RouterBoard we were able to eliminate several multicast client problems, isolate traffic and more easily troubleshoot and pinpoint our issues. From fixing a few customers’ IPTV issues we soon began deploying MikroTik all over - first hundreds and then thousands of them - to improve awareness and capabilities in the NOC (Network Operations Center).


Once we had a few hundred in the network, we initiated a training program and got several of our Cisco and Brocade certified engineers MikroTik certifications and eventually Trainer certified.


So when the founders of MCP Networks got together to create Aerez, MikroTik was a logical choice for us because:

  1. MikroTik exposes an API for automating code
  2. The API 99% matches CLI, which is awesome for developers and engineers!
  3. The Swiss Army knife really does allow for extremely creative implementation
  4. We have expertise and experience with ROS
  5. Cost. The price to performance and features ratio is amazing
  6. Reliability! We have yet to *require* a reboot. The code is rock solid!
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  • ROS feature set is rich and robust
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As part of our mission to make network technology easy to use and understand, we just released our Wifi Signals tool! We’re excited for the potential of this tool to help our users get the most out of their home network. The Wifi Signals tool is a chart that displays the signal strength of all the currently connected wifi devices in the home.


Why is this important and how can it help you improve your wifi?

A poor wifi connection can cause buffering and slowness which might be caused by distance to the device or router placement. Simply moving the device, router, or adding an extender can greatly improve your wifi connection. The wifi signals tool measures the connections and shows you the connection strength to help you decide where placement should be.


What does my wi-fi Signal mean?

Many factors go into measuring the wifi signal strength, and our algorithms score the wifi so you don’t need to know about things like client connection quality, signal strength, decibels and milliwatts.


For devices that are in the “good” and “excellent” range, your wifi connection is looking great. A score of good means that the wifi is plenty capable for most uses, such as watching HD video streams on Netflix or Youtube, etc. If you have devices that are chronically in the poor range, especially if they’re at the very bottom of the chart, your wifi signal is definitely a problem.


My Wifi Signal is poor, what can I do?

The easiest thing you can do is move the device to try and prevent interference that may be coming from walls, metal, or other electronics. The chart updates in real-time every few seconds so you can see immediately what effect moving your device will have.


If you’ve tried repositioning both your router and devices and just can’t get it to improve, you’ll want to add an extender.


How do I get an Extender for my Aerez?

Our extender module is in development. Email us at

team@aerez.net

to get an early release version.


By Candice Perea 25 May, 2017
By Candice Perea 06 Apr, 2017
In honor of our sneaky kid we are launching a giveaway! Share your sneaky kid story on our Facebook page   or in the comment section below and sign up for our newsletter to be entered to win a FREE Aerēz Managed Home Wifi System and a $50 Amazon gift card .  

Signup by May 23rd! Winner will be selected and announced on our webinar May 24th.
By Candice Perea 24 Mar, 2017

Device Struggle. It’s a thing.

 It usually happens in our house around suppertime. Supper’s on the table, I’ve asked the hubby and the kids to come eat, and nothing. In the past I would run about the house physically collecting iPods, shutting down laptops, TV’s and gaming consoles - all while supper is growing cold on the table.

Now, I just pause the Internet. That’s right, for all devices in my house - one button to rule them all! In about a minute, everyone is at the table.

Aerēz makes life easier for busy parents to manage technology in the house. 

I recently sat down with my friend Brook to learn how she uses Aerēz to find a balance with her kids and technology!


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Latest Aerēz News

By Marc Perea 27 Sep, 2017
  • RouterOS (ROS) exposes an API for developers
  • RouterBoard hardware is inexpensive
  • ROS feature set is rich and robust
By Marc Perea 14 Aug, 2017

As part of our mission to make network technology easy to use and understand, we just released our Wifi Signals tool! We’re excited for the potential of this tool to help our users get the most out of their home network. The Wifi Signals tool is a chart that displays the signal strength of all the currently connected wifi devices in the home.


Why is this important and how can it help you improve your wifi?

A poor wifi connection can cause buffering and slowness which might be caused by distance to the device or router placement. Simply moving the device, router, or adding an extender can greatly improve your wifi connection. The wifi signals tool measures the connections and shows you the connection strength to help you decide where placement should be.


What does my wi-fi Signal mean?

Many factors go into measuring the wifi signal strength, and our algorithms score the wifi so you don’t need to know about things like client connection quality, signal strength, decibels and milliwatts.


For devices that are in the “good” and “excellent” range, your wifi connection is looking great. A score of good means that the wifi is plenty capable for most uses, such as watching HD video streams on Netflix or Youtube, etc. If you have devices that are chronically in the poor range, especially if they’re at the very bottom of the chart, your wifi signal is definitely a problem.


My Wifi Signal is poor, what can I do?

The easiest thing you can do is move the device to try and prevent interference that may be coming from walls, metal, or other electronics. The chart updates in real-time every few seconds so you can see immediately what effect moving your device will have.


If you’ve tried repositioning both your router and devices and just can’t get it to improve, you’ll want to add an extender.


How do I get an Extender for my Aerez?

Our extender module is in development. Email us at

team@aerez.net

to get an early release version.


By Candice Perea 25 May, 2017
By Candice Perea 06 Apr, 2017
In honor of our sneaky kid we are launching a giveaway! Share your sneaky kid story on our Facebook page   or in the comment section below and sign up for our newsletter to be entered to win a FREE Aerēz Managed Home Wifi System and a $50 Amazon gift card .  

Signup by May 23rd! Winner will be selected and announced on our webinar May 24th.
By Candice Perea 24 Mar, 2017

Device Struggle. It’s a thing.

 It usually happens in our house around suppertime. Supper’s on the table, I’ve asked the hubby and the kids to come eat, and nothing. In the past I would run about the house physically collecting iPods, shutting down laptops, TV’s and gaming consoles - all while supper is growing cold on the table.

Now, I just pause the Internet. That’s right, for all devices in my house - one button to rule them all! In about a minute, everyone is at the table.

Aerēz makes life easier for busy parents to manage technology in the house. 

I recently sat down with my friend Brook to learn how she uses Aerēz to find a balance with her kids and technology!


By Candice Perea 10 Mar, 2017

In 2012 Census data reported 94.8% of households with a computer use it to connect to the internet. Today, we have many internet connected devices in the home. The days of the one family PC in the living room have faded for most families.  Now, many families depend on the internet for news, entertainment, education and work on a daily basis. So with the internet becoming a requirement for daily use, protecting that connection and the devices that use it has become a priority! Here are a few simple ways to keep your home internet connection secure.

Here are 3 simple tips to secure your home internet connection.

Keep Internet-Connected Devices Updated

A simple way to secure your home internet connection  is to keep all of your internet-connected devices updated. Check the manufacturer website for instructions on how to download, connect or update all internet connected devices including routers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones but also security cameras, smart thermostats, and WiFi enabled printers.

Use Parental Controls

Using parental controls to not only keeps kids safe , but they also protect your devices . Parental controls offer a level of protection from sites known to have viruses or spyware.

  Using parental controls doesn’t necessarily mean buying a third-party solution. Mac OS X and Windows allow you to turn on or add parental controls to user accounts. IOS and Android have Restriction options too.

  Gaming consoles also have some parental control options built-in as well. Some online research can help you find specific settings for your devices to help secure your home internet connection .

  If your kiddo enjoys online gaming, consider disabling built-in chat for their preferred game. Unfortunately bad language and bullying can come through the chat window!

Get to Know Your Router

The router in your home is the gatekeeper, and understanding how to manage the router will help keep your internet connected devices secure. If your home network is poorly configured, the devices you're trying to shield from the rest of the internet don't have much protection.

Research your router’s manufacturer to learn how to login and update settings. A couple of things to utilize on your current router:

  • Set a firewall
  • Use a unique and strong WiFi password 
  • Utilize a Guest WiFi network if available for visitors, so you don’t have to share your main WiFi password
  • Setup a DNS filter such as OpenDNS to protect devices from known malware websites and adult content

Some of these tips on how to secure your home internet connection will have you doing some research and getting into the weeds with technology settings no doubt, but will go a long way to improving the security of your home network and the devices connected to it!

 

What do you do? Feel free to share with us YOUR own simple tips on how to secure your home internet connecti on.


By George Zarebski 23 Feb, 2017
We'll have a kiosk set up all weekend where we will be demoing Aerez and allowing folks to sign up for a free Aerez Smart Router system. No purchase necessary, just stop by the booth and leave your name and email for entry.  We'll be announcing the winner one hour before the close of the show each day.  That's right, a total of three chances to win. So if you're in the area or know someone that will be, make sure they come on out for a chance to win Frustration Free Internet! Also take advantage of the opportunity to talk with our Co-founder and engineer Marc. 
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If you’re a gamer, you know our curse word. But it’s not a 4 letter word, it’s just 3. L A G. When you lag in the middle of a game, the consequences are dreadful. If you’re lucky, you survive despite the disadvantage, but in many cases you end up dead without even the possibility of fighting back. Lag gives your opponents an unfair advantage!


So what can you do about lag? There’s lots of articles online about how to tune your individual computer or gaming console to get the best experience out of that device, but here’s a problem: your gaming rig shares the network with lots of other devices - and other people! So, unless you tune your network too, lag will continue to plague your gaming sessions. If you’re a techie, you can build a policy yourself, but that takes time and is challenging for many, not to mention that the network speed and quality changes over time and needs to be re-tuned periodically.


Luckily, there’s Aerēz.

By George Zarebski 17 Feb, 2017
To cover all the features and pro's and con's of Aerez would take a lot more time and space than should be committed to any one post. To try to cram it all into one article would do it dis-justice.  So instead, I'll cover the basics and go in a bit of detail on filtering in this post. Collectively, the other founders and I will present the details of the other features across multiple posts.
By Candice Perea 14 Feb, 2017
Aerez - a product of MCP Networks

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Contact: Candice Perea

1-888-445-3259

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