Common Error with Simple Queues in MikroTik RouterOS

Simple Queues don’t work properly…

I have heard this more than once, my MikroTik RouterOS Simple Queues don’t work properly.  In a simple queue, “target” option is the only option that determines the flow direction of a simple queue.  Since the default value is, leaving it at that value creates an issue.

  • If a target is not specified (is, all traffic will be captured in the download part of the queue,
    as everything is download for
  • This means the queue will not deliver the amount of bandwidth you are expecting.
  • Using the “dst” option is only an additional filter, it doesn’t determine the direction.

I did some tests using different values for target.  First, the incorrect target of Notice this is a 3Mx3M queue and we aren’t getting even close to that on download:

Now, I changed the target to the IP of the test workstation. As you can see the queue operates as expected now, about 3Mx3M.

Finally  I changed the target to the interface.  Same result, 3Mx3M:

Set that target, don’t accept and your MikroTik simple queues will work as expected.




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Getting Started With Baicells LTE

Baicells has created a new “LTE How To” for new WISP operators.  As you may already know, Baicells equipment is Plug & Play and by far the easiest LTE devices to set up and add to your current network. Many common startup problems evolve from the operator making too many changes during startup. Keep it simple to start with and tweak settings after the system is live.

The new guide can be found HERE.

One thing you will notice in the guide is that the simplicity of the product is enhanced by the fact that UE’s (CPE devices) and eNodeB’s (Base Stations) must be associated with the new owner’s CloudCore account to operate.   ISP Supplies is the only distributor that automates that process through our custom application, SIMPro. SIMPro allows us to scan the serial numbers of eNodeB’s and the IMSI’s of UE Sim Cards into our database, tie them to your SIMPro account and automatically email them to Baicells for provisioning.  You can even add notes to the devices in the SimPro app.  When your product arrives, it is ready to deploy.

Baicells LTE SimPro

LTE is the future of fixed wireless and you can learn more on my blog.

ISP Supplies is one of the largest Baicells LTE distributors in North America with hundreds of successful LTE deployments.  Our knowledgeable sales engineers are standing by to assist you in designing and deploying LTE in your existing or startup network.  For access to SimPro or to discuss fixed LTE, call us today at 855-947-7776.

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Installing the TP-Link EAP225 WiFi Access Point and JetStream T1600G-28PS POE Switch


This application involves delivering internet access to a number of executive office suites. The MDF/IDF was located in one set of suites. My design criteria were as follows:

1. Simplicity, no controller on site for WiFi. Set it and forget it.
2. Use existing building Cat5e wiring to deliver wired ethernet with POE for phones, desktops and printers, and let everything else be WiFi.
3. Keep costs as low as possible.

The two suites that required WiFi were separated by another suite that was occupied by a different tennant, and did not require service. I anticipated needing two Access Points, one in each suite group, however, the one EAP225 served all areas with great service.  The worst signal measured was a -71 in the far end of the building.  Everywhere else was in the low 60’s or typically much better.  The total distance from end to end was 90 feet.

The products used were:

TP-Link EAP225 Access Point in standalone configuration mode, no controller. These AP’s can be clustered into enterprise class, controller managed networks, or act as stand alone devices, configured directly in their http GUI. I chose the latter.

TP-Link JetStream T1600G-28PS POE Switch – These switches are awesome and work out of the box as POE switches, auto switched using 802.3 standard for POE and POE+. The CLI is just like Cisco IOS.

We used the supplied clips to clamp the bracket to the suspended ceiling. Total time to install the AP, less than 5 minutes.

Next, I ran a premade Cat5e cable through the ceiling to the nearby IDF and attached the plastic plate.

Next, plug in thecable and rotate the AP to lock into place. The switch already sensed the AP and is supplying POE power, no configuration required.

Next, I logged into AP and configured the SSID and WPA2 key for 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.  User and password is admin by default.

Set the SSID and WPA2 key:

Click Save and repeat for 5 GHz radios:

The total installation time for this network, that is, mounting and cabling the switch, mounting and cabling the AP, and configuring was less than 30 minutes.  The diagram and identifying the jacks took the longest, about an hour.

I highly recommend this product due to low cost and high performance.  Installation time is also very minimal due to the simplicity with awesome performance.  ISPS upplies is a Stocking TP-Link Distributor located in College Station, Texas.
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