Connecting to the MikroTik router via Webfig (browser)

We have seen from the “Quick Set” that the configuration that is loaded on the MikroTik router is the “Home AP Dual” profile. But what if we want to make changes on this configuration. Or possibly we want to wipe all the default configuration and do a new configuration from scratch. Is this possible?

Well yes, that’s possible using different way. For now, I will show you how to do that via “Webfig”.

“Webfig” means that you configure the MikroTik router via the web. You will have access to almost everything you want to do on the router via the web. Think of putting a new IP, configuring a DHCP server, making NAT. Or maybe doing some advanced routing configuration, firewalling, queuing, etc…. All those things can be done via “Webfig”.

Let’s do a LAB to show you what you can do via “Webfig”

LAB – Webfig

We are still on the same scenario as per the previous LAB as per the picture below:

To access the router via “Webfig” we should also go to the browser and put the router IP on the URL then click on “Webfig” top right of the page:

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Once done, you will be redirect to a new page totally different than what you have on the “Quick set”

You can see on the left side you have all Tabs that you can use them to do the configuration on the router. You can see Wireless, Interfaces, WireGuard, PPP, Bridge, Switch, Mesh and so on. By the way, that’s what makes the MikroTik router better than any other brands in my opinion, because you can do almost everything from different technologies on the same device.

Back to “Webfig”, we already have a default configuration from “Quick set” loaded on the router so let’s check this configuration. I am interested to see “DHCP client” enabled on Ether1 so it takes an IP from the ISP router (do not worry about what we are seeing now, we will go through all of them and explain them in this course).

You see that Ether1 interface has DHCP client enabled on it and have received an IP of 192.168.23.254/24 from the ISP router.

I am interested to see how I have received an IP to my PC from the router. For this, we need to check the DHCP server configuration on the router. Let’s do that.

You can see that the router has DHCP server enabled and give IP from the range of 192.168.88.0/24.

We have seen some of the configuration that is loaded by default. Of course, we can adjust it now and change what we want, but I always like to reset the router without any default configuration, then I can build up the configuration from scratch. That means the router will have zero configuration on it.

Let me show you how to do that.

Once you select “No Default Configuration” then “Reset Configuration”, the router will wipe everything configured on it, then will reboot, then you will have a router with no any configuration. That means all what we have seen on “Webfig” as configuration will not exist anymore.

I have already done the reset and the router is back online. Do you think I can connect to it to its IP 192.168.88.1 as I was able to do before? Let’s try and check:

Unfortunately, it is not possible anymore to connect to the router via the browser. The reason is because once we have reset the router with no configuration, then the IP which was set on the LAN side was removed and without an IP on the router we won’t be able to reach it via “Webfig” or “Quick Set”.

Now the question that comes in your mind: how can we configure the MikroTik router if both “Webfig” and “Quick Set” cannot be used? Well, the answer is to use “Winbox”. Let’s start directly explaining what “Winbox” is and how to use it to configure the MikroTik Router.

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