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MikroTik Scripting: Failover Routing for Asterisk PBX

Hi guys,

This is my second article and I wanted to raise the difficulty level of my tutorials!

We work a lot with Asterisk PBX and MikroTik and we’ve encountered a problem when we have 2 internet connection with a MikroTik using WAN failover, our Asterisk PBX would stop working when the primary connections fail; we finally  figured out why.

In this case, the Asterisk connections would remain appended to the primary gateway, and Asterisk doesn’t understand the change of connection; so we came up with a solution using 2 MikroTik scripts.

First, the “Check Script” checks if the primary internet connection is working or not. If fails, use the secondary internet link and reboot the router. You are probably asking why we would do this…I know!

Because after the reboot I can run a “Restart Script” to check if primary connection is still out, or came back.

In this way, by rebooting the router, the asterisk pbx client loose for a moment the registration and reconnect with the new gateway so everything works.
Actually we’re testing other solutions to avoid the router reboot…when I’ve found that I’ll update this post and let you know!

Editors note: This could be achieved in a few ways, I’ll leave it as a test for our readers to see what improvements you can come up with!

Here are the scripts:

Check Script

:global strDate [/system clock get date]
:global strTime [/system clock get time]
:global strSystemName [/system identity get name]

:if ([/ping interface=pppoe-out1 count=5] = 0 && [/ping interface=pppoe-out1 count=5] = 0 && [/ip route get [find comment="Primary"] disabled]=false) do={
    :log info "Disabling Primary";
    /ip route set [find comment="Primary"] disabled=yes
    /tool e-mail send from="yyyyy@gmail.com" to="xxxx@gmail.com" subject="Route Failover - $strDate $strTime - $strSystemName" body="Failover to Telecom occurred at $strDate $strTime on $strSystemName"
    :delay 3
    /system reboot

} else= {
    :log info "No Failover Necessary";

Restart Script

:delay 10;
:if ([/ip route get [find comment="Primary"] disabled]=true) do={
    /interface ethernet set numbers=4 disabled=no

     /ip route set [find comment="Primary"] disabled=no
     /ip route set [find comment="Primary"] distance=3
    :delay 10
    :if ([/ping routing-table=Primary count=5] > 0 && [/ping routing-table=Primary count=5] > 0) do={

       /ip route set [find comment="Primary"] distance=1
       /system reboot
     else= {

        /ip route set [find comment="Primary"] distance=3

} else= {
    :log info "No Failover Necessary";

Written by Razorblade, edited by Omega-00

Mikrotik Script: Alert on queue tree limit exceeded

Hi guys,

This is my first post here, I’m a Network Engineer who works a lot with Mikrotik devices and Server Administration and you can see more of my posts on my website. I found this blog some time ago and was invited to contribute with some of my own scripts that may help others!

Today i’ll show you a little script for RouterOS to check if queue tree exceed the limit you set.

For. Example I’ve got a queue tree that limits the amount of total traffic (Upload+Download) to 50Mbps.

I want to know whenever this queue exceed the limit, and I want the system to send me an email.

This is the script:

:global checkrate [/queue tree get total-traffic rate]
:local limit 50000000

:if ( $checkrate < $limit ) do={
:log info ("Queue not Exceeded")
:if ( $checkrate > $limit ) do={
:log info ("Queue Exceeded")
/tool e-mail send server=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx from="me@myself.com" to="me@myself.com" subject=("Queue Limit Exceed") body=("Queue Limit Exceed, Limit is: " . $checkrate)

CRS Basic Vlan Configuration

I’ve been playing around with v6.13rc12 over the last week on a CRS125-24G-1S and have put together a an example script for provisioning the unit with a user-vlan and an admin-vlan that are trunked back via the SFP port.

I’ve been waiting for a long time to have a usable and readable switch chip config on the CRS platform, so I hope this is useful for some of you guys too.


Continue reading CRS Basic Vlan Configuration

The Mother of all QoS Trees – v6.0

Contained in this post is a free copy of my 2013 QoS tree (compatible with v6.0) for anyone to do what they want with, I only ask that if you republish this you include a link to this post.

It is intended to work on a per-interface basis; with you specifying the WAN interface and the speed limit it is to have. You can then use simple-queues for your internal users for a full double-qos solution.

Continue reading The Mother of all QoS Trees – v6.0

CloudCoreRouter and RouterOS v6.x (linked post)

Janis M. from MikroTik was kind enough to point me to a copy of his presentation from the Russian MUM which I feel is an incredible helpful document and well worth a read by all of the current CCR users out there.

I would highly encourage anyone running (or thinking of running) CCR’s on their network to review this document, which both explains both the current workings and limitations of the CCR series and v6 or RouterOS as well as discussing what changes will be made in v7

The Tiktube video for the presentation isn’t up just yet but I’ll come back and add it when it has been uploaded by MikroTik.

Some of the most useful points cover:

  • multi-core packet processing (how packets coming into the router are handled across the 16 or 36 cores available)
  • best-practise for queue tree setups
  • pptp/lt2p/pppoe changes for packet handling
  • best-practise for processing packets on the firewall (this is reiterating old instructions, but still holds true for v6)
  • why layer-7 is the last thing you should be using when tagging packets
  • how bgp is currently single-core in v6 and how routing protocols are changing in v7

Hopefully this is enough to catch your attention, now go get reading!

CloudCoreRouter and RouterOS v6.x – Tips and Tricks (Moscow MUM Russia 2014)