Mikrotik Cloud Hosted Router (CHR) P1
[MKT-CHR-P1] Mikrotik Cloud Hosted Router (CHR) P1
1Gbps upload per interface
Mikrotik Cloud Hosted Router (CHR) P1
CHR P1 1Gbps per interface license
Cloud Hosted Router (CHR) is a version of RouterOS designed to run as a virtual machine. It supports 64-bit x86 architecture and can be used on most popular hypervisors such as VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, KVM and others. CHR has all RouterOS features enabled by default, but has a different licensing model than other RouterOS versions.
- Package version: RouterOS v6.34 or later
- Host CPU: 64-bit with virtualization support
- RAM: 128 MB or more
- Disk: 128 MB disk space for CHR virtual hard disk (Max.: 16 GB)
The minimum RAM required depends on the number of interfaces and the CPU. You can get an approximate number using the following formula:
RAM = 128 + [8 × (CPU_COUNT) × (INTERFACE_COUNT - 1)]
CHR has been tested on the following platforms:
- VirtualBox 6 on Linux and OS X
- VMWare Fusion 7 and 8 on OS X
- VMWare ESXi 6.5
- Qemu 188.8.131.52 on Linux and OS X
- Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008r2, 2012 and Windows 10 (only generation 1 Hyper-V virtual machine is supported at this time)
- Xen Project 4.6.5
- Xen Server 7.1
Warning: hypervisors that provide for virtualization are not supported.
Installing a virtual RoutrOS system with CHR images
Mikrotik offers 4 different virtual disk images to choose from. Note that these are disk images only and you cannot simply run them.
- RAW disk image (.img file)
- VMWare disk image (.vmdk file)
- Hyper-V disk image (.vhdx file)
- VirtualBox disk image (.vdi file)
You can download them
Steps to install CHR
- Download the virtual disk image for your hypervisor. 2.
- Create a guest virtual machine
- Use the previously downloaded image file as a virtual disk drive.
- Start the guest CHR virtual machine
- Log in to your new CHR. The default user is 'admin', no password.
Note that running CHR systems can be cloned and copied, but the copy will recognize the previous trial period, so you cannot extend your trial time by making a copy of your CHR. However, you can license both systems individually. To create a new trial system, you must perform a new installation and reconfigure RouterOS.
The CHR has 4 license levels:
- p1 perpetual-1
- p10 perpetual-10
- p-perpetual-unlimited p-unlimited perpetual-unlimited
The 60-day free trial license is available for all paid license levels. To obtain the free trial license, you must have an account on MikroTik.com as all license administration is done there.
Perpetual is a lifetime license (buy once, use forever). It is possible to transfer a perpetual license to another CHR instance. A running CHR instance will indicate when it needs to access the account server to renew its license. If the CHR instance cannot renew the license, it will behave as if the trial period has expired and will not allow an upgrade of RouterOS to a newer version.
After licensing a running test system, you must manually run the license/system renewal function from the CHR to activate it. Otherwise, the system will not know that you have the license on your account. If you do not do this before the system deadline, the trial will terminate and you will have to perform a complete new installation of CHR, request a new trial, and then license the license with the license you had obtained.
License level p1 (perpetual-1) allows CHR to run indefinitely. It is limited to a 1 Gbps load per interface. All other features provided by CHR are available without restrictions. It is possible to upgrade p1 to p10 or p-unlimited. After purchasing the upgrade, the previous license will be available for further use in your account.
License level p10 (perpetual-10) allows CHR to run indefinitely. It is limited to a 10 Gbps load per interface. All other features provided by CHR are available without restrictions. It is possible to upgrade p10 to p-unlimited. After purchasing the upgrade, the previous license will be available for further use in your account.
The p-unlimited (perpetual-unlimited) license level allows CHR to run indefinitely. It is the highest level license and has no limitations imposed.
Please note that licenses are provided during business hours.
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