MikroTik CHR installation on ESXi tutorial video just been put up!

Be sure to head over to my YouTube channel to check out the new MikroTik CHR tutorial video!


MikroTik RouterOS Hairpin NAT with dynamic WAN IP

In this video I go over my fairly well polished MikroTik RouterOS way of getting a hairpin NAT solution and ensuring it has the ability to adjust itself dynamically as and when your WAN IP changes.

It’s super easy, free and requires only a slight change in how you normally apply port forwards.


MikroTik Port forwarding tutorial

A short video on how you can do basic port forwarding using the MikroTik RouterOS operating system.


Remote Server Upgraded

I’m very happy to announce that my remote server has been upgraded by quite a lot. Originally the humble little Dell R210 box was perfect for what I wanted but as I started loading it over time with more VM’s it was starting to creak. An absolute bargain on eBay saw my way to a bigger brother in the family. A Dell R410 which has twin hex core CPU’s and 24GB of RAM. A decent upgrade from the dual core from previously.

Installation wasn’t straight forward and I did have to fully re-install ESXi to get it up and running again but thankfully I’m now back up and running at six times the performance level of before!

My good conscience seedbox

When you use the phrases torrenting, filesharing or p2p you generally get a 50/50 reaction. Half of the people have no idea what you are talking about and the other half recoil in shock on the assumption that you are illegally sharing files and content and that you will inevitably get caught!

Torrenting isn’t a bad thing if it’s done for the right reasons, recently I’ve had to download a couple of distributions and a piece of software that are distributed by wither direct http download from a list of hosting sites or had the option to download via a torrent which got me thinking. For all of the times I’ve downloaded and redownloaded various Linux versions, Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu server, Raspbian and the likes. I’ve always just taken it for granted. Where as most people go out of the way to make sure the torrent box simply leeches I’ve actually gone out of my way to ensure it seeds, it doesn’t sound a lot or an especially heroic thing to do but I genuinely feel better about using the distributions I am doing knowing I’m helping to make them more available for other people like me.

Using Transmission to do my torrenting on a Ubuntu Server 16.04.3 VM I followed this guide with some minor adjustments to get the box running;

Then just insured that the peers port was correctly forwarded to my aptly named machine “seeder”


Since starting it I’ve seen a slight increase in traffic on my upload stream but then having set some limiting and QoS on the router it doesn’t affect any of my daily on goings and “needful” operations.

MikroTik Easy and Simple DMZ

Whilst going through the MikroTik forums I noticed a post asking about DMZ, whilst this in itself is very easy if you know what you are doing with RouterOS. It may not be if you are new or not well versed in it. Below is my simple “one liner” to get a DMZ working to an IP of your choice. This should be relatively safe to use if you are on the LAN side as it will only push traffic coming to you through your WAN interface. Also note that it will not work for any local requests that need to go through NAT.

/ip firewall nat
add action=dst-nat chain=dstnat comment="DMZ rule [edit the \"in interface\" to your WAN connection and the \"to address\" to your LAN IP]." in-interface=WAN-IN to-addresses=

Simple. More to come so you can actually get a handle on controlling other services that you may not want to go through the DMZ.


Further Computer Update

After having rebuilt my main gaming PC onto the Ryzen platform I was left feeling like something was just missing. Whilst I love(d) my 980Ti it also felt like it too was due an upgrade. The only route forward that I could see with a whopping 50% performance improvement was the 1080Ti so not wanting to buy a basic one I’ve opted for the Asus ROG Strix 1080Ti


Computer update

It’s been a long time since I upgraded the main gaming and video creating PC so I’ve decided to go back to team red!
Build pics to come as I rebuild away from the 3770K