MikroTik CHR: How to set-up The Dude Monitoring

This article will help You deploy cloud-based network and infrastructure monitoring tool: The Dude

The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik which can dramatically improve the way you manage your network environment. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems.

Some of its features

  • Auto network discovery and layout
  • Discovers any type or brand of device
  • Device, Link monitoring, and notifications
  • Includes SVG icons for devices, and supports custom icons and backgrounds
  • Easy installation and usage
  • Allows you to draw your own maps and add custom devices
  • Supports SNMP, ICMP, DNS and TCP monitoring for devices that support it
  • Individual Link usage monitoring and graphs
  • Direct access to remote control tools for device management
  • Supports remote Dude server and local client
  • Runs in Linux Wine environment, Mac OS, and Windows

Source: MikroTik.com

With The Dude and BGOcloud.com You can build a complete monitoring system on off-site location and take full advantage of "The Cloud".

Also You can combine it with our VPS services using the Mikrotik's CHR as VPN concentrator along with The Dude Monitoring, to take care of your VPSes or physical devices in your office, home or at client location.

Let's begin!

Mikrotik Cloud Hosted Router Plans

First select a package that suits You best.

Complete the purchase and payment process:

Please note that the Standard plans come with "free" license, that is limited to 1 mbps Upload speed.

For more information, please read the following article:

MikroTik CHR Licensing

Now, review your new service in client's area:

Connect to the router using Winbox (If You don't have Winbox, download it from HERE)

It is very important to set username and password, right after you login to the router.

More information can be found in this article:

MikroTik CHR: First Run and Default Password

Next, when you are connected and have your router secured, check for available updates and apply them.

Click on System -> Packages:

Then -> [Check for updates]

If there are available updates, click [Download&Install]:

After the update is downloaded, the system will automatically reboot to apply the new packages.

Reconnect after the reboot, and there is new menu "Dude", click on it and navigate to [Settings]:

Check Enabled and click Apply to start the Dude server:

At this point the setup on the server side is complete.

Next You need to download "The Dude Client" from HERE

Follow the installation wizard:

Note: The Dude Client also runs well on Linux Desktops using WINE for emulation!

Start The Dude client:

At first run you need to supply the IP/Domain address of the Mikrotik/Dude server, username and password:

When you are logged in, the wizard will prompt for discovery. Here You may place the networks you like to monitor, to obtain automatic list of devices on it, no matter if The Dude can login to those devices or not.

The result will be similar to this:

With this the basic configuration is complete. Depending on your needs you can scale-up, and make very versatile and effective monitoring solution.

Here are some simple examples of monitoring two remote networks along with the interface traffic and outage alerts:

More information about usage and implementation of The Dude:

Complete The Dude manual: http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:The_Dude

The official Forum Board: http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewforum.php?f=8

Video: The Dude is back! by Patrik Schaub @MUM 2016 Ljubljana:


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