Creating a Simple Queue with Mikrotiks

Even though I primarily started this site to talk about dual-band routers, there are probably going to be a lot of Mikrotik guides and how-tos in here… I use them personally and professionally, and I like playing around with them in general.

So today I’m going over how to create a simple queue in a Mikrotik. This is only a very basic, ‘how to create a rule’ guide for queuing specific IP addresses or subnets: I’ll dedicate future posts to topics like bursting rules, time-specific speed queues and so forth. If you’d like to see the short-and-to-the-point version, you can skip to the video below.

Creating Mikrotik simple queues

To get started, log into your router. The default login / password for Mikrotiks is admin / blank (no password). Click on Queues in the left-hand column, then press the ‘+’ sign:

Winbox Queues - Add Simple Queue Rule

Choosing the IP or subnet to throttle / apply queuing limits

Under the General tab, you set the IP address or subnet you want to limit speed on under the Target field. The targets can be specified as shown:

Mikrotik Simple Queue Target Examples

Setting speed limits for simple queues

Under Target Upload and Target Download, the Max Limit row controls the maximum speed the IP address or entire subnet can use (depending on your setup). There are some default values to choose from, ranging from 64Kbps to 10Mbps, but you are free to enter your own as well.

Mikrotik simple queue max limit upload & download

Verifying queue limits are working

To verify whether the simple queue is in fact limiting speed at the appropriate levels, just try to pass traffic on the target IP or subnet as defined within the simple queue rule:

Verifying Mikrotik Simple Queue Works by Passing Traffic on IP or Subnet

If the rule is setup correctly, you’ll be able to see traffic passing either by looking under the Traffic or Statistics tabs for the queuing rule, or if the traffic is getting close to maxing out the queuing limits or maxing them out, the icon next to the queuing rule name will turn yellow or red, respectively.

Mikrotik simple queues – how-to video

I will eventually put together some guides on bursting rules and comparing queue types. However, if you have any specific questions on this subject, feel free to post them and I’ll see if I can help answer them.

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