RouterOS includes an extremely useful tool call Netwatch to help automate tasks. Netwatch Pings a defined hosts and then takes a scripted action when the host is reachable and/ or not reachable. There are many reasons to use Netwatch. Here are just a few:

  • To solve static routing limitations
  • Change the gateway the router is using based on whether or not the router has Internet connectivity
  • Report  network failures
  • Watch for when specific hosts join or leave the network
  • Edify routing protocols such as RIP, OSPF, and BGP

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You can view and example of how to setup “Basic Failover with Netwatch” on our Downloads page.

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