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December 9, 2011

Mikrotik Howto block Winbox Discovery + Limit Winbox Access

To hide your mikrotik from being appearing in WINBOX scan neighbor list, & to limit WINBOX access from your specific IP address or admin PC only,
Use the Following.

To disable winbox access using mac address you have to disable mac-server on the NIC
Go to Tools -> MAC Server
Click on the WinBox Interfaces Tab
By default this is set to all
You can add specific interfaces, and disable the all entry

OR using CLI, use the following command

/tool mac-server
add disabled=yes interface=all
/tool mac-server ping
set enabled=no

Or disable MAC Discovery for all interfaces by using following

/ip firewall filter
add action=drop chain=input comment="Block mikrotik discovery/zaib" disabled=no dst-port=5678 protocol=udp
add action=drop chain=input comment="DROP ALL WINBOX REQUEST By MAC Address" disabled=no dst-port=20561 protocol=udp
add action=drop chain=input comment="DROP ALL WINBOX REQUEST EXCEPT FROM MY PC" disabled=no dst-port=8291 protocol=tcp src-address=!

The above rules will disable Mikrotik discovery via winbox, and also it will allow to access Mikrotik. Make sure to change this ip address to match your management pc ip.

You can also disable Network Neighbor Discovery on the interface to which your network users are connected

/ip neighbor discovery set ether1 discover=no

I recommend to block all UN-necessary services like www , ftp, ssh. Also do change the WINBOX Default port via IP > Services console just to make mikrotik more secure and allow only specific IP Address to be able to connect to Mikrotik via winbox



  1. Great………..

    Comment by Shahan Ali — December 10, 2011 @ 11:04 PM

  2. Working fine.
    Can you please tell me how to configure The Dude step by step?
    Please post dude configuration through winbox and also on dude?

    Comment by Ravi — December 13, 2011 @ 8:55 AM

  3. If i want to allow more ips to acces MT via winbox, then what are the steps?

    Comment by Muhammad Abdullah Butt — March 27, 2012 @ 5:50 PM

    • Create an ADDRESS LIST in FIREWALL > Address LIST, [Add all your IPs]

      then allow this list, instead of IP’s in Filter Rule > ADVANCED > SRC. ADDRESS LIST


      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — March 27, 2012 @ 10:27 PM

  4. Asalam O Aalikum
    mikrotik may Skype problam kar raha ha 5mints ka bad disconect ho jata ha Sir koi solution bataye

    Comment by Arsalan — May 25, 2012 @ 2:34 AM

    • are you using PCC ?

      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — May 25, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

      • Asalam O Aalikum
        how can i block backup button in file list and terminal?

        Comment by shahzad — August 19, 2012 @ 3:38 PM

      • Sir mane load-balancing k bad aik hotspot server lagaya ha usmey problam kar raha ha or yahoo ka bhi masla ha disconect ho jata ha

        Comment by Arsalan Malick — August 21, 2012 @ 3:20 AM

  5. Assalamualaikum. i read ur blogs since recent days. i think u can help me. im now expert using linux. just control my router rb450G using winbox. please help me. how to load balance 3 Wan using winbox? and also pass data automatically through other ether(s) when one or two link down.

    Best regards
    Md. Nur Eshaan

    Comment by Eshaan Nur — October 1, 2012 @ 12:06 AM

  6. Asalaam o Alaikum Sir.. maine winbox discovry block kia hai but kafi dair k bad show hojata hai winbox Y?? please tell me tanks

    Comment by waqas — October 8, 2012 @ 5:02 PM

  7. thanks sir

    Comment by waqas — October 11, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

  8. janab g mokrotik man loadbalanceing or hotspot ek sath sahi kam nahi krta plz help me loadbakanceing sahi nahi hoti

    Comment by M.Tahir Shafiq — November 9, 2012 @ 11:41 PM

  9. Sir je main ney ye rule copy kiya hai or Paste kiya hai
    /tool mac-server
    add disabled=yes interface=all
    /tool mac-server ping
    set enabled=no

    /ip firewall filter
    add action=drop chain=input comment=”block mikrotik discovery” disabled=no dst-port=5678 protocol=udp
    add action=drop chain=input comment=”DROP ALL WINBOX REQUEST By MAC Address” disabled=no dst-port=20561 protocol=udp
    add action=drop chain=input comment=”DROP ALL WINBOX REQUEST EXCEPT FROM MY PC” disabled=no dst-port=8291 protocol=tcp src-address=!

    is say kiya faida hoga u mean is say just jo ip add karain gey us k pass he jaye ga just Mikrotik mean use kar sakay ga ?

    Comment by rizwan ahmed — December 22, 2012 @ 12:28 AM

    • The benefit of using above rules are that it will block auto discovery of Mikrotik via winbox, so know on your LAN will know that you are running mikrotik. Also it will allow only single IP of your choice to connect to Mikrotik via WINBOX for management purposes.

      Comment by Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) — January 13, 2013 @ 9:41 PM

  10. you are great…..amazing you are …

    qasam se kya batao sara mikrotik ap se sikha hai mene… mashallaah…allah apko or kamiabi ata kare or kisi ki buri nazron se bachae …

    Comment by Rana Usman — January 13, 2013 @ 7:27 PM

  11. Hi
    Please how do I block the IP address of a client on a mikrotic brass using winbox.Or in short block a p2p customer from the internet.I am a network admin but a newbie in mikrotic routers.

    Comment by NYANGANG — January 18, 2013 @ 4:49 PM

  12. thanks

    Comment by Choirul Dimyati — June 23, 2013 @ 7:54 PM

  13. Assalam O Aaalikum Zaib ek bohat zarori guzarish hay yar ne Winbox Discovery disable karna bataya hay ye source apply karnay k bad bhe wo lan pe har kisi client ko show pher bhe ho raha hay mein ne kafi client k pas winbox dala tu wo tu wahi ka wahi jaysa tha yar waysa he hay is se kuch effect nahi parha Actually mein bhe yehi chahta ho client side par kisi ko winbox pe mera mikrotik show na ho scanning mein plz yar video tutorial hota tu or behtar work ho jata mein ne ye 8 se 10 bar graphicaly bhe apply kar liya cli bhe but nahi ho raha plz video ya gui mode pe snap shots k zariye step by step batain tu behtar rehnumai hoti read Zarori kijiye ga or jald reply kariye ga Assalam O Aalikum

    Comment by Mubeen Ahmed — August 26, 2013 @ 2:27 PM

  14. blocking the MAC and IP discovery in winbox is working , thanks

    Comment by balakumar.m — September 2, 2013 @ 4:54 PM

  15. Assalam O Aaalikum
    maikrotik mai user k pas bas smtp (outlook) ka excess dayna hai baki INTERNET browsing nahi ho koi haal hai to plz batain

    Comment by asim — April 23, 2014 @ 1:35 PM

  16. thanks….

    Comment by jusak — October 24, 2014 @ 8:51 AM

  17. hello , I have a question , I have a network with hotspots , but when my user connect , and go to Windows – > LAN , viewing other users’ PCs .
    how can I do so that the user can not see each other in my network? 🙂

    Comment by antonio — September 19, 2016 @ 5:35 PM

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