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Video tour: using FlashStart Cloud filter

FlashStart is the innovative content and malware filter for MikroTik RouterOS devices. It requires no additional hardware or software and does not perceivably impact Router performance. It operates as a cloud and by inspecting all DNS resolutions and filters the internet access based upon the end-user-defined security policy. FlashStart is a high quality, fast and easy-to-use solution which is designed to be sold by the MikroTik resellers community worldwide.

Content and Malware Filtering
Remove 25,000 variants of ransomware, botnets, viruses and malware; and monitor or filter 50 content categories with time-of-day variations.
Reporting & Analysis
Six months of historical data is held but privacy issues are avoided because data is aggregated.
Native scripts integration
FlashStart is integrated with any MikroTik device using 100% standard scripts and takes just a few minutes to set-up.
White-label & Soap APIs
By white-labelling the FlashStart service in your brand name and integrating any pre-existing Dashboard with SOAP interfaces then internet filtering becomes part of your core offer.

Are you a Reseller or a Isp/Wisp?

FlashStart Cloud can really help you to build a Business reveanue with your customers, increasing loyalty.
With Partner’s multi-tenant dashboard, whitelabel platform option and APIs we can help you. Check here the application form.

Simply to use! See the screenshots

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HOWTO: Installation on MikroTik RouterOS

You can activate FlashStart Cloud filtering on any model of Miktroik RouterOS in three easy steps:

  1. Register for free at FlashStart Cloud by visiting this link;
  2. Log into your routerboard (through SSH, Web or WinBox), and create a Script in this way:

    1) Go to System and click on Scripts
    2) In the window that opens click on symbol “+”, under the voice Scripts
    3) Insert a name for the script, for example FlashStartScript
    4) Leave the default policy
    5) On the field Source copy and paste the following instruction::tool fetch url=”http://ddns.flashstart.com/nic/update?hostname=&myip=&wildcard=NOCHG&username=USER&password=PASSWORD”

    (Replace the credential as follow:
    USER – registration’s email
    PASS – registration password, received in email activation confirmation).

    Otherwise, you can download “flashstart_auth” script directly from RouterOS

    After that you have to set a scheluder. So that the script will run automatically.
    Then proceed in this way:

    1) Go to System and click on Scheduler
    2) In the window that opens click on symbol “+”, under the voice Scheduler
    3) Insert a name for the scheduler, for example FlashStartScheduler
    4) Choose an interval to run the script, for example 5 minutes
    5) On field On Event insert the same name of script you created before

  3. Set the DNS address you will have received after registration with DHCP or manually in your computers and devices.Now you can surf the web with traffic filter enabled!

To choose your blacklists, manage your reports, customize geo-filtering and all of the other functions, log into your account here: https://cloud.flashstart.com/.
For immediate technical support please email us at routeros@flashstart.com.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

FlashStart support every model and type of MikroTik RouterOS device.
FlashStart suppaort both static and dynamic IP internet connection.
Absolutely not! FlashStart filter works on DNS resolution. It is simply necessary to point DNS Servers to FlashStart and register the static, or dynamic, connection IP.
Absolutely not! Integration works in mode transparent, therefore no modification to the IP address or working positions is required. Simple point, in MikroTik RouterOS, DNS resolvers to FlashStart secure DNS.
Of course! FlashStart supports both the devices connected through Ethernet cable and the ones connected through wireless.
FlashStart for MiktoTik is being used with success in thousands of networks (Companies, Schools, HotSpot Wifi, ecc.).
Absolutely not! FlashStart Cloud management tool is easy and intuitive. It can be deployed in 5 minutes and everyone can use it. And you have high quality dedicated support from the FlashStart staff.
Of course! The Privacy Law Authority actually suggests adopting Internet filters, as the supervisor cannot, by law, monitor the websites visited by his/her employees. Prevention filtering represents the only solution business owners and supervisors possess to prevent the unwanted use of the Internet by employees during work time.
Of course! Reports and logs are anonymous. The logs show Internet usage based on multiple categories: leisure, social networks, etc. It doesn’t show any specific details about the employee who has accessed the websites.

User reviews

We needed more than just a quality filter,
we needed SOAP integration to create managed service solutions and a responsive partner.
– Managing Partner Francisco Guerrero, Product Director TELDAT, Spain
FlashStart provided easy implementation of our security policy.
– Kendall Head, Managing Partner, Loveitts Limited (Estate Agency)
We subjected FlashStart to a rigorous 6 month evaluation and it came out top for the German market.
– Michael Bindner, Product Manager BINTEC, Germany