MikroTik Netinstall Recovery

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Last updated March 27, 2022 by Gabe Conradi

How to resurrect a bootlooping OmniTIK with netinstall


OmniTIK boots up but continually reboots. The LEDs repeat the pattern: device boots up, power eventually turns blue, then 1-5 turn orange and reboots. Rinse and repeat.


Use netinstall to flash a fresh firmware on the router. This guide assumes Linux, though both Linux and Windows are supported. This should work for any RouterBOARD based device.

  • [ ] Finally, run netinstall and reset the board:

    ❱ netinstall -p ~/Downloads/routeros-mipsbe-6.47.8.npk -i enp0s13f0u2u4u5
    Using server IP:
    Starting PXE server
    Waiting for RouterBOARD...
    PXE client: CC:2D:E0:17:55:CB
    Sending image: mips
    Discovered RouterBOARD...
    Sending package routeros-mipsbe-6.47.8.npk ...
    Ready for reboot...
    Sent reboot command

After all this, you should hear a few beeps indicating success. You can now try to connect via ether2 to configure it at as normal.