Configuring Loopback IP on Mikrotik: A Step-by-Step Guide

Set up a loopback IP on your Mikrotik router with our easy-to-follow guide, ensuring reliable addressing and stable remote access.

What is a Loopback IP on Mikrotik?

A loopback IP is a virtual IP address assigned to an internal interface within the router. It is not associated with any physical network card and serves for internal routing and communication with the router itself. Imagine a tunnel inside the router that connects back to itself.

Advantages of Loopback IP on Mikrotik

Reliable Addressing: The loopback is always active, regardless of the state of the physical interfaces. This makes it ideal for services that require a stable IP address within the router, such as:

  • Routing Protocols: BGP, OSPF, and other routing protocols can use the loopback IP as the source for route advertisements.

Mikrotik and the Bridge Interface

While MikroTik does not have a native loopback interface, you can emulate this behavior using a bridge interface. It is basically a virtual interface that aggregates other interfaces (which in this case, do not exist). By assigning an IP to this bridge, you effectively create a loopback IP.

Creating a Bridge Interface

Launch Winbox and connect to your Mikrotik router.

Navigate to Interfaces > Bridge.

Description Bridge Menu to Configure Loopback IP on Mikrotik.

Click “+” to add a new bridge interface.

In the “Name” field, assign a name to your bridge interface (e.g., “Loopback”). This will make it easier to identify the interface later.

Click the “OK” button to save the bridge interface settings.

Creating Bridge with Loopback name to be used in Loopback IP on Mikrotik.

Configuring the Loopback IP on Mikrotik

In the main Winbox menu, click on the “IP” option.

In the “IP” submenu, choose the “Addresses” option.

Configure a Mikrotik IP Loopback.

Click the “+” button to add a new IP address.

In the “Address” field, enter the desired loopback IP address (e.g., “”). Make sure to choose a valid address that does not conflict with your network.

In the “Interface” field, use the dropdown menu to select the bridge interface created earlier (e.g., “Loopback”).

Click the “OK” button to save the settings.

Enter IP and Interface for Loopback IP on Mikrotik.

By following these steps, you will have successfully configured a loopback IP on your MikroTik router.

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