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Select Like a Pro: MikroTik's hEX Series

Need Help Finding Network Hardware?

Establishing an efficient online network, even for home users or small businesses, requires suitable hardware. Not necessarily costly, large or too powerful, but simply suitable.


To help you get familiar with MikroTik's inventory of hardware and lend you a hand to select the best MikroTik hardware for your connectivity needs, we have started a new series of videos titled MikroTik Hardware to review all MikroTik products, together with their capabilities and usages.

First Up: hEX Ethernet Routers

Starting from the very top of MikroTik's hardware list, we began with the ethernet routers and reviewed the hEX series in our first video, which you can watch below:

What is the hEX Series?

The hEX series is a group of 5 indoor and 2 outdoor ethernet routers with IP20 (International Protection Code) as shown below. Produced by MikroTik for home networks, small and medium businesses, and mostly medium-sized networks, each hEX product brings special features to the table, including:

  • High CPU performance
  • PoE In/PoE Out
  • USB port
  • SFP port
  • Gigabit ethernet port
  • MicroSD card slot
  • IPsec hardware acceleration
  • Lifetime of +11 years
  • Wide range of operation temperature
  • Low power consumption
  • Lightweight with small dimensions
hEX lite
hEX PoE lite

Who Benefits from the hEX Series?

As mentioned above, the hEX family is more suitable for home and small to medium business networks. However, that is not to say they cannot be placed within larger networks.


Industries who regularly make use of these include:

  • The education sector;
  • IT service providers;
  • Event organizers;
  • ISPs and WISPs;
  • Manufacturers;
  • Systems integrators.

What Project Can the hEX Family Do?

MikroTik's hEX items have a number of useful features that make them efficient in certain connectivity tasks, such as:

  • Centralized VPN;
  • Site-to-site VPN;
  • DNS/Content filtering;
  • Security and Firewall.