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CableFree devices come preinstalled with a RadioOS license: if you have purchased a CableFree device, nothing must be done regarding the license, unless you wish to upgrade license level.

The license key is a block of symbols that can be pasted into the router. You can paste the key anywhere in the terminal, or by clicking "Paste key" in Winbox License menu. A reboot is required for the key to take effect.

RadioOS licensing scheme is based on SoftwareID number that is bound to the Flash storage media inside the CableFree device.

Licensing information can be read from CLI system console:

[admin@CableFree] > /system license print 
    software-id: "43NU-NLT9"
         nlevel: 6
[admin@CableFree] >

or from equivalent winbox, webfig menu.

License Levels

You can purchase a Level 3, 4, 5 and 6. Level 1 is the demo license. The difference between license levels is shown in the table.

Level 3 is a wireless station (client or CPE) only license.

Level number 3 (WISP CPE) 4 (WISP) 5 (WISP) 6 (Controller)
Wireless Client and Bridge yes yes yes yes
RIP, OSPF, BGP protocols yes(*)
EoIP tunnels unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
PPPoE tunnels 200 200 500 unlimited
PPTP tunnels 200 200 500 unlimited
L2TP tunnels 200 200 500 unlimited
OVPN tunnels 200 200 unlimited unlimited
VLAN interfaces unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
HotSpot active users 1 200 500 unlimited
RADIUS client yes yes yes yes
Queues unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
Web proxy yes yes yes yes
User manager active sessions 10 20 50 Unlimited
Number of KVM guests Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

(*) - BGP is included in License Level3 only for CableFree devices, for other devices you need Level4 or above to have BGP.

All Licenses:

  • never expire
  • include 15-30 day free support over e-mail
  • can use unlimited number of interfaces
  • are for one installation each
  • offer unlimited software upgrades

Upgrading from RadioOS v3 (2009)

Since RadioOS 3.25 and 4.0beta3 new SoftID format is introduced. Your license menu will show both the old and the new SoftID. Even by upgrading to a new version, RadioOS will still work as before, but to use some of the new features, LICENSE UPDATE will be necessary. To do this, just click on "Update license key" button in Winbox (currently only in Winbox).

New SoftID's are in the form of XXXX-XXXX (Four symbols, dash, four symbols).

The following actions will be taken:

  1. Winbox will contact the licensing webserver with your old SoftID
  2. The licensing webserver will check the database and see details about your key
  3. the server will generate a new key as "upgrade" and put it into the same account as old one
  4. Winbox will receive the new key and automatically License your router with the new key
  5. Reboot will be required
  6. New RadioOS features will be unlocked

Important Note!: If you see this button also in v3.24, don't use it, it will not work.

If you ever wish to downgrade RadioOS, you will have to apply the OLD key before doing so. When RadioOS applies the NEW key, the OLD key is saved to a file, in the FILES folder, to make sure you have the old key handy.

Even more important: Don't downgrade v4.0b3 to v3.23 or older. Use only v3.24 for downgrading, or you might lose your new format key.

Change license Level

  1. There are no license level upgrades, if you wish to use a different license Level, please purchase the appropriate level. Be very careful when purchasing for the first time, choose the correct option.
  2. Why is it not possible to change license level (ie. upgrade license)? Just like you can't easily upgrade your car's engine from 2L to 4L just by paying the difference, you can't switch license levels as easily. This is a policy used by many software companies, choose wisely when making your purchase! Instead we have lowered the prices, and removed the software update time limit.

Using the License

Can I Format or Re-Flash the drive?

Formatting, and Re-Imaging the drive with non-CableFree tools (like DD and Fdisk) will destroy your license! Be very careful and contact CableFree support before doing this. It is not recommended, as CableFree support might deny your request for a replacement license. For this use CableFree provided tools Netinstall or CD-install that are freely available from our download page.

What is a Replacement Key

It is a special key which is issued by the Support Team if you accidentally lose the license, and the CableFree Support decides that it is not directly your fault. It costs 10$ and has the same features as the key that you lose. Note that before issuing such key, the CableFree Support can ask you to prove that the old drive is failed, in some cases this means sending us the dead drive.


Note: We may issue only one replacement key per one original key, using replacement key procedure twice for one key will not be possible. In cases like this new key for this RadioOS device must be purchased.

Must I type the whole key into the router?

No, simply copy it and paste into the Telnet window, or License menu in Winbox.

Copy license to Telnet Window (or Winbox New Terminal),


Another option to use Winbox License Window, click on System ---> License,


I lost my CableFree device, can you give me the license to use on another system?

The CableFree device comes with an embedded license. You cannot move this license to a new system in any way, this includes upgrades applied to the CableFree device while it was still working.

Obtaining Licenses and working with them

Where can I buy a RadioOS license key?

From Wirelesss Excellence, contact your account manager Folders]]