Winbox is a GUI application to manage and configure Mikrotik RouterOS. It is be much easier to manage Mikrotik using Winbox than CLI (ssh or telnet or hyperterminal via RS232).
Basically to be able to manage RouterOS using winbox, you have to have basic knowledge about networking, there are good howtos and articles published at www.wiki.mikrotik.com.
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As per picture below, once you obtain and run winbox please click three dots, it should show all available Mikrotik devices. Just click on MAC address (if your PC has different subnet to the address provided in the listing) fill in the username and password and press connect. If you have PC within the same network choose IP address instead of MAC as it works faster and also thy upgrade of RouterOS is much safer (in case you would like to perform one)
Using Winbox on Linux
As for majority of simple software made for Windows Linux is able to run them in wine.
When running Winbox on Linux using wine, sometimes it times out.
This is the case when the firewall is active.
In order to make successful login via winbox via MAC address the following comand should help:
iptables -A INPUT -p udp –sport 20561 -j ACCEPT
If connecting via IP address, then:
iptables -A INPUT -p udp –sport 5678 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp –sport 8291 -j ACCEPT
When the firewall is off there should be no issues with connection on any of the above.
Note: If you successfully login and winbox suddenly hang, then try to login via MAC address not the IP address.