MikroTik Cloud Router Switch Review

It provides familiar RouterOS support, port isolation, and flexible VLAN handling. It lacks proper LACP support.


Valuable Features:

Familiar RouterOS support, port isolation, flexible VLAN handling (tagging, untagging, rewriting, etc.).

Improvements to My Organization:

Port isolation is great for shared networks where you want to keep it safe by not lettings people fake DHCP server.

Room for Improvement:

Proper LACP support, more software support for hardware capabilities, true wirespeed Layer 3 routing.

Use of Solution:

2 years.

Deployment Issues:

Doing this the old RouterOS way is straightforward, but it is not wirespeed then! So you need to learn some things in order to get the benefits, but it is worth it.

Stability Issues:

No.

Scalability Issues:

Missing 9k jumbo frames and 10GigE support on CRS125. This is present on CRS2xx series, but CPU is faster on CRS125.

Previous Solutions:

Mikrotik RB250 and RB260 switches - only 5 ports and interfaces is usable, but it is not RouterOS!

Initial Setup:

Initial setup was easy, but it did not reveal all the good things it can offer.

Implementation Team:

By myself.

Other Solutions Considered:

SMC switches.

Other Advice:

MIkrotik CRS switches are basically metro switches so overkill for the less complex installations.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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