Mikrotik RouterOS

Persio Pucci persio at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 20:04:52 CDT 2010


I've been considering routerOS boxes to my "less important" POPs that are
candidates to be promoted to MPLS-enabled POPs, although I am still a
little skeptical about it. Still doing some lab trials with it, but have not
deployed it yet besides as a CE router. The reason is that I've ran into
problems with it going haywire for no apparent reasons as CE, lowering my
confidence on the box and keeping it a little longer into the test bed.

It would be nice to hear more experiences with this little box-that-could in
MPLS environments.


On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM, gordon b slater <gordslater at ieee.org>wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-04-12 at 16:06 -0400, James Jones wrote:
> > kind of....routerOS supports MPLS, linux does not
>
> It could (unfortunately) be a while before a full linux implementation
> of MPLS gains enough speed, it's very much out on the fringe of what
> linux "does daily". This mean that getting enough developers, free time
> to develop and equipment to test with seems to be quite a steep problem
> right now.
>
> Likewise the FreeBSD MPLS effort, though this seems to be more like
> familiar territory for BSD-heads, but, as ever, funding and equipment
> are sorely needed.
>
> If anyone (I'm thinking of the bigger players) could lend a hand,
> loan/ship out a box, or offer a few test-box out onto the cloud by
> (arrangement) the lack of MPLS on BSD and Linux machines could probably
> be rectified a little quicker.
> Or maybe someone has a tiny pot of cash to sponsor some "bounty"
> development?
>
> back onto the main topic...
>
> +1 for routerOS, but never needed MPLS in my encounters with it.
>
>  I have to say the Microtiks do nothing (in my world, that is) that I
> couldn't do with half an hour and similar (but very slightly beefier)
> hardware and a generic/minimal BSD or linux install, but given the
> price, I'd be a fool to DIY if I need to hand over to others,  erm ,
> well, shall we say, `less interested` at the end of the day.
> It earns an extra Kibo Cookie for that, certainly.
>
> Gord
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