allan.eising+gmane at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 04:46:06 CDT 2010
On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:54:59 -0400, James Jones wrote:
> I am currently looking at using RouterOS as a way to build a Metro
> Ethernet solution. Does anyone have experience with the device and the
> OS? How is the performance? Are there any "Gotchas"?
I've been working with RouterOS for a while, especially with it's more
service provider oriented features such as MPLS and BGP. Here are some
points that might help you:
1) Consider what device you want to run it on, especially regarding
expected throughput. If you want to run it on x86 hardware, consider
either buying one of the available x86 solutions, such as PoweRouter or
OGMA connect, or spend some time evaluating that your hardware
configuration is indeed supported. RouterOS is based on a 32-bit linux
kernel, and it's not the newest one... The upcoming version 5 will
feature a recent kernel, but is still 32bit, so don't expect things like
multiqueue to work on your intel NICs.
2) Understand that bugs happen, and new software is released frequently.
Acknowledge that there might be issues with quality assurance for new
software versions. Expect to test new versions rigorously before rolling
out. That said, MikroTik support is very friendly and will help you with
3) Their RouterBoard products are cheap, and are often made from the
cheapest components. I have seen issues with faulty components.
Recently, they EOL'd their only rack-mount router, the RB1000U, while the
replacement - a cheaper router with more ports, and little less power -
has not yet gone into sale.
And now for all the good things:
4) Their MPLS support, as well as their implementations of routing
protocols are quite good. They support both MPLS and VPLS and can even
work with Cisco's BGP-signalled VPLS, as well as the rfc version of it.
5) The CLI is easy to work with, and has an excellent API that allows you
to easily integrate provisioning into your existing systems. There is
also a graphic tool called WinBox. This tool gives you a very easy
overview of your router's configuration, so put away any CLI-only bias
you might have inherited from working with other vendors.
I consider their routers great for Metro Ethernet solutions on a lower
scale. Their low cost makes it very easy to roll out an MPLS network, as
the price for a PoP will be low, however keep an eye on the performance
of the routers.
You are welcome to contact me if you have any additional questions.
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