Recommendations for router with routed copper gig-e ports?

Eric Morin EricMo at BarrettXplore.com
Sun Feb 14 20:11:03 CST 2010


I actually think the 912 is different then the 904 and 906, as I was
discouraged from buying the 912, and I REALLY wanted the extra ports.
That's not to say that the 904/906 doesn't have the same problems. I use
it for a router with a bunch of connected networks, DHCP relay, and BGP.
Other then the below mentioned DHCP-relay bug, and an FTP command bug
(which was also quickly fixed) they have served us well.

Eric RR Morin

-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Lixfeld [mailto:jason at lixfeld.ca] 
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:54 PM
To: Eric Morin
Cc: North American Network Operators Group
Subject: Re: Recommendations for router with routed copper gig-e ports?

The OS906 may be different than the OS912, but be warned that I had  
major issues with OS912 relating to LDP and OSPF.  Constant crashes of  
both LDP and OSPF made the device totally unusable.  We had to ship  
all 20 back to them.  It was really messy.  This was about 6 months  
ago, and their code may have been fixed, so YMMV.

On 2010-02-14, at 8:47 PM, "Eric Morin" <EricMo at BarrettXplore.com>  
wrote:

> I have found the MRV OS906 (6 port 10/100/1000/SFP + Eth OBM) to be a
> very cost effective and an extremely flexible device. It's a linux  
> based
> device with a router shell but all forwarding is done in hardware
> (ASICs). It has a very flexible implementation of many L2 features  
> (QnQ,
> inner or outer tag swapping, eth OAM, ERP) but also sports standard
> routing switch features and protocols like BGP, OSPF, even IS-IS!
>
> The cost of the device is 1/4 of a 3560G (etc).
>
> MRV's support has been very good. We found a bug in the DHCP-Relay
> function where it would not broadcast back to a client that
> discovered/requested with the broadcast bit set. They provided a new
> spin of code with the fix within days!
>
> http://www.mrv.com/product/MRV-OS-OS900-SDB
>
> I hope this helps
> Eric RR Morin
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lorell Hathcock [mailto:lorell at hathcock.org]
> Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:42 PM
> To: 'North American Network Operators Group'
> Subject: Recommendations for router with routed copper gig-e ports?
>
> All:
>
>
>
> I'm involved in a project where we are cutting over a WISP from  
> being a
> single broadcast domain into the grownup real world of routing between
> tower
> nodes.  Of course the equipment is all Mikrotik and the single  
> broadcast
> domain was easy to implement, so that's why it was done this way.
>
>
>
> My problem on the redesign is I want to provide routed, copper gig-e
> ports
> at a reasonable price per port.
>
>
>
> My thought is to provide one copper gig-e port for all of the APs at a
> tower
> and a copper gig-e port for each backhaul to other towers (typically 2
> to
> 4).  On the core nodes, I want to have one fiber gig-e port for the
> internet
> connection.  BGP would be implemented on the routers that connect to  
> the
> internet.  OSPF would be implemented on all of the backhaul ports.
>
>
>
> So number of routed, copper gig-e ports at each tower would be:
>
>
>
> 1 - AP network (need suggestion for cost effective gig-e switch)
>
> 2 to 4 - back haul ports
>
> 1 - internet port (on one out of every 4 towers or so)  (and most  
> likely
> fiber instead of copper)
>
>
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
>
> Lorell Hathcock
>
>
>
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