Mikrotik BGP Question

Choprboy choprboy at dakotacom.net
Fri May 21 16:46:27 CDT 2010


On Friday 21 May 2010 05:16, Lorell Hathcock wrote:
> I am inheriting a WISP network with Mikrotik equipment throughout.  One of
> my first duties is to make the network multihomed.  We have our first
> internet connection at one location and our second internet connection will
> be delivered at a second location in a week or so.
[snip]
> My question is about BGP on the Mikrotik platform.  The guy who I am
> supplanting swears that we are supposed to be bringing the second internet
> link to the same place as the first internet link for BGP to work properly.
> Obviously that is not true with major brand routers


And it is not true with Mikrotik either... I work for a WISP that uses 
Mikrotik almost exclusively, everything from our core to customer CPEs. We 
have multiple Mikrotik edge routers at diverse locations, with 200+Mbs 
internet connections thru different providers, all running full BGP feeds, 
and all sharing those feeds between each other. A simple 1U box with a good 
MB, 1-2GB RAM, flash drive for booting, and good multi-port Gb ethernet cards 
for each is all that is needed.

We are a small ISP by most standards, but we have had no problem running 
180Mbs and 40,000pps in/out on just one of our edges, while carrying on with 
multiple BGP feeds and exchange between our internal routers.


Adrian





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