Low end, cool CPE.

Michael Loftis mloftis at wgops.com
Tue Nov 16 14:28:22 CST 2010

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM, Matthew Kaufman <matthew at matthew.at> wrote:
> On 11/11/2010 10:55 PM, Michael Loftis wrote:
>> I have sort of recently gone from a little netscreen 5 to a mikrotik
>> rb750g.
>> Happily running for about 4 months. Way more of a power user or net admin
>> than consumer oriented device. Fast though, loads faster than the
>> netscreen
> I would recommend their products except for one thing: They have quite a few
> different models which experience a still-unfixed problem where the Ethernet
> port(s) simply go silent for 5-20 minutes and then come back all on their
> own (or with a reboot). Totally unacceptable, and their support forums are
> filled with others having the same problem *and* no confirmation of what the
> company is doing to fix it.
> And hard to debug, I'm sure, because the problem is one of those "happens
> every other day for 4 days, then not again for 3 weeks" kinds of bugs.

I've never actually had that problem, and wasn't even aware of it
until reading your message just now.  It might be that I use the thing
in a completely different manner (I've a bridge+vlan tagging setup).
Being as I work from home it gets used very thoroughly so if it had
had the issue I would've noticed.  I'm wondering if some units are
having thermal issues, seems to be a common thread/problem lately with
embedded devices.  Newer gen processors are starting to see thermal
and PSU loads (on account of lower voltages) that haven't been dealt
with much by these hardware makers.

Or I could just be lucky, or my office is cooler than others.  I've
heard a lot of people having thermal issues with the global tech
guruplug server plus wall wart units, and while the two I have do get
very hot, I haven't had any crashes.  But they are still way too hot
for me to ever recommend them for anything.  The RB750G though doesn't
ever seem to warm up or anything so it's very odd that there's issues.
 I'm running the 4.x stable releases though too, not 5.x, I'll have to
look into the forum posts on this.

Good to know about!

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