Best band for your buck router and switch (gigabit)

Jason Antman jason at
Sat Nov 16 17:15:20 UTC 2013

If you're going to consider Mikrotik, I'd also highly recommend that you
look into Vyatta ( They offer (well, or did last time I
looked, they seem to be increasingly commercial every time I visit their
site) fully supported software as well as software-on-vendor-hardware
solutions, plus an open source "core" offering. I've never done BGP on
them, but I've used them as edge routers/firewalls for smallish internal
networks as well as IPSEC endpoints, and their performance on modern
server-grade hardware (i.e. the type of stuff lying around in many
shops) is mind-boggling.

Post Script: I just went to, and apparently they've been
acquired by Brocade. The former content of their web site is gone, and
as far as I can tell from the Brocade site
they *seem* to be calling the software solution the "Brocade Vyatta 5400
vRouter". I assume this means their range of supported hardware devices
may be done for. Luckily I kept an archive of all of their wonderful
anti-cisco ads...


On 11/16/2013 04:45 AM, Rakesh M wrote:
> Mx80 Might work if you are looking at Expansion options for future it comes
> with Modular Cards or Tested Cisco 760x series might suffice as well. Other
> Options like Mikrotik as above stated  might work but i myself never tested
> that brand though
> Rakesh
> On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM, Michael Smith <mksmith at> wrote:
>> Not sure what your budge is but you might consider the ASR1k.  Or the
>> Juniper MX104.
>> Mike
>> On Nov 15, 2013, at 5:49 PM, Nick Cameo <symack at> wrote:
>>> Hello Everyone,
>>> We are in the market for a used integrated service router and switch to
>> manage
>>> our network. A 24 port gigabit switch should suffice accompanied with
>>> an industry
>>> grade router. We like buying used (still under warranty) equipment as
>>> long as there
>>> is good feedback. Which make and models are you gents and ladies liking
>> these
>>> days?
>>> Some Requirements for the router:
>>> IPSEC and VPN Enabled
>>> Transcoding capabilities using PVDM2 and NM-HDV2
>>> We were considering:
>>> Cisco 3845
>>> Cisco WS-C2960G-24TC-L
>>> But I thought I would get some insight on value, pricing, and
>>> scalability before making
>>> a recommendation.
>>> Kind Regards,
>>> Nick.

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