Multi-gigabit edge devices as CPE

Faisal Imtiaz faisal at
Thu Apr 9 00:14:33 UTC 2015

Mikrotik for OS, and Hardware choice would be to use an X86 appliance (Lanner Electronics, Axiomtek etc)
You should be able to get a cost effective box that will meet your performance requirements.
As to feature set, while most of them are their you should do some testing to see if feature set meets your requirements.

Most folks often forget that Mikrotik is OS and they also make Hardware (a variety of sizes for a variety of needs), and the OS can be deployed on standard or custom hardware server or appliances.

You can always go the 'Custom' Linux Route, using x86 boxes with your own distro, too bad that Vyatta OS took a different route under Brocade..

Faisal Imtiaz
Snappy Internet & Telecom

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Daniel Rohan" <drohan at>
> To: "NANOG" <nanog at>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:46:40 PM
> Subject: Multi-gigabit edge devices as CPE
> I work at a state REN and we are seeking a lead for a new edge device for
> on prem deployment at customer sites.
> We currently deploy two classes of routers-- a high end and a low end. Both
> the high end and the low end use some of the standard edge features:
> MPLS-TE, MBGP, flowspec, vrf, PIM, etc. We deliver full tables over these
> devices to the customers that need them.
> We recently finished a new ethernet procurement and have a large number of
> sites (~200) moving from <1Gbps in bandwidth to 1-10Gb in bandwidth. Our
> currently deployed low-end router can't handle these speeds and we can't
> afford to place our high end router at 200+ sites.
> So, we're looking for a middle tier router to deploy. Something with 2+
> SFP+ ports, software that can handle the aforementioned features, and
> something with an API that we can leverage for programmatic management.
> So far we've not found anything that checks all the boxes. Layer 3 switches
> seem like obvious choices, but lack some of the features and RIB/FIB we
> need at the edge. Other devices like the Juniper MX5/10 certainly meet the
> requirements, but are priced way beyond what we can afford.
> Any suggestions for devices we might have overlooked? Preferably in the
> less than 10K per unit price point. If such a magical device exists.
> -Dan

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