Mx204 alternative

Eric Kuhnke eric.kuhnke at
Thu Aug 8 12:20:39 UTC 2019

I am not certain on the value of having 1GbE interfaces natively on a $25k
plus router in the year 2019. Pair the router with a nice 1RU 1/10GbE
switch installed directly next to it with full metro Ethernet layer 2
feature set.

Anything that needs a 1GbE inteface, attach it to that switch, give the
switch a single 10GbE port to the router, and create the 1Gbps on the
router as a subinterface.

We have reached the point in 10GbE being so low cost that it should really
be the minimum port size for a lot of things. I recently bought an Intel
chipset two port SFP+ daughtercard for a Dell server (part c63dv for an old
r720) on eBay for $40.

On Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 8:04 PM Mehmet Akcin <mehmet at> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I am looking for some suggestions on alternatives to mx204.
> Any recommendations on something more affordable which can handle full
> routing tables from two providers?
> Prefer Juniper but happy to look alternatives.
> Min 6-8 10G ports are required
> 1G support required
> Thanks in advance!
> Mehmet
> --
> Mehmet
> +1-424-298-1903
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