Do you really need a layer 3 switch? don’t have to be tricked by sales guy…

Do you really need a layer 3 switch? don’t have to be tricked by sales guy…

layer 2, Layer 3, Router, switch
So one day, after attending a Mikrotik User Meeting in Indonesia, i had a chance to have a talk with an employee of a retail company in Bandung. H told story about a network implementation project on his company, where they put Mikrotik as main router to forward traffic between internal networks, and the networks were created with the help of VLAN technology. ok sound cool so far... he then continued confidently "we use a cool layer-3-switch that makes our network stable". "ok" i nodded, "so what did you configure on your fancy layer-3 switch", i replied. and he said, "well, we configure VLANs there, and route the traffic using our mikrotik router" (that means he just configured the layer-3-switch for VLAN only. all traffic between network or inter-VLAN traffic…
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Routerboard selection guide: switch

Routerboard selection guide: switch

layer 2, Layer 3, Router, Routerboard, switch, SWOS
So, many years ago (before 2014), Mikrotik just produced switches for small network. Therefore, when we build a network that requires high-port density (requires many ethernet ports), we use products from other vendors. Mikrotik at that time was used as a routing device. This article will talk about Routerboard selection guide: switch But now in 2017, mikrotik product portfolio has improved, and you already see some switches products on the list. Why ethernet switch? Not token ring or other? Because Ethernet is the technology that people use most. Its cheaper, easy to get and install, and still evolving to support higher and higher data rate. That is why Mikrotik produces ethernet switches. (more…)
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