What is managed switch?

What is managed switch?

layer 2, Routerboard, RouterOS, switch, SWOS
Previously we already know that there a network devices called switch. which could improve a network performance especially in ethernet technology. You already know that network segmentation can be done based on port using VLAN technology with the use of router for inter-vlan routing. Normally, to configure VLAN on a switch is by connect to it physically. However, this practices is annoying because we have to come on site for configuration. switch vendors then make switches that can be controlled from remote place and later on its called managed switch. (more…)
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Mikrotik roles on VLAN

Mikrotik roles on VLAN

layer 2, Routerboard, VLAN
So we already know what the VLAN is from this article and also aware VLAN is actually just a layer 2 technology that enables flexibility of partitioning your network. With VLAN, you can partition your switch logically using web or command line interface. next question arises, so what Mikrotik routerboard do to support VLAN? Mikrotik roles on VLAN? (more…)
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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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Routerboard selection guide: ethernet router

Routerboard selection guide: ethernet router

Routerboard
All right, so from the previous article, we already know that Mikrotik is producing networking hardware named Routerboard. now its time to discuss Routerboard selection guide ethernet router. Why ethernet router? 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 routers. (more…)
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Differences between RouterOS, SwitchOS and Routerboard

Differences between RouterOS, SwitchOS and Routerboard

layer 1, layer 2, Routerboard
As a new mikrotik user, sometimes people get confused with Mikrotik products. Even though all mikrotik products can be found in http://routerboard.com, with lots of variations of products, people are wondering what are the differences between RouterOS, SwitchOS and Routerboard, and this article will discuss about that with historical background. What is RouterOS (ROS)? This was the first product from mikrotik. Mikrotik was established in 1996 as a company that was focused on networking. One of their task was managing networks which require them to setup hardware and software to make network running well. At that time, for cost saving, they use PC as router and build their own linux distribution that is specialised for networking. So people just download the ISO, burn it to a CD-ROM, and then install…
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