Several quarters ago we showed off upcoming 10GbE and 40GbE products from MikroTik. One of the most anticipated for our readers was the MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN (then called the (MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+PC.) About three quarters later, we finally have on in our lab. Since there is a backlog of review content coming out on STH this quarter, my review of the MikroTik CRS309-8S+IN is going to have to wait until next quarter. In the meantime, our editor-in-chief, Patrick, did a short video showing off the unit. You can buy them at retail today and so we wanted to show our STH community sooner than waiting for the formal review.
MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN Overview and Unboxing
Here is the video Patrick made before dropping this switch in the mail to me.
Key stats here are that the MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN, even with the “IN” for desktop chassis, has an offset rackmount ear setup to allow mounting the unit in a standard 19″ 2-post rack.
Power consumption is rated at only 23W and the switch itself MSRP is $270. That makes it easy to afford both on an ongoing basis and on the initial purchase price.
With such low power consumption, the switch does not need fans, but it has a large heatsink that can be seen in the video. Without fans, this 8x SFP+ 10GbE switch is silent.
Performance wise, the official table is in there. As a basic L2 switch it is spec’d to do around line rate. The switch’s spec sheet also says that it has a number of advanced features. Enabling some of the L3 features degrades performance significantly. We balance that with the fact that it is a $270, silent, 8x SFP+ 10GbE switch that sips power. At that price and power level, we are willing to consider this as a L2 switch and our full review will consider it as such.