MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN Overview and Unboxing

3
MikroTik CRS309 Cover
MikroTik CRS309 Cover

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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm, as much as I’m not a fan of Mikotik over how they ignore some of their customers [1], this is really quite a tempting switch. AFAICT the first manufacturer to offer fanless 8 port 10GbE.

    [1] I could go on at length, but my biggest bug bear is the lack of OpenVPN over UDP support in their routers. And they spun the largest steaming pile of excuses, rather than just enabling it in their build scripts.

  2. ..so its routing abilities effectively cripple the bandwidth… they should have just labelled it “The Slow Cloud Router”… I wonder how this crippling compares to D-Link’s 4-SFP+ port consumer offerings… Patrick would you have time to do a routing comparison between this and another consumer offering albeit half the number of SFP+ ports?

  3. L2 is fine for a SOHO or small office setup. If I was not running Infiniband I would consider this switch fot 10gigE. The amount of tome it has taken for 10gigE to come diwnn to the consumer market is shameful.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here