MikroTik has a new small switch for fiber networks: the MikroTik CRS310-1G-5S-4S+IN. This switch has a number of different types of ports and is an indoor version of MikroTik’s netFiber 9 outdoor switch. This is one we think many STH readers will want to see.
MikroTik CRS310-1G-5S-4S+IN Fiber Switch
The MikroTik CRS310-1G-5S-4S+IN has nine fiber ports and one 1GbE copper port (plus a console port. The copper 1GbE port is a PoE in capable port so one can power this switch without a separate power cable, or use it as a redundant power option.
The fiber ports have five SFP ports and four SFP+ 10GbE ports. Internally this is a familiar architecture with Marvell switch chips that will have some L3 offload capabilities with RouterOS 7 as well as 256MB of RAM and an Arm v7 processor.
One of the points we want to see is the fan noise. Many of MikroTik’s switches like the MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN we reviewed are passively cooled, even pushing more bandwidth than this CRS310.
MikroTik has a fan installed in this model and says it has a fan controller, still, that is a potential source of noise and a potential point of failure.
Overall, when we combine this with the recently announced MikroTik CCR2004-1G-2XS-PCIe 2x SFP28 25GbE Router on a PCIe Card and MikroTik CCR2216-1G-12XS-2XQ 25GbE and 100GbE Router we can safely say we are excited for a lot of MikroTik’s new products. List pricing on this switch is expected to be around $199. Pre-pandemic, MikroTik’s products were usually sold below their list prices but it can be different these days. Still, this looks like a reasonably priced switch especially for those who need to span longer distances or need an inexpensive 10GbE SFP+ switch when the MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+IN is not an option.