In a news post, we showed off the MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN a few months ago. Typically, it takes several months for a MikroTik product to go from announcement to availability. We were shocked when Patrick and Bryan found a box with the switch inside on the doorstep of the old STH studio in Austin, Texas. Since the studio has moved to Scottsdale, AZ, we have been testing the switch, and it is time for review.
Note: We are unsure who sent this switch since it was not on the DHL label. We assume it is MikroTik, so we will say they are sponsoring this article, but we might be wrong. Still, we have a video for this review:
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MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN Switch External Hardware Overview
On the front of the switch, we get the main ports. Eight 2.5GbE ports are making this the company’s first 2.5GbE switch.
Also, we get a reset button on the front, DC input (18-57V), USB port, and Power LED. However, We do not get an out-of-band management or console port. We will note in this review that the switch feels a bit like MikroTik had to balance using one of its primary Marvell switch chips while also trying to keep the switch low cost. Inside the switch, we will have more examples of that. A simple example is that there is not even a DC input retention hook as featured in other models like the MikroTik CRS326-24G-2S+IN, which likely costs a few cents to add but helps prevent unwanted power down of the unit.
On the front, we also get two SFP+ ports for 10GbE.
On the side, we get a small vent.
On the other side, we also get a small vent. One will notice rack ear holes and our unit came with one short and one long rack ear to help with rack mounting the switch.
On the top, it says Cloud Switch. One minor but nice feature is that the cover comes off with only three screws. We have seen some low-cost switches come with a large number of unnecessary screws, so at least it was easy to get inside.
On the bottom, we have rack feet, but there are also two screws for mounting the switch.
There is another feature here. The label has the default “admin” username and the randomized password. This is actually the first MikroTik switch we have reviewed with a randomized password.
Next, let us get inside the switch to see how it is built.