MikroTik is moving up in the world. At MUM Europe the company announced a new fleet of switches as it takes on the higher-end market segments. Traditional network switch vendors are focused on the 25GbE/ 50GbE/ 100GbE transition. As a result, the 10GbE/ 40GbE segment is becoming commoditized. MikroTik is seizing this opportunity to drastically expand its high-end 10GbE and 40GbE switch lineup. We have an overview on the new models which count seven total. This is a major expansion of the MikroTik switch range.
MikroTik CRS354-48G-4S+2Q+ and CRS354-48P-4S+2Q+ Switches
The first switches we wanted to touch on are the CRS354 series. These switches have 48x 1GbE ports but also 4x SFP+ and 2x QSFP+ ports. The SFP+ ports are for 10GbE and the QSFP+ ports are for 40GbE. On the MikroTik CRS354-48G-4S+2Q+, the 48x 1GbE ports are standard ports.
There is another variant, the MikroTik CRS354-48P-4S+2Q+ which has PoE on the 48x 1GbE ports. If you are looking to power access points or 1080p / 4K video cameras, this is an intriguing rackmount solution that has significant upstream ports for storage or LAN/ WAN access.
This is certainly moving up the stack for MikroTik which is welcome. We loved the MikroTik CRS226-24G-2S+RM but this is a major step up on all counts.
At the other end of the spectrum is something truly unique. The company has a 4x SFP+ plus 1x 1GbE port model. The MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+IN also features a metallic case for edge deployments.
This is really intriguing to see as it is a product designed for 10GbE at the edge. Most of the 4x SFP+ switches we have seen to date have 24-48x 1GbE ports as well. This is a 10GbE focused switch.
For those who have noise constraints, there is a new passive cooling 10GbE switch on the market. The MikroTik MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+PC has 8x SFP+ ports and a single 1GbE port.
Typically, MikroTik is extremely aggressive with pricing in this segment which could make this a great option.
Beyond these options, MikroTik also has three new rackmount switches that are going to be unique as they hit the market. We are going to cover those three next.