MikroTik just announced its first 2.5GbE and 10GbE switch. The MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN sports 8x 2.5GbE ports and two SFP+ ports that can run in either 10GbE or 2.5GbE modes. What is more, MikroTik is using a well-known Marvell switch chip inside of this unit.
The New MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN Finally Joins 2.5GbE Switch Revolution
We have been asking for a 2.5GbE switch from MikroTik, and we finally got it. The new MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN is a familiar form factor for the company. The new switch has 8x 2.5GbE ports and two SFP+ ports. While the SFP+ ports run at 10GbE speeds, they are also supposed to run at 2.5Gbps speeds
Something we are a bit nervous about is the power consumption. The spec sheet says the maximum power consumption, without attachments, is 21W and the maximum power consumption is 34W. While this is managed, it is also a lot higher power than some of the other solutions we have tested. It also includes a fan so it is not a fanless model.
Here are the key specs:
|CPU core count||2|
|CPU nominal frequency||800 MHz|
|Switch chip model||98DX226S|
|Operating System||RouterOS v7|
|Size of RAM||256 MB|
|Storage size||32 MB|
|Tested ambient temperature||-40°C to 60°C|
MikroTik previously had the MikroTik CSS610-8G-2S+IN. That traded RouterOS for Switch OS. It actually has been running as a simple L2 switch in one of our labs since that review. It was always one that felt like it needed a bit more.[Editor’s note: This was one of my favorite Pandemic-era cover images from the California studio so we are putting the video in here.]
In case you were wondering, that image uses two Aputure P300c lights (Amazon Affiliate link) set to blue with a Nanlite Pavotube set to yellow in the middle on the black table from the STH Blue Door Studio. You can see some of the banding of the blue LED lights in the photo. Those are out-of-camera like that. Hopefully, the new Scottsdale studio will let us take these kinds of images again as we transition to that studio in October!
These are exciting times. We have been waiting for MikroTik to come out with new products. It is a bummer that it appears as though 2.5GbE ports are going to be “G+” instead of something like “M” for multi-Gig since that makes things a bit more clear. Still, put these on a list of switches we cannot wait to test.
At $219 MSRP, it is far from cheap, but again, MikroTik is a brand that gets regulatory approvals and has known firmware. Now MikroTik, please make the higher port count and PoE++ versions!
We just updated our Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Buyers Guide today with nine new models with a total of 32 models tested and included thus far. Here is the original video with an initial set. The goal of that Buyer’s Guide is to be an index to all of the switches we have tested and we will link to the reviews of individual units from there.
Of course, if we can get a MikroTik CRS310-8G+2S+IN we will add it to the Buyer’s Guide.