Can somebody explain:
- the reason for the default RouterOS configuration whereby all Ethernet ports are configured as a single bridge?
- Why is it difficult to configure networking on the RouterOS without bridging all interfaces, i.e. without bridging all interfaces just pinging another host on another Ethernet port is difficult.
- Does bridging all interfaces mean that packets are not switched by the ASIC, but by the CPU?
- Why would I bridge interfaces?
- If I set Ethernet ports 2-5 to be a slave of say for instance ether3 and I then assign ether3 to a bridge do I have to sniff traffic on ether3 to see traffic RX/TX one of the slave ports? Is wire-speed switching and then assigning the master port to a bridge a common approach? If not, what is?
- What is the best approach for DHCP server with and without bridging (i.e. if not including any ports in a bridge where is the DHCP residing?... DHCP server port-by-port?)
- What benefit is offered by a bridge from a networking perspective and communication with the RouterOS system?
- What disadvantage does bridging have?
- Is bridging more a necessity when configuring QoS?