I have a problem understanding the correct switch configuration of an RB-2011 router. The model is RB2011L with two ATheros switch chips, one Ath8327, one Ath8227.
I need 5 routed ports, two switched ports. All need to talk to each other.
The docs at https://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:S ... p_Features quite clearly says "Interfaces for which the 'master' port is specified become inactive - no traffic is received on them and no traffic can be sent out." But the drawings on the same page further down all show the master ports, which are member of the internal bridge, also als present on the physical interface, just like any other port. A short test showed at least some packet count on such a master port in my current test setup, when a cable is connected to that physical port. Unfortunately I cannot do more testing at the moment for reasons beond the scope of the post.
1.) Is a port, which is master for a switch group, also useable at the same time on the physical interface or not?
2.) Can a master port be a member of the internal bridge at the same time?
3.) Is there a penalty to using an internal bridge? I read in another thread here that there is a performance slowdown if using internal bridging.
4.) Could I do without the internal bridge at all? Why not just use a cable from one switch group to the other? This would somewhat be simpler, wouldn't it?
If a physical port becomes indeed unuseable because they are a master port, I need to tie the two switches somehow together to have 5 physical routed ports. What would be the best way to do so? Any hints appreciated.