I'm looking to make a long-term upgrade to my network, including centralizing the WAN links in a dedicated data cabinet...not a rack, but a "connected home" cabinet mounted between drywall studs. So space is at a premium. I'm wanting to have PoE available, as well as the capability for fiber connectivity when/if the ISPs get around to upgrading my area. I've been toying with the idea of staying with MikroTik or perhaps some (readily available) surplus NetVanta hardware.
The Netvanta PoE switches (which I can afford) all require a separate router...available cheaply, but as I mentioned space is at a premium. The plus side there is that I've already used some NetVanta hardware (at my church) and they seem to happily support it forever, even if you bought it well-used as I did. The MikroTik CRS328-24P-4S+RM, on the other hand, has exactly the mix of ports which I'm looking for; it's right at my price point (new), and as mentioned it's all in a single unit. My question is, how well does it work as an all-in-one router? I do see the benchmarks, but I have to admit I have no experience in interpreting them.
The MikroTik (hAP-ac) was my first upgrade from an ASUS home hobbyist router running DD-WRT, and I've been quite happy with it. I just want to make sure that I'm not locking myself into a box (pun intended) which I'll want to get out of sooner rather than later.