Wow.It is also possible to use bridge chip functionality on RB150, RB192, RB153 and use several ports as one - this way traffic is not going trough the CPU - so even on RB100 you can get 100Mbps full duplex without any problems.
_____ DSL1 _____ | | \ | | DSL2 --->1| 1 | `->1| X | DSL3 --->2| 5 | | c |---> LAN DSL4 --->3| 3 | | o | DSL5 --->4| |5---->2| m | |_____| |_____|
I think that is exactly what Gerard was describing. The port 3 is the master, being the lan side interface, and the ports one and two could be wan/dmz or wan1/wan2.I just did some testing because I was curious about this...
What would be extremely useful would be to have this configurable as say a standard router from the store in switch mode for higher throughput. 1 port was wan IP other 4 in switch mode with internal dhcp and lan ip configs for client devices. Is this possible? A $30 router from the store has less performance hardware but it can do this? Is there no way to achieve this, am I missing something? It simply may not be possible due to the implementation here but I wanted to ask....
I've tried it today with RB150 and may say it really works. 1st port I configure as wan, 2nd as local with ip address. Set DHCP, DNS, firewall rules etc. to be able to serve clients on port 2. Then set the master port on ports 3, 4, 5 as mr. Gerard said. And I've got switch on ports 2-5, from wich I can browse internet, connect to ip address of port 2 to configure RB. Also I've tried to copy files between two computers connected to ports 2 and 3 and works without load on CPU.It's really easy.. Lets say you have a RB153 and you want to make ports 3,4, and 5 into a switch. Open interfaces, double click on ether4 and set the master port to ether3 and click OK, then double click on ether5 and set the master port to ether3 also.
That will switch together ports 3,4 and 5. Just remember you will loose the ability to set ip's or anything with ports 4 and 5. You will have to set them on the master port(port 3 in this example)..
Hope that makes sense..
This is exactly what I want to do with a RB192, great post!
If I understand correctly the RB192 has 2 switch chipsets, one for ports 1-5 and the other for 6-9. I can successfully configure ether2 as master with slaves 3,4,5 and ether6 as master with slaves 7,8,9. ether1 is a DHCP client to my office switch and gets an IP for internet access. My output on /interface ethernet print shows that Switch 0 contains ports 1,2,3,4,5 and Switch 1 is 6,7,8,9. Ok thats all good so far...
But the problem is getting both of these switches to route out ether1 to the internet. One of the switches has access to the internet, but the other only distributes IP's via DHCP. I think I'm confused on how to even configure this properly.
So far I have 2 pools (pool1,pool2), 2 DHCP servers (one for pool1, other for pool2), an IP address on ether2 (192.168.1.1) and ether6 (192.168.1.2). The ether6 switch cannot get out ether1, but the ether2 switch can, so I tried putting ether2 and ether6 together as a bridge with no luck.
Excuse me, but if I have to use a RB as switch inside a mesh network, should I create a bridge (rstp), then create a mesh and add ethernet ports as port in mesh?