Yes, RouterOS has all functionality of SwOS, however some functions may be bit more complicated to set up (typically VLANs in the bridge are pain in the a** until you fully understand how it works in RouterOS). That is not really unexpected as RouterOS has significantly more functions than simple SwOS and the setting can't be so simple.
Absolutely! Actually, some functions are available only via CLI and not via GUI.
Definitely worth to read through https://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:C ... s_switches
. In your case, especially the "Bonding" (LAG) section will be interesting as it mentions that Only 802.3ad and balance-xor bonding modes are hardware offloaded, other bonding modes will use the CPU's resources.
I just found that like 5 minutes before I read this reply.
Been trying to find out what spec the UAP-AC-HDs use for bonding/LAG, as they are short on those specifications. The only info I could find was in this review
The UniFi AP AC HD features two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The second port can either be used as a bridge for connecting other un-powered network devices or can be used as a secondary connection for 802.3ad based link aggregation.
So according to that, it sounds like it is routed through the ASIC chip (hardware offloaded).
Is there a way I can confirm such a thing once I have it all connected, configured and working?
Keep in mind that RouterOS will automatically forward IP (L3) packets between interfaces
if there is a suitable route (which may be created automatically if you assign IP to particular interface). If you want to use your device purely as switch, it may be useful to completely disable IP forwarding:
/ip settings set ip-forward=no
Awesome, thanks for the tip! Will do!
Anyway, I have bit awkward question - If you have UniFi AP's, is there some particular reason why you want to use Mikrotik CRS instead of UniFi switch?
Ah, welcome to my sleepless nights of late.
Like, seriously.. It's 3:21 AM here as I write this and the kids get up in 3 hours.
* Unless I am reading wrong, all UniFi switches are all 1Gbps SPF except the big 48-port beasts - with only 2x 10 Gbps SPF+ and 2x SPF (the Mikrotik is 4x 10Gbps SPF+)
* The Mikrotik is cheaper (~$320) than the closest comparison, the ($400) US-24-250W. Though price isn't everything, it's those 4x 10Gbps ports I want on the Mikrotik (see below)
* The Mikrotik seems to be a lot quieter than the UniFi PoE+ 24 port (I have no problem replacing fans though)
* I'm building my own segmented/security-by-isolation router, which already leaves a big hole in the UniFi controller software
The final reason, and the device that introduced me to Mikrotik in the first place, is the announced CRS312-4C-8XG that I am anxiously waiting for. I have 3x 10GBase-T devices just waiting to plug into it today (server, desktop and laptop's usb-c docking station), and could easily expand that to 5 with a few more Cat 6e drops in the crawlspace. However, it was announced back in March 2018 - almost a year ago?! Is this the normal pace for taking so long?
I would still highly prefer to go UniFi switches to keep it, well, unified with a single pane of glass. However, their lack of 10 Gbps ports (nor 10GBase-T RJ45 ports) on anything lower than $600, and previous tech support posts stating the power draw is too great on RJ45 10GBase-T to even think about a switch and most likely would never happen (hello, CRS312-4C-8XG anyone?), steers me away from UniFi - and into the arms of Mikrotik.