I have an RB1100AHx4 which routes a handful of subnets and also applies some mangle rules to prioritize packets, including a couple rules using L7 filter. With this setup, CPU spikes from 4-5% to ~10-12% every few seconds. At some point I tried to add a couple more L7 rules and CPU spiked to ~15-20%. At this point, packet drops started happening every few seconds. When I also activated Dude for the network, the spikes raised to 35%, packet drops increased too and the use of any teleconference application (including Skype) became impossible, even though the links operate much lower than their bandwidth.
As soon as I turned off Dude and removed a couple of L7 rules, CPU returned to around 5-7% and drops stopped, even though every few seconds, one or two pings raise from the usual 45ms to 150ms or so.
I realize that is normal for a heavily working router to drop packets, but in my opinion an occasional 35% does not classify as heavy load. Furthermore, some packets are dropped in the most utilized ports even with low CPU. On this last finding I raised a case with support, but never got a reply.
Have any of you experienced anything similar with this or other Mikrotik router? Mikrotik, can you comment on this behaviour?