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Mission to get cheap 10 GbE in the home - Mikrotik CSS326-24G-2S+RM review

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Mission to get cheap 10 GbE in the home - Mikrotik CSS326-24G-2S+RM review

So I have this guy arriving next week and will be doing a quick review for anyone interested.

Mikrotik CSS326-24G-2S+RM - came out a few months ago.

This is by far the cheapest 24 port switch with a couple of SFP+ ports out there (new). I understand some folks have already reviewed it and it has some limitations (CPU bound problems) but for some of us who run a server or two in the home and want a fanless, low power 10 GbE switch without the bells and whistles of an L3 switch (and cost) this may be the ticket.

If you want me to test something let me know, right now this is more of a teaser.

And before some jump aboard with statements like who needs 10Gbe etc etc I have countless usecases and scenarios where (my) servers are network thru-put constrained.

Running cost so far:

1. Cheap ebay Mellanox ConnectX-2 cards ($20 each + shipping) - $60 inc. fiber
2. Switch above - $200
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That switch is 24 gigabit port....
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I am interested. Please post your findings once all is said and done.

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Gee wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 6:35 pm
I didn't look up the specs, but are you saying there are only two 10 GBe ports?
Yes two sfp+ ports only. Given I don't have a need for more at this stage that suits me for the time being.
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ichpen wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 6:42 pm
Yes two sfp+ ports only. Given I don't have a need for more at this stage that suits me for the time being.
Assuming you have 2 servers that will use these two ports, I fail to see the point. If your clients are gigabit, there is no way to saturate the connection unless you have multiple clients accessing the sever concurrently.

If you're just streaming video from these servers, you don't even need the full gigabit speed
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Gee wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 6:59 pm
Assuming you have 2 servers that will use these two ports, I fail to see the point. If your clients are gigabit, there is no way to saturate the connection unless you have multiple clients accessing the sever concurrently.

If you're just streaming video from these servers, you don't even need the full gigabit speed
Multiple clients and plenty of vmware activity between the servers saturate the bandwidth plenty of times.
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ichpen wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 7:07 pm
Multiple clients and plenty of vmware activity between the servers saturate the bandwidth plenty of times.
Ok, let me know if you find a cheap 10 Gbe switch. I'm looking for more than 2 ports
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Gee wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 7:21 pm
Ok, let me know if you find a cheap 10 Gbe switch. I'm looking for more than 2 ports
I'm not really looking any longer and that's not the purpose of the thread.

The next one up is a tp link with 4 sfp+ ports but at over $400 from the US it's a lot more money.

Unifi has a 16 port monster but things get noisy and power hungry at that level so not suitable for me.

If you're looking for 10Gbe copper switches things are still prohibitive. Switches are over 800 and NICs are two or three times more than fiber cards.

This is more of an on the cheap experiment for me.
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Received this morning and plugged in.

Updated SwOS to latest 2.4 version.

It's a very very skinny switch, came with rack ears and a power adapter.

Paired instantly to my cheap-o mellanox 10 Gbe cards and oh my, stupid speeds between the 2 10gb clients even on mech drives, I'm hitting the 10Gbit limit on transfers at around 988Mb/s. Another benefit of optics is much lower latency especially on 10GbE.

SwOS unlike Routerboard is not a full blown L3 management OS but it brings some good basics like real time link monitoring, port isolation, LAG, VLANs, Forwarding, Static hosts, SNMP and ACLs. Basically almost everything you need in a switch at home. So far happy with it but it's only an hour into it.

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