Why not use your MikroTik to run cAPs Man Mesh networking? it is pretty much the same thing as the Cisco controller.If u can lay down some cables better avoid mesh wls. Give a look at unifi also. I use their ac ap and are not expensive. The rf part is ok (i wold buy ruckus if i had the money becase their rf is unbeatable) and the controller is free. The controller helps on distribution of channels also if any nearbt ap is interfearing will change the ap to best and no noise channel.
I can't speak to Cisco, never configured that gear. In the past, Ubiquiti offered some pretty amazing hardware/software features compared to the competition. However, you had to work for it. Like RouterOS on Mikrotik, there were a bazillion options to play with and hence plenty of opportunities to screw it all up also. I was not a fan of the stability of early Ubiquiti gear, whereas Apple AP uptime has been limited strictly by the stability of the line power supply.But from my understand Ubiquiti is geared towards the Medium to Small business or home user's?
What? No, you never have to pay for their software. You can, if you choose, buy the Cloud Key, which is a self-contained computer (optionally with a NVR) running the controller software. Or you can run the controller software on another computer on your network (Windows, Mac, Linux, even in a FreeNAS jail). Or you can have UBNT host it for you in the cloud for whatever they charge. Or you can even host it in the cloud for free (for small networks, anyway) at hostifi.net. (Edit: or, for that matter, the controller software doesn't have to be kept running at all, though you do need to run it to configure your devices.)dislike very much about Ubiquiti is you have to pay for their software/Key
They're not.I would not characterize Ubiquiti as Medium/Small/Home-oriented.
But this is also incorrect.Rather, I'd say that Ubiquiti offers a gamut of gear from pro all the way down to the homeowner-oriented gear.
I agree to a point. It's entirely likely that the decision to "only" offer two 10GB/s interfaces was driven by thermal, cost, and use considerations. The first two are self-explanatory, the third depends on what marketing suggests to engineering as being the "best" features to offer.So unless you are running a serious home lab I think the enterprise switches are either too small (2 ports) or too big (16+ ports) for regular home users that just want to get into the 10GbE game.
On further reflection, you are absolutely right and thank you for the insight. I use some of their gear in a WISP-like application (linking multiple structures), bought more trying to adopt netblazr, and so on. However, allow me to quibble a little with the wizards comment. In my experience, the user experience depends a bit on the product and the time of adoption. In the past, I found the Ubiquiti AP management to be downright obtuse, the edgerouter web UI not much better.They're clearly targeted at market segments such as WISP and hospitality...But none of it is really homeowner-grade stuff, i.e. pull it out of the box, turn it on, and it wizards you through a default setup. You do need to be willing to follow some more complicated directions and have some idea of what all the components are.
See if that thing came with a dual core CPU not sure why MikroTik is stuck on the 800Mhz Cpus! As a switch its great to get you feet wet in the 10GB/s realm, I get it allows them to make stuff cheap. I wish they would come out with ARM Socketits, I no that goes backwards in regards to ARM device architecture but the controller is pretty much that same along with the Chip set for most of the CPU Devices in its line. Would be nice If I could swap out from a 800Mhz single core for dual 800Mhz or a quad core 1.2Ghz One can dream!
So my understanding of this all is that the device will either operate with ports configured as attached to a switch, in which case it'll probably do fine as a switch and may be able to use the CPU to do routing or other tasks... not sure how feasibly... or ports connected to the CPU, at which point you are going to have some throughput/PPS issues. If you look at the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Infinity (~$1500) they just barely manage to get to 18MPPS aggregate with their beefy 16 core 1.8GHz MIPS64 CPU. We really only passed the point where small CPU's such as the Cavium (used in, for ex., the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite) were able to do credible routing of 1G at near-wire-speed (or actual wire speed in trite configurations) earlier this decade (~2014).See if that thing came with a dual core CPU not sure why MikroTik is stuck on the 800Mhz Cpus! As a switch its great to get you feet wet in the 10GB/s realm, I get it allows them to make stuff cheap.
Well your switch of choice at work would continue to provide those packet forwarding rates even with a tenth of the CPU, because the processor isn't doing ANY of the heavy lifting. You are only using the CPU for doing the non-packet-forwarding features. Good switch silicon will not only handle packet forwarding, but will often do additional features such as layer 3 "switching" (i.e. more-or-less routing), packet filtering, etc., all at line (or near-line) rate, without involving a processor. The CPU then gets to handle "feature" stuff like STP, LACP, etc. Dedicated switching silicon should always be able to hit 20Gbps per port and 14.875Mpps per port. The only reason to put a beefier CPU in switches is because the incremental cost of doing so is pretty small, and you can run into tragedy in the field if your switch is suddenly suffering from an irreparable lack of CPU that's needed to remediate a problem. I remember the dear old Accton ES4624 ... hahaha.Our switch of choice at work uses a 64-bit MIPS Processor @1GHz clock, which is enough to provide 1280 Gbps switch bandwidth, 952 Mpps forwarding rate. This is a enterprise class solution with the associated price tag, but it goes to show that the processor isn't always doing all the heavy lifting. It would be interesting to pop the lid and see what some of their offload ASICs are, but I'm not going to chance voiding a warranty in doing so.
It is exciting to see 10Gbe prices beginning to drop in the pro-sumer market though.