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Some links on configuring MikroTik equipment as multiple switches (or even routers) using RouterOS

Posted by jpluimers on 2023/04/13

MikroTik switches and routers are very flexible to configure, as everything is done through [Wayback/Archive] RouterOS settings.

This means that given enough ports, you can split a physical switch into logical switches. This can be very convenient when you run multiple networks without VLAN.

Earlier this week, I already wrote about Torching a specific port on a MikroTik switch or router running RouterOS which involved turning off hardware acceleration off for specific ports in order to have the flow through the underlying switch chip prohibiting torch and filter features.

For splitting noticing which ports are connected to which switch chip is also important: splitting works best if you can configure each logical switch to exclusively use network ports on one switch chip.

This post was to both research how to configure this, and if my MikroTik devices would allow for hardware acelleration.

Here are some links that should help me with configuring (via [Wayback/Archive] mikrotik split switch in two – Google Search):



Images of a device that would have worked, but which I do not own:

Images showing the block diagrams of various MikroTik routers and switches I own(ed).

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