Really Josh, you want me to rehash this? To be simple I'm not a true geek, I barely speak linux and Router OS not at all. Our network of 700 over 12 towers is bridged, a big no-no but I can't keep radios up long enough to make us routed along with the growth sprut we've had this year (we 're averaging 3 installs a day with one installer/field tech). We've found that if you get over 50 on Mikrotik you start getting latency issues, four of our towers have over that. When I was all Mikrotik (well 90% that 10% Moto) it worked great for about a year and a half, then the packet storms started, then radios started doing weird intermittent things like turning off. Sure we did the obvious, change passwords, isolate the radios from the rest of the network but it just started to get worse, probably traffic driven from our ongoing growth that the greater demand for more bandwidth (we are 90% residential so Netflix type stuff).

To solve this we started replacing backhauls with Ubiquiti radios. Ubiquiti allows more traffic so the added pressure really started to take down the Mikrotik AP's, ports and bridges now drop with undiagnoisable (new word) regularity. Then the bandwidth manager failed, Butch rebuilt it but for some reason the upgrade to 4.11 made failures happen more often that were like the AP's, dropped ports and bridges. We compensated by making a path on the Ethernet side and in-network side so we could maybe ... (fix the disabled port/bridge) from either end. We are spending all of our time building redundant this and redundant that until we realized one thing, on every outage Mikrotik's had cascading failures shutting down ports or turning off radios (disabling) meanwhile Ubiquiti never went down, ever. So we started pulling all Mikrotik backhauls, now we only lose AP's and the bandwidth manager. Since the bandwidth manager takes the entire network down we want replace it. Now you're up to speed on where we are, I call Mikrotik my 'backwards momentum' mover, we have to stop our forward motion on building and installing so we can restore service, it takes the fun out of this business thats for sure.

Forbes

On 10/14/2010 3:17 PM, Josh Luthman wrote:

Hrm why doesn't Mikrotik work?

On Oct 14, 2010 6:15 PM, "Forbes Mercy" <forbes.me...@wabroadband.com <mailto:forbes.me...@wabroadband.com>> wrote:
> In my mission to rid our network of Mikrotik I need to shop for a new
> bandwidth manager since mine likes to randomly drop one of the ports or
> bridge, and reset the route gateway (twice already this week). I'm
> looking for a more friendly windows type based unit, any suggestions.
>
> Thanks,
> Forbes
>
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