I'm looking for a router that will handle our new 200Mbs / 100Mbs fibre connection at work.
I had been comparing the Mikrotik RB951G-2HnD vs RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN ..... however, I just discovered Mikrotik's CRS109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN which sounds like it is worth the small premium over the RB2011 for the extra switch features and the extra 3 Gigabit ports.
The main question is whether any of these devices are actually up the task of routing a 200Mbs down /100Mbs up UFB connection? And also futureproofed if that rises further? (our ISP will already allow us to get 200Mbs down / 200Mbs up, and no doubt those numbers will only climb in time!).
I know the CRS109 is primarily a switch with router functions built-in. But it has the same CPU as the RB2011 which is a router, and has less switching capability. So general research suggest that even for routing the CRS109 is the better unit of the two (apart from a few fringe scenarios). That said, it is noted by people that for fast UFB connections the CPU in all of them is possibly a limiting factor, as they run wire-speed when switching in hardware, but are CPU bound when doing routing, and the CPU isn't as fast as it could be. Therefore, the ideal Mikrotik platform for routing is the CCR series instead, but that is out of our price league as a small charity! Do Mikrotik have anything cheaper than the CCR series, that might be a better fit?
My suspicion is that I should probably just buy a CRS109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN as main switch/router for our office (in preference over the other two Mikrotik's mentioned), and that the routing speed won't be an issue for us at all... but before I commit, wanting to check if there are there other brands in the same price point that have a better device I should consider?
Seen very good comments about the routing abilities of the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite, but that is maybe only $60 less the CRS109 but with only 3 ports available, and no wireless.... so I'd still need a good switch and good wireless to achieve desire goals (see below).
Desired Setup (assume 8 ports available):
1x WAN to ONT.
4x Gigabit ports for LACP teaming (2 HP servers each with 2 Gigabit ports).
That leaves me 3 ports for connecting out to other infrastructure (various 10/100 unmanaged switches currently - but bound to be at least one 10/100/1000 in due course).
Rock Solid Wireless
External VPN clients to Router available