Well-forgotten new: after years comes the successor of MikroTik RB2011
It's no secret that in many small businesses, flats and user's homes, routers of the RB2011 family still work. At the time of its appearance, the old people were quite unique (and controversial) offer, but after years it became clear that the series, which is called, "went to the people," effectively becoming the flagship of the SOHO segment of Mikrotik.
The years passed, the bandwidth of the channels grew. Users wanted more, and MikroTik in 2015 announced new devices of the family
, which were to replace veterans.
However, in this place something went wrong. PDF-specifications and catalogs
MikroTik products. Themes with the question of the kind "when will RB3011 with WiFi appear on sale?" appeared on the official forum regularly, but remained unanswered.
And now, years later, you can accurately give an answer to this question. Never.
The first swallows of the public appearance of the 4011 family were Leaked photos of FCC one of the two models.
Speaking of models. There are only two of them - with and without a wireless network.
The model with Wi-Fi has an article number
RB4011iGS + 5HacQ2HnD-IN
(Try to understand
without a hundred grammes
without decoding what the Latvians meant.)
The model, devoid of wireless interfaces, has an article simpler:
, as well as an interesting feature - a universal case. This enclosure can be mounted
as in the 19 "rack, and just lay on the table (rack mounts are included). It is quite logical solution.
So, what is reliably known about these devices:
Annapurna Lab (now owned by Amazon) Alpine AL??? GHz, 4 cores. The same processor is used in the model RB1100AHx4
1 GB, in the sample sample, two chips of Nanya Pr.
512 MB in a sample sample is implemented on a WinBond chip
10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 SFP +
Chips of switches
Realtek RTL8367SB. Similar chips are used in the model RB1100AHx4
2.4 GHz-R11e-2HnD, 2 streams, ???n 5 GHz-QCA-998? 4 streams, ???ac (MU-MIMO and Beamforming are not supported, alas)
4 pieces, 3dbi amplification. Two antennas operate on both bands, two more - only 5 GHz.
Traditionally for MikroTik, the first Ethernet port is PoE in, the last port (10th) is PoE out.
23W, when the device is powered from the router via PoE it can reach up to 44W.
12-57V through the adapter, 18-57V through PoE. The PoE voltage at the output is the same as at the input (PoE passthrough)
External power supply laptop type 24V @ ?5A
Yes, the serial port is RJ45
RouterOS level 5
The retail price is
~ 230 $ (~ ??? rub.)
The claimed specifications of wireless modules in
are especially interesting.
power part for the model RB4011iGS + 5HacQ2HnD-IN:
Just in case, I will ask future users of the device not to twist the power. Powerful Wi-Fi is bad for many reasons, but their description is beyond the scope of this article.
We can look at the model with wireless modules closer.
The body is made of metal only partially - the lower part of the body is plastic. In RB2011 this was not. It looks very controversial, for whatever reason it is done - one can only guess. But the top lid is made of metal for good reason, but about this a little later.
This is how the router looks in front:
As before, Ethernet ports are grouped into five pieces. The port indicators are in the middle. On the left are the SFP + port, the button and everything.
For some reason they alone, MikroTik engineers did not embed the USB port in this model.
I know that often people use 4G modems for a backup line, and even expand internal memory, too, it is necessary. On my guess USB-port did not do to avoid "cannibalization" of another device - RB1100AHx4 Dude Edition. In fact, it would be possible to stick a penny USB-flash and get analog RB1100AHx4 Dude Edition for $ 150 cheaper.
Yes, and there is no user indicator "USR" either.
It is seen that unlike the RB2011 series, the device lost one of the recognizable features - the LCD screen. I can not say whether this is bad or good. Just take note.
The console port lurked in the recess, next to the round power jack.
Outside, in general, everything is clear, now you can look inside.
This is the top side of the board with the screens removed and the pci-e ???n card:
Conditionally upper. Because it is the bottom one. In fact, everything is simple - the board in the router is installed "upside down". And this is done for a reason.
The lower part of the board. Which in fact - the upper:
Pay attention to the processor. As you can see from the specification above, the device is quite "gluttonous" in terms of power, so there will be a lot of heat. The processor was specially carried to the top side of the board - the upper metal part of the case is used as the radiator.
At this brief overview of the external and internal world of the new device is complete.
And the last, but not the most uninteresting :-)
Results of internal testing of the device's performance by Mikrotik itself. Similar results for others can be found on the official website, those who wish can compare performance:
What can I say in conclusion? As a router, in the version without Wi-Fi, judging by everything - an excellent thing. In any case - cheaper RB1100AhX4. As a device for end use in the version with Wi-Fi - very ambiguous.
Spoons of tar meet and not one. ???ac first generation, without MU-MIMO and Beamforming. Maybe it will be added in future versions of RouterOS, but this option should be treated skeptically - on the official forum all questions about MU-MIMO in particular and ???ac Wave 2 in general remain unanswered for a couple of years. And still in the yard the second half of 201? I do not want to change a cheap device in a year and a half with the massive appearance of customers with Wave 2 "on board".
The absence of a USB port is also extremely disappointing - about the organization of any, but the backup channel can be forgotten, as well as the possibility of inexpensive organization of a local network and access to the Internet in general in places where nothing but cellular communication has not yet been delivered. As well as connecting external drives.
Ambiguous device, in general.
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