It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally managed to get my policy based routing video up and out there. If you want to mark specific sites or devices to route over particular gateways then this is the easiest way of doing just that! https://www.steveocee.co.uk/mikrotik/policy-based-routing/
The new PSU has worked so far so it was back up into the attic rack for my R210ii. No other modifications although if it manages a couple of weeks I will most likely look into some Noctua fans to quiet it off a bit. A bit of a tidy up as well removing some old switches and getting the patch panel in line. One of the next jobs on the list will be to get a “CRS3XX” down into the cave so I can take advantage of some 10GB goodness with failover on 2 of the 3 fibres.
There has been a glimmer of hope for the CHR. I’ve come across a donor R210 with a power supply that is in brilliant condition, installed the power supply and it burst back into life. A good hour getting ESXi re-installed to the SSD I’d wiped and then reloading a CHR image onto it then carefully copying over the config and it’s just about ready to bring back into service.
I’ll be sorry to part ways again with the Hex and the FastTrack setup but this time around with the CHR I’ll be going for a really big QoS tree build.
Friday afternoon my beloved Dell R210ii decided to eat it’s
own PSU, completely rendering the box useless and along with it my CHR routing
my home network. It’s fine though as I made backups, which I stored within the
CHR, so can’t access them #feelsbadman
Never mind, I quickly pulled out my CCR1009 which I retrieved
from a scrap pile and whilst it had faulted 1 or 2 times had never completely
keeled over. I configured it up and replaced the CHR, after a few hours of
tweaking and trying to resume normality as well as activating fast track as CHR
can’t do that), home was up and running.
Monday morning, got some weird things going on in the
network, checked the CCR and it was reporting traffic on interfaces I knew
weren’t even connected as well as flapping on the SFP port which the other end
showed as solid. The CCR has now been marked for removal.
I am so thankful of having a “spare” RB750Gr3
Hex unit about though as that should keep the family quiet whilst I work out
where to go from here. Currently my poultry 55Mb connection won’t stress it but
I have been eyeing up a Virgin Media upgrade to 350Mb next which looks set to increase
to 500Mb in the next few months, who knows, Gigabit may be round the corner as
well. Either way, I’m not confident the little Hex can do that so back to the
drawing board and looking for a unit to suffice my needs.