Unboxing Mikrotik CRS328-24P-4S+RM Router/Switch

This is my first purchased of Mikrotik product and I was a bit disapointed. The quality control was not there. When I opened the box, everything seemed to be properly wrapped as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1

When I picked up the switch itself, I heard some rattling inside. I opened the switch chassis to see what was causing the rattling sound. It was the power supply screws. The switch’s power supply was not secured to the chassis as shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3. Also, in Figure 3, you can see the bracket has been tampered.

Figure 2
Figure 3

I am pretty disappointed with Mikrotik’s quality control. Mikrotik could have done a better job than this. It could also be Amazon’s fault for sending me a used item.

Despite all that I really like the RouterOS’ CLI and it really reminds me of the first time I worked with Juniper. Anyways, while I have this chassis opened, might as well to poke around.

There are two extra fan headers for two more 40mm x 20mm fans as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4

On the left side of the switch, there are two exhaust 40mm x 20mm fans as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5

Here is the top view of the inside of the chassis

Figure 6

I have not put too much load on this switch, but it is pretty quiet, so far. I have not configured the switch to replace my Juniper EX2200C yet. I am in the process of getting familiar with the RouterOS CLI. I have not connected any PoE devices yet, but I would guess the orange bar across all the ports represents PoE status. If I am right about this, this is pretty slick.

Figure 7

That is it for today. Cheers!

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