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Spearhead of 10G Switching

Realizing Brand New Potentials

Time and again, MikroTik products have proven themselves highly worthy in terms of performance over the course of their effective lifetime. Indeed, as technology grows, products gradually leave the competition. Some pieces of hardware, though, show new potential as time goes by and more advanced equipment hit the market.

One such hardware is the RS317-1G-16S+RM, an already customer-favorite Cloud Router Switch that, with the expansion of MikroTik's 100G family of devices, can now play a key role in the access layer of connectivity networks.

A Most Prominent 10G Fiber Switch

This router switch, offering Layer 3 routing features in addition to its main switching capacities, has 16 10G SFP+ ports, a single Gigabit Ethernet port for management, and one RJ45 serial console port.


Supporting its connectivity capabilities is a next-gen switching chip, dual-core 800 MHz ARM 32-bit CPU, and a notable RAM size of 1 GB.


This MikroTik device has dual redundant power supplies, a passive cooling case, and two redundant cooling fans that together will ensure maximum hardware uptime.

Comprehensive Switching Features

The CRS317 is a dual-boot device, providing you with the ability to manage this hardware via both RouterOS and SwitchOS.

Furthermore, it offers a long list of features as follows that make life pretty easier and switching projects all the more effective:

  • Non-blocking Layer 2 switching;
  • 128K host table;
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN;
  • Supports up to 4K simultaneous VLANs;
  • Port isolation & security;
  • MSTP;
  • HW MPLS forwarding;
  • SFP 1.25 & SFP+ 10G module support;
  • Broadcast storm control;
  • Port mirroring of ingress/egress traffic;
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP);
  • Link Aggregation (LACP);
  • Access Control List;
  • MikroTik neighbour discovery;
  • SNMP v2/v3;
  • Rackmount & tabletop;
  • Supports -20 to +60 oC ambient temperatures;
  • Passive cooling with automatic fan.

Moreover, this device has shown pretty solid results when it comes to real-life performance. Courtesy of MikroTik, you can see the performance results of the CRS317-1G-16S+RM down below:

Discover the Possibilities!

Apart from its functionality as a managed switch, this device allows you to conduct a number of other operations, such as managing port-to-port forwarding, applying MAC filters, configuring VLANs, mirroring traffic, applying bandwidth limitations, and even adjusting some MAC and IP header fields.


The CRS317 previously proved itself as a reliable switch in distribution networks. Now, with the advent of 100G networking among MikroTik devices, it can also be effectively used in the access layer as well.


In case you're in need of a switch that is both affordable and offers tremendous support to your network, this device is a proper purchase. If you need to ponder your choices, we're more than happy to help!