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    Certified Switching Engineer (MTCSWE)

    Training outline




    By the end of this training session, the student will be familiar with RouterOS Layer 2 forwarding software and RouterBOARD hardware switch chip features and bridge features. The student will be able to configure and control Layer 2 forwarding using MikroTik networking solutions.

    Target audience:

    Network engineers and technicians wanting to deploy and support Layer 2 based networks.

    Course prerequisites:

    MTCNA certificate

    Suggested reading:

    Search for ‘Layer 2 networking’, ‘Bridging’, ‘Switching’, ‘VLAN’




    Module 1


    Layer 2 forwarding concepts

    1. Unicast, multicast and broadcast traffic
    2. MAC learning in bridges and switches
    3. Interface settings


    RouterOS bridge overview


    RouterBOARD switch chip overview

    1. RouterBOARDs with basic switch chips
    2. Cloud Router Switch (CRS) series devices with advanced switch chips


    SwitchOS (SwOS) brief overview


    Module 1 laboratory

    Module 2 MTU


    RouterOS bridge overview




    Jumbo frames


    Potential MTU issues


    Module 2 laboratory

    Module 3 VLAN

    802.1Q and 802.1ad VLAN overview and tagging concepts

    RouterOS VLAN interfaces

    1. Port based VLAN (VLAN bridging)
    2. Inter-VLAN routing ('router on a stick')


    VLANs in basic switch chips

             •    Port based VLAN


    VLANs in bridge interfaces

    1. Port based VLAN
    2. MAC based VLAN
    3. Protocol based VLAN


    QinQ (802.1ad)

    1. QinQ implementation with bridge VLAN filtering
    2. QinQ implementation with VLAN interfaces


    Module 3 laboratory

    Module 4

    Spanning Tree Protocol

    Spanning tree protocol (STP) concepts

    1. STP bridge priority
    2. STP port path cost
    3. STP and RSTP comparison


    Multiple Spanning tree (MSTP) concepts

    1. MSTP definition
    2. MSTP regions
    3. CST/CIST


    Bridge protocol data unit (BPDU)


    Spanning tree security


    Module 4 laboratory

    Module 5

    Link Aggregation

    RouterOS bonding

    1. Bonding modes
    2. Compatibility with other static link aggregation


    Module 5 laboratory


    Module 6

    Port Isolation

    RouterOS bridge horizon Switch port isolation


    Module 6 laboratory

    Module 7 QoS

    Layer 2 QoS (802.1p)

    1. RouterOS bridge filter priority
    2. CRS priority configuration


    Traffic shaping

    1. Bandwidth limiting in bridge with queues
    2. Bandwidth limiting in switch chip


    Module 7 laboratory

    Module 8

    Layer 2 Security

    IGMP snooping DHCP snooping


    Loop protect


    Traffic storm control


    Layer 2 firewall

    1. RouterOS bridge filter features
    2. Switch access control list


    BPDU guard


    ARP modes


    Port security




    Switch security


    Module 8 laboratory

    Module 9 PoE

    RouterOS PoE modes and compatibility RouterOS PoE priority settings


    RouterOS PoE monitoring


    Module 9 laboratory



    Module 10


    • •

    Layer2 diagnostic tools

    Port mirroring

    Module 10 laboratory

    Module 11 SwOS

    • •

    Introduction to SwOS

    RouterBOARD dual-boot compatibility

    Installing SwOS


    Managing SwOS


    Configuration of Layer 2 Features with SwOS

    1. VLANS
    2. (R)STP
    3. Port trunking
    4. QoS
    5. Layer 2 security


    Module 11 laboratory