Brian, respectfully, I do not think you understand the more advanced needs and requirements for switches in a large network. And you don't understand that the stuff you quoted me saying dealt with Walter's and I debate about the overall price to performance clear lead Mikrotik has in network switches.
And even if I didn't understand the requirements or lack thereof for video surveillance applications, I would recommend Mikrotik again because the majority of use cases will have a Uniview POE NVR. I don't think you can label somebody incompetent because they have a different setup. I guess I could have said why would you waste the money on an extra switch when most NVRs have POE out and sufficient amount of bandwidth. Especially since you said:
No need to bother. Throughput and backplane speeds on common switches are more than sufficient for video. It is rare to see a properly configured camera max out a 10Mbps port, much less a 100Mbps or GigE port.
Which leads to my next comment:
Brian and IPVM team, respectfully, it appears that somebody doesn't understand the most common needs and requirements for switches as it specifically relates to video surveillance applications. After reading this tutorial, It sounds like Brian isn't on the IPVM team that posted it. Or maybe I am misunderstood again thinking the IPVM team tutorial contradicts Brian's statements?
Multicasting Surveillance Tutorial
Author: IPVM Team, Published on Jan 04, 2018 | Email This
Network bandwidth is a key concern in surveillance systems.
For the majority of surveillance deployments, Mikrotik switches are either overkill, or underkill.
A mikrotik switch that is cheaper than the competition can't be considered overkill because it has more capabilities. Just pretend they aren't there.
Having features that integrators will not use (and my not understand) and lacking options like PoE that exclude them from the vast majority of use cases.
I'm not sure how having extra features becomes a drawback? Mikrotik doesn't force the end user to use and understand every feature available. And all the switches I have used can be powered up and working as a switch without any user configuration. I agree lack of POE would be underkill in a POE required scenario.
Mikrotik also has no real representation in the surveillance space. I am not aware of any manufacturers reps pushing the product, the products are not carried by distributors like ADI, or sold/recommended by large manufacturers.
And I saved the best for last. The one thing we agree on and I mentioned from the start is lack of POE out. But that is about to change with the new 8 and 24 port POE Switches they are releasing soon. And as soon as I get my hands on them to try out, Broadwaves will be first to represent Mikrotik in the IPVM surveillance space. Just have to get Uniview to recommend them and they will be legit. ADI is of no importance.