Trunk two RB250GS Switches Together

Scenario: You have one MikroTik  RB250GS switch running 802.1Q vlans and you want to extend all or some of those vlans to a second switch. The following diagram borrowed from a post by Ozelo explains:

The configuration of the first switch (192.168.88.1) is explained in a previous example 802.1Q Router on a Stick Example. The main change to that example is the configuration of port ether5 since we want it to pass all the vlans to the second switch. The two pales you need to make changes are the VLAN tab and the VLANs tab. Confusing, yes but note the “s” on VLAN on one tab.
Configure the first switch as follows:

Switch 1 – VLAN Tab
 

Switch 1 – VLANs Tab
 

Then configure the second switch as follows. Please note we have set the IP address of the second switch to 192.168.88.10 so as not to duplicate the witch 1 IP address. This is done on the System tab. In case you ever wonder why there is no setting for netmask or default gateway, that is because the switch does a little magic in determining the source of the packet and returning it to the host without the need for those two pieces of information.

Switch 2 – VLAN Tab
 

Switch 2 – VLANs Tab
 

All that remains is to create the vlan interfaces on the router and assign IP addresses, DHCP server, etc. to them. Here is a screen shot of the router used for this example, interfaces and IP addresses. The IP here is the one being used to manage the switches:

 

That is it, you should now have two switches trunked together passing vlans to the second switch.

Steve Discher

Steve Discher was born in Apple Valley, California and today makes his home in College Station, Texas with his wife and three children. He is a 1987 graduate of Texas A-M University and owns ISP Supplies, a wireless distribution company, and conducts MikroTik training classes. His hobbies include flying his Piper Cub and RV camping with his family.

Recent Posts

  • Finding an IP address with Wireshark using ARP requests

    Can’t remember a device’s IP Address? Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) requests can be used by Wireshark to get the IP address of an unknown host on your network. ARP is a broadcast request that’s meant to help the client machine …

  • Creating Trunk and Access Ports on MikroTik CRS3xx Series Switches

    The switch menu and configuration interface is significantly different on the CRS3xx versus the CRS1xx or CRS2xx series switches and if you are trying to configure VLANs, the process is totally different. Here is a quick HowTo for configuring VLANs …

  • Ubiquiti Unifi Video NVR Upgrade Fails

    Yesterday I got tired of the nagging “Update Available” on my Ubiquiti Video NVR so I went through the upgrade process in the web GUI. It failed with Error 400. I tried several times, several browsers, same error. I then …

See More News