MikroTik Routers and Switches Review

It seems to run on its own without maintenance but is old, slow, and will elsewhere for replacement.


What is our primary use case?

MikroTik is our main router for incoming and outgoing traffic throughout the system architecture.  

What is most valuable?

I really have not found anything valuable or special about MikroTik routers. I have not used them a lot and have not done enough with the product to know if it is good or bad in certain areas that I can put my finger on.  

In general, I know that it is functioning and we have not had any breaches or any kind of attacks through our firewall. We have not had any downtime with it. It has been a solid performer that way.  

What needs improvement?

My first impressions of the MikroTik router I have are that it is old and slow. I would like to see a higher throughput in the switch. The throughput speeds are killing us. Our VPN speeds are not up to par. MikroTik may make some routers and switches that do have higher throughput, but the models that we are using are not in that group of products.  

The security itself is lacking. For instance, most later model routers have web filtering so we can filter out websites and types. I would like to just be able to go in and say that I want to block out porn sites, or I want to block out hate speech — whatever the case may be. I would like to do that and get it done in an expeditious manner and have it work as expected. There is nothing like that type of simplicity and functionality in this router.  

So, the two main things that I look for in a router — speed and filtering by classification — are two things that I did not see. It is working, so I kind of leave it alone for right now because I do not really have the time to figure out what is making it work at all.  

I do know that the interface is very archaic-looking. It does not seem like the ease-of-use was a major concern in the development of the product. It is not very good in the area of user-friendly.  

Another problem that I do not like about the MikroTik routers is that I have to use a specific program called Winbox to access it and configure it. I should not be limited to accessing the configuration using just one tool.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I have actually been able to use and access it for maybe three weeks now. It has been at the company for several years.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

One thing I can say for the product is that it has been stable. There has not even been downtime. I checked the uptime on it and it has been up almost a year without having to reset or do anything of that nature for maintenance. So by whatever magic, it is stable.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I would say that these products do not have much potential for scalability. They are limited to what is in the hardware now without doing a firmware update. But one thing is for certain, any firmware update is not going to change our throughput speed. The actual hardware itself is limiting us.  

We have approximately 52 employees passively using these products.  

How are customer service and technical support?

With a year of uptime, we obviously have not had to use the tech support at all. On the day when the thing falls apart and I do not know a thing about it, that is when I will find out how good the support is as well.  

How was the initial setup?

Because the product has been here for several years, I was not involved in the installation. I assume it was not much different than other routers and switches.  

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are not any external or hidden costs. The company bought the products and put them in. They are not paying for any kind of maintenance or anything of that nature at this point.  

What other advice do I have?

My main advice to people considering this solution based on my experience is that I would suggest looking for other robust solutions. I know they are out there because I have used them.  

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best. I would rate MikroTik routers and switches as a six-out-of-ten. It seems to be working by its own devices but there is just too much old, slow, and unfriendly about them.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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