Cisco Enterprise Routers Competitors and Alternatives

Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Enterprise Routers vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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Real User
IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I don't particularly like the product. The decision to go with Cisco was made by the company. Now they made an expensive investment so they feel we have to keep this equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

The commitment to Cisco products based on their advice and knowing our model and what we wanted to accomplish did not put us in an optimal situation. I do not think this solution has improved our… more»

What needs improvement?

The capacity of the equipment should be improved. Cisco sells expensive equipment, but it does not really have greater performance compared to the price paid for it. So, we're paying very high prices… more»

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

We don't have any licenses at this time. There were some compensating licenses that needed to be renewed every year, but then Cisco ended that practice. It was also sort of the local price break for… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, it is the Cisco products we use now that we will be replaced with another solution. We did not move from something else to Cisco. We have plans to get rid of the equipment. We want to switch… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others considering this solution would be not to do what we did. Don't go with the all-in-one solution. Buy a basic product that Cisco certifies is more than capable of routing the… more»
Real User
Network Infrastructure Program Manager at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the capacity of the throughput for the firewall. The flexibility in the MPLS configuration is very good.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution should be improved. If you have a VPN tunnel with one side Juniper and the other side Cisco then you might face some issues.

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

An additional license can be purchased for support of a next-generation firewall.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have experience with Cisco routers, and their technical support is number one.

What other advice do I have?

Juniper is a leading company in the MPLS technology, which is one of the reasons that they are used more often than Cisco by service providers. My advice to anybody who is implementing this device is to have the proper training, first. It… more»
Real User
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The cost and versatility are the solution's most valuable features. You can do anything with them if you know how to. The solution has a whole portfolio of routing features available. You don't need to buy special licenses for the solution. You have everything there. The configuration capabilities… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution doesn't fit every need. There are lots of things you cannot do. There is no management and there is no controller in wireless. It's not a real whole network. You have to work them into other solutions. Mikrotik is mostly a standalone solution and you have to manage how it relates to… more»

What other advice do I have?

We buy from wholesalers, but we don't have a special selling agreement with anyone. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten when it fits. It's useless if it doesn't fit. If it fits, I don't think there's a better product when you are looking at price-performance. Overall, I'd rate them nine out of ten… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use a few different solutions. We are installing big networks with Aruba and use Extreme Networks as well. Which solution we ultimately use depends on the project itself.
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