Compare Cisco Enterprise Routers vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches

Cisco Enterprise Routers is ranked 1st in Routers with 15 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 2nd in Routers with 10 reviews. Cisco Enterprise Routers is rated 8.6, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Enterprise Routers writes "An expensive solution that does not live up to expectations for performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Cisco Enterprise Routers is most compared with MikroTik Routers and Switches, HPE Enterprise Routers and Huawei Enterprise Routers, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and Huawei Enterprise Routers. See our Cisco Enterprise Routers vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.
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Pros
They offer a variety of very good features.The product can help teach valuable life lessons about what not to do when building a network.The stability of the solution's router is its most valuable feature.The most valuable features are security and throughput.The solution is very stable. I have not seen any downtime due to the product freezing or anything like that. It performs well and hasn't required reboots unless it's to troubleshoot with a support service provider needing configuration. It doesn't overheat and it's on 24/7.The most valuable features of this solution are MPLS, BGP, and VRF.The VPN is the most valuable feature of this solution. The basic clients who don't use the VPN use it mostly for connectivity.The routing feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.

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We make use of a script that will automatically re-route traffic when connections are slow.The solution offers very good multi-routing.We're very happy with what we are getting out of the solution in general. The features are good. They're comparable to other brands such as Cisco and HP.The best part about MikroTik Routers is the price.The flexible IP firewall and IP network address translation make it very easy to give access to internal services.We have found this solution is quite robust and there are a lot of features in a small device.The most valuable feature is controlling the bandwidth.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.

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Cons
The pricing of the solution needs improvement.Many things about this solution are problematic including setup, configuration, performance, upgrades and support.The configuration needs improvement. Most routers, like HP or Aruba, use a UI interface. Those solutions are similar and uniform. It's easier for us compared to Cisco because with Cisco you are not using normal commands. They need to enhance the UI to make it more usable.This solution is scalable but it does need some improvements.If I only have one LAN port in which I want to connect more than one device, I have to buy an add-on card so that I can have two LAN ports. The smaller devices and low-end routers have about four LAN ports. This solution is a high-end device but has only one. It would be preferable if they offered more LAN ports.I would like to see the setup time reduced.The pricing could be improved.The solution needs to offer some security features in a future release.

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The manageability of the web-based UI needs to be improved.The solution needs to improve its security firewalls and mirror that of, for example, Sophos, or FortiGate.The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information.The biggest thing that needs improvement is the support.I would like to see a cluster feature added, where multiple devices can be configured and managed as one. One is in a standby state while the other is active, and if one fails then the other takes over.In the Israeli market, we are in need of Hebrew support.The user interface allows you to do a lot of things, but it is not user-friendly.They could improve their product if they set, for instance, a controller for wireless LAN. That would allow them to really have something more than an access point.

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The product is very expensive and does not provide the expected performance for the cost.The price of this solution is high.The cost of this solution is a little bit high compared to others.Cisco is mid-tier in terms of pricing and quite affordable by most enterprises.Our issues are basically currency related. The licensing is in dollars and the dollar is steadily rising. We've had an increase in the licensing fee due to the simple reason that the exchange rate is almost over 40%. That creates a major issue. If the currency devaluation doesn't stabilize, we may have to look at another solution.It is a costly solution.

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This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors.There is no licensing fee in addition to the hardware, but we do pay an annual fee for support.In our last project, we used two hundred units and the price was approximately 500 Shekels ($140 USD).This product is a one-time purchase.

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Overview
The high-performance Cisco Enterprise Routers are the market leader due to their breadth of advanced support for LAN/WAN services, redundancy, reliability, and performance. The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.
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Sample Customers
Aegean Motorway, Boingo, Chartwell School, Children's Hospital of Orange County , Department of Justice, Explorer Pipeline, Linz AG, National Rugby League, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Telecom Italia, TranswesternABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
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Hospitality Company17%
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Aerospace/Defense Firm17%
Non Profit8%
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Maritime Company14%
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Software R&D Company21%
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