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"It has provided us a more secure environment, especially the firewall. We've had multiple attempts of network intrusion which have been defeated due to the firewall rules in place.""Cisco has one of the best products in terms of routing because of the protocols in which they provide.""Most of the hardware is very stable.""The most valuable feature is that we can specify the routing policies for our traffic.""We achieve good performance in our data center.""The routing feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.""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 most valuable features of this solution are MPLS, BGP, and VRF."

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"The most valuable feature is that you can do anything on all platforms.""The radius and wireless features are the most valuable aspects of the solution.""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.""The most valuable feature is controlling the bandwidth.""We have found this solution is quite robust and there are a lot of features in a small device.""The flexible IP firewall and IP network address translation make it very easy to give access to internal services.""The best part about MikroTik Routers is the price.""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."

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"Their support has room for improvement. The regional agents are not that great.""In terms of room for improvement, I think that there is a need for additional administration.""If they can negate or reduce the modem delay, that would be great.""Some of our customers have asked that this solution have a 10G connection.""We would like to see the security improved.""The solution needs to offer some security features in a future release.""The pricing could be improved.""I would like to see the setup time reduced."

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"Wireless throughput has not kept up with the competition.""The queuing functionality needs improvement. The initial setup could be simplified.""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.""The user interface allows you to do a lot of things, but it is not user-friendly.""In the Israeli market, we are in need of Hebrew 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.""The biggest thing that needs improvement is the support.""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."

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"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.""Cisco is mid-tier in terms of pricing and quite affordable by most enterprises.""The cost of this solution is a little bit high compared to others.""The price of this solution is high.""The product is very expensive and does not provide the expected performance for the cost.""Cisco routers are very pricey.""The price is reasonable.""Cisco Enterprise Routers are expensive."

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"This product is a one-time purchase.""In our last project, we used two hundred units and the price was approximately 500 Shekels ($140 USD).""There is no licensing fee in addition to the hardware, but we do pay an annual fee for support.""This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors.""There are not any external or hidden costs.""The price-performance is great.""MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal.""The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."

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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, Transwestern
ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
Top Industries
Computer Software Company17%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
Hospitality Company8%
Comms Service Provider52%
Computer Software Company14%
Media Company6%
Educational Organization5%
Engineering Company10%
Maritime Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
Comms Service Provider53%
Computer Software Company14%
Media Company6%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise42%
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise13%
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Cisco Enterprise Routers is ranked 2nd in Routers with 32 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 1st in Routers with 20 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 Huawei Enterprise Routers, HPE Enterprise Routers, Juniper Enterprise Routers, OneAccess Enterprise Routers and Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Enterprise Service Routers, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch, Aruba Switches, Huawei Enterprise Routers and Juniper Enterprise Routers. See our Cisco Enterprise Routers vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.

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