Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Alternatives and Competitors

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Josh Duguid
Consultant
Systems Consultant at DBI Systems
Jun 23 2019

What is most valuable?

We did a deployment where we were running about a 10Gb video endpoint sources, so we were utilizing a much larger amount of backplane bandwidth than we were used to using… more »

How has it helped my organization?

If our company was going to buy a new office and deploy a bunch of stuff, it would be one of these switches that I would purchase, especially because you're able to stack… more »

What needs improvement?

Since this is my first time working with this specific switch interface, the interface was pretty intuitive. The only area I found a little bit confusing was how they… more »

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

It was an initial, single purchase for us. For the three switches, because I had the 96X and the two 48 port single gigabyte ones, then all the cards, etc. The total price… more »

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

The performance, expandability, and price point comparison, along with the redesigned part of the spec, made a convincing case to switch to the 96X. There was also AP over… more »

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give: Work with somebody, if possible to think about your backbone needs. Think about the network deployment and the design, because the last thing that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Depending on the size and scope of the project, we might use a different switch. For our smaller, simpler projects, we are typically using Luxul because they are very… more »
Phillip Peerman
Real User
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Oct 25 2020

What is most valuable?

Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For MSPs, a cloud-managed solution is so much more efficient than a locally managed solution and having a single pane of glass with Meraki's dashboard is an easy to use… more »

What needs improvement?

Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks… more »

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

The licensing model is hard for some to wrap their heads around and I understand their concerns. Meraki, like numerous other vendors, is too expensive for a lot of small… more »

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

Cisco switches were used previously. The main reason I switched was the cloud management. Ironically, after I switched, Cisco purchased Meraki. I was concerned Cisco would… more »

What other advice do I have?

Meraki offers some free equipment if you participate in their webinars. You can get a free security appliance, switch, and AP after watching three webinars and try them… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NETGEAR, Ubiquiti, Aruba.
Real User
ICT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The quality of service is one of the main reasons we use Cisco in our organization. It's quite high and very reliable. The switches also end up working for a long time, so there's less need to replace them as often as others. We have some… more »

What needs improvement?

The cost is very prohibitive both for us as well as other organizations. It's very expensive to buy Cisco switches. Among our colleagues, we find that we're not alone in thinking it's too high. Everyone's complaining about this. We have… more »

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

I don't handle the licensing aspect of the solution, so I can't speak to the exact pricing. However, I am aware it's one of the more expensive options on the market. The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid… more »

What other advice do I have?

We mainly work with Cisco ethernet switches at our organization. Aside from the cost, the Cisco switches are quite stable and easy to use. If you have the money as an organization, I would highly recommend Cisco. We are just a customer of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did compare Cisco to Ubiquiti. I was doing this research for a friend who was trying to open a resort but had limited funding. He didn't want to deal with Cisco as he knew the pricing would be out of his budget, so he asked me to look… more »
Chamberlain ZEBAZE
Real User
Network Operations Specialists at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
May 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the flexibility within the advanced configuration. IDS and IPS are very good. The wiki page that describes the scripting and other features is very good. It is quite impressive for new users who want to learn… more »

What needs improvement?

Improvements are needed with respect to some of the security, especially for VPN links between vendors other than Cisco. For example, what works between MikroTik and Cisco does not work as well between MikroTik and Fortinet. I have seen… more »

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

MikroTik is really cheap compared to the competitors. They are the cheapest ones in Cameroon except for Ubiquiti at the router level.

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

I have worked with solutions from Cisco, Juniper, and Fortinet. The type of project dictates which product works best in the environment.

What other advice do I have?

This solution has improved a great deal over time and in many domains. They have hired experts from around the world, from vendors such as Cisco, to help improve the product. Some examples are scripting has improved, along with advanced… more »
Real User
National Information Systems Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The port analytics are the most valuable aspect of the solution for our organization. When we start getting into the FortiManagers and some of their analytics tools, it becomes very interesting for us. The product's got a thousand features, and we're probably using only 10% of them. The interface is… more »

What needs improvement?

We need to understand a bit more about certifications and knowledge for understanding capabilities. The solution should make that more clear to its users.

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

We also currently use Cisco and Ubiquiti solutions alongside Fortiswitch. The main difference between the three is the pricing. It's all worlds apart. The features, on the other hand, are pretty much the same. On Ubiquiti, however, we just have to get to the information a bit differently.

What other advice do I have?

We're Fortinet partners. We are both using the solution and providing it to our customers. The size of the clients we deal with vary. Some are small. Some are mining entities. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it seven out of ten.
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