If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering MikroTik Routers and Switches, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We have not had any issues with our MikroTik routers and I would definitely recommend them. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
I'd warn others that a tutorial or a bit of learning is required before beginning. It helps if a user has a bit of understanding about the solution. There's some complexity in the terminologies and surrounding the initial implementation process. Overall, it's a good product, but it requires a bit of improvement, especially in relation to UTM and security. I'd rate it eight out of ten.
We use the solution and we provide services to clients as well. It's much cheaper than when we used Cisco and other devices. We're a reseller and solutions provider. I do advise people to use the solution, because of the price and features. The more you learn is the more you realize how valuable MikroTik devices are. One thing I would mention to others is that MikroTik is on Linux, but there's nothing like WinBox for Linux, or what you might call a Linux box. You need to do something that looks like WinBox, because if you're using Ubuntu, you will need to use WinBox and there isn't one for Linux. Not everybody uses Windows and many people, especially technical people, are moving away from Windows. The solution is a good product and it has improved since the first time we used it. It's just support that is really lacking. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. I'd rate it higher if technical support was better.
The technical features in MikroTik are not mentionable because it is a low-cost solution. There is no service, support, or proper training. We are using them because our competitors are using them, and we have to stay competitive. The only real value of MikroTik is the price and I would not recommend this solution for any other reason. If you can get another device from a bigger company at a similar price then I would do that because the support is going to be better. Proper support is important. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.
I would recommend this solution for those who don't need a very stable solution. You will not have zero-downtime provided by MikroTik. Also, if you need clustered routers then this solution will not work. However, if you are willing to update several times a month with several minutes of downtime while upgrading and rebooting, then it will be fine. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is to write the network plan out before implementing changes. Then, go only by the steps of the plan, and do not deviate. Overall, it is a very good solution with a lot of features. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
My advice is that this is a small package with huge features and you should try it on your own. The biggest lesson that I learned from this solution is that we underestimated the power and value of MikroTik. We primarily implemented Cisco and Aruba solutions, but since then, we have found that MikroTik can be used in place of these bigger brands. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
This is a great product that gives you a lot of good features at that price. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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. Any requirement would be fulfilled from Aruba or from Cisco, but not necessarily from Mikrotik, which is why I don't give them a perfect score.
I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. If they made it a bit easier for new users to implement, I would rate it higher.