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We performed a comparison between MikroTik Routers and Switches and NETGEAR Switches based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Ethernet Switches solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It is stable.""It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.""The combination of hardware and software makes it a very good solution. It is a modern protocol that they have supported in the switches. The solution has good performance.""The solution is stable and scalable.""The virtual Chassis feature for stacking is good in general, with high bandwidth for the link, which is good.""Juniper switches are very good with MPLS.""I like that it's fairly easy to implement these ethernet switches.""One of the most valuable features of Juniper Ethernet Switches is they are rugged."

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"The routing is nice and straightforward.""They use wireless and wired connections that include all of the features.""This equipment is resilient and available at a good price.""I've never had any issues with the solution.""It's pretty stable.""They are stable.""MikroTik Routers and Switches are stable""The most valuable feature is the ease of use."

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"The company provides a lifetime warranty.""There is a lot of helpful documentation that helps with the configuration process.""This is a cost-effective solution.""We have a wide range of switches for various applications, including a collection specifically designed for ProAV, as well as Multi-gig Switches, which are also quite well-known or unique.""Its setup, usage, and access are most valuable. It is a very easy switch to set up.""I'm satisfied with the stability of NETGEAR Switches.""Since it has a web interface, it is easy to set up. You don't have to take three years of training somewhere for a lot of money.""Comes preconfigured and designed specifically for AV."

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Cons
"The price is in the intermediate range. It is not overly expensive, but also not cheap. It could stand improvement.""Has a steep learning curve.""The difficulty of the installation of Juniper Ethernet Switches depends on the environment it is being implemented in. It is fairly straightforward in terms of being able to source the technical information as we need it. However, this process could improve.""The stability could be better. We find, for example, Cisco, to be more stable.""The upgrading of the system should be simplified and made faster.""More security could be provided, especially with the rising cyber-attacks in business organizations.""The Virtual Chassis Fabric is kind of complicated to troubleshoot sometimes. On the MPLS side, they're good — they're fine for the pseudo-wires and stuff—but they need more work on the LAN. It is difficult to troubleshoot their LAN technologies like Virtual Chassis.""Stability could be better, especially during a reboot. We have had some issues recently with the software getting corrupt on reboot, which causes a lot of downtime."

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"It could be more scalable. Product awareness could also be better. There's a lack of awareness when it comes to MikroTik. People only know about Cisco and others, and they won't rely on MikroTik. This is primarily because of hardware limitations. While this product is good economically, it's unsuitable for high-end projects. In the next release, I want this product to be more compatible.""There are limitations to how many users you have simultaneously.""Better security is always better. If they can continue to improve in this area, that would be ideal.""MikroTik does not have a wireless solution. If they created a high-performance wireless solution we would deploy it in our infrastructure.""The solution needs to offer better documentation.""If the client wants bigger capacity, there may be some issues. That is, there may be issues with scalability.""This product could offer better integration with VPNs.""The solution does suffer from freezing and corruption issues."

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"Lacks switches with additional ports that provide room for new protocols of communications.""The ‘how-to’ guides could do with some improvements. We got in trouble following the stacking and Dante set-up guides. If these would have been accurate, we would not have lost three days.""The technical support could be more helpful.""The solution needs centralized management and centralized configuration.""Perhaps in the future, we will have even more different types of switches and be able to fulfill more collections.""This product lacks a CLI interface.""The product could be more robust.""There are a lot of systems that are moving into different areas. There are a lot of cloud-based things happening. One nice feature that I've seen in other switches is artificial intelligence on the actual porting. They've got AI technology that will tell you when a port is down. They not only tell you when a port is down; they also tell you when a port is running slower. You can do a cable-fault check, or you can do other checks. It would be nice to have this information in NETGEAR. This feature might already be there in a new release of the NETGEAR's firmware, but I haven't seen it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for the support is very high."
  • "It's was $100,000 per year."
  • "We only pay for support."
  • "The pricing is very aggressive."
  • "Their prices are competitive and not bad. It is cheaper than Cisco. We have a yearly license."
  • "The solution does not require a license to use it."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "There is a subscription payment model or you can purchase licenses on a one, two, and five-year basis. If you want decent support, the solution is not expensive."
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  • "The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
  • "Pricing is not an issue."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable and is one of the main selling points for MikroTik devices."
  • "When you buy a license, it is for life and you don't need to buy another one every year."
  • "MikroTik's equipment is very cheap compared to Cisco and Huawei."
  • "When I compare the price of this solution to competitors it is priced a little high. There is not a license required for this solution."
  • "They are very cheap and not at all expensive."
  • "There is a one-time license fee for the use of this solution and it is less expensive than Cisco products."
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  • "This is a one-time purchase and there are no licensing fees."
  • "For its price, it scales well."
  • "The pricing is very good for 10GbE switches and you get a lot of throughput. It is about 60 percent of the costs of other switches from competitive manufacturers, which is really good."
  • "You get what you pay for. From a price comparison, there are cheaper switch makers on the market that are definitely less expensive than NETGEAR. They give you the same functionality, but they don't come with a name. There are solutions like Ubiquiti that are very good. They have the ease of setup, and I find NETGEAR battling a little bit in comparison to Ubiquiti."
  • "I believe that the pricing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:It is very valuable for SRX devices and we have found it very easy to configure.
    Top Answer:Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning… more »
    Top Answer:I have found one of the most valuable features to be the hotspot network.
    Top Answer:NetGear switches have a lot to offer. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and… more »
    Top Answer:Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Juniper EX Series
    NETGEAR Insight Managed Switches, NETGEAR GC Series, NETGEAR M Series
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    Overview

    Juniper Ethernet Switches are made up of the EX Series product line. These EX Series Ethernet Switches provide branch, campus and data center networks with access, aggregation and core layer switching solutions. The end result is secure, fast and efficient application and data delivery.

    Today's enterprise networks increasingly demand mobile access, optimal availability, virtualization, and unified communications. The Juniper Ethernet Switches EX Series caters for all of these requirements, ensuring business continuity, network flexibility and maximum productivity.

    MikroTik Routers and Switches provide all the features necessary for network administrators to secure and monitor their networks and are suitable for companies of any size. The solution is ideal for creating Wi-Fi hotspots, connecting multiple servers, setting up firewalls and VPNs, and distributing bandwidth. MikroTik's user-friendly dashboard helps you interact easily with your hardware. With MikroTik's user interface, you can obtain real statistics by user or IP address and monitor bandwidth consumption.

    Benefits and Key Features of MikroTik Routers and Switches

    • Affordability: MikroTik routers and switches are very reasonably priced and offer features comparable to those of other higher priced solutions.

    • Highly customizable: Flexible scripting policies and configuration options enable users to enhance the functionality of MikroTik's various products. MikroTik routers also offer hotspot profiles, which allows admins to create different customizable guest user authentication profiles.

    • Consistency: All MikroTik routers have the same operating system and features, making it simple to migrate between different products.

    • Routing protocols: MikroTik provides several dynamic routing protocols that can be deployed to build robust and secure networks.

    • Built-in firewall: MikroTik offers a very powerful firewall implementation with multiple features, including state inspection, layer-7 protocol detection, and peer-to-peer protocols filtering.

    • Stability and robust performance: MikroTik routers and switches are long-lasting, resilient, and perform well.

    Reviews from Real Users

    MikroTik stands out among competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its reasonably priced products and its user-friendly user interface, which makes it easy to work and communicate with its hardware.

    Parameshwar P., a director at Navyug Networks, writes, "I like MikroTik's GUI. It's completely handy and easy to handle because of its GUI. Despite other brands like Cisco urging me to switch, I didn't because they don't have a GUI. This is the most comfortable thing in my project that anyone can use easily. It’s effortless to maintain MikroTik routers because both screens make it very easy in GUI mode. You can easily interact with your hardware.”

    Rodney T., the chief solutions architect at Tech2go Strategic IT Solutions, says, "They are very good at providing the bandwidth for multi-tenants and multi-dwelling units. We're managing Wi-Fi hotspots for hundreds of locations, and the speed and performance are quite there. They also have very cheap 10G products that come with really good and flexible software. They are way cheaper than the top brands, and they're able to deliver the same performance and capabilities."

    A principal consultant at a tech services company notes, "The most valuable aspect of this solution is the combination of value for money. They're extremely cost effective, yet they provide you with an extensive feature set of things you can do across the board. Also, they're pretty reliable, as far as equipment goes."

    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches is an Ethernet solution that offers businesses of all sizes the ability to easily set up secure and highly scalable networks. Small to medium-sized companies have the option to choose from three different switching options. The three options that are most appropriate for businesses of this size are the NETGEAR Unmanaged, Plus, and Smart Switch solutions. If you're managing a large enterprise network or a campus network, then NETGEAR Fully Managed Infrastructures is the solution for you. All the NETGEAR Ethernet Switches and solutions are innovative, easy to install and use, reliable, and very cost-effective.

    NETGEAR Ethernet Switches have many features that make them a most effective product. Included in these is the ability to virtually stack IP addresses in such a way that users can scale their network up with ease. These IP addresses are grouped together. Once additional data ports are connected, you have only a single switch to manage and you gain both a much higher level availability of data and a greater level of network resilience.

    Benefits of NETGEAR Ethernet Switches

    Some of the benefits of using NETGEAR Ethernet Switches include:

    • The ability to control and track the performance of your network from a single centralized location. NETGEAR Ethernet Switches has a “single pane of glass” interface that enables administrators to track their network’s data in real time, allowing them to manage everything from one place. If a problem is detected, this management interface will alert the appropriate administrator.

    • A wide array of security features allows you to manage user access, filter incoming traffic for potential threats, and monitor your network for unauthorized traffic. The switches have security capabilities built in in an effort to maximize network protection, while at the same time allowing you to minimize the expenditure of resources required to keep you secure.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make NETGEAR Ethernet Switches extremely effective. Two major ones are its inherent flexibility and its user-friendly nature. 

    PeerSpot user Kevin W., a network delivery architect at a tech-services company, notes that NETGEAR Ethernet Switches gives users the ability to tailor the switches to fit their needs. He writes, "The big winner for NETGEAR is their modular switch: the 96X version. That is something that you don't see in the market anywhere else, except for Cisco who has it at a high level for a high expense. The ability to customize your own switch with their modules is a big plus for what we do in the market right now. Instead of having to piece together standardized switches, trying to make something work, or fitting the design into the mold, the modular switches are aware that you can make a mark in the industry because you purchased one switch and design with different modules added and removed later on for functionality."

    PeerSpot user Chris W., a system engineer at Diversified, notes just how easy they are to use when he writes, "The ease of use of these switches is very good because of the Cisco CLI. If you are familiar with CLI, then you can configure the switch that way. It also has a relatively straightforward web interface. Using the web interface is good for beginners or people who aren't familiar with Cisco CLI. However, having a common command line interface method is great for some of our more advanced guys who are familiar with it."

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    Buyer's Guide
    MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 2nd in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews while NETGEAR Switches is ranked 6th in Ethernet Switches with 10 reviews. MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8, while NETGEAR Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Works well, is easy to set up, and has a great user community". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NETGEAR Switches writes "Peak performance for uncompressed 4K video streaming at a very affordable price point". MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Cisco Ethernet Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and D-Link Ethernet Switches, whereas NETGEAR Switches is most compared with Cisco Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches and Aruba Instant On Switches. See our MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. NETGEAR Switches report.

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