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Chief Solutions Architect at Tech2go Strategic IT Solutions
Real User
Top 10
A cheaper solution that delivers the same performance and capabilities as the top brands
Pros and Cons
  • "They are very good at providing the bandwidth for multi-tenants and multi-dwelling units. We're managing WiFi 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."
  • "They lack the extended warranty for the equipment. They only provide a warranty for one year as compared to the other vendors who offer a warranty for three years, five years, and lifetime, etc."

What is our primary use case?

We manage wide area networks for our clients nationwide. We run a data center and provide internet services. We use MikroTik for our network operation centers. We also manage WiFi for hospitalities and a lot of multi-dwelling units. 

We have experience in deploying MikroTik, NETGEAR, and HP products.

What is most valuable?

They are very good at providing the bandwidth for multi-tenants and multi-dwelling units. We're managing WiFi 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.

What needs improvement?

They lack the extended warranty for the equipment. They only provide a warranty for one year as compared to the other vendors who offer a warranty for three years, five years, and lifetime, etc.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about eight years. 

How was the initial setup?

You need to learn how to use the software and run MikroTik Router OS or Switch OS. You have to be familiar with all these. If you're a network person, it's very easy for you to set it up. It is pretty much similar to setting up HPE, Juniper, Cisco, or NETGEAR. It's not for novice users. There's a learning curve.

Our team has to get trained and certified in MikroTik.

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten for the reliability and the performance that you get out of it. I wouldn't rate it a ten because of the warranty limitation. 

There is also a learning curve to be able to successfully manage it, but once you do that, it's going to work wonders. It's also not that expensive.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, stable, scalable, also easy to set up

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Enterprise Routers in the WAN solutions.

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use, and there is a lot of information available on the internet.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more boundaries and better performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco Enterprise Routers for several years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution. We have 3,000 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

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

Depending on the client's needs we use other…

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Enterprise Routers in the WAN solutions.

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use, and there is a lot of information available on the internet.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more boundaries and better performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco Enterprise Routers for several years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution. We have 3,000 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

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

Depending on the client's needs we use other solutions such as HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It was easy. It was installed in minutes.

We have a team of 50 admins to help with the deployment.

We plan to continue using it in the future.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator to help us with the implementation.

What other advice do I have?

For others who want to use this solution, I would recommend it.

I would rate Cisco Enterprise Routers an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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