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MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is the #4 ranked solution in top Routers and #14 ranked solution in top Ethernet Switches. PeerSpot users give MikroTik Cloud Router Switch an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is most commonly compared to MikroTik Routers and Switches: MikroTik Cloud Router Switch vs MikroTik Routers and Switches. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 46% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 31% of all views.
MikroTik Cloud Router Switch Buyer's Guide

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What is MikroTik Cloud Router Switch?
MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is a new Smart Switch series. It combines the best features of a fully functional router and a Layer 3 switch, is powered by the familiar RouterOS. All the specific Switch configuration options are available in a special Switch menu, also ports can be removed from the switch configuration, and used for routing purposes.

MikroTik Cloud Router Switch was previously known as MikroTik CRS Series.

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What users are saying about MikroTik Cloud Router Switch pricing:
  • "In Pakistan, if you buy this cloud router, it's approximately $700 for the device."
  • "The price is competitive."
  • "They came with the licensing when we purchased them."
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    Chimeremeze Nwabueze - PeerSpot reviewer
    IT Support Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Simple with a user-friendly interface and good reliability
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is easy to set up."
    • "Technical support could be better."

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use the solution for easy security and access. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    The IT team doesn't need to be on-site to be able to know what is going on within the site, who is logging in what a particular device is, and the resources they're consuming on the internet space. That was why they needed something that has a cloud-enabled feature for them to be able to manage the site. They achieved that, actually.

    What is most valuable?

    The simplicity of how one can set it up is the most valuable aspect. It's unlike Cisco. With Cisco devices, you have to go to the command-line interface to type the command. A MikroTik Router also has a command-line interface where there are options, just a user-friendly interface where you can click on some button and just type in some things and get done. You don't have to worry about remembering commands, on what line to put your command, or where to write a command. That's the feature I like.

    It is easy to set up.

    The solution is stable.

    It's scalable.

    What needs improvement?

    I've not really tested it on an enterprise environment. Here you have a large number of users access sending the internet through it. With Cisco, they've tried on that aspect building a strong device that can contain a large number of users in an enterprise environment. I would suggest that MikroTik Router should build their devices to meet enterprise standards.

    Technical support could be better.

    I'd like their devices to communicate with one another. For instance, if I have a MikroTik Cloud Router in location A and I also have it in the location B and also in location C, I want the situation where these three routers are able to communicate together-

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    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for about three or four months. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    For our size of organization it's a stable solution. They would need to improve the enterprise environment. However, for the environment I've installed now, it's stable and reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's my understanding that the solution is scalable. 

    It was set up specifically for the IT team to be able to monitor the access and who is on-site. Our customer has 50 users on the solution currently. There are ten users per department. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I encountered a challenge during the port-forwarding. I had to do a data link, and I discovered they have a forum, a community, where you can log in your complaints or challenges and get someone to respond to them. However, the response rate is not that good compared to what I see from Cisco. With Cisco, you have a lot of people on the platform once you lodge a complaint and get a response. Here, the response rate wasn't that great, though I later got the feedback from them.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Neutral

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

    We also work with Cisco.

    With Cisco products and the cloud aspect of them, I've not been able to do everything I've needed. However, in the normal Cisco Router, I've worked with, it's okay. It's nice. It's pretty secure. The challenge is remembering the codes for the CLI commands. That's the only challenge. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty straightforward. I'd rate it a four out of five in terms of ease of use. 

    The deployment only takes a matter of days. We simply had different resources to link together. It typically takes between one and five days.

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

    The licensing cost was handled by the project manager. I can't speak to the exact cost. It's my understanding that it is less expensive than Cisco.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm an integrator.

    Before I put all my recommendations to the person, I would like to know the person's budget and the environment where the router will be used. If it makes sense, I would recommend this solution.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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    Josephat Magesa - PeerSpot reviewer
    SENIOR NETWORK ENGINEER at POWER AND NETWORK BACKUP-LTD
    Real User
    Top 5
    Easy to set up, user-friendly, and reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is user-friendly, reliable, and cheap."
    • "It happens that you may find your network is down, if you reboot the switch, they come up. However, sometimes, they reset themselves. That's a big issue."

    What is our primary use case?

    I designed and I deployed on a medium ISP provider, internet service provider, so I used this at my core network and the access network. It was working as a distribution switch. I used it as my gateway switch, as my distribution switch, and in access level, and BGP switch, and with the router and everything - a full NSP network.

    What is most valuable?

    It is user-friendly, reliable, and cheap, affordable. They're very well suited for small and medium businesses. Here in Tanzania, in some cases, even some large enterprises are using MikroTik due to the fact that they provide many features at zero cost.

    The initial setup is easy.

    What needs improvement?

    It happens that you may find your network is down, if you reboot the switch, they come up. However, sometimes, they reset themselves. That's a big issue. You may find that it's corrupted - the configurations and everything - the switch is corrupted. If you don't have a backup configuration, you have to start up fresh. They have that issue. In terms of router 1036, I've changed more than two times. I'm not sure of if it is a manufacturing issue or something. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for more than five years now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. If they eliminate the freezing issues and device grabbing, then they are very good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. 

    In my company, everybody uses this product - about 100 people. We use MikroTik only from the routers to wireless devices. For router switches, we use MikroTik, and we are getting a lot of requests to supply MikroTik to other companies. Even big companies, they're using them at the last mile. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I used technical support. I had a question and I wrote them via email and they supported me. They were very fast.

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

    I'm also familiar with Cisco which I used at another company.

    Cisco is a little bit expensive to acquire. With MikroTik, came with the same solution and you can use so many features. In MikroTik, you can use maybe two routers or one router to cover all your requirements, which you can also do on Cisco. This product is also cheaper than Cisco.

    Cisco has a lot of complications even with the configurations. On the price issues or even support issues, you may need to have so many routers when using Cisco for a simple solution. If you can use only one switch to clear your solution, why don't you use MikroTik? You don't have to use Cisco to have more than one switch to solve your problem.

    How was the initial setup?

    The implementation process is very easy. I started using Cisco before MikroTik, and I didn't even know if there is MikroTik in their world. The day I met with MikroTik since I had the experience on Cisco, what I did, was just transform what I can do in Cisco and make it work in MikroTik. I started working with them without being taught by anyone thanks to that Cisco experience. I mastered them easily. When it came to having some certifications, I had hands-on experience at MikroTik.

    The deployment did take a day or two. However, it depends on the network you want to deploy. If it's big, huge, then you have to take mostly two days. There are very simple configurations that take less time. It's very easy to configure.

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

    The solution is extremely affordable. The product is not more than $500. Cisco routers, in comparison, can be $1,000 or more. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm an end-user.

    While I'm using Cloud Core 1036-12G-4S, I've used other versions as well. 

    I would advise users to use MikroTik.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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    Naeem Arshad - PeerSpot reviewer
    Assistant Manager IT at NordicEd
    Real User
    Great failover capabilities, good pricing, and reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "The initial setup is easy."
    • "The bulk efficiencies and the control of traffic could be a bit better."

    What is our primary use case?

    The purpose is basically to work in a somewhat different environment. We are using it for the failover and the load balancing and to control the traffic.

    What is most valuable?

    The web availability is great. The failover is excellent.

    The stability is good.

    The solution is reasonably priced.

    What needs improvement?

    The bulk efficiencies and the control of traffic could be a bit better. There are many servers on the firewall we have to be aware of.

    We’d like the cloud router to have an MPLS and to make sure all the latest protocols are available on the newest routers. They need to have more facility for cloud servers and local environments.

    There are hardware limitations that you just don’t have to deal with if you go with a solution like Cisco.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I’ve been using the solution for approximately seven years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    MikroTik is the most stable device. It’s easy to configure. It’s not difficult like other firewalls and other routers. There are no bugs or glitches. It’s reliable and the performance is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have 340 people using it in our organization.

    How are customer service and support?

    We never used technical support and therefore I can't speak to how their services are. I have enough knowledge myself to be able to design everything.

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

    I also am familiar with Cisco.

    We chose this product as it fits our requirements and we have a different type of environment. We are using the small MikroTik Router for our branches. On the branch side, we have multiple VLANs. We have to configure multiple environments like the video and the data. It is easy to configure and easy to manage the device. We do not require additional hardware the way we would with Cisco. If you have a Cisco router, you can configure the ports, and, after that, you have to put in some Cisco switches and you have to configure the VLANs and so on. The MikroTik solution is an independent solution and with each port, we can configure it according to your requirements.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy. It's not difficult. First I make a map, and office menu, and then I design everything] according to the network, according to the requirements.

    The deployment took approximately one to two days maximum. Obviously, it would depend on the requirements of an organization.

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

    The solution is less than Cisco. In Pakistan, if you buy this cloud router, it's approximately $700 for the device.

    The best advantage of this device is the one-time lifetime licensing. On other solutions, you need to keep paying.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a customer, not a partner.

    I’m not sure which version we’re using. We're using the cloud base. It's an IP cloud, a MikroTik IP Cloud.

    I’d advise new users to create a map of the environment before the configuration. They have to design the map and then they have to configure everything. They need to also choose their router according to their unique requirements. If they have the heavy requirements, they must have to use a better model. If you have a net requirement, a small setup, you have to buy the smaller routers.

    I’d rate the solution seven out of ten based on the hardware limitations on offer.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    KurhulaMaluleka - PeerSpot reviewer
    Managing Director at Behold IT
    Real User
    Top 5
    Offers good performance and an easy setup but needs security improvements
    Pros and Cons
    • "The performance has been good."
    • "The solution does not yet offer a SaaS version."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're doing our IP assigning through all the IP ranges on our segment, through MikroTik.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution works very well for us. 

    The performance has been good and it's been stable for now. 

    To some degree, the solution can scale. 

    The initial setup was straightforward. 

    What needs improvement?

    The security will always be a priority for our network infrastructure. Right now, we're not using VLAN and we want to use VLAN, so it's more of a physical LAN network and we want to move towards VLAN and have a layer three VLAN network systems and use proper switches to give us the security that we need. And also, obviously, we want to open our network in a more centralized way. We hope the solution will be able to help with this in the future. 

    The solution does not yet offer a SaaS version.

    Technical support could be better.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've used the solution for a while. We've likely used it for seven years or so. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. It offers good performance. There are no bugs or glitches. it doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable for us overall. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Obviously, it has to be scalable to some degree, however, there's going to be a ceiling as, in a place where most of the employees are now working from home, or the hybrid environment that we're supplying, it should be more scalable to some degree. In terms of what we need and what we see, if we can purchase this as a platform as a service going forward, it would be great as it would allow us to scale to those off-site.

    We have just over 200 staff on the solution currently. I'm not sure if we have a plan to increase usage in the future.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support needs to be faster and more and more knowledgeable. Overall, they just need to be a bit better. 

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

    We also deal with NETGEAR. I've also used Lynksys in the past.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It's not overly complex. I cannot recall, however, how long it took to implement. 

    We have about five people on staff that can handle any maintenance that may be required. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We handled the implementation with the help of some third parties. We used some internet service providers, for example. 

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

    When we got the product, we didn't have any subscription except for a firewall, which we paid three years in advance. In terms of the MikroTik itself, however, there aren't any subscriptions that we have to pay. We paid for these outright. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I've been quite happy with this solution and therefore have not looked into other options.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are basically an end-user of the solution.

    I'd cautiously recommend the solution to others. It's not intelligent, however, it does work. I'd rate it at a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Reviewer1124ty6 - PeerSpot reviewer
    Project Manager at MULTILINK COMPUTERS PVT LTD
    Real User
    Top 5
    Advanced and robust OSS that gives you flexibility with routing
    Pros and Cons
    • "The beauty of MikroTik is that you have flexibility with the routing parts."
    • "The port isolation and VLAN need to be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

    This solution has been used for government projects like health management information systems and for the Wi-Fi segment. 

    We are using different models of this solution because we are a distributor in India. We're using VPS, the 24 board, 48 board, PoE, and non-PoE.

    The solution is deployed on-premises.

    What is most valuable?

    The beauty of MikroTik is that you have flexibility with the routing parts. The price is also very competitive.

    What needs improvement?

    The port isolation and VLAN need to be improved. The switch configuration needs to be simplified. There are lots of tutorials available, and we're still doing it in a very simple way. There needs to be documentation.

    Something that could be added is a stacking feature in MikroTik.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have used this solution for five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I would rate the stability a 9 out of 10.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is quite scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support will solve issues within 24 hours. 

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

    Juniper's hardware is pretty good, and the life of the product is very long. It has an eight year lifespan. MikroTik has a three to five year maximum lifespan.

    Juniper also has scalability stacking of all the features. The larger companies, particularly Airtel and Reliance, are also using it. It's not a basic thing because the price point market is there in India. So, Juniper will not go to the lower segment of the market but is still in the highest segment of ISPs and big telcos.

    How was the initial setup?

    Deployment takes a maximum of 30 minutes. There is no need for maintenance after the solution is deployed.

    We install this solution for our customers, both onsite and offsite.

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

    The price is competitive. The MikroTik distributor will give the license. Distributors offer a variety of service and support. In Juniper, there is a warranty pack and a support pack, which involves directly communicating with the OEM for this. They are charging extra, but they're still okay. If the customer wants a service and is ready to pay, they are going to get a good result.

    MikroTik doesn't give the same result.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 9 out of 10.

    If the price point of the market is there, MikroTik is the best. I think the Cloud Router Switches are most suitable for mid-segment companies and not large telcos. Their OSS is advanced and robust.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Some great features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power
    Pros and Cons
    • "Some of the most valuable features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power. As a package, it's extremely effective."
    • "Stuff that I'd like to be improved is really just training and documentation because I think the feature set is full. Another improvement I'd suggest is that their new, bigger releases should be a bit more stable."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use cases of MikroTik Cloud Router Switches are wide area networks, data center applications, and edge routers. 

    What is most valuable?

    Some of the most valuable features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power. As a package, it's extremely effective. 

    What needs improvement?

    Stuff that I'd like to be improved is really just training and documentation because I think the feature set is full. Another improvement I'd suggest is that their new, bigger releases should be a bit more stable. 

    As far as additional features, this solution is quite fully featured already, so for our use cases, we're completely fine. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I think that this solution is scalable, but my company is not very big. I'm sure if you ask Microsoft, they might have a different opinion. 

    This is the main platform in our organization, so we use it to supply all our users and clients. 

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

    Before using MikroTik, we used a lot of Cisco and HP solutions. I switched to MikroTik because it provided me a much better cost performance solution. It does everything that the HPs and Ciscos do, but at a fraction of the cost, and it doesn't relapse. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation process is straightforward. Right out of the box, they work. You put a couple of IP addresses on them and they're working. The initial setup time varies on the use case, so it depends on what you or your customers want and how you tailor it. 

    I am an engineer, so I can install this solution myself. We have a team of five engineers. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented this solution through an in-house team. 

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

    They came with the licensing when we purchased them. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate MikroTik Cloud Router Switch a nine out of ten. 

    I would recommend this solution to others. To those considering implementation, the advice I can give is that I think this is an excellent solution for small- to medium-sized, mid-range companies. It's easy to learn, easy to utilize, and there's a wealth of knowledge available on these to support them. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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    Director at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Useful in managing core routers and client-side routing to the internet
    Pros and Cons
    • "It's a well-rounded solution for routing."
    • "The initial setup is complex."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case for this solution is managing core routers for our ISP business and client-side routing to the internet. We deploy the solution via DCs and on-premises.

    What is most valuable?

    We value the solution's price, and it can do almost anything you need regarding routing. So it's a well-rounded solution for routing, especially for network routing.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution can be improved by getting the OS to work with Hyper-thread so that it uses all the CPUs and one application doesn't sit on one CPU but is managed by multiple CPUs.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using the solution for fifteen years and are currently using version OS 7.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the solution is good. I rate it an eight out of ten.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is good except if you are using version OS 6. However, once you begin to use version OS 7, it only uses some of the processes at a time. It doesn't thread the things but instead uses them one at a time, which is a hold-back for that product. I rate the scalability a six out of ten.

    How are customer service and support?

    We have not had experience with customer service and support. Still, from what I know, it may be nonexistent because of the documentation and training videos, along with a lot of information on the web on how to use it. Some people had issues with it and mailed the technical support team but never heard back.

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

    We previously used Linux firewalls.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is complex, but it's not that complicated once you get used to it.

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented the solution in-house with one technical staff.

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

    We don't have any licensing costs with MikroTik Cloud Router Switch because it is straight off the shelf, and licensing is included in the purchase price.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate the solution an eight out of ten. The solution can be improved by including Hyper-threading in the next release.

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    Solutions architect at NetSys
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    User access management is very good, but the log management software should be improved

    What is our primary use case?

    This solution is deployed on a private cloud.

    What is most valuable?

    The interface management and the user access management is pretty good.

    What needs improvement?

    The packet filtering, user log data, and user access log could all be improved.

    The access log is not readable. It's supposed to be readable by using third party softwares and applications using a weblog, but I would prefer that MikroTik  improve their own log management software.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for about two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's stable, but some features could be improved.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is fine. It covers many areas.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is not very good. It isn't comprehensive. You have to find solutions to issues by searching the internet and discussion forums. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 7 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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