2019-05-15T17:25:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with MikroTik Routers and Switches?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with MikroTik Routers and Switches.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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21 Answers
RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-05-22T18:17:28Z
May 22, 2021

They need to create a license for IBS. I have a lot of clients that have spam on their networks. We need to purchase a firewall inside of this solution in order to make their networks secure from spam and to protect the blocking of wanted public IDs that are put in it. Additionally, there is an antivirus needed. In the next release, there could be an improved user interface.

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Hermann Medrano - PeerSpot reviewer
Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-27T13:42:24Z
Apr 27, 2021

Technical support could be better. They don't have good support like Cisco. It can also be more stable and scalable.

Orlando Silva - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at Truenet
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-03T16:22:31Z
Feb 3, 2021

The Soft-GRE support needs to be improved. To use this product, people must have some network knowledge and a little bit of training on the MikroTik devices. The payment conditions from the manufacture need to be improved. Nobody wants to pay immediately, especially for large companies like ISPs and big corporations.

AA
IT Manager at Yayasan Darul Quran Mulia
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-26T18:56:09Z
Jan 26, 2021

The overall performance could be improved. The CPU load is too high. This causes the Internet to lag. MikroTik should be open source.

Udochi Ododo - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager, Technical Planning and Solutions Design at Galaxy Backbone Ltd
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-11T13:34:12Z
Jan 11, 2021

The routers that this vendor makes are quite small and I think that they should make their products such that they conform to what the industry is used to. Not that it matters from a technical perspective, but often, customers see the size of the router and they think that it is used for a small environment because of its size. They look at the router and because it doesn't look like the Huawei or Cisco models, they think that it is underpowered because of the size. If they changed the external look and feel of the products to match what the enterprise environment is used to, then it would be good. Again, in no way does it affect the performance. Rather, it's just the perception. They should improve technical support and make direct access available to the customers.

DS
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-12-16T19:00:24Z
Dec 16, 2020

This solution is good, but my network is growing and it is no longer sufficient for us. We are considering a Hybrid model or we will replace MikroTik with another good OEM, such as Cisco, or Juniper. There are limitations to how many users you have simultaneously. It's a max of 300 users.

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RF
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-12-02T13:21:09Z
Dec 2, 2020

It would be very good if these products are accessible via different kinds of shells and GUI. It will make these solutions very usable.

ZV
Engineer in Computer Sciences at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
2020-11-05T11:17:53Z
Nov 5, 2020

Next year, we are planning to buy a hardware firewall from Sophos. The firewall and the VPN features in MikroTik are a little bit hard to set and are not user-friendly in terms of configuring those features. The protection of the web servers, VPN, and spam mail management, will be better in the Sophos model which we want to buy. We'll still use MikroTik for routing between our objects, however, for the main firewall features and VPN features, we want to use something more specific for this job. There's a new VPN protocol called WireGuard. It's very good to implement MikroTik in the router as firmware. It is more configurable, with WireGuard. It's very practical.

RT
Chief Solutions Architect at Tech2go Strategic IT Solutions
Real User
2020-09-16T08:18:27Z
Sep 16, 2020

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.

GM
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-09-03T07:49:00Z
Sep 3, 2020

The batch management could be improved.

BW
Information Technology Manager at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-08-27T10:31:45Z
Aug 27, 2020

My first impressions of the MikroTik router I have are that it is old and slow. I would like to see a higher throughput in the switch. The throughput speeds are killing us. Our VPN speeds are not up to par. MikroTik may make some routers and switches that do have higher throughput, but the models that we are using are not in that group of products. The security itself is lacking. For instance, most later model routers have web filtering so we can filter out websites and types. I would like to just be able to go in and say that I want to block out porn sites, or I want to block out hate speech — whatever the case may be. I would like to do that and get it done in an expeditious manner and have it work as expected. There is nothing like that type of simplicity and functionality in this router. So, the two main things that I look for in a router — speed and filtering by classification — are two things that I did not see. It is working, so I kind of leave it alone for right now because I do not really have the time to figure out what is making it work at all. I do know that the interface is very archaic-looking. It does not seem like the ease-of-use was a major concern in the development of the product. It is not very good in the area of user-friendly. Another problem that I do not like about the MikroTik routers is that I have to use a specific program called Winbox to access it and configure it. I should not be limited to accessing the configuration using just one tool.

PB
Network Security Engineer at a outsourcing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-02-13T07:50:56Z
Feb 13, 2020

The manageability of the web-based UI needs to be improved. I still prefer to use the Winbox application. It would be great if they included some next-generation features in the future.

Mahmood Shah - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions architect at NetSys
Real User
2020-02-13T07:50:55Z
Feb 13, 2020

The MikroTik weblog, web user log, was supposed to be remotely accessible. However, it was not as good as I had wanted it to be. I found its functionality disappointing. There's no proper interface. They show only IPs but not the DNS address or complete address. It only shows the IP addresses. Also, they only show real-time data and not the history of the user's log address. We would like to see a history on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The solution needs to improve its security firewalls and mirror that of, for example, Sophos, or FortiGate. The solution needs to focus on UTM in its devices.

TS
IT Systems Engineer at Mozolo Technologies
Reseller
2020-01-29T11:22:34Z
Jan 29, 2020

We've had difficulties allocating different hubs with different IPs. At times, some users use it on one range and can access computers on another range. We thought isolation would help, but it hasn't. When you assign IP addresses to ports, people can still access those ports, and that's really frustrating. The solution doesn't offer very good documentation. When we had questions around isolation and allocating different hubs and IPs, we couldn't find any verifiable answers. The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information.

MartynasLaugalys - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Expert at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-12-23T07:05:00Z
Dec 23, 2019

The biggest thing that needs improvement is the support. There are lots of bugs but you can find workarounds for these. However, without support for professional use, you don't know when it fails and why it fails. You have to troubleshoot on your own.

NikitaMoroz - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
Real User
2019-12-09T10:58:00Z
Dec 9, 2019

I would like to see a cluster feature added, where multiple devices can be configured and managed as one. One is in a standby state while the other is active, and if one fails then the other takes over. The stability can be improved.

GF
Technical Support Engineer at Point PC
Real User
2019-10-28T06:34:00Z
Oct 28, 2019

In the Israeli market, we are in need of Hebrew support. We would like a Hebrew GUI or something that can translate it. We need this because when we remotely support end-users, they do not always speak English. Hebrew would be lovely. There are a lot of issues regarding the power supply. The interface for this solution is in need of a dashboard. Thinking about somebody who is in control of hundred of small routers, they need a way to manage all of them.

DP
NOC Manager/Network Administrator at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-22T04:42:00Z
Oct 22, 2019

Configuring load balancing requires a very ground-level configuration that is not easy for normal users. The user interface allows you to do a lot of things, but it is not user-friendly.

LS
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2019-10-21T17:16:00Z
Oct 21, 2019

The solution doesn't fit every need. There are lots of things you cannot do. There is no management and there is no controller in wireless. It's not a real whole network. You have to work them into other solutions. Mikrotik is mostly a standalone solution and you have to manage how it relates to other solutions, unlike Cisco, which is something that you can easily put into an ecosystem. They could improve their product if they set, for instance, a controller for wireless LAN. That would allow them to really have something more than an access point.

RV
Network Engineer at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2019-10-20T10:33:00Z
Oct 20, 2019

The queuing functionality needs improvement. The initial setup could be simplified.

EJ
Technology Manager at Klinic Community Health
Real User
2019-05-15T17:25:00Z
May 15, 2019

Wireless throughput has not kept up with the competition.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Dec 6, 2021
Why?
2 out of 3 answers
GG
Ingeniería de Preventa at TECNORED SA
Nov 22, 2021
Analyzing the two hardware, Mikrotik has the advantage of its anticipation.  He was one of the first to create a simple interface, making it more complex for those users who required more power to control their equipment.  Although UBNT has grown as a brand, its power is based on the unification of products and not a specific one. For me that simple reason, they make Mikrotik a rank higher than UBNT.
JE
Network Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 23, 2021
Each one has its pros and cons, I consider that mikrotik start with router and grows to switch and in the case of unifi start with Switch and grows to Router.in our case we use Mikrotik router with switch unifi . Mikrotik is very complete as a router/firewall and unifi has a friendly interface for switch configurations
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 22, 2021
Which are better and why?
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Nov 2, 2021
Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They also have a very good, long lifespan. We feel the command configuration is very intuitive and the command line interface is very simple to handle, at least for the tech-savvy crowd. Technical support is also very good. Cisco Enterprise routers can be very expensive. You do have to have some knowledge to configure, and that can be a dissatisfaction for some. A graphical interface would be helpful for those with less expertise and would make setup, scaling, and overall management easier. They could also integrate better with other products and solutions. Their Firewall and VPN options should be improved to stay more competitive with other products. MikroTik Routers and Switches are very good with multi-routing, multi-dwelling, multi-tenant units. Their bandwidth is amazing - we have experienced zero downtime. We found the solution to be very stable and flexible. They deliver the same performance as the top brands for a significantly lower price. The initial setup can be tricky. The user interface is a bit dated and the support could use improvement. They only warranty their product for one year, where others offer three, five, or more. This could be a concern for some. We feel that this product is not suited for high-end projects. Conclusion MikroTik offers a very usable stable product for smaller organizations that are not looking to grow exponentially quickly. They do not scale beyond 3 gigs of traffic. For a smaller organization, they would be a very good fit. Cisco is the go-to solution for larger organizations. They have the brand recognition that clients like They offer a solid product that they will stand behind, and it performs well. They can easily meet the needs of large enterprises and growing organizations.
GG
Ingeniería de Preventa at TECNORED SA
Nov 22, 2021
Mikrotik, as Cisco is not for everyone ... While this popular OS-based router, is simple, it is not for all applications. When one wants complex results, MK is useful. it is an assistant to ADMs who do not have much knowledge.  But not everything is simple or can be solved with a single team. The particularity of its Agile and intuitive interface makes MK lose in the middle to high segment.  Cisco has years of experience, one may or may not agree with its pricing and especially licensing policy, but its products are made to last, its IOS, is powerful in many areas.  One turns on a Cisco and if the initial configuration is optimal, it does not turn off that router anymore.  MK is a team that must be seen, controlling and above all optimizing. The reasons for choosing one and the other are simple, money, knowledge and, above all, projection.  Cisco can be planned and completed, but it is not for everyone. MK plans to buy and update the HW sooner or later. His continuous releases are tedious but necessary. Cisco in the Enterprise range is clearly superior, as is Juniper or Huawei.
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