Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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The Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) is a SD-WAN ready router.N/A
MikroTik Routers and Switches
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)MikroTik Routers and Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(24 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(2 ratings)
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Usability
9.9
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.3
(3 ratings)
9.5
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Implementation Rating
10.0
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User Testimonials
Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)MikroTik Routers and Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
- It is well suited for companies that have a big WAN environment, this devices can fit in there easily and have multiple provider circuits. - Well suited for private cloud environments where multi tenancy is required, - Device can be used as IPN/ISN device as it supports jumbo frames for an ACI multi-site/remote leaf deployment. - Device is well suited for branches that have their own DIA and MPLS circuits.
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Mikrotik
MikroTik is suited for large companies that require advanced distributions in terms of contracted bandwidth, and in the same way, allows a single device to specify filtering and firewall rules without acquiring an additional device. There is a range for small companies which is more economical and less robust, but in case it's not necessary, such a strict control over the data consumption of the company is not a feasible solution.
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Pros
Cisco
  • These routers are very good at performing 24x7! This is key to running an organization where employees are working 24x7.
  • The ZBFW feature works especially well to help lockdown and protect your network.
  • Having the ability to perform in-service upgrades is a key feature in keeping your network up at all times.
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Mikrotik
  • Affordable, it has more features compared to other brand at the same price.
  • Widely available, by today it's easy to obtained one, even online retailers sell it.
  • Highly customizable, you may write a powerful script to enhance the function.
  • Flexible, you can make different configuration approach based on you needs.
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Cons
Cisco
  • The ASR 1000 series routers can, as with most devices, improve with additional memory capacity and upgraded chip sets for faster processing.
  • There seems to be limitations on the number of routing sessions the smaller ASR devices can handle, which can be overcome with proper planning and placement within the network.
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Mikrotik
  • Some of the wiki articles have not been updated or are not accurate enough. We spent a couple of days trying to find an example of implementing a mobile IPSec client solution. But once this has been implemented, it has been solid (always worked). A bigger community would help, and I am finding it hard to find the time to contribute to these articles.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
The device without a doubts performs at the level required and expected, we can renew it and use it as we have been using it for years. The device can be used as DCI, IPN/ISN, or even private cloud for customer circuit handoff, it also supports IPSec properly. The device is well suited in multiple segments of the network.
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Mikrotik
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Usability
Cisco
All our modular contingency service exercises use this equipment, it allows us to perform this type of exercises very easily, in a controlled and effective way. It is used at least once a month for these types of events. It also allows configuration replication in computers that are under the same model.
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Mikrotik
Almost perfect, despite some issue that need to be addressed by the manufacturer. If this issue has been addressed, a full 10 mark will be given.
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Support Rating
Cisco
We have received training on the equipment, which has made us add more networks on our own, we provide first level support, we validate the publication of the equipment and we can satisfy the needs of our internal clients in terms of the prompt recovery of the affected services
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Mikrotik
There is no SOC, NOC, where you can contact to try to resolve any difficulties. The problems that these devices have are solved largely through the community, with workaround alternatives, or if the support team responds to a request, the response times are too high for the current needs of technological communications.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Implementation was as per design and all best practice configuration was followed.
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Mikrotik
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Before standardizing on the Cisco ASR 1000 we had explored the idea of using Juniper routers. Ultimately we felt the Cisco ASR 1000 was a better fit at the time. We have been very happy with this decision, but it might not be the right decision for everyone. It fit our environment and our needs very well, Juniper is also a very good choice.
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Mikrotik
Cisco Routers are one of the best in the market, however they are also very expensive and not suitable for a small deployment or any deployment which requires just a couple of routers. MikroTik on the other hand are less expensive and provides many features that you require for a small scale deployment. they fit in with the budget and do what you need them to.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • It is a healthy return on investment with planned packed size data. Average unicast latency is low and consistent with small and large packets (barring mid-sized).
  • Cisco devices last longer and also have a decent trade-in policy to recover some value when equipment is replaced.
  • Higher concurrent IPSec tunnels are offered, we tested for 1500+, fielding both encrypted and a mix of encrypted and cleartext traffic.
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Mikrotik
  • First of all it's cheaper than Cisco routers.
  • It has more functionality than Cisco routers that cost 4 times more.
  • It has a GUI. But it has CLI too.
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