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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Well suited for10G aggregation at network edge. Small managed networks such as school districts or distributed enterprise campus. Not well suited to RPHY aggregation at network core — queuing in NCS540 results in jitter and poor RPHY performance. Allow port license purchases in smaller units. Better support for SLA performance monitoring capabilities would allow use as a box for 10G aggregation for Carrier Ethernet NNI handoff.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

MikroTik Routers and Switches

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.
Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MikroTik Routers and Switches

  • 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.
Alex Anwar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • MPLS feature set on NCS520
  • Full support for RFC2544, Y.1564 across the product line
  • Greater clarity of the impact of smaller buffers on NCS540 when compared to other Qumran chipsets — some use cases like RPHY aggregation at network core are not a good fit.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

MikroTik Routers and Switches

  • Administration dashboard
  • BGP in Multiple Core
Tanner Moreno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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MikroTik Routers and Switches

MikroTik Routers and Switches 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Alex Anwar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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MikroTik Routers and Switches

MikroTik Routers and Switches 5.1
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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.
Tanner Moreno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Higher 10G port density on NCS540Availability of 25G/40G/100G provides greater flexibilityGood choice when full line rate is not neededGood choice when full capabilities of ASR9000 are not required
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

MikroTik Routers and Switches

I am managing lots of different networks for our customers, and the Sophos firewall has been causing me a lot of frustration lately. For every feature, there is another license you need to buy. Not as reliable as the MikroTik routers, too many updates or just service stops.Netgear is as inexpensive at MikroTik, but not reliable and not as performant.Cisco products are expensive compared to MikroTik, but as reliable.
Adrian Takacs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Relatively low cost access layer device.
  • Very cost effective means of getting 10G interfaces.
  • Some features available on other devices out of the box are more complex or absent on the NCS without licensing or assistance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MikroTik Routers and Switches

  • 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.
Marcin Chabowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

MikroTik Routers and Switches

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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