Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) series of routers are compact and designed for harsh environments. They are used to oversee a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) gateway tasks.N/A
MikroTik Routers and Switches
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.N/A
Pricing
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
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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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.6 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Performance
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
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Support Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Online Training
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)MikroTik Routers and Switches
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The [Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)] is great when we need to add a small new site in a very short time. Our previous experience with these units makes the roll-out of new sites quick and almost seamless. The 800 series excels in locations where we want to tunnel all traffic back to the core site. Split tunneling for "SD-WAN" type use is not as functional as in other products.
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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
  • Small factor
  • Low cost
  • Fast configuration
  • Switch port
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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
  • Most are single power supply
  • If they aren't a full 19" 1U device you have to purchase rack ears separately from the device
  • VPN tunneling can be a bit of a configuration challenge
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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
We are already looking at more purchases
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Mikrotik
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Usability
Cisco
My experience is that there is always something that proves to be just a bit tedious to get figured out but once you do it is easily duplicated
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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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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
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Mikrotik
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Performance
Cisco
Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
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Mikrotik
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Support Rating
Cisco
People have bad days and some things are deemed not critical enough to fix.
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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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Online Training
Cisco
My training was through a third party that had good knowledge but wasn't able to answer all of my questions.
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Mikrotik
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
The more you can plan in advance the easier the deployment will be.
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Mikrotik
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
The Meraki Z3 falls into roughly the same category as the 800 series and requires no daughter card for PoE. The Meraki MX are more expensive and require more infrastructure to support. The Meraki units also completely stop working when licensing is not renewed, and are more in the class of an SD-WAN product.
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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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Scalability
Cisco
Not every router can handle all situations and so you have to purchase the upgrade to do handle the new requirements.
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Mikrotik
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Investment in education
  • High price
  • Easy material
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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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