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Attribute Ratings

  • MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Cisco Small Business RV Series

69%
9 Ratings
9.1

MikroTik Routers and Switches

91%
6 Ratings

Usability

Cisco Small Business RV Series

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

MikroTik Routers and Switches

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Small Business RV Series

77%
2 Ratings
8.9

MikroTik Routers and Switches

89%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

It's best suited for small offices 10-25 users. Any more and its best to move away to a more higher tier. It will be less appropriate for a mid level company with a large staff. It's best for a small business with a limited budget and less strenuous security functionality.
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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

  • Cisco Small Business RV Series is aimed for SMB use cases
  • Simple setting and easy deployment
  • Can be integrated with Cisco security on cloud such as Umbrella
  • Provides advanced security features with license
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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

  • Wireless is slower than a dedicated wireless module.
  • Some of the lower-end Cisco RV models can't handle high traffic load.
  • GUI interface is really slow sometimes.
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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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Pricing Details

Cisco Small Business RV Series

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Small Business RV Series editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    MikroTik Routers and Switches

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    MikroTik Routers and Switches editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      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

      The features are good. The support is good. The resources to deploy, manage, and operate it are good. Customer's feedback and testimonials are good. The updates in terms of zero day vulnerabilities are good and timely. But, I still give an 8 out of 10 because I think the pricing, licensing, and GUI can be improved more.
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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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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Cisco's power really stems from its brand reputation and honestly not much else. No one ever got fired for deploying Cisco, and that's why it stands out. The Cisco Small Business RV Series is no exception there; the unit is built well and does the job. However, much more powerful alternatives for routers are out there—the biggest competitor being Ubiquiti. The UniFi routers are significantly more powerful in all regards, including routing speed, IPS/IDS speeds, and VPN functionality. Support for those is admittedly rather lackluster though, so if your network is critical, you are effectively self-insuring your equipment. For some that may be fine, but for others, that risk of extended downtime is just not worth it.
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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

      • Remote sales staff easily make use of the included VPN
      • Wireless access is built in and convenient
      • The form factor contributes no noise and negligible heat to our data closet
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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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