MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MikroTik Routers and Switches
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.N/A
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Ubiquiti Networks in San Jose provides their UniFi wi-fi hotspot technology.N/A
Pricing
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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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Considered Both Products
MikroTik Routers and Switches
Chose MikroTik Routers and Switches
UBNT has more stable Wi-Fi, but the price is higher and not so flexible so it cannot be "tweaked" beyond intended use.
Also Ruijie Network can perform better on high density Wi-Fi scenario with comparable price, but still it lack flexibility to be tweaked beyond factory intended …
Chose MikroTik Routers and Switches
I used Cisco routers 2900 series, TPlink routers and switches, Planet routers, Draytek routers, Ubiqity routers, Pentagram routers and modems.
Mikrotik is more flexible per cost. It has more functions.
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

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Highlights

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MikroTik Routers and Switches and Ubiquiti Networks Unifi are vendors of network hardware and software. Both offer routers, switches, hotspot devices, and management software to manage and control the network. In general, MikroTik offers more granular flexibility at the cost of usability, while Ubiquiti offers a smoother, albeit more rigid, user experience. Users of both vendors are used primarily from small and mid-sized businesses, likely because both vendors offer a lower price point and fewer enterprise-level network features than some of their competitors.

Features

Although both MikroTik Routers and Switches and Ubiquiti Networks Unifi offer products and features to set up and manage networks, they distinguish themselves from each other in unique ways.

MikroTik Routers and Switches has a reputation for granular flexibility and customizability. Administrators can modify configuration on the packet level and specifically allocate bandwidth to areas that see more traffic. Script-based management and administration allows for automation of routine or repetitive tasks. The underlying MikroTik RouterOS operating system is the same across all hardware models, allowing potential customers to test their configurations and deployment on cheaper equipment before committing to more expensive hardware. Affordable pricing and a simple, straightforward licensing system help make MikroTik a popular choice for hands-on customers.

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi distinguishes itself with a powerful, modern dashboard that provides centralized management for entire networks. It includes detailed statistics on network topology, device statistics, and client details. Their customers report solid, reliable Wi-Fi performance from Ubiquiti hardware, especially in mesh and high-density Wi-Fi configurations. Remote management tools allow administrators to deploy new networks and configurations without being onsite.

Limitations

MikroTik Routers and Switches and Ubiquiti Networks Unifi are both capable vendors with reliable products, but they also have limitations that are important to consider before committing to either one as a networking solution.

Customers of MikroTik Routers and Switches report occasional stability and performance issues, especially in complex, high-density Wi-Fi scenarios. Some administrators wished for more quality-of-life features from the script-based management and maintenance tools, or reported that the administrative dashboard left something to be desired. Configuring MikroTik RouterOS can be a daunting task, requiring a lot of domain expertise to set up properly. Finally, a lack of official support and limited community support left some customers without assistance when they encountered problems.

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi, while generally affordable, is still pricier than MikroTik’s solutions. Their system offers fewer flexibility and customizability options. Some users wished for more details on the central dashboard, like VPN usage statistics or more granular details on network anomalies. Others found Ubiquiti’s hardware offerings under-powered and lacking in desired security features, with fewer overall hardware options compared to their pricier competitors.

Pricing

The cost of deploying a wireless network will vary greatly depending on configuration and hardware requirements. Both MikroTik Routers and Switches and Ubiquiti Networks Unifi offer a wide array of hardware that ranges from under $40 to over $3,000. Detailed pricing for individual hardware units is available from the respective vendors.

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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 8.4 out of 10

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Enterprises
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User Ratings
MikroTik Routers and SwitchesUbiquiti Networks UniFi
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(6 ratings)
8.6
(38 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
9.5
(2 ratings)
6.9
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
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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Ubiquiti Networks
In the past few months we purchased thousands of dollars in brand new networking equipment from Ubiquiti. IT DOES NOT WORK CORRECTLY We bought 2 sets of hardware. 1 for home office and 1 for work. They both have the same issue (internet stops working). We have emailed literally dozens of times with customer service and they have not been able to resolve the issue. We have requested escalation to more trained technicians and have asked them to log into our system to assess. None of this has happened and our internet continues to intermittently work.
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Pros
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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Ubiquiti Networks
  • AP's are very affordable.
  • Most of the AP's are highly reliable and can be used indoors or in covered outdoor spaces.
  • Outdoor Mesh AP's with an external directional antenna can effectively cover outdoor spaces with dual band wifi better than much more expensive APs.
  • Unifi Protect via the Cloud Key Gen2+ is probably the slickest, most affordable IP camera system on the market right now.
  • Unifi controller is powerful yet simple to administrate.
  • Remote management of entire networks through a single pane of glass is easy to accomplish with the Unifi controller.
  • Cloud Key Gen2 solves problems with the first Cloud Key wiht a built-in battery backup.
  • When you are "full stack" Unifi with wifi, network switches and gateways, the control you can wield over a network in just a few clicks and the amount of data you can glean from a quick glance in the controller is incredibly impressive. It makes an IT guy wish every product/service could be so tightly and well-integrated.
  • Community support is excellent, Unifi staff monitors their official forums and responds to almost every thread.
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Cons
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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Ubiquiti Networks
  • VLANs: They can make these work more smoothly. Setup can be more intuitive.
  • Cloud Key: These need to be stabilized; they lose their programming a little too easily.
  • Stop selling the Gen-1 cloud key: No battery means you need an external power source or you must be onsite to power it off before updating.
  • Portal can be modernized.
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Usability
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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Ubiquiti Networks
UniFi's system is intuitive in how options are placed and explained throughout the interface. What is not directly explainable within the interface, Ubiquiti does provide several knowledgebase documents explaining best practices and methods of troubleshooting when things don't go exactly right. We've been using them for over three years, and the benefits vastly outweigh any negatives we could come up with on the equipment and system.
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Support Rating
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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Ubiquiti Networks
Support tickets can be proactively created within the dashboard with full detailed documentation. The Ubiquiti website provides detailed documentation on support. Forum and user groups also provide the interested community with information that covers all aspects of issues or questions users can encounter with the latest and most updated information.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Ubiquiti Networks
Ubiquiti is overall easier to work with. There is no special training needed to accomplish many of the things required with a Cisco product. Since my time is stretched thin, I need something that I can manage without being weighed down by command-line communications. Also, I am able to use my wireless devices to maintain every Ubiquiti device on my network.
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Return on Investment
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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Ubiquiti Networks
  • The access points and switch were extremely affordable and we've had minimal downtime over the life of the products.
  • The switch was in our main rack and there was a bug in the firmware that would reboot the switch if you made a change to one of the switch ports (that was not in use at the time). This caused our entire organization to have a network outage, in the middle of the day. Fortunately we didn't have any customer refunds to issue. We've had to purchase different switches for the main racks, and place the UniFi switch in a better suited place.
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