Our Experience with MikroTik RouterOS
November 09, 2020

Our Experience with MikroTik RouterOS

Alex Anwar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MikroTik Routers and Switches

Initally, we used it as experimental solution during R&D process. It turned out that the R&D was a big success, and we implemented it widely to our clients as part of our solution. Today, the solution has been evolved into a fully cloud managed suite. It adds many enhancement and function which not available natively on MikroTik RouterOS. We also use it on our production and back end system also. It is affordable, easy to deploy (although it's difficult for beginner engineer) and powerful.
  • 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.
  • Hardware, current ARM based hardware turned out having stability issue. Uncommanded reboot and hang/lock-up occured sometimes.
  • Wi-Fi algorithm, in some cases the wireless module has performance issue.
  • New function that needed by today standard like secure DNS, improved VPN support like WireGuard, etc.
  • Add more function on the script to easy the management and maintenance, like ability to invoce wireless snooper from script.
  • Affordable, this really save budget a lot.
  • Long lasting hardware, hardly no issue with the hardware even in 5 years in service.
  • Flexible scripting enables more value added service can be offered.
  • Mediocre Wi-Fi performance compared to competitors. For most scenario it's enough but for complex high-density scenario, it quite suffers.
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 such as RTLS for example.
TP-Link usually be used as alternative if the client opted even more lower budget, usually for switch only.
For router, we always use MikroTik RouterOS devices.
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.
Usually we are self support and we also support other users unless hardware issues. Hardware support from the principal manufacturer in Latvia is quite hard, but local distributor support is excellent. In my opinion, the distributors and partners give better support than the principal manufacturer.

Do you think MikroTik Routers and Switches delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with MikroTik Routers and Switches's feature set?

Yes

Did MikroTik Routers and Switches live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of MikroTik Routers and Switches go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy MikroTik Routers and Switches again?

Yes

Usually clients asking for affordable but powerful yet stable solution. While many brands with required functions are way beyond the client's budget, MikroTik easily fit the budget. Hardware endurance also top notch, hardly to have issue on the hardware event after 5 years in service.
Some client's requirement requires ciomplex scenario and setup that may required to use scripting. So far no competitor can perform this with ease else than deploying native Linux server as router. MikroTik RouterOS gave some flexibility on scripting so it can perform complex and unusual function withe easy.

Using MikroTik Routers and Switches

ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Scripting, it's one of unbeatable features.
  • Flexible, may way to configure to cater the scenario (although it may not be the best practice but it works).
  • Affordable, easy to sell because the price is right.
  • Wi-Fi performance, quite difficult to tweak.
  • Stability issues on some ARM-based hardware.
Yes - Quite powerful since all the function available there, but the interface is quite hassle. This may be subjective since we are get used to WinBox, which provides multiple windows interface so making the configuration and maintenance very easy.