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Pros
"Tech support has always been good.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are great devices.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""Cisco Ethernet Switches are stable.""Cisco Ethernet Switches have great enterprise features like Cisco DNA Assurance. Cisco DNA Assurance features advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning. Cisco AI Network Analytics, a capability within Cisco DNA Assurance, allows easy management of all devices and services, prioritizes and resolves network issues, and ensures a better user experience across the network.""I know this solution for many years. I know the GUI and commands, and they are useful for me. I have all the functions that I want.""The most valuable features of this solution are the auto-complete functionality and the end-to-end functionalities such as routing with the channel.""I have found the solution to have good scalability. Cisco is the pioneers on switching technology, they are very good."

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"The most valuable feature is its bandwidth management ability.""We've enjoyed the fact that it has very good performance.""The stability is good.""It's very user-friendly.""The solution offers very good multi-routing.""They have amazing speed and reliability, and they also provide value for money. They are pretty powerful.""MikroTik Routers and Switches are stable""The most valuable feature is the ease of use."

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Cons
"Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""If Cisco Ethernet Switches can work both on-prem and in the cloud, it would be an advantage.""It would be nice if they had higher wattage for PoE+.""Its management should be improved.""Cisco can improve its stability for the BGP protocol. It is not stable while recalculating the BGP table. Its price should also be improved. It is very expensive.""The NX-API REST is not very good and should be improved.""The solution really should offer better pricing. It would help them stay competitive.""I would like for the solution to have more more security features and be more user-friendly."

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"Better security is always better. If they can continue to improve in this area, that would be ideal.""They need to create a license for IBS. I have a lot of clients that have spam on their networks.""The initial setup can be a bit difficult. The configuration can take a lot of time.""Troubleshooting can be complex.""This product could offer better integration with VPNs.""MikroTik does not have a wireless solution. If they created a high-performance wireless solution we would deploy it in our infrastructure.""The solution needs to offer better documentation.""There needs to be better support for this solution in India. We have no local support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The last time I bought a 24-port switch, which was a while ago, I paid about five or six thousand Euros. In this part of the world, that's quite expensive for us."
  • "These switches are expensive, but they are an excellent buy and definitely have value for the investment."
  • "We are happy with the pricing from Cisco."
  • "The price is a bit on the high side."
  • "Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models."
  • "Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing."
  • "The price is on the higher side."
  • "In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side."
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  • "This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors."
  • "There are not any external or hidden costs."
  • "The price-performance is great."
  • "MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal."
  • "The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
  • "Pricing is not an issue."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable and is one of the main selling points for MikroTik devices."
  • "When you buy a license, it is for life and you don't need to buy another one every year."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
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    We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
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    Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They also have a very good, long lifespan. We feel the command configuration is very… more »
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    Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to reconfigure an AP or… more »
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    I have found one of the most valuable features to be the hotspot network.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
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    Overview
    Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
    The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.
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    Sample Customers
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    ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm9%
    University9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Maritime Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider51%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Media Company4%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 60 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 23 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Mellanox Switches, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and NETGEAR Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.

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