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Question: Which are better - Ubiquiti UniFi switches or MikroTik routers and switches?
Answer: Each one has its pros and cons, I consider that mikrotik start with router and grows to switch and in the case of unifi start with Switch and grows to Router.in our case we use Mikrotik router with switch unifi . Mikrotik is very complete as a router/firewall and unifi has a friendly interface for switch configurations
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"The solution offers very good multi-routing.""The pricing is very reasonable. It's not too expensive.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is the combination of value for money. They're extremely cost effective, yet they provide you with an extensive feature set of things you can do across the board. Also, they're pretty reliable, as far as equipment goes.""This solution is easy to configure and it's very flexible.""They are stable.""I like MikroTik's GUI. It's completely handy and easy to handle because of its GUI. Despite other brands like Cisco urging me to switch, I didn't because they don't have a GUI. This is the most comfortable thing in my project that anyone can use easily. It's effortless to maintain MikroTik routers because both screens make it very easy in GUI mode. You can easily interact with your hardware.""It's very user-friendly.""We have not had any downtime with it. It has been a solid performer that way."

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"These switches are very simple to use and the GUI is very nice.""The user interface makes it simple to configure and manage.""Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are stable and support Layer 3. They come with a user-friendly interface. If you're not familiar with the command-line interface or you wouldn't like to configure it by using the command line, they have a user-friendly interface that you can use. They also have good documentation about how to use these switches.""This product is very reasonably priced.""I haven't found the cost of the solution to be too high.""Good price point and very simple to use.""Overall the solution functions very well.""The two most valuable features are the remote access user and the side-to-side connection."

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"The batch management could be improved.""The solution needs to offer better documentation.""They need to create a license for IBS. I have a lot of clients that have spam on their networks.""There needs to be better support for this solution in India. We have no local support.""The solution needs to improve its security firewalls and mirror that of, for example, Sophos, or FortiGate.""It would be very good if these products are accessible via different kinds of shells and GUI. It will make these solutions very usable.""Better security is always better. If they can continue to improve in this area, that would be ideal.""MikroTik does not have a wireless solution. If they created a high-performance wireless solution we would deploy it in our infrastructure."

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"The stability and installation could be improved.""It would be beneficial for us if Ubiquiti had a team of advanced data transportation specialists that we could get feedback from. We are not experts in data transportation, so having this sort of resource would be helpful for us.""The VPN technology in Ubiquiti products is really difficult for beginners who do not have the right skills.""There is currently an issue with supply of switches which needs to be sorted out.""In terms of improvement, sometimes we have bugs.""I would recommend changing the solution to a recognized one, such as Check Point or Fortinet.""I'd like there to be better reporting for the solution.""It would be helpful to have better visibility into exactly what is going on in the network."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Ubiquiti switches are quite affordable and you don't have to pay extra for support."
  • "I feel that the price of this solution is definitely reasonable compared to all of the others."
  • "The price is very low and a good approach for a smaller company, with 10 to 15 people."
  • "The price of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is really good. We have deployed a few Ubiquiti UniFi Switches in New Zealand, and they are a value for money. They are cheaper and stable, but if you have the budget, I would recommend Meraki switches."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The price of this product is cheap."
  • "The price of the solution is fair compared to others. However, it is expensive."
  • "The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarGabriel Guzman

    Analyzing the two hardware, Mikrotik has the advantage of its anticipation. 

    He was one of the first to create a simple interface, making it more complex for those users who required more power to control their equipment. 

    Although UBNT has grown as a brand, its power is based on the unification of products and not a specific one. For me that simple reason, they make Mikrotik a rank higher than UBNT.

    Questions from the Community
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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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    Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to… more »
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    The performance is good. They also have good prices.
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    The price is good, and it doesn't require additional licenses.
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    UniFi Switches
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    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.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are managed Gigabit switches (Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports) designed to meet all your network needs while delivering excellent performance. The switches’ excellent network performance is combined with fiber connectivity that includes two SFP ports and the ability to process traffic without putting packet loss at risk.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Are:

    • Easy to deploy
    • Simple to use
    • Affordable
    • Reliable and stable

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Output Modes:

    • PoE: Uses IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver up to 15.4W.
    • PoE+: Uses IEEE 802.3at standard to deliver up to 30W.
    • PoE++: Uses IEEE 802.3bt standard to deliver up to 60W.

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Support These Three Input Modes:

    • US-8 (PoE, PoE+)
    • USW-Flex (PoE, PoE+, PoE++)
    • USW-Flex Mini (PoE, PoE+)

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switches Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Reliable hardware
    • Alarm alerting system
    • Dual-band
    • PoE+ flexibility
    • Fiber connectivity
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Mesh networking
    • Secure management
    • High speed
    • Excellent dashboards
    • Reporting and detailed analytics
    • Multi-site management
    • Deep packet inspection

    Benefits of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches:

    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are silent because they are designed without a fan.
    • They help simplify your network infrastructure and cabling.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches offer 24 to 48 port switch versions to work with.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches provide redundant power if the internal power supply fails.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches include the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss.
    • Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are rated as affordable when compared with competitors.
    • Available with 24 or 48 RJ45 Gigabit ports
    • Configuration with Ubiquiti UniFi is easy; It's simple to configure or reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly.
    • By having a mobile app, Unifi makes it easy to check on sites and to configure APs individually if necessary.
    • With Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, you can operate your IP cameras and phones through a single network cable.

    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy says "The ability to deploy quickly and then having one central location for all the settings are its most valuable aspects."

    "The integration with the controller is one of the most valuable features of these switches. They are also very stable. For example, we have some equipment that we haven't touched for four years that is still reliable," says Doru I., Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies

    Murali S., Management Consultant at a consultancy, explains that “For the world where you have to balance traffic and traffic loads and bandwidth, their GUI makes it really easy because the switches, though they are enterprise grade level two or level three switches, the GUI is designed so that it's easy to set up VLANs where you need to control your traffic so that your phones don't break up and get choppy because of other people loading the network down too heavily."

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    Sample Customers
    ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Engineering Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Comms Service Provider51%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Media Company4%
    Manufacturing Company40%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Individual & Family Service10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise9%
    Small Business74%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
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    MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is ranked 6th in Ethernet Switches with 15 reviews. MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8, while Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of MikroTik Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubiquiti UniFi Switches writes "Deploys quickly, offers good stability, and has great feature sets". MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch, Juniper Enterprise Routers and Huawei Enterprise Routers, whereas Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Aruba Switches, Luxul Switches, Meraki MS Switches and Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches. See our MikroTik Routers and Switches vs. Ubiquiti UniFi Switches report.

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