MikroTik - Pro Grade Routers for Your Home

Meet the router that network engineers buy for themselves

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For years, I have been using mainstream routers, like Asus, Netgear, TP-Link. They used to break down often, WI-FI was weak, their operating systems were clunky, bloated and with broken Engrish texts that were probably translated from Chinese by a trained monkey.

This was until I started working as systems engineer in a team that was focused on operating a large website. A couple of guys there used to work in large data centers, handling network equipment for thousands of servers. They knew their shit.

After getting fed up with my latest mainstream router (Netgear Nighthawk), which started getting stuck when I was downloading big files, and I had to reboot it multiple times per day just to get my internet connection working, I asked one of those guys for advice. The guy (who currently works as engineer for Uber), told without any hesitation: “get a MikroTik”. “A micro what now?”, I thought. Then I started researching, and got amazed.

I ended up buying this beast, for the same price as my Netgear, but with 8 times more network ports, and boy, does their RouterOS kick ass.

Just look at this screenshot below. No gimmicks, just configuration. MikroTik RouterOS

From that day, all my networking hardware is exclusively MikroTik, and I just cannot be happier.

Also, one important note about WI-FI. If you live in a small, single room apartment, then you can benefit from 5Ghz frequency, but it is terrible at penetrating walls and obstacles, so if you live in a house, stick with 2.4Ghz, and you will feel the difference in connection strength.

Mainstream routers love to promote how fast they are over 5Ghz, skipping the fact that this speed is only achieved in same room, and just walk to second floor and you’ll be crying because of packet loss.

Finally, here is the list of MikroTik products for your home.

Mikrotik CRS125-24G-1S-2HnD-IN, Cloud Router Gigabit Switch, Fully manageable Layer 3, 24x 10/100/1000, 1000mW Wireless

Mikrotik CRS125-24G-1S-2HnD-IN, Cloud Router Gigabit Switch, Fully manageable Layer 3, 24x 10/100/1000, 1000mW Wireless Mikrotik CRS125-24G-1S-2HnD-IN, Cloud Router Gigabit Switch, Fully manageable Layer 3, 24x 10/100/1000, 1000mW Wireless Mikrotik CRS125-24G-1S-2HnD-IN, Cloud Router Gigabit Switch, Fully manageable Layer 3, 24x 10/100/1000, 1000mW Wireless

4.2 out of 5 stars, 35 customer reviews

Price: $176.00

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4 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
October 25, 2014

Almost all I expected.

This is a great full featured product, but you get what you pay for. The switching fabric of this is maxed out on me with 2 devices at 120ish Mbps. My old router plus switch in the same test was 170ish but had more cores and faster cpu plus was a cisco switch.

On the plus side it uses much much less power than my old setup. My old one was around 300+ watts this is only 19.

I docked 1 star for the lower performance. On a side note, mine came constantly power cycling out of the box. Did a firmware update from 3.10 to 3.19 and went away. Then I updated RouterOS 6.6 to current.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 31, 2015

Out of the box it will act like any consumer router

Out of the box it will act like any consumer router. Configuration takes a little bit to get used to if you're not familiar, but the community and wiki make up for it. Only negative is that LAN DNS records via DHCP isn't supported out of box, but a simple script/cron job will fix that with a fast google.

4 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
October 1, 2015

Highly configurable switch, router, and wireless device

MikroTik products are not for the faint of heart or networking beginners. The operating system, RouterOS allows you to do things you cannot do with a standard home router. It supports IPv6 tunneling, VPN tunnels, VLAN tagging, SNMP monitoring, routing protocols such as OSPF and BGP. If you are looking for a device that can do it all, this is worth looking at.

In the tests that I have run, this device will forward packets at full line rate, full duplex gigabit between the ports, at layer 2. When routing between subnets, the throughput drops significantly. While not a big deal, it is something to keep in mind when configuring the network.

It is very nice to have the ability to do VPN, firewall filtering, wireless, and gigabit in a single device for less than $200.

MikroTik Cloud Router Switch CRS109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN

MikroTik Cloud Router Switch CRS109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN MikroTik Cloud Router Switch CRS109-8G-1S-2HnD-IN

4.2 out of 5 stars, 30 customer reviews

Price: $138.26

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
December 1, 2015

I am a big fan of Mikrotik routers because we ...

I am a big fan of Mikrotik routers because we use them extensively at work (1000+ units a years). Our distributor was out so I grabbed one from here. These devices perform at a professional level (not a home or small office junkie stuff from the Office Supply stores), and in the hands of a professional, they offer all sorts of features and diagnostic tools.

4 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
March 22, 2017

Mikrotik pro router for SOHO

The router was delivered on time, so thank you SIL MICRO. However as more people have already remarked, the LCD screen is not working well. In essence it is unusable. Having said that, I don't really use it anyway. But this seems like a production issue to me. I can return it, but I don't see the need.

The Router is definitively not a standard user router. It is complex and the manual and information is not entirely complete. This means that if you haven't used a router like this you will have to spend quite some time to learn all the intricacies of the device and OS.

Once you have it up and running it is a fast and efficient switch/router. With the logging features you are easily able to discover what is happening on your network(s) and verify the correct settings of the router. I already have found and solved networking issues because of it.

Always make sure to create a backup of the working configuration. It is easy to lock yourself out of the router.

4 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
February 1, 2016

Love mikrotik. got a bad lcd on mine

Do not buy these if you only have experience with consumer grade equipment like Linksys or netgear. You will be lost. If you're coming from pfsense, adtran, cisco (rack mount), Junos then you'll enjoy these for their price

We use these in the field by the hundreds. I really love the configuration options. This unit is perfect for home or small business use. I'd prefer rack mount but can't justify that many ports plus you lose the built in AP then. The only reason I give 4 stars is because the LCD was pressure damaged from install. It has a white glow coming fr the edges making it impossible to read. Granted, I could have probably easily swapped it hassle free, but being stock was limited I opted to replace the screen myself. (I do not recommended as you could easily damage the clips and ruin the shell holding the LCD if you brute force it). In reality you probably won't use the screen much if at all other than getting its initial IP.

Mikrotik Routerboard RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN Sfp Port plus 10 Port Ethernet

Mikrotik Routerboard RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN Sfp Port plus 10 Port Ethernet Mikrotik Routerboard RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN Sfp Port plus 10 Port Ethernet

4.4 out of 5 stars, 234 customer reviews

Price: $108.98

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
February 8, 2017

Great price and easy setup

So far have had no trouble with this switch at all. It was very easy to setup and have service through out my apt. I have to use it as hidden since we are not allowed a wireless router but the signal that is also broadcast does no interupt it at all. I have things connected both wired and wireless including a printer that I can even print from my iPhone and iPad. If you are looking for a switch for your home network this would be a good choice

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 21, 2017

802. 11b/g/n. Very programmable. Geared toward network-admins ...

802.11b/g/n. Very programmable. Geared toward network-admins and power-users, not end-users who just want a plug-n-play router. I would definitely buy it again, but my wish list would include 802.11ac and capability to replace external antennas with simple screw-on type.

4 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
September 9, 2017

So far so good

So far so good. I was impressed with the power/range of this router. I put it inside the metal Comms box in my house and it reduced the signal, but not appreciably. I will expose the antenna in the final installation, but as a test, I was impressed. The setup is pretty simple for your basic installation, but if you want to go further, you need to have a new vocabulary and some patience.

Mikrotik RouterBOARD hEX lite 5 ports router 5 X 10/100 PoE OSL4 - (RB750r2)

Mikrotik RouterBOARD hEX lite 5 ports router 5 X 10/100 PoE OSL4 - (RB750r2) Mikrotik RouterBOARD hEX lite 5 ports router 5 X 10/100 PoE OSL4 - (RB750r2) Mikrotik RouterBOARD hEX lite 5 ports router 5 X 10/100 PoE OSL4 - (RB750r2)

4.1 out of 5 stars, 30 customer reviews

Price: $38.56

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
August 24, 2016

For those of you that don't know much about this ...

For those of you that don't know much about this little router it is an incredible device that will do everything you ever wanted to although it requires a very tech savvy person to configure. This can do a plug-and-play setup for a simple use, but it is designed more for the heavy user that wants to be able to customize 99% of the device. Most options are accessible through the GUI but a lot are accessible through the telnet console for example it will work as a load balancing multi wan device but you must set it up through the command line.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
June 9, 2016

Great cheap router for techies

This is a really great product for the price, but it should be noted that it's PoE only in that it can be powered by an ethernet connection; unless I'm missing something, it does not appear to be able to power another device via PoE. RouterOS (the on-board operating system) offers many of the features of a far more expensive product for those who understand networking, and is configurable via command line (via ssh) or a surprisingly good web interface.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 10, 2017

This is a great little wired only ethernet router ... but pass if you are not knowledgeable in networking ...

This is a great little wired only ethernet router ... but pass if you are not knowledgeable in networking or have a network admin friend to help you.

I bought this to replace an old Pentium 4 (yes P4) running a custom Linux firewall distribution. The old machine had a hardware failure, so I need something in the interim to replace it. I already use a Mikrotik wireless access point, so I figure it was a safe bet for the price. In a word, it's rock solid, it works, and I don't plan on replacing it. It only has 10/100 wired ethernet ports, which is fine in my scenario, but you may want to get the Mikrotik hEX (non - lite) version if you need 10/100/1000 ports.

Mikrotik hAP AC Lite RB952Ui-5ac2nD

Mikrotik hAP AC Lite RB952Ui-5ac2nD Mikrotik hAP AC Lite RB952Ui-5ac2nD

4.5 out of 5 stars, 38 customer reviews

Price: $51.14

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
June 18, 2017

Great value for its features and performance

There is a longer learning curve than other major brand home routers, but it is worthy.
The router is very stable. The RouterOS is so flexible that I can configure the 5ghz wlan interface as WiFi station which connect to another HAP AC( main router) to provide internet to wired network devices that don't have WiFi adapter. At the same time I use the 2ghz wlan as AP bridge to extend the WiFi network to the backyard.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
August 31, 2016

Excellent product when compared to home routers

Excellent product when compared to home routers. Don't be intimidated, there is a quick setup configuration page that has all a home user needs on one web page when logging onto the device. Very easy to get up and running in the home environment. My old Netgear router was the limiting factor on my home network, this Mikrotik hAP Lite simply blows it away for 1/3 the price when new.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
October 3, 2016

For power users

Very configurable. I was able to set up my own LAN that uses a shared wi-fi AP for internet access, but all my devices can be wired and behind this router's firewall, which configures more like an enterprise firewall or iptables than your typical "port forwarding". I'm satisfied, never buying Netgear again.

Mikrotik Wireless Wire RBwAPG-60ad kit 60 GHz wireless link 1 Gbit full duplex Link

Mikrotik Wireless Wire RBwAPG-60ad kit 60 GHz wireless link 1 Gbit full duplex Link Mikrotik Wireless Wire RBwAPG-60ad kit 60 GHz wireless link 1 Gbit full duplex Link Mikrotik Wireless Wire RBwAPG-60ad kit 60 GHz wireless link 1 Gbit full duplex Link

5.0 out of 5 stars, 1 customer review

Price: $245.00

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 12, 2018

great product 5 stars

i was having issues with a p2p link from my tower site to my house using nano stations it would drop out for 2 seconds than reconnect i changed out the cabling three times and both the routers than a geek friend sent me a link to these they were plug and play and work great too i remote control my hf rigs and dropping out in the middle of txing is not a good thing i joking told some one that these are so much faster i sounded like a auctioneer my words there that much faster they were plug and play the password and sn are inside the units just great products 5 stars

Mikro Tik RBSXT-5HPnD Routerboard OUTDOOR WIRELESS AP 802.11a/n

Mikro Tik RBSXT-5HPnD Routerboard OUTDOOR WIRELESS AP 802.11a/n Mikro Tik RBSXT-5HPnD Routerboard OUTDOOR WIRELESS AP 802.11a/n

5.0 out of 5 stars, 2 customer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 23, 2016

Five Stars

As expected

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
February 23, 2015

Five Stars

great item

Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4

Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4 Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4 Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4 Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4 Mikrotik RB941-2nD-TC hAP Lite 32MB 4 X 10/100 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n 2x2 OSL4

4.4 out of 5 stars, 64 customer reviews

Price: $28.81

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5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
January 19, 2016

Absolutely great router.

Absolutely great router .....nothing more to say
Configuration options on this router are phenomenal once you get the hang of it
This device has a little bit of a steep learning curve but once you get the hang of it you will never go back
I own about 100 of these and use them in customer houses and so far i had not a single dead one

only thing that kinda annoys me is that the lights are in the back instead of the front and the micro usb port that supplies the power is a bad idea since it is easily broken off

Firmware updates are a breeze ...click and wait

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
December 16, 2017

Excellent deal, tricky setup

I setup a couple desktops in a corner of the house without ethernet. I configured this router as a wireless bridge, following the directions on the Mikrotik wiki (under "Connect to an Available Wireless Network"), and connected to my Asus RT-N66R -- first try!

The modem doesn't seem like much, little more than some plastic and four ethernet ports.

Warning: more difficult to set up than most routers... this isn't your momma's Netgear. The operating system is very powerful; if you have the patience and some technical know-how, you can do almost anything.

5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase
June 20, 2016

Mikrotik beats all the other "retail" routers out of the ...

Mikrotik beats all the other "retail" routers out of the water, using the CAPsMAN to control this and a main router (for wireless coverage) and flawless! Only competition is extreme high-end Cisco and such.