Talking about router and switch, we have 2 markets, the enterprise one, and the consumer one. In the enterprise market, Cisco is a dominant player. Cisco devices are costly, but companies would like to pay for them, mostly for the service. Whenever an issue happens, a phone call gets human tech support at 24x7. On the other side, in the consumer market, users have no intention to pay for such service, but would instead buy hardware and resolve issues by themselves.
Now today, I want to talk about equipment across the 2 markets, MikroTik and Ubiquiti. They have enterprise quality without real-time tech support, which is perfect for technical people who have a pursuit of quality and speed.
So what would you consider for choosing a router or switch? I don’t know you, but I would consider (from most important to least important): Security > Reliability > Noise Level > Performance (Throughput) > Hardware Interface > Scalability > User Experience > Power Source > Power Cost > Technical Support > Rack Mount