Below is a collection of the best MikroTik Routers for different scenarios. These routers are all Aerez compatible and each work great for different scenarios.
Further down is a list of the Price per Watt of the MikroTik radios, to aid in purchasing decisions.
Best choice under 100 Mbps and under $50
HAP AC Lite (RB952Ui-5ac2nD-TC or RB952Ui-5ac2nD)
Retail Price: $49
This small unit is great, has POE out on port 5, and is the least expensive dual band MikroTik.
Best Choice for Gig and upgraded Wi-Fi
HAP AC2 (RBD52G-5HacD2HnD-TC)
Retail Price: $69
The AC2 upgrades to gig over the Lite and has significantly better wifi coverage, but loses POE out capability
Best Choice with an SFP and superior Wi-Fi coverage and speed
HAP AC (RB962UiGS-5HacT2HnT)
Retail Price: $129
The 962 has high performance, POE out, and an SFP port as well as amazing wifi coverage. For premium service, this is a fantastic choice.
Best Choice for multiple Wi-Fi managed access points
Main Unit: HAP AC (see above) or
HEX POE (RB960PGS)
HEX POE Lite (RB750UPr2)
Extenders: HAP AC (or Lite) (see above)
Retail Price [Main]: $129 or $79 ($59)
Retail Price [Extenders]: $129 ($49)
The main Aerez unit could be a 962 or HEX, depending on whether you want Wi-Fi at the main unit, Gigabit Ethernet and how many wired extenders you’d like to use. While the 962 is substantially more expensive, it’s also Gig capable and has very strong Wi-Fi. For lots of sq. ft. coverage at under 100 Mbps, pair the HEX POE Lite with up to 4 HAP AC Lites for economical coverage.
Recommended for Mesh
HAP AC Lite (see above)
Retail Price: $49
Notes: Any MikroTik with AC Wi-Fi could be used, but mesh performance on MikroTik is limited to around 50 Mbps throughput, so there’s no reason to use a more powerful unit.
Best outdoor extender
WAP AC white: RBwAPG-5HacT2HnD or black: RBwAPG-5HacT2HnD-BE
Weatherproof and great for decks or patios and outdoor living!
Other units available
Contact our team to see which hardware fits best for your needs!
Below is a spreadsheet showing the output wattages of each home wireless MikroTik router and the price per watt to determine which router best fits your needs and provides the Wireless costs. These numbers are taken from Mikrotik’s website under the FCC specifications.
The above chart shows the name of the router, model number, GHz band, milliWatts of power, and the price according per band. Highlighted are the routers that should give you the best performance for price. The ones we listed in green include the hAP ac^2, RB951G-2HnD, and lastly the RB951Ui-2HnD, so the best WiFi signal per price comes from the new RB-D52 and the RB-951.
Here is a quick dive into the numbers for the three best options on the chart:
- HaP ac^2: This router delivers 252 mW for 2.4GHz and 128 mW for 5GHz. The router is sold for $69.00, resulting in a price per watt of $0.27 (2.4Ghz) or $0.54 (5GHZ).
- RB951G-2HnD: This router delivers 950 mW for 2.4Ghz. The router is sold for $79.95, resulting in a price per watt of $0.08 (2.4Ghz).
- RB951Ui-2HnD: This router delivers 830 mW for 2.4GHz. The router is sold for $59.95, resulting in a price per watt of $0.07 (2.4Ghz).