Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) vs. Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)
Score 8.9 out of 10
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The Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) are ruggedized routers for sub-stations, pole tops, and other harsh environments, for utilities providers.N/A
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 6.4 out of 10
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The Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers.N/A
Pricing
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Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
This tool is suitable for smart grid environments where remote monitoring and control is required, and arguably it may be a little less appropriate for organizations with limited resources for initial implementation and configuration. But in general it can help improve the efficiency of the electrical grid. Its advanced security, scalability and analytical capabilities distinguish it from other similar programs.
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Cisco
Well suited for10G aggregation at network edge. Small managed networks such as school districts or distributed enterprise campus. Not well suited to RPHY aggregation at network core — queuing in NCS540 results in jitter and poor RPHY performance. Allow port license purchases in smaller units. Better support for SLA performance monitoring capabilities would allow use as a box for 10G aggregation for Carrier Ethernet NNI handoff.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Segments the network.
  • Provides security through the use of Access Control Lists.
  • Makes routing decisions using routing protocols such as OSPF, RIP, BGP etc ...
  • Provides fault tolerance.
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Cisco
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Improve integration with other systems
  • Some advanced features may require complex configuration
  • Some functions take a long time
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Cisco
  • MPLS feature set on NCS520
  • Full support for RFC2544, Y.1564 across the product line
  • Greater clarity of the impact of smaller buffers on NCS540 when compared to other Qumran chipsets — some use cases like RPHY aggregation at network core are not a good fit.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco and HPE Routers are comparable products. Both do the job well without many differences. I would say HP Routers are easier to configure but come with a small performance hit compared to Cisco routers of the same size/scope. Cisco has the brand recognition and many more certified professionals using them though.
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Cisco
Cisco NCS is smaller and for us newer. Better cost with similar capabilities.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Improvement in operational efficiency
  • Reduced downtime
  • Greater reliability in the electrical network
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Cisco
  • Relatively low cost access layer device.
  • Very cost effective means of getting 10G interfaces.
  • Some features available on other devices out of the box are more complex or absent on the NCS without licensing or assistance.
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