Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) vs. Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

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 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Series offers industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation.N/A
Pricing
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
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 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Top Pros
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.5
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
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8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
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
Cloud based solutions, these need the necessary bandwidth going from point A to point B. Automate as much as possible from a WAN Core edge standpoint, take away the always on maintaining of the routers/switches on the network. Automation is extremely important in today's world. The Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System would not be a very viable solution for a small company, especially from a budgetary standpoint.
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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
  • It is versatile due to the diversity in models and form factors.
  • Low power consumption compared to similar models
  • Mature operating system code allowing for quick production installation and configuration.
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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
  • Horizontal blade designs are rare these days because if the gear is shipped in a rack, the blade can bend. The NCS5500's blades are horizontal.
  • Not a NCS5500 specific issue, but XR has a ways to go, but will continue to grow with customer input.
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
Cisco support is always informative and reliable. Depending on the level of support you subscribe to, the techs and Cisco TAC are well versed in hardware and operating system of the NCS series routers. You can receive 24x7 support and either Next Business Day or 4-hour part replacement from Cisco if required.
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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
Ultimately other Arista and Juniper choices were tested but design and testing did not give much detail as to why these are better overall or in comparison. We are already using Cisco in this level of the topology so that was most likely the strongest reason and fit the application we are using it for.
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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
  • 100% uptime for 5 years.
  • No successful intrusion attempts in 5 years.
  • Very high throughput has allowed for constant and reliable connectivity.
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