34 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 100
14 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.8

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

78%
16 Ratings
6.0

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

60%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.2

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

82%
3 Ratings

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

87%
8 Ratings

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

91%
2 Ratings

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

This is effective for businesses who need a network solution that works more or less out of the box, without having to coordinate multiple additional devices in the configuration process. Correspondingly, users with needs for more advanced functionality or configurability, or modification may benefit from a different model or different product line.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Seem to be well made and quality hardware and software
  • Setup is simple and has a great wizard for initial config
  • Well priced for a product in its category
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Possibly higher port count on built in switch.
  • External WiFi antenna connection to allow bigger WiFi coverage.
  • More robust wall mount setup using screw slots, currently only 2.
Jurek Plona | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • 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.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 9.1
Based on 2 answers
They have proven themselves to be flexible, reliable and are a leader and standard in the industry.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 8.2
Based on 3 answers
I would rate these routers useability as 9/10 - I've designed and deployed Cisco solutions for the last 20 or so years, so, therefore, know what I am buying and try to get an understanding of the capabilities before deploying. The Cisco 1000 series Integrated Service Router is a rock-solid investment with great throughput "out of the box".
Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 8.7
Based on 8 answers
With any Cisco product, you are very well supported by the Technical Assistance Centre (TAC). This is one of the major plus points when selecting Cisco networking products - working in IT for the last 20years you soon appreciate that it is impossible to know everything and that there are people within Cisco you can lean-on when you need assistance.
Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Train and practice!
Eric Parks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

We have used DLink and Fortinet Routers. I find Cisco superior in management, reliability and overall network performance over the two. I will say Fortinet has not experienced any failures and does provide very similar functionality, I simply find Cisco to be my preferred Router hardware. I further base this on support. When things go wrong and they often can in networking, they Support team is excellent in helping identify and resolve the issue quickly
Dave King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Higher 10G port density on NCS540Availability of 25G/40G/100G provides greater flexibilityGood choice when full line rate is not neededGood choice when full capabilities of ASR9000 are not required
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Once they are installed they just work. Even when a device enters EOL/EOS they keep chugging along.
  • Good lifetime - they don't retire models so often that you can't keep up.
  • Good extended support, this allows us to keep them in place as long as possible (or practical) and increases our ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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