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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

81%
2 Ratings
6.0

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

60%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.3

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

73%
2 Ratings

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

These may not be the fastest or latest [technology] when it comes to routers, but for their class, they are great. If you were you put a similarly priced router out in the places these things can run it would be dead within a year. Also, you don't need to have an elaborate networking closet to get these into. They work well in small, hot, or potentially dusty places with ease.
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 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

  • Rugged construction
  • No special heating or cooling requirements
  • Part of the Cisco ecosystem, so no special maintenance
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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

Cons

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

  • Cisco has some troubles with licensing hardware still unless you're on smart licensing
  • Price with Cisco equipment is usually high
  • Bugs found in the interface
Anonymous | 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 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

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

Support Rating

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Have not had to use support yet but would follow our current Cisco process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

We didn't look outside of the Cisco branded routers since we wanted to manage it as part of the enterprise and not have a "one-off" router.
Anonymous | 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 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)

  • Saved money on replacing standard routers that die in those environments
  • Saved time with the easy linking and connection options
  • Given us peace of mind that the device will continue to run without intervention
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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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