Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) vs. Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)
Score 8.3 out of 10
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The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) are designed specifically for the harsh, rugged environments often found in the energy and utility industries.N/A
Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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The Cisco 900 Series Industrial ISR (IR 900) series of routers are designed with an open platform to build a highly secure, reliable, and scalable field network infrastructure.N/A
Pricing
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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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
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.5 out of 10
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Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(3 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) is well suited in an enclosed environment where there is no air con in place, and it may get quite hot. It provides copper and fiber connections to the next site so if you have a fiber in place, it suits as well. As it's not designed for speed, so if you are after high speed links, such as 10G and above, it is not the choice.
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Cisco
No problems with any of the Cisco 900 Series [Integrated Services Routers] (ISR) platform features within the enterprise environment. Because these devices are running a version of IOS-XE as opposed to traditional IOS, some of the more 'basic' configurations can become more complex. In the end, the 900 Series is still able to provide the required functionality, but there is a learning curve.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Resistant to many elements that its exposed to
  • Work well in higher temperatures
  • Compact enough to be installed in an inground box
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Cisco
  • [It] works great full-featured, but [I recommend a] small router for remote sites.
  • [It] can handle more traffic than it even advertises!
  • [It has a] well-priced option for smaller or less critical sites.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Harder to find and acquire than other routers
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Cisco
  • [It has a] pay as you grow model of licensing, but, [in my opinion, is] a pain to implement.
  • [The] service impacting license application [could be improved].
  • Configuration complexity [could be improved].
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Support Rating
Cisco
Have not had to use support yet but would follow our current Cisco process.
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Cisco
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
While the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms provide better throughput and thin chassis (1 RU) compared to the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers, the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers survive in a hot, non-ventilated/aircon enclosed environment and, at the same time, provide connectivity from the sites back to the data center.
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Cisco
I have similar feelings about the NCS 5500 Series Router. IOS-XR is great, but the need to upgrade components to support newer features seems like a planning oversight. 400G Linecards are great and needed.... but they need all new power supplies? Really? Also, the ability to use lags across multiple linecards would be nice. I'm pretty sure that's not available, but that is more understandable.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • 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
  • Lots of money saved in downgrading from less useful and older full-sized routers at small sites
  • Time saved having to learn new commands (web GUI works great)
  • Saves time training staff to manage them
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