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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

The [Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)] is great when we need to add a small new site in a very short time.Our previous experience with these units makes the roll-out of new sites quick and almost seamless.The 800 series excels in locations where we want to tunnel all traffic back to the core site.Split tunneling for "SD-WAN" type use is not as functional as in other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

  • Small factor
  • Low cost
  • Fast configuration
  • Switch port
Jose Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

  • Most are single power supply
  • If they aren't a full 19" 1U device you have to purchase rack ears separately from the device
  • VPN tunneling can be a bit of a configuration challenge
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 9.1
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We are already looking at more purchases
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 8.2
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My experience is that there is always something that proves to be just a bit tedious to get figured out but once you do it is easily duplicated
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 8.2
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Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 8.2
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Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 7.3
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People have bad days and some things are deemed not critical enough to fix.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 7.3
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My training was through a third party that had good knowledge but wasn't able to answer all of my questions.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 8.2
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The more you can plan in advance the easier the deployment will be.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

The Meraki Z3 falls into roughly the same category as the 800 series and requires no daughter card for PoE.The Meraki MX are more expensive and require more infrastructure to support.The Meraki units also completely stop working when licensing is not renewed, and are more in the class of an SD-WAN product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) 7.3
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Not every router can handle all situations and so you have to purchase the upgrade to do handle the new requirements.
Hawkinson, John | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

  • Investment in education
  • High price
  • Easy material
Jose Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

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

Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)

General

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

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