Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) vs. Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 8.2 out of 10
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The Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers.N/A
Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
Score 6.0 out of 10
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Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) are designed to supply data, security and wireless capabilities in a simple to use form.N/A
Pricing
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
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Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(3 ratings)
6.3
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
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9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
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9.1
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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9.1
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
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.
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Cisco
Cisco [800 Series Integrated Service] Routers, [specifically] 819 routers, are well suited for small offices like remote teleworker sites, and a very perfect solution for operating automated teller machines (ATMs) at locations where the only source of network connectivity is via a mobile network operator where one has to use a SIM card. The fact that the router supports dual SIM makes it a great solution. However, I guess because one has to configure the embedded modem to function as desired, it takes some time to get used to [the] chat scripts and so on.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cisco
  • [Cisco 800 Series Integrated] Routers can form tunnels over a cellular network via the SIM inserted into it.
  • With an external antenna attached to it, their coverage is very good, making them suitable for remote sites where network coverage from ISPs is a concern.
  • They function as a switch and router in one device.
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Cons
Cisco
  • 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.
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Cisco
  • Being one of the most versatile routing/switching platforms available, it fulfills most functions one would need in a compact appliance.
  • I have not experienced lack of functionality in any areas we use the appliance for.
  • One small feature I would like to have is 19" rack mount.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
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Cisco
Cisco has provided a real diverse router in a small package that meets the needs of our current environment. I highly recommend this product and should feel the to consider this type of solution, you would have made the right decision
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Usability
Cisco
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Cisco
This router is easy to use and manage. It provides the features, most important the security our organization requires to function properly. There is also cohesion between the HQ router we are currently using.
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
I think Cisco is a good product that offers a huge list of options where you can get support from. I find that forums, blogs and communities really assist wit resolving any issues that you might come across.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
Implementation of this router is relatively easy. What i can say is plan your implementation and consider the the environment you are going to use it for.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco NCS is smaller and for us newer. Better cost with similar capabilities.
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Cisco
We looked into setting up Site to Site VPN with either Cisco ASAs or [Fortinet] FortiGate Firewalls. We were unable to find a product that didn't also require us to set up an LTE modem separately. It would have forced us to have a mess of cables and multiple devices. Our kit for the field with the Cisco 800 [Series Integrated Services Router] is simple: router, power cables, and wireless access point. Everything is labeled and attached plugs into one device. Any field user can follow the instructions [to] get up and running quickly.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • 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.
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Cisco
  • The long-term stability is great, we have very few problems, resulting in low maintenance costs.
  • Configuration for almost all routers in the basics is the same, so there's a very short learning curve per model.
  • Running some models of Router for more than 10 years of stability, so the ROI with the devices is greater than expected on starting.
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