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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 7.1 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 Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Recommending this device completely depends on the use case. If you are looking for a device that can be easily configured to dump clients on your private network, these are the ones to get. We've sent them home with users, sent them to small offices, or just for a meeting off-site. You can turn almost any internet connection into a home office. It's been very helpful during COVID-19 as we have needed to setup multiple offices outside of our normal area. Setup in the field does not require a technical person, just plugin and you are up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

  • Great price in comparison to its higher end siblings
  • Not a ton of setup pains for initial config
  • Cisco backed devices that are well made and fairly easy to operate
Anonymous | 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 Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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
Ricardo Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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.
Ricardo Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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.
Ricardo Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) 9.1
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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.
Ricardo Adams | 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 Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

We built a total Cisco environment based on Cisco-only network equipment. We started with UCS for Compute and network, and are now switching to HyperFlex. This is all connected to Nexus switches and some Catalyst switches for OOBM. This is also all connected to the internet by an HA cluster of Cisco ASAs.On remote sites, we are using Cisco ASAs with Catalyst switches with 1800 APs with Mobility Express. In some specific cases we missed routing equipment or routing functions not available on Cisco ASAs, so we selected and are using Cisco Routers.
Anonymous | 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 Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

  • 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.
Anonymous | 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 Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)

General

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

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