Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) vs. Cisco Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
Score 6.2 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 Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers
Score 9.9 out of 10
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Cisco Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers is a solution designed to deliver performance, security, and flexibility to help accelerate the user's digitization journey at the edge.N/A
Pricing
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Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers
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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Best Alternatives
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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
Cisco Routers
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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 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(3 ratings)
7.9
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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6.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
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8.2
(1 ratings)
Availability
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8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
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8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
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7.3
(1 ratings)
Online Training
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7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
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7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)Cisco Catalyst IR1800 Rugged Series Routers
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
My company is not so big to test the router on its highest limits. I can tell only that it works great and does not ask us for unexpected maintenance, service or unpleasant surprises. It works perfect and makes it's job the best.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
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Cisco
  • Partakes minimal disruptions under mobility while in use by technicians.
  • Has high bandwidths
  • The routers are secure from multiple network attacks.
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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
  • Programming can be complicated for new users
  • An easier VPN setup would be a good value add to this product
  • PoE for IP Phones requires an add-on daughter card
  • The daughter card add expense and requires that the 800 series unit be opened to install card
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
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Cisco
We are already looking at more purchases
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Usability
Cisco
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Cisco
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
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
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Cisco
Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
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Performance
Cisco
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Cisco
Cisco routers can be configure and forgotten unless you are adding to the configuration or on the rare troubleshooting event.
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
People have bad days and some things are deemed not critical enough to fix.
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Online Training
Cisco
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Cisco
My training was through a third party that had good knowledge but wasn't able to answer all of my questions.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
The more you can plan in advance the easier the deployment will be.
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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
The Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR routers have proven to be more reliable than the standard ISR routers within moving vehicles.
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Scalability
Cisco
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Cisco
Not every router can handle all situations and so you have to purchase the upgrade to do handle the new requirements.
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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
  • 800 Series units are a great value for very small sites
  • The 800 series have allowed us to be agile in the opening of sites quickly in under-served rural areas.
  • The only downside is having to renew the support every few years.
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