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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco NCS Optical Series is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Cisco NCS Optical Series

85%
2 Ratings
8.2

Cradlepoint Routers

82%
8 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco NCS Optical Series

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Cradlepoint Routers

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Cisco NCS Optical Series

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Cradlepoint Routers

100%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

Cisco NCS Optical Series

73%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

Cisco NCS Optical Series

73%
1 Rating

Cradlepoint Routers

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

This Cisco platform creates a secure channel whereby all the company's data can easily be managed and the integration supports is on top, giving the user the ability to handle a huge amount of various data at once and the reports are very reliable and easy to make. Notification tools are very active and also network-building tools are effective and easy options for understanding.
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Cradlepoint

It has worked great for our emergency vehicles and mobile remote dispatch stations. We did have them at other bases as secondary internet access in the event of failure of our fiber, but I have found that is not as useful as we thought it may have been. I have temporarily disabled cellular on those devices and just did not have the need for it.
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Pros

Cisco

  • Label switch routing.
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport Profile.
  • Ethernet switching.
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Cradlepoint

  • Ease of setup. After the SIM card is installed, you can have the device up in a matter of minutes.
  • Central management using NetCloud.
  • You get the bang for your buck.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Configuration of the features is not that easy.
  • Multiple network connections management to new users is turf.
  • Monitoring all the networks and servers performance through the tool.
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Cradlepoint

  • Throughput was not great compared to similar solutions with same sim cards.
  • Paid management portal.
  • Overly complicated setup mainly due to the paid management portal.
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Pricing Details

Cisco NCS Optical Series

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco NCS Optical Series editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Cradlepoint Routers

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cradlepoint Routers editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cradlepoint

      I have been using some type of device like this for a very long time. We have and will maintain the need for this and have no immediate plan to make any change from Cradlepoint Routers. They have been very solid. These devices are a bit pricey, however worth the money as they always work and are reliable and save IT staff time.
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      Support Rating

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cradlepoint

      It has always been a pleasure working with that team. They always go above and beyond with getting the device working as you need it to work and are always willing to explain and answer any questions.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      As it runs on XR there the config is very straightforward. We implement the design obtained from the engineering team and haven't had issues. I have opened few tickets to resolve any doubts and Cisco has been supportive so far.
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      Cradlepoint

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      I have used Cisco 5000 series mostly as it has other L3 routing capabilities. We use it on core to route IS-IS, OSPF and also peer it on BGP.
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      Cradlepoint

      I have not used a cellular router before this, so I can't compare.
      I am however familiar with Cradlepoint as designing components for Emergency Responders to keep them connected and online while dispatched. That was a deciding factor for us. We wanted something heavy duty and reliable.
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      Scalability

      Cisco

      It supports hundred-gig links and ten-gig links, and scalability hasn't been a problem with this device. It can used on distribution layer.
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      Cradlepoint

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Better experience on network traffic management.
      • Obtaining processing reports is excellent.
      • Nice for the easy data moving.
      • Information sharing tool.
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      Cradlepoint

      • For the price I don't think it effectively "wow'd" the client.
      • Throughput caused our network service to not be fully utilized.
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