Cisco Small Business RV Series vs. Juniper Enterprise Routers

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Small Business RV Series
Score 8.0 out of 10
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The Cisco Small Business RV Series provides SMBs with connectivity, VPN for remote employees, and other features.N/A
Juniper Enterprise Routers
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Sunnyvale-based Juniper Networks offers enterprise routers.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco Small Business RV SeriesJuniper Enterprise Routers
Top Pros
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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
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Small Business RV SeriesJuniper Enterprise Routers
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(2 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Small Business RV SeriesJuniper Enterprise Routers
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
It's best suited for small offices 10-25 users. Any more and its best to move away to a more higher tier. It will be less appropriate for a mid level company with a large staff. It's best for a small business with a limited budget and less strenuous security functionality.
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Juniper Networks
As an edge/WAN router that contains internet BGP routes, it handles this work very well. And the devices are robust, able to manage a significant load. However, the interface cost can be somewhat of a hindrance when wanting to use it to interconnect many metro clients.
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Pros
Cisco
  • It has the typical firewall functions you'd expect in an all in one unit.
  • GUI interface is easier to use by less technical users.
  • The extra features such as VLANs are nice to have.
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Juniper Networks
  • Version tracking/rollback
  • Logical configuration layout
  • Verbose status/logs for troubleshooting purposes
  • Flexible configuration styles (carrier vs enterprise)
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Cons
Cisco
  • More switchports would be welcome, although this would increase cost and size
  • Faster wireless would improve performance
  • An SPF port would allow uplinking to more business-class switches
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Juniper Networks
  • I would like to able to find more examples of configs. Given the multiple ways to configure the same setting, having a little more documentation would be helpful.
  • I wish the FPCs and interfaces were cheaper.
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Support Rating
Cisco
The features are good. The support is good. The resources to deploy, manage, and operate it are good. Customer's feedback and testimonials are good. The updates in terms of zero day vulnerabilities are good and timely. But, I still give an 8 out of 10 because I think the pricing, licensing, and GUI can be improved more.
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Juniper Networks
Juniper support is friendly, easy to understand, widely knowledgeable, and easy to get ahold of. I did not give them a higher rating as some of my more complex issues, were solved by myself while under consultation from Juniper TAC.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco's power really stems from its brand reputation and honestly not much else. No one ever got fired for deploying Cisco, and that's why it stands out. The Cisco Small Business RV Series is no exception there; the unit is built well and does the job. However, much more powerful alternatives for routers are out there—the biggest competitor being Ubiquiti. The UniFi routers are significantly more powerful in all regards, including routing speed, IPS/IDS speeds, and VPN functionality. Support for those is admittedly rather lackluster though, so if your network is critical, you are effectively self-insuring your equipment. For some that may be fine, but for others, that risk of extended downtime is just not worth it.
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Juniper Networks
The simplicity, elegance, and robustness of Juniper's solution make it much easier to troubleshoot and configure, when compared to Cisco Routers, especially considering Cisco's implementation of BGP (why are IPv4 and IPv6 linked in Cisco configuration?). Furthermore, the implementation of commit and rollback cannot be understated when compared to the Cisco solutions. This feature is a huge time saver when attempting to troubleshoot and remote configuration instances.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Very good ROI
  • Most products have a CLI that is easy to use and understand.
  • Very large feature set. Cisco offers numerous open standard and proprietary protocols and options in their code that other vendors lack parity with.
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Juniper Networks
  • The stability and robustness of this solution provide a rock-solid foundation for all of our internet traffic.
  • The easy to use rollback and commit features simplifies remote administration and configuration, alleviating the need to travel to remote installation sites.
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