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Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)

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What is Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)?

The Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) are ruggedized routers for sub-stations, pole tops, and other harsh environments, for utilities providers.

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What is Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)?

The Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) are ruggedized routers for sub-stations, pole tops, and other harsh environments, for utilities providers.

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Lisa Holder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
In our organization, we primarily use the Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers program to improve the efficiency and reliability of our electrical grid. This product addresses business issues involved with network data management, infrastructure stability, and improving performance in capable networking spaces. Its scope of use extends to remote monitoring and control of connected devices, energy management and real-time data collection to make informed choices. It has helped us increase reliability, which is something important to us and is something that we had to improve and in this way it also allows us to reduce downtime.
  • Has advanced security
  • Remotely control devices
  • Ideal for monitoring
  • Improve integration with other systems
  • Some advanced features may require complex configuration
  • Some functions take a long time
This tool is suitable for smart grid environments where remote monitoring and control is required, and arguably it may be a little less appropriate for organizations with limited resources for initial implementation and configuration. But in general it can help improve the efficiency of the electrical grid. Its advanced security, scalability and analytical capabilities distinguish it from other similar programs.
  • Improvement in operational efficiency
  • Reduced downtime
  • Greater reliability in the electrical network
I have evaluated other products such as ABB Network Manager and Siemens Spectrum Power. In comparison, Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers stand out for their advanced security, ease of scalability and real-time data analysis, which led us to select it as the best option for our needs as a company and as a work team.
February 12, 2019

A review of Cisco Routers

Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 100)
A router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers perform the traffic directing functions on the Internet. ... A packet is typically forwarded from one router to another router through the networks that constitute an internetwork until it reaches its destination node. We use Cisco to connect our three remote offices using WAN technology. We have put some basic routes on the router to enable failover when a WAN link is down.
  • Segments the network.
  • Provides security through the use of Access Control Lists.
  • Makes routing decisions using routing protocols such as OSPF, RIP, BGP etc ...
  • Provides fault tolerance.
  • Cisco Routers are more expensive than other competitors.
  • Cisco Routers require leaning of the command line interface, complicated stuff for non-technical people.
  • Interchangeability is limited with some other manufacturers because Cisco sometimes uses proprietary protocols.
Cisco Routers do well at everything from small home office networks that require basic security to large scale service provider implementations that include SD_WAN security. Their routers scale well and they have everything from small 4 port access routers to large enterprise Core routers that function as the backbone of very large networks.
  • Cisco products have 99.9999% up time availability and it allows a quick ROI in terms of our production network being available when its needed.
  • Cisco routers perform network security tasks well and keeps our network secure without slowing down our business transactions.
  • Cisco productrs last longer than our previous vendors, this ROI has been significant in lower replacement costs.
The Cisco devices we purchased work well with out HP switches and work well with our Fortinet firewall, which was a big consideration when we made the purchase. While some Cisco proprietary protocols offer more funtionality, they do offer industry standard protocols that can be used to increase compatibility with other vendors products.
We have used ACLs (access controls lists) to bot allow and block network traffic. We also use their security products to secure our VPV traffic as well as their end point scanning on our wireless networks. The peace of mind these added layers of security offer makes it easier to work on projects without always worrying about security breaches.
Cisco Routers are top notch when it comes to data access. Their throughput speeds are amazing and they can be configured for high availability/fault tolerant operations. These access solutions are reliable from small office use to enterprise solution providers. Data access is definitely one of Cisco's strong points, with security being a close second.
Cisco and HPE Routers are comparable products. Both do the job well without many differences. I would say HP Routers are easier to configure but come with a small performance hit compared to Cisco routers of the same size/scope. Cisco has the brand recognition and many more certified professionals using them though.
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