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What is Cisco Routers?

Cisco routers support secure, reliable enterprise connections. These enterprise routers help users implement an intent-based, future-ready WAN that is constantly learning, adapting, and protecting. Deploy routers for the branch, cloud, co-location, or the data center with any type of connectivity,…

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August 14, 2022
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December 24, 2021
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What is Cisco Routers?

Cisco routers support secure, reliable enterprise connections. These enterprise routers help users implement an intent-based, future-ready WAN that is constantly learning, adapting, and protecting. Deploy routers for the branch, cloud, co-location, or the data center with any type of connectivity, including MPLS, Internet, and 4G LTE.

With over 30 years of experience and an end-to-end portfolio, Cisco routing solutions can deliver for today’s networking needs. The vendor promises to help customers successfully manage technology transitions. Embedded security detects threats in mere hours instead of months. The vendor has studies how networks are consumed, applying those learnings to the new network.

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Cisco routers deliver open, intent-based networking platform across the branch, WAN, and cloud. They provide end-to-end security, automation, and analytics with award-winning services and support.

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April 01, 2024

Cisco Routers Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have used ISR 4000 series Cisco Routers to internal networks to the WAN networks. These Cisco Routers are capable running in traditional IOS-XE mode and SD-WAN mode also. The Cisco Routers are used within the Data centers and branches also. The problem that is addressed is the WAN connectivity.
  • Mature with routing protocols such as BGP, EIGRP and OSPF
  • SD-WAN Capability
  • IPSEC capability
  • Better throughput
  • Port density
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting capability
I personally think Cisco Routers really works well with traditional networks. When it comes to SDN (SD-WAN) in our market organizations tend to go with other vendors who offer better security features. From the price point also, Cisco is on the higher side when compared with other vendors. These devices work very well with integration with other Cisco products. And that is a big advantage for customers who already have a good number of Cisco products already deployed.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We manage Cisco Routers by our IT Department. We interconnect our branch offices with Cisco Routers, so we use them across the whole organization/Company. We establish VPN tunnels with Cisco Routers. Most likely they we can only configure them via CLI because the webGUI is less powerful. People need to be trained to configure via CLI, that can be a business problem sometimes because we do not have IT people in all of our branch offices.
  • VPN
  • CUBE
  • DIA
  • SSL VPN
  • WebGUI configuration
  • Feature modules
Cisco Routers are well suited when it comes to create a meshed VPN infrastructure with all your branch offices worldwide. You can easily configure the Cisco Routers with static VPN, DMVPN or SD-WAN, which is great. You can also use a Cisco Routers as a CUBE to establish a direct routing (voice) for MS Teams.
February 08, 2024

Cisco Routers review

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Whole department with one sister department using Cisco Routers NCS5508.
Use ASR1k to terminate subscriber ppp sessions provide QoS/Subcriber awareness and service features.
Also use NCS5504 to aggregate ASR1k routers.
  • LNS services
  • Segment Routing
  • CLI syntax
LNS
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the Cisco Routers to separate traffic and route VLANs from our branches back to our main site. The Cisco Routers are very good at dividing out traffic and maintaining the QoS needed to supply fast data for when members are visiting one of the branches. They also maintain a connection to the file server for access to important data.
  • Route VLANs
  • Maintain traffic separation
  • Provide tremendous uptime
  • It does require advanced knowledge to manage
  • Entry bar is high
  • The tech is complex
Cisco Routers are suited towards higher-end and more complex configuration scenarios. Small businesses would likely not want the cost or burden of having a dedicated Cisco-certified engineer to maintain them. However, we have found they are reliable and sturdy. The interface can be complex to an outsider, but we also request that our routers perform complex tasks.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Routers are used around the whole organization for different purposes. They enable us to make the connectivity between different domains, and with different customers, Cisco Routers specifically enable connectivity between different networks, cloud, and on-prem networks, enterprise networks, Service Provider Networks, etc. With Cisco Routers we are able to transfer the data from one place to another, they help keep the data in separated tenants for different customers. With Cisco Routers we are able to expand our enterprise network around the globe.
  • Helps to separate routing information for different networks for different customers.
  • Helps peers with service providers and Customer Networks and starts the exchange of information between them.
  • Helps facilitate internet connectivity for enterprise networks.
  • Helps transferring Internet or Private Data from one place to another.
  • Cisco Routers would be great if they have easier UI.
  • Would be better if Cisco can use more Open-Source Tools instead of proprietary tools.
  • Will be amazing if Cisco has cheaper training and certifications on Cisco Routers, as currently they are expensive ones, and dominating the market.
Cisco has a very easy CLI and most importantly it is known to most network engineers. There is a huge possibility that Cisco solutions are available over the Internet for a particular problem or a use case. Cisco has been improving ever since, however, Cisco can improve in areas such as rollback or error checking mechanism during the configuration, Juniper Networks Routers has done a great job in this area. Cisco is well suited for enterprise environments, however, for Service Provider Networks there are many options available.
Thomas Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Cisco routers across the entire company. 54+ sites connecting everything from main offices, to branch offices, to OT sites.
  • They just work and continue to work.
  • Even the non-industrial routers have high environmental thresholds.
  • Easily deployable.
  • Long lifespan.
  • Cost.
  • Less cumbersome centralized management.
  • More modular options.
There are so many different models that there is absolutely one to fit every need. Running IOS-XE across the board makes management easy as you don't have to remember different syntax per device. I can't think of a scenario where they're less appropriate, unless it's a mom and pop shop. Enterprise-quality routers with SLA's to match.
April 20, 2023

Cisco Router

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The Routers are connecting the two offices between NIC and NCDRC. NCDRC is also connecting multiple offices i.e. GPO Complex New Delhi to MTNL Building at CGO Complex in New Delhi. The routers are connected seamlessly with the desired throughput. We have 2951, 4331, 3850 series switches and routers with us.
  • CISCO 4341 router.
  • CISCO 2951 Router
  • Router Connectivity ports.
  • Router throughput
The Support mechanism of Cisco is really world-class. So for hassle-free and robust networking, the Cisco routers are my first choice. So I am always proud to recommend my colleagues to go with Cisco routers. The USP is the on time replacement of faulty parts, which keeps the business going always.
Abbinow Talashi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Routers are being used by our organization to connect our business to the outside world. We use Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers for the same. It has three features VPN, Security & connectivity. They ensure that our business has secure VPN connectivity, high internet speed, link redundancy, and load balancing to increase uptime and performance.
  • VPN allows remote workers to connect to our network through a secure pathway.
  • Security: Built-in firewalls and advanced encryption and authentication features protect the network from outside threats.
  • Connectivity: Multiple connection options for maximum network expandability, Fast internet connectivity
  • Price is a bit high: Cisco Products are generally pricey.
  • Complex licensing: The license terms and conditions are a bit complex.
  • GUI can be better. There is an scope of improvement for the GUI.
Cisco Products are very reliable. They are a brand that seldom disappoints, especially with their networking products. If you are an MSME or a small or a middle-sized business, cisco products will come in handy to help you with all your networking-related problems. They provide you with solutions that are reliable and trustworthy.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
My organization is using the Meraki MX routers for smaller branches where we can connect an additional switch, camera, and access point with the PoE ports that the MX68 brings. The main problem is that we do not have the technical staff in each branch to provide support and configuration to the network.
  • Easy Configuration.
  • Scalable
  • Compact
  • More WAN ports.
  • More security features.
  • Price
Some of the scenarios where Cisco Meraki MX routers are more suitable are for sites where there is no technical presence to be manipulating or configuring the network, and some of the scenarios where Cisco Meraki MX routers are less suitable are when advanced capabilities of routing, such as MPLS or metro aggregation protocols.
Ravinder Beniwal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Meraki series routers are used to provide wireless internet access to all employees within our organization. These routers are being used across the whole organization. Cisco Meraki Series routers solve the problem of router management, network access and policy management, security, and wireless connectivity. The router supports easy plug-and-play deployment and remote management via the web-based Meraki cloud platform without the need for wireless controllers. For network policies and security, the devices have a dedicated radio to identify rogue device intrusions, network attacks and to perform spectrum analysis. The devices provide data security using advanced encryption algorithms, a built-in firewall, and 802.1X authentication. For enhanced wireless connectivity, the devices provide high-speed internet using dual radio bands and support features such as 802.11ax, MU-MIMO OFDMA, band steering, beamforming, voice, and video optimization, Cloud-based RF-optimization, and advanced analytics capabilities.
  • Access point management using Meraki cloud.
  • network security using dedicated 3rd radio.
  • Enhanced client connectivity using dual band radios and 802.11ax standard support.
  • Voice and video optimization and application traffic shaping.
  • Wi-Fi location tracking.
  • Software-defined radios could be used so that both the radios could be converted into 5 GHz model to provide enhanced connectivity in network congestion scenarios.
  • Support for low power IoT devices.
  • Should provide more details about devices connected to the access points such as the risk score of the devices.
  • Enhanced encryption algorithms and quick firmware upgrades.
Cisco Merika series routers are well suited for enterprise environments as they support plug-and-play deployment, high-speed internet access via 802.11ax and Mu-MIMO OFDMA, management via cloud-based web portal, network access control via application layer firewall and 802.1x or radius server-based authentication, guest access control using BYOD, secure roaming across the routers, presence analytics to identify clients and visitors behaviors. The devices have a radio to support Bluetooth devices. The Meraki series routers are not well suited to provide connectivity to low-powered IoT devices.
December 24, 2021

Routers Cisco

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco routers are used throughout the company in order to maintain a stable network, these have been implemented as an upgrade to previous equipment from another provider. They are configured and monitored by the Telecommunications department. Additionally, this parameterization is verified by Information Security in order to maintain the protection of the company's infrastructure. The implementation of this equipment arose from the need to expand the bandwidth that with the growth of the company became imminent. One of the great advantages is that Cisco is a recognized company with many support teams and that is added to the compatibility of the equipment, which is one more technological level.
  • Very secure
  • High performance
  • Easy to configure
  • Easy to manage
  • Prevents the presence of intruders.
  • They are smart and can select the most desirable path between two or more simultaneous connections.
  • Price is [a] little bit high.
Routers are very powerful; They improve the transmission speed of the packets and offer high performance in the network, it will also increase the productivity of the company, having a good link makes communication effective not only of a corporate network but also the industrial one, depending on the distribution that is configured.
November 27, 2021

The Best Router

Jose Manuel Castillo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco routers provide you with connectivity at the network layer level, it is important to choose the right Cisco router that will help you conduct your business smoothly and protect your data, becoming the core of your company or project communications. In my case, we use it as the core and edge teams for the entire organization and in turn, our clients to whom we provide support use them in different scenarios, edge, PE, P access among others.
  • Cisco routers offer networks for the WAN, the LAN and the cloud include advanced analytics, optimization security incorporated with them you can have a comprehensive and proven solution.
  • They are well designed to support coherent optics to drive the convergence of optical layers, as well as systems that offer lower power consumption
  • They are very reliable for networks that are constantly growing traffic with fixed or modular systems that allow handling large traffic flows
  • They are quite friendly and easy-to-use computers on their different platforms, whether ios, ios xe, XR
  • I have had the opportunity to work with different vendors of routers and simply from my point of view they are the best equipment in the market. Perhaps the unfavorable point is the costs compared to other manufacturers, but they are still the best option
Choosing the right Cisco router will allow you to conduct your business smoothly and protect your data, becoming the core of your company or project communications. It is the most reputable router manufacturer making a difference in the market. Cisco Routers are adaptable to all scenarios, be it enterprise, Service provider, industries since they have varieties of products that adapt according to need
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco routers are being used to route traffic from all of our buildings in our school district. They help to make it possible to have one internal network no matter what building you are located at. They help us with VLANs to separate devices on our network with routes between VLANs.
  • Routing
  • Security
  • Stay up and working
  • Could use better gui
  • Commands can change from series or IOS updates, so having to keep up
  • price
Cisco routers are best used in medium to large businesses. They can be rather expensive, but necessary as a network grows. If you have a single building it might be more beneficial to buy a cheaper solution. If you plan on expanding it would be better to implement Cisco because there are so many other features your business can grow into.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We implemented multiple solutions with these devices in our customer networks. We mainly used them as aggregation routers for branches using different kinds of VPNs (GRE tunnel, DMVPN, etc.) A second extended use for these devices are as border routers against ISPs running partial or full BGP tables in dual-homed scenarios.
  • Routing protocols
  • HA protocols (HSRP, GLBP, VRRP)
  • NAT
  • Tunneling
  • Documentation about ESP/SPAs and the throughput can be confusing sometimes
  • Memory leak bugs
These routers are perfect for modern carrier networks and the aggregation of remote sites (as edge devices in branch or Border routers against ISPs). The ASRs Series are high density, power-efficient, and a very secure platform. It also [has] software virtualization capabilities that improve security, that devices have very good performance and are stable. Honestly, we didn't have problems during the implementation phases with them. They can also work well as fusion routers for the SD-Access solution, routing packets outside the fabric (to the DC or remote sites) using BGP and VRFs.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
In today's connected world, many business operations are heavily dependent on the availability and performance of internet connections. The same is the case for our organization, and we needed to implement high availability with automatic failover for internet connectivity with multiple internet links. We chose to implement BGP with our ISP to get this done. We needed a router for this task, so we chose Cisco Routers and completed this task via Cisco Routers. It has been working flawlessly ever since.
  • BGP
  • IP SLA
  • AAA
  • NAT
  • HSRP
  • EEM
  • Improved GUI
  • Load balancing
  • Modules cost
  • Number of ports
Cisco Routers have a wide range of product portfolios, from small business series to massive ISP grade routers. Most of the series is well suited for enterprises with a large number of branches, but [the] small business series is designed specifically for companies with [fewer] sites. Others are made to be used in large internet service providers.
Ty English | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
One of the main pieces of hardware we would use, especially in a SOHO or Medium sized network as they can scale as far as you need them!
  • Reliablility
  • Intuitive to use
  • Hardware looks good
  • GUI is lackluster
  • Still using strange console cables, just use USB
  • Needs training to use
They fit pretty much anywhere!
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Routers are being used extensively now throughout the company. Although it is set up and monitored by the IT department exclusively, the whole work force is now directly or indirectly dependent on Cisco Routers. Our main concerns being lack of down time and high requirements for security and compatibility, Cisco Routers has been fantastic for us.
  • Secure.
  • High speed.
  • User friendly.
  • Setup could be made hassle free.
  • Easier customer support.
One major drawback of Cisco Routers is that it is quite expensive. It may not be the perfect budget friendly item for most small companies. However, it is highly accessible and reliable. Security concerns are next to nil so it is something one can rely on, without fearing frauds and security breeches.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is being used in a startup and small business setting for secure and fast network access for all office devices.
  • It is very easy to install and configure.
  • It can support high speeds and good network security protocols.
  • It could use more switch ports for more direct wired connections.
It is perfect for small businesses who need fast and secure network access at all times.
Jacob Klein | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco devices are used throughout the enterprise and support the entire organization. They help us ensure our end user and customer network is segmented from our employee and testing networks. They provide a secure barrier from other devices and we rely on them to keep unwanted scans from penetrating to our server VLANs and network.
  • Secure protection in areas that need to be protected.
  • They are reliable; we can always count on them to support our devices and stay online.
  • They have a common management interface that provides familiarity across Cisco platforms.
  • Provide additional options for connectivity
  • Possible cross-platform features
  • More diverse power options should be standard features
Cisco Routers are well suited for organizations that are looking for reliable and secure network routers. Once they are set up and configured, they have a reputation for longevity. Updates from Cisco are provided on a regular basis and contain many security patches throughout the year. The use of Cisco Routers might be less appropriate for smaller organizations that may not have the staff to support the devices.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have Meraki MX Cisco Routers at a couple different remote locations. They allow us to manage all devices from one web console without having to individually log in to multiple remote devices. It's nice not to have to worry about managing updates on each device, so I'm definitely happy about that.
  • Centralized management
  • Automatic updates
  • Simple site-to-site VPN configuration
  • The yearly license fee for Meraki products is way too costly
  • No ability to manage an individual device and no CLI interface
  • Some configuration changes are difficult or not well implemented
The Meraki MX series of Cisco Routers are well suited for an organization that doesn't have enough time to manage firewalls, security, or updates--along with the cash flow to pay for the yearly subscription. They are also good for organizations with multiple levels of IT experience because the web interface makes it easy to change network settings, track where network devices are, and deploy updates. They are not good for networks that are highly static because you would already know where things are on the network and wouldn't need the web interface for finding devices or changing settings. They are also not good for companies that don't want to pay an ongoing subscription fee, as the cost is quite high compared to what is provided, and if you stop paying for the yearly subscription, the hardware is useless.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I have implemented Cisco Routers for most of WAN connections and Internet peering sites. Most of the business issues like security and bandwidth issues are very well handled by Cisco Routers. The problems these routers solved were VPN and WAN QOS. Most of our customers use these routers for the whole organisations and across all BU.
  • Security. You can run VPN services on these routers along with core function of routing.
  • Rate limiting for DDOS or traffic on WAN links can help to prioritise the actual user traffic.
  • Routing. This is main feature of these devices and they do it really well.
  • GUI Management, as such there is no great GUI built-in. CCP can help but it's more for switches rather than for routers.
  • The whole upgrade procedure is pure manual work, great if it could have been single click button for upgrade and downgrade.
  • Config rollbacks are still manual, good to see if Cisco can implement config checkpoints.
Cisco Routers are well suited for mid to large companies. Be it for WAN or SD-WAN or Internet connections. These routers got the functions to handle all these. These routers may be less appropriate if you need ease of management or GUI management only. Routers are good for routing and may not be able to do all functions of firewalls, so should not be used in replacement of FW for these.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Routers are used corporate-wide, by 700+ users daily, including users on campus and remotely via VPN. They address basic user connectivity to corporate assets. We do not use many ACLs on these particular devices, opting for a dedicated firewall instead, but for routing, these devices are spot on. Meraki, at least, is much easier to set up if not as granular that traditional IOS, but for out of the box setup, can't be beaten.
  • Cisco Routers set up easily (even the IOS derivatives); they are basic in a good way.
  • Cisco Routers support all routing protocols (limitations on Merakis)
  • Work well in conjunction with Cisco switches.
  • Documentation can be challenging sometimes if questions are had. The tech docs can be overwhelming.
There are routers of all sizes for all needs that can be implemented as basically as needed or in the most complex of environments. The only time where they may be not suited is when the supporting staff may not be Cisco-savvy as there is a learning curve involved.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
All our routers are Cisco routers and have been for many years. Cisco is still the de facto standard and have very high quality. From a technical perspective the internet is a very good resource for any troubleshooting you might need to do: there is a massive amount of documentation and experience to be found on the web regarding Cisco.
  • Documentation on Cisco Routers is abundant.
  • The web is a great resource for troubleshooting.
  • Speed is good on the routers.
  • Pricing is a little high.
  • No real negatives are further worth mentioning.
As Cisco is still the de facto standard for routers or even other network equipment, it is the brand to go to. Especially high-end usage is excellent. It might be a bit too expensive for smaller companies. But quality has a price, so Cisco is certainly always worth to have a look at.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I recently used two RV models of Cisco Routers, more precisely the RV042 and RV340. The main feature used is the VPN and in both it worked well. I believe most of those looking for and purchasing this line of Cisco Routers are looking to implement such functionality in their small and medium businesses.
  • Functional VPN with robust configuration options for small businesses.
  • Load balancing for WAN, adding excellent manageability to your network.
  • Dual WAN.
  • Firmware improvements as the routers (at least the models I used) can sometimes crash while setting up.
  • In two RV042 that I had to configure and monitor, I had problems where they stopped working properly (crashes, loss of settings, bug). In another model, the VPN did not connect and only after a router restart did it work.
  • Three WAN options on RV line.
Cisco Routers is well suited for small businesses that need to connect branch offices via VPN, WAN redundancy allowing business continuity, and Internet link load balancing.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
They are used in our distribution, core, and peering layers.
  • Route packets.
  • Store prefixes.
  • There are inconsistencies in syntax and feature set across families.
  • The recommended code releases are usually way behind the release schedule.
  • Catastrophic bugs can cause issues with the most benign of changes.
The best use case for Cisco over other vendors is their training and certification programs, which are the de facto standard. If you only have experience with Cisco gear and don't want to expand your horizons, then Cisco is obviously going to be the choice.
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