A review of Cisco Routers
February 12, 2019
A review of Cisco Routers
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers
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 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.
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.