A quality product but expensive
October 05, 2021

A quality product but expensive

Umair Ali Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Routers

  • Cisco ISR 1000 Series
  • Cisco ISR 4000 Series
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

Do you think Cisco Routers delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Routers's feature set?

No

Did Cisco Routers live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Cisco Routers go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Routers again?

No

  • High availability for internet
  • High cost for hardware
  • Less native ports
  • Smartnet cost is very high
All of the networking equipment provided by Cisco is highly compatible with each other and works well with each other. However, this was not an important factor for the purchase because Cisco Routers is not integrated with our internal network. It is being used at the edge of the network to provide auto-failover for internet links with our service providers.
Our organization has not benefited from this capability as we are using firewalls for threat protection and securing our networking edge. The firewalls have a wide range of security features and stronger hardware for inspection and filtering of inbound and outbound traffic. It also has web filtering and antivirus built-in.
Cisco Routers are designed to provide high availability between multiple links. Other routers also have basic high availability features, but they do not support high-end routing protocols like BGP and auto-failover mechanisms like IP SLA. Cisco Routers do support these features, and they are implemented very well into the platform.
Mikrotik Routers are very inexpensive and lightweight routers. They support many features that enterprise routers support like routing protocols, ACLs, Nating, radius server-based authentication, GUI management, and many more. However, it is not built to handle large amounts of traffic, and it is better suited for small businesses. On the other hand, Cisco Routers are built for large enterprises, and they perform very well under heavy loads of traffic.
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.