Cisco Enterprise Routers Initial Setup

IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I thought that the initial setup was very complex. Cisco does not have a straightforward logic for the configuration of the equipment. You need to do a lot of extra things. For example, you have to open a specific port to the outside to allow traffic, you have to review the ACL (Access Control List), and you need to review firewall provisions. It's a bit complicated to manage compared to other equipment and in other firewalls where it is a much simpler process. I find it complex to manage this Cisco solution and I am sure it can be simplified. Our deployment took about two to three months, at best, to tune it up to make all work properly. It was not done alone by me, but it was all done in house. I have a good team of people, but it took too long to get everything dialed in. Even after that time, we had only met most of the requirements that were outlined. There was still more to do. View full review »
Saqib Jawaid
Senior Consultant at Circles Consulting
The initial setup was quite easy. Our employees are Cisco certified so they are familiar with the setup and activities of the products. The very initial setup was in 2001. After that, we just swapped it for the updated rules of the devices. That's all we had to do. It's been a seamless integration and a seamless upgrade with very minimal downtime. Our implementation strategy was that we had to open an office in 30 days. It took us about two weeks to wire the entire office up and put the hardware in place. It was a total initial build so we had no issues at all. Everything was covered. We did have serious problems where we had the wiring issues and whatnot, but otherwise, it was business as usual. We have three people in our network department who oversee the devices, maintenance and whatever needs to be done. We have two technicians and one Cisco certified tech. View full review »
Head of IT Department at Silver Springs Hotel
Deployment took some time. One person came in to terminate cable. Then, the next day, they sent someone to configure the router which took three hours. Some of the settings weren't quite working right, which is why it took that long. View full review »
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Simbarashe Mazorodze
ICT Infrastructure and Security Services Manager at NATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY AUTHORITY - NSSA ZIMBABWE
The basic setup is pretty straightforward, although we have reached out to Cisco for help when we needed to implement tight security and integration with other Cisco products. We have a technical team of about ten people who manage these routers. There are six system administrations and three people in the head office. View full review »
Head of Cisco Department at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup is easy and straightforward. This solution has a web-based interface which makes it easy for installation. The deployment can take one or two days. If it's a new implementation and it just needs to install one router in a network, it can take less than a day. But, if it's in Europe and it has a complicated network because they are large, it will take time to make new routes or policies. This can span one or two days. View full review »
Network Infrastructure Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. Deployment takes about two hours. Our strategy was to have both high and low-level information in regard to the configuration. We usually have it in our script and we can use this information to assist us with deployment. You require about two people for deployment and maintenance of the solution. View full review »
Specialkonsulent at a government with 201-500 employees
The complexity of the solution depends on what you are going to implement. Just routing the internet into our location is simple and straightforward. It's always through the MPLS, which means that we don't need to be aware of things other than configuring the firewall. The setup can be quite difficult, but that's the way Cisco likes to do it. That's why we need to hire extra people from the outside to come and help. We are still in the process of deploying this solution. View full review »
CEO at Reynolds Global Solutions
The initial setup is straightforward. The one interface that I use for one command center and the LAN are simple to set up. View full review »
Lead Network Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The setup of enterprise routers is primarily hardware and it takes a long time to set up. View full review »
Senior Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. View full review »
IT Manager at Oberoi
The initial setup was easy. Deployment only took one day. View full review »
Chikwado Attama
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was very good. View full review »
Cloud Support Engineer at Tek Experts
The initial setup of the solution is quite easy if you are a technical person. If you are not a technical person it can take a while. A technical person should be able to deploy it in 25-45 minutes. View full review »
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