Cisco Enterprise Routers Reviews

Cisco Enterprise Routers is the #2 ranked solution of our top Routers tools. It's rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to MikroTik Routers and Switches - Cisco Enterprise Routers vs MikroTik Routers and Switches

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Real User
IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I don't particularly like the product. The decision to go with Cisco was made by the company. Now they made an expensive investment so they feel we have to keep this equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

The commitment to Cisco products based on their advice and knowing our model and what we wanted to accomplish did not put us in an optimal situation. I do not think this solution has improved our… more »

What needs improvement?

The capacity of the equipment should be improved. Cisco sells expensive equipment, but it does not really have greater performance compared to the price paid for it. So, we're paying very high prices… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We don't have any licenses at this time. There were some compensating licenses that needed to be renewed every year, but then Cisco ended that practice. It was also sort of the local price break for… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, it is the Cisco products we use now that we will be replaced with another solution. We did not move from something else to Cisco. We have plans to get rid of the equipment. We want to switch… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others considering this solution would be not to do what we did. Don't go with the all-in-one solution. Buy a basic product that Cisco certifies is more than capable of routing the… more »
Saqib Jawaid
Consultant
Senior Consultant at Circles Consulting
Mar 31 2019

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us a more secure environment, especially the firewall. We've had multiple attempts of network intrusion which have been defeated because of the firewall rules in place.

What needs improvement?

Their support has room for improvement. The regional agents are not that great. The devices can be a bit of an energy hog. We would like to see a more durable power supply system because being in a third world country we have frequent power outages and it takes a bit of time for our generators and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our issues are basically currency related. The licensing is in dollars and the dollar is steadily rising. We've had an increase in the licensing fee due to the simple reason that the exchange rate is almost over 40%. That creates a major issue. If the currency devaluation doesn't stabilize, we may… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone outside the US to consider the issues that we're facing right now, the currency devaluation and licensing fees. I would rate it a nine out of ten because we haven't had any major issues with it.
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Farzin Oramipour
Real User
CEO at Atin Secure Systems
Jul 15 2020

What is most valuable?

I feel free with Cisco's operation system (IOS), and specifically, it's CLI. The power of Cisco is it's software and OS, not just their hardware. Their end product is very stable, straightforward, and… more »

What needs improvement?

Cisco could update or release a new GUI. It needs a more extensive and comprehensive GUI, specifically for people who don't like using CLIs. I don't mind CLI but, I know based on my experience that… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The initial costs of using a full Cisco scenario like purchasing gears and licenses may be a little bit high. However, with accurate design and implementation, you should make sure you are good to go… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Cisco is somehow expensive in comparison to other vendors. Hence, we have switched to other brands only to satisfy the financial needs of our customers. Our only suggestion to customers is Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

You can't compare Cisco to any other gadget or any other solution. They're the best in the market, hands down. I have no choice other than giving them full marks of ten out of ten. I'd recommend Cisco… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Cisco is the definition of computer networks in the industry. I have experience and knowledge in other brands like Mikrotik. However, Cisco is the best on the market.
EdwardKabara
Real User
Head of IT Department at Silver Springs Hotel
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is very stable. I have not seen any downtime due to the product freezing or anything like that. It performs well and hasn't required reboots unless it's to troubleshoot with a support service provider needing configuration. It doesn't overheat and it's on 24/7.

What needs improvement?

It would be great if there was a graphical user interface or something to interface with the router. If I only have one LAN port in which I want to connect more than one device, I have to buy an add-on card so that I can have two LAN ports. The smaller devices and low-end routers have about four LAN… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't really use another solution, at least not on a large scale. We did use some small routers like Linksys for a handful of people. For the purpose of our internet connectivity from the service provider to my company, I wanted to use Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

We operate a hotel and we have clients who are logging into the WiFi all the time. We need to give them good connectivity. Sometimes we get as many as 500 connections and we know that with Cisco unless the service provider lets us down, the device won't fail. It's a very good product. I'd recommend… more »
Simbarashe Mazorodze
Real User
ICT Infrastructure and Security Services Manager at NATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY AUTHORITY - NSSA ZIMBABWE
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The Cisco routers are very stable. We can use these routers for multiple links, so in terms of scalability, it's a plus for us. Cisco has one of the best products in terms of routing because of the… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of room for improvement, I think that there is a need for additional administration. We have seen other products, such as the Cisco Email Security Appliance and the Cisco Web Security… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cisco is mid-tier in terms of pricing and quite affordable by most enterprises.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Cisco is very a popular vendor in this country, so I have been using Cisco products all along, in terms of routing. I have not been exposed to other technologies.

What other advice do I have?

Mostly, this is a very good product. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are some people trying to introduce other technology such as Check Point and Juniper, but our Enterprise customers rely on Cisco.
Real User
Head of Cisco Department at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are security and throughput. Security is very important and the throughput is valuable because the data amounts get bigger each time.

What needs improvement?

The scalability of this solution needs to be improved because the amount of data gets larger and larger as does the network. This should be a part of the site share equipment. In the next release, I would like to see cloud management and cloud security. Also, for our customers, if they could have all of their tools in one place for monitoring and configuring their equipment, and it should be very… more »

What other advice do I have?

Buy official equipment and services from Cisco and you will have fully qualified technical support. There are no limitations, you should go forward with the solution. There is always something new being developed and it is always growing. This is a company that is very innovative. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Real User
Network Infrastructure Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The routing feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution is more flexible in configuration and in deployment. The deployment is very easy.

What needs improvement?

Currently, we use the 4000 series of the solution, however, there were issues with the 1900 series. The solution needs to offer some security features in a future release.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There's a yearly licensing agreement. You can add more features at an additional cost if you need to.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used, and still use Juniper. We use both Juniper and Cisco within our organization; we haven't replaced one with the other.

What other advice do I have?

We're mostly using the 4000 series of the solution. In terms of advice, I'd say users need to be clear about customer requirements to avoid overpaying for features they don't need. They should take care to select the proper router type and… more »
GoumouFerdinand
Real User
Security Engineer at Socitech SA
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

Most of the hardware is very stable. In the 3750 model, the best feature is the stacking. My customer needed that because they wanted high-availability between the firewall and the end-users.

What needs improvement?

High-availability management needs to be improved. When one switch fails, it will ask you to come back and use a different one. If they can negate or reduce the modem delay, that would be great. When we are performing maintenance, it takes too long to reboot the device.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we were using another solution, but we change to Cisco Enterprise Routers because where I work, most people want to have full control of their devices.

What other advice do I have?

Most of the time, I use the command-line interface. The downtime for a switch automatically taking over for another one has been reduced. It used to take five or six minutes for the jobs on the other resource tree, but it is faster now. My advice for people implementing this solution is to test it… more »
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What is Cisco Enterprise Routers?

The high-performance Cisco Enterprise Routers are the market leader due to their breadth of advanced support for LAN/WAN services, redundancy, reliability, and performance.
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