2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Cisco Enterprise Routers?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Cisco Enterprise Routers.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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TM
Solution System Engineer at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
Real User
2022-09-22T23:25:23Z
Sep 22, 2022

The solution is difficult to implement without a broad knowledge base. Subnetting for large organizations is complicated because you must understand the company hierarchy before starting to subnet. The process can be difficult so it helps to have experience or rely on other team members for advice.

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BT
System & Network Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-09-13T20:24:19Z
Sep 13, 2022

The product would be more scalable if it could operate with other brands.

Sadam Kherisat - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Consultant- Networking Services at STS
Real User
Top 5
2022-07-21T19:20:25Z
Jul 21, 2022

The solution could be priced better because sometimes it is expensive.

AB
Head Of Information Technology at Zambia National Building Society
Real User
Top 5
2022-07-05T14:42:57Z
Jul 5, 2022

It only breaks if you're not using an up-to-date version of the iOS or are not doing upgrades. Also you are not refreshing your hardware. With Cisco, when you buy it, you know that for about five to ten years, you will not have issues. These assets, you refresh them and every five to ten years, you should be getting new equipment that is supported.

Dhanushka Chaitanya - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - Enterprise Networking Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-05-26T13:29:50Z
May 26, 2022

Cisco could improve by reducing the delays in receiving physical devices.

Sumanth Myneni - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect at PepsiCo
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-05-17T14:45:17Z
May 17, 2022

The overall price of Cisco Enterprise Routers should be reduced, it is expensive.

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AO
Projects Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2022-03-14T12:14:22Z
Mar 14, 2022

Performance is one area that could be improved. The stability of the devices is great, but performance-wise we find that upgrading the memory or changing the device entirely is sometimes necessary.

SameerBali - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Architect at Syriatel Mobile Telecom
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-02T15:38:05Z
Feb 2, 2022

The price could be lowered.

KR
SW Engineer at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2021-12-22T21:03:00Z
Dec 22, 2021

I would like it if Cisco Routers had a longer lifecycle. That's what we need. We don't want to renew or implement a new model. One model should be available for at least five years. This seems impossible nowadays.

AA
IT Support Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-13T11:48:00Z
Dec 13, 2021

I would like the routers to have the same support and duration of support as the switches.

IL
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-09T06:21:05Z
Dec 9, 2021

An area for improvement would be the power supply unit. This product also tends to have a short life cycle, which could be better.

JG
Field service manager at reduno.com
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-10T23:58:50Z
Nov 10, 2021

The initial setup can be a little bit difficult. They should try to make it easier to set up for new users.

FV
Network telecommunications administrator at Comtel Technologies
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-02T06:00:03Z
Nov 2, 2021

Sometimes, it can take a while to get used to a new version or additions which are made and this involves us going to the note and doing a lot of reading. There are many changes of which we are not aware. The technology should be addressed, the new protocols that are incorporated in a new version. A new way for registering the equipment might be needed. It can be hard for us to deploy a new version, as we lack the knowledge for its use. The installation process should be simplified, since it is quite complex in a new version. There are simply too many changes taking place. While we are still in the process of learning how to use a new version, another is sent. French language capabilities should be added. It is hard for us to adequately express ourselves in English.

Ahmed Hawana - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and Security Engineer at IDSC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-10-16T07:15:59Z
Oct 16, 2021

Cisco could provide more information about their routers to allow customers a better understanding of their solutions. Cisco Enterprise Routers could improve by having some more advanced features.

PI
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-09-07T12:23:56Z
Sep 7, 2021

The solution could be more stable and secure.

GS
Information Security and Compliance Manager at RSwitch
Real User
Top 10
2021-08-17T17:12:05Z
Aug 17, 2021

Cisco Enterprise Routers could improve by making their solution more user-friendly. Currently, users need to have extensive knowledge of networking to use them because there is only a command-line interface for the configuration. They should add a graphical interface to allow junior users guidance and more flexibility when doing the configuration.

WW
DevOps System Engineer at Monash University
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-08-17T12:41:13Z
Aug 17, 2021

The price could be better.

SB
Principal Engineer IoT Network Architecture at Vodafone Idea Limited
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-31T12:34:34Z
Jul 31, 2021

Over time things have changed where Cisco has not invested in improving the orchestration and simplifying it for people who do not want to get into the details. Cisco has not gone into that focus. Technologies such as MPLS and VPN, have become very difficult to use for many service providers. This is where you have the admission of software-defined networks which brought in a lot of simplicity when it comes to routing and functionality. What Cisco Routers needs to do to improve is what they have already done with the SD-WAN solution. It is a very, elegant solution, but even though it is a pretty comprehensive solution, one of the problems with the Cisco solution is many customers do not use all the features. They must have a category of customer premises equipment, specifically for the managed service providers and enterprise networks that can be much more cost-effective from an IT perspective. The configuration can be simplified at the GUI level. It should be easier because any telecommunication provider only has an enterprise network nowadays. When I am running an SD-WAN as an enterprise, I have features that are capable of finding an alternate path when there is latency. I have yet to find a solution to integrate them. For example, if I am a managed services provider for an SD-WAN customer, how do I make sure that this feature is automatically taken care of by the service provider side by monitoring its own option. This managing from the service provider side in the SD-WAN solution does not exist, it is all only static provisioning right now. When you are doing the original provisioning it happens, but dynamically when the network changes due to quirks in the network, how does it actually handle it. If there was this kind of features it would help Cisco to become the best in the process. You need to have a more solution-specific understanding. The parts management teams have to come up with features that will benefit the service provider and the enterprises if they want to be the best.

Edgar Eduardo Ramirez Orjuela - PeerSpot reviewer
Electronic Engineer at SkyNet Colombia
Real User
Top 10
2021-06-19T09:17:20Z
Jun 19, 2021

It can be very expensive, sometimes, to do the jump to the next router for your needs. It will be great if you can buy a variable router and then upgrade or enable features as you grow. Otherwise, it can become very expensive to have robust equipment. In the next release, I would like to see more free SD-WAN features and vertical solutions.

Alkesh Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at Rythmos Ind Pvt Ltd.
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-22T10:36:47Z
May 22, 2021

They take too much time to reboot or restart. Whenever we hard reset them, they take time. Cisco should resolve this issue.

Rajkumar Gottiparthi - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President at Vodafone Idea Ltd.
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-29T14:33:24Z
Apr 29, 2021

While the commands are easy to understand, and you will find a mixture, if you put a question mark on them then it will create problems. The improvements will improve our company management and our system compatibility.

Riasat Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Group Head of IT at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-02-25T15:13:08Z
Feb 25, 2021

Prices could be better. I would like to see better reporting and also integration with other products.

AS
General Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-24T10:07:24Z
Feb 24, 2021

We are evaluating and considering moving to SD-WAN, which is the latest one. As we are expanding, we require more coverage.

MR
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-02-11T12:22:09Z
Feb 11, 2021

The price could be better. This product is already at the end of life stage, but if they continue to make this kind of product, they should make it affordable. All the new releases come with little flexibility and are expensive. In the next release, it would be helpful if they put some features like antivirus inside the router.

NS
Network Engineer at IRPC PCL
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-01-28T13:58:08Z
Jan 28, 2021

I would like to see more boundaries and better performance.

FH
Assistant PSSE Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 10
2021-01-24T08:38:46Z
Jan 24, 2021

I would like to see support for software-defined networking. The routers could be more secure.

RA
Network Administrator
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-23T22:19:00Z
Jan 23, 2021

An area of improvement would be the way the licenses are managed because, at the moment, you pay for a license for each router as opposed to paying a once-off cost.

GA
Deputy Director at a sports company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-01-23T11:57:00Z
Jan 23, 2021

It's not really about how Cisco can be improved, but the utilities around it. For example, Fortinet has a good firewall and useful auditing tools with it. It also allows establishing centralize infrastructure, just by installing a Fortinet client software, VPN software, at the client end. However, we know that Cisco is also providing such a product in the name of AnyConnect. It is a concern over the cost aspect because of the budget we have available, Fortinet is much cheaper than the Cisco product, including the functionalities it provides. Cisco routers are an expensive product. Regarding Cisco usage in the future, it depends upon the increase in the immigration checkpoints. If our government decided to open 10 more immigration checkpoints, and other sites related to those, it would require more procuring of hardware, including the number of routers to support this.

DM
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-12-20T15:04:34Z
Dec 20, 2020

We don't really see any places where Cisco is lacking. They are quite reliable. A specific client may have specific needs. There may be features they need that Cisco may not have. Each organization is unique in that sense. It would be nice if Cisco had the capability for packet capture. Depending on the customer, the initial setup could be complex. Technical support could be slightly more responsive.

JULIO DURAN - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultor en Redes y Seguridad at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
MSP
Top 10
2020-12-18T19:58:00Z
Dec 18, 2020

It would be good if Cisco Enterprise Routers could improve their integration with other vendors. For example the AGLP protocol is supported by Cisco and not by any other vendors.

KS
IT Consultant at a marketing services firm with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 5
2020-12-16T19:36:24Z
Dec 16, 2020

I haven't really delved deeply into the configuration, so from the router's point of view, I can't provide much of an opinion. From the switches perspective, I feel there isn't much that can be done because again, I have delved into the configuration. When we set up a LAN and we use Cisco, it makes life easy. If instead, we buy it from the distributor, it comes provisioned with the licenses. We just plug it in, and the network goes up, except when we need to do a VLAN. The only other thing we struggled with from time to time is when we were configuring access points through a controller. The challenge we had was because our client used a firewall and they used a proxy, which gave us many challenges in relation to the configuration. But other than that, it went well. The price should be reduced. Our clients are mainly government and they want to implement CCAT6A and they come up with extremely stringent conditions. It made it difficult for us to even bid because they want gold certified partners. It became a bit tricky for us to submit the bids.

MN
Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-12-06T06:46:00Z
Dec 6, 2020

With Cisco Linksys, we need better pricing. Cisco is an expensive product, much more so that other products, such as those by HP. The Cisco Switches and Routers price should be reduced. We need better pricing and support. For Cisco Routers, we need better pricing, better implementation, and support.

Igor Pigariev - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Consultant at Ukroboronprom
Real User
Top 5
2020-11-23T18:19:00Z
Nov 23, 2020

I think that it would be better if they can create menus and instructions in the Ukrainian language. The dashboards and control system are in need of improvement. I would like to have functionality added for cybersecurity.

JH
Chief Information and Communication Technology at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-11-19T15:04:53Z
Nov 19, 2020

Compared to equipment by other vendors, such as Check Point, the physical size of the units is bigger. A smaller footprint would be an improvement. We sometimes experience delays when a router is processing that requires us to reboot it.

Khairul  Bashar - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at Beximco
Real User
2020-09-06T08:04:28Z
Sep 6, 2020

The DNS system, which is very important, has not yet been implemented. All new Cisco switches are Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches that are DNL supported. The price could be improved. In Bangladesh, we do not have any expert-level support. We are having many issues implementing the DNS system.

Muhammed Eslami - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-09-06T08:04:23Z
Sep 6, 2020

These routers are not easy to use for non-professional users, so simplification is something that would improve this product. Having a well-designed graphical user interface would make this product easier to use.

KumarSain - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Security Engineer at Rackspace Technology
Real User
2020-08-20T07:50:15Z
Aug 20, 2020

Some of the features could be more secure. For example, firewall features could have better security. There are some routers that come with this feature. It can be implemented with ACL, but there is only one destination source with IP based filtering. If it is possible then it would be content-based. It is available in the new routers. If we were to purchase the new Data Centre Series router, it would include this feature.

it_user1362003 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Reseller
2020-08-19T07:57:28Z
Aug 19, 2020

Cisco has a lot of problems with the graphical interfaces used for management.

Farzin Oramipour - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineering Manager at Chalish Co.
Real User
2020-07-12T11:48:00Z
Jul 12, 2020

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 not everyone prefers it. Unfortunately, Cisco promotes only to use CLI. I am teaching Cisco up to CCNP level to my students, but up until today, I haven't been able to take the Cisco exams because we are banned from doing so in our country due to sanctions. We cannot even take the Cisco exams out of the country. I wanted to travel to Turkey to try, however, I was told I wouldn't be recognized even if I pass the exam.

Chikwado-Attama - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Support Engineer at Tek Experts
Real User
2019-10-30T06:14:00Z
Oct 30, 2019

The pricing of the solution needs improvement.

EmadAttia - PeerSpot reviewer
IT manager at Oberoi
Real User
Top 5
2019-10-28T06:34:00Z
Oct 28, 2019

The configuration needs improvement. Most routers, like HP or Aruba, use a UI interface. Those solutions are similar and uniform. It's easier for us compared to Cisco because with Cisco you are not using normal commands. They need to enhance the UI to make it more usable.

it_user1185396 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-27T06:19:00Z
Oct 27, 2019

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 for medium — or low to medium — capacity equipment. One thing that I would like to see is a more user-friendly dashboard. Really it generally needs easier capabilities to do basic management of the product and the system for users who are not Cisco employees or representatives. Though it is not directly the product, their technical support services can be improved. We have not had many problems with the product, but we pay for support and they have not really solved the issues we submitted to our satisfaction. It is the same with Cisco iOS. We know that when we install the next version, we have come to expect that something will break. Testing upgrades should be improved as well.

IB
Head of Cisco Department at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
Oct 24, 2019

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 secure.

EK
Head of IT Department at Silver Springs Hotel
Real User
2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
Oct 24, 2019

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 ports. This solution is a high-end device but has only one. It would be preferable if they offered more LAN ports. I don't know whether the solution can be cloud-managed. When I am away from work, it would be great if I could still have access and manage things, check the configuration, etc. Right now, I don't have a way of monitoring things if I am not at my desk. I need a feature introduced where I can be able to tell if my provider is giving me constant capacity. The solution should be able to alert me to when the capacity fluctuates so I can go back to my provider and tell ask them why they are giving me less capacity than I am paying for.

RT
CEO at Reynolds Global Solutions
Real User
2019-10-23T05:52:00Z
Oct 23, 2019

The pricing could be improved.

AH
Network Infrastructure Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-23T05:52:00Z
Oct 23, 2019

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.

JC
Specialkonsulent at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-10-23T05:52:00Z
Oct 23, 2019

We would like to see the security improved.

PA
Lead Network Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-22T04:42:00Z
Oct 22, 2019

The support for SD-WAN technology is not mature yet. I would like to see the setup time reduced.

RA
Senior Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-10-21T17:16:00Z
Oct 21, 2019

The cost of this solution is a little bit high compared to others. Some of our customers have asked that this solution have a 10G connection.

GoumouFerdinand - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Engineer at Socitech SA
Real User
2019-10-15T05:01:00Z
Oct 15, 2019

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.

Simbarashe Mazorodze - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Terrific Tech
Real User
Top 20
2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
Oct 13, 2019

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 Appliance, now have a web-based interface. We would like to see this in the routers, as well. It would make our administration easier. Considering the increase in data that is being processed across networks, I think that increasing the CPU size to boost processing power would be wise. People are now trying to do more analytics, so this would be helpful. I think that it would be better for analytics if the local storage, on the router itself, were increased. This would allow us to store more data for analysis as we are trying to secure our network.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 22, 2021
Which are better and why?
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Nov 2, 2021
Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They also have a very good, long lifespan. We feel the command configuration is very intuitive and the command line interface is very simple to handle, at least for the tech-savvy crowd. Technical support is also very good. Cisco Enterprise routers can be very expensive. You do have to have some knowledge to configure, and that can be a dissatisfaction for some. A graphical interface would be helpful for those with less expertise and would make setup, scaling, and overall management easier. They could also integrate better with other products and solutions. Their Firewall and VPN options should be improved to stay more competitive with other products. MikroTik Routers and Switches are very good with multi-routing, multi-dwelling, multi-tenant units. Their bandwidth is amazing - we have experienced zero downtime. We found the solution to be very stable and flexible. They deliver the same performance as the top brands for a significantly lower price. The initial setup can be tricky. The user interface is a bit dated and the support could use improvement. They only warranty their product for one year, where others offer three, five, or more. This could be a concern for some. We feel that this product is not suited for high-end projects. Conclusion MikroTik offers a very usable stable product for smaller organizations that are not looking to grow exponentially quickly. They do not scale beyond 3 gigs of traffic. For a smaller organization, they would be a very good fit. Cisco is the go-to solution for larger organizations. They have the brand recognition that clients like They offer a solid product that they will stand behind, and it performs well. They can easily meet the needs of large enterprises and growing organizations.
GG
Ingeniería de Preventa at TECNORED SA
Nov 22, 2021
Mikrotik, as Cisco is not for everyone ... While this popular OS-based router, is simple, it is not for all applications. When one wants complex results, MK is useful. it is an assistant to ADMs who do not have much knowledge.  But not everything is simple or can be solved with a single team. The particularity of its Agile and intuitive interface makes MK lose in the middle to high segment.  Cisco has years of experience, one may or may not agree with its pricing and especially licensing policy, but its products are made to last, its IOS, is powerful in many areas.  One turns on a Cisco and if the initial configuration is optimal, it does not turn off that router anymore.  MK is a team that must be seen, controlling and above all optimizing. The reasons for choosing one and the other are simple, money, knowledge and, above all, projection.  Cisco can be planned and completed, but it is not for everyone. MK plans to buy and update the HW sooner or later. His continuous releases are tedious but necessary. Cisco in the Enterprise range is clearly superior, as is Juniper or Huawei.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Sep 22, 2022
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Simbarashe Mazorodze - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Terrific Tech
Oct 13, 2019
We use this solution for interconnecting our branch offices. We have six branches in addition to our head office. All of our routers are on-premises deployments.
GoumouFerdinand - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Engineer at Socitech SA
Oct 15, 2019
This is a solution that I integrate for our customers.
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