Huawei edge routers..

Jonathon Exley Jonathon.Exley at
Tue Mar 6 15:41:57 CST 2012

I last played with Huawei routers about 10 years ago and it looked very much like IOS. Interesting that they have changed.
Also interesting that you don't like Alcatel's TiMOS - I prefer it to IOS, and find it comparable to Junos.
I suppose we all have our own tastes...


-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Bates [mailto:jbates at] 
Sent: Wednesday, 7 March 2012 5:51 a.m.
To: nanog at
Subject: Re: Huawei edge routers..

On 3/6/2012 4:20 AM, Saku Ytti wrote:
> I've not looked if they do netconf or whatnot, but that wasn't really 
> my point. My point was, your system doesn't complain to you daily that 
> working with huawei CLI is more annoying than IOS.

On the other hand, if you hop into other people's Huawei routers via CLI you will curse and scream. As close as I could tell, it handles most functionality of IOS, but they tried to find a synonym for every word cisco used in the cli.

I thought working in Alcatel was bad compared to IOS/Junos, but Huawei definitely is up there as bad. Communicating with their installers in a multi-vendor environment left a lot to be desired. Their documentation was somewhat readable.

In general, it is like all the other vendors. A ton of research to make sure the product does exactly what you want it to do, testing and adapting engineering plans based on what it will actually do. Extremely long delays in fixing any bugs or problems which you can't resolve yourself.

(spends too much time in cli, needs a versatile translation system for quick contract work).

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