As computer technology progresses, the distinction between router and switch products is becoming less clear. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) products designed to connect networks. A typical example is connecting an office network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are L2 devices that interface various devices that share the same network. Generally, routers rely on CPUs to steer data based on complex software, providing versatility at the expense of throughput. Switches, on the other hand, depend on largely predefined hardware configurations to send traffic at the fastest feasible rate. The current generation of routers usually come with Layer 2 switching capability, and many of today’s switches include some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have improved significantly in capability and speed and Cisco offers an extensive product line that includes routers designed to meet the requirements of customers from households to the world's largest service providers.

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The most recent ISR routers from Cisco have the speed and integrated features to manage data voice and video plus virtualization while also providing high availability, remote administration, seamless expandability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow you to build a solid foundation for an information network that can grow smoothly as you add more workers, establish extra offices, configure additional functions, extend your network to customers and partners, and build an expanding mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco certified CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and affordable remote expertise to assist you to select, deploy, manage, update, and support Cisco's latest routers and can help you to maintain your older routers or move efficiently to Cisco’s newer networking solutions.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for small organizations and remote offices offer low-cost and reliable entry-level alternatives that allow limited groups of workers to have safe access to the Internet. All these single-configuration desktop devices feature at least four Ethernet switches with wireless options and integrated firewall to provide advanced protection. Built for simple setup, administration, and support, Cisco’s small business routers reduce TCO by cutting equipment and maintenance expenses. Progent’s online support specialists have extensive backgrounds delivering immediate and affordable technical help for small businesses to configure and maintain these devices, and Progent’s CCIE network consultants can help your company to understand whether and how Cisco’s entry-level routers can add to the strategic value of your information system.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers HelpCisco's affordably priced RV Series Routers are engineered to offer small businesses with VPN technology that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network securely. Models in the RV Series VPN Routers can handle up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, include 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls with advanced encryption, and allow browser-based setup for easy set up and management. All models support 10/100 Ethernet and several models support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. These routers do not support Cisco’s popular IOS software.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ConsultantsCisco’s RV042 VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely handle as many as 50 remote offices or online workers through Internet Protocol Security or PPTP VPN. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 Dual WAN VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 switch and can manage 100 branch offices or off-site users with full IPsec VPN tunneling. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router has 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 online connections, and lets as many as seven switched ports to be configured for traffic load balancing or for ISP redundancy to ensure zero downtime Internet access.

More recent models in Cisco's family of RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port switch and support for four active VLANs, the Cisco RV130W Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the RV220W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and the ability to support 25 VPN tunnels, and the Cisco 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gbit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity.

Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop, fanless appliances designed and priced for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 Series family of routers have been released with various options over many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast array of options offered within Cisco's 800 line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 router catalog can enable unified media environments by delivering voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for Cisco 881 routers include redundant wide area network connections or support for landline broadband WAN connections such as DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on one appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a broad variety of deployment scenarios

The baseline Cisco 881 features a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps performance, support for up to 20 users, two-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. Cisco's 881W router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router includes 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks also support offsite call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are intended to provide branch offices of enterprises with advanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, protection, and dependable WAN access. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature a design that preserves past investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line costs by permitting easy installation of new modules when they are developed. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers feature 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and easier support. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers offer Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for faster throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer smart power control for improved energy conservation.

A major advance with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and activate new functions as required without having to download and transfer a new IOS image over to yourrouter. Progent's team of CCIE network consultants can provide proven skills to help your business to plan, configure, and support multi-location deployments of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that enhance branch office productivity and reduce the costs of expansion and maintenance.

Cisco 1900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Experts1900 Integrated Services G2 routers include hardware encryption, optional IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and a maximum of 11 modular LAN switchports. The 1941W ISR router provides an integrated WiFi access point that enables cordless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video through Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands coverage for existing 802.11a/b/g users. Interface alternatives for the 1900 ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Compared to the previous generation 1841 ISR router which they are able to substitute for, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include 256 megabytes vs. 32 of CompactFlash storage as a default, and flash can be expanded to 4 gigabytes instead of 128 MB. Default DRAM size is 256 megabytes compared to 128 and maximum dynamic RAM size is 2.25 gigabytes vs. 384 megabytes. Unlike the 1841 router, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers include a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 connector and includes an add-in slot for the recently introduced Internal Services Module to replace the slot for the older and lower performance Advanced Integration Module. Unlike higher end ISR Generation 2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers do not allow redundant power or slots for PVDM modules.

2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote Consulting2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four versions which are intended as upgrades to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2900 ISR G2 routers include integrated hardware encryption, voice and video ready Digital Signal Processor slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 modular Ethernet switchports. The on-board encryption hardware provides IPsec and SSL VPN for protected remote access and is significantly faster than the Advanced Integration Modules available with 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 Series ISR G2 router supports 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus 1 GigE.

2900 Series ISR G2 routers support Cisco’s Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-performance features identical to the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the previous 2821 Integrated Services router that the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to substitute for, the 2921 is offered by default with 256 MB vs. 64 megabytes of flash memory and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 512 MB vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes instead of only 1.

3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
3900 ISR G2 Routers Remote Security ConsultantsCisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the highest throughput and slot densities in Cisco’s ISR Generation 2 product line and support high-speed digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive voice/video applications, accelerated on-board encryption, a wide selection of connectivity alternatives, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To protect your IT investment, the 3900 ISR G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine, a versatile motherboard that can be swapped out in the field to improve processing power without requiring you to purchase another piece of equipment. Like other Cisco ISR G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 family also preserves past network investments by accepting most of the modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved availability, 3900 Integrated Services G2 offer dual integrated power supplies.

Compared to the previous 3825 Integrated Services router that the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the 3925 router is shipped standard with 256 megabytes instead of 64 MB of flash memory and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 4 gigabytes vs. 1 GB.

Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
Cisco's 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and expandable platforms designed for organizations with multiple branch offices and offsite users requiring direct access to in-house data centers and public clouds via VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the throughput required for distributed enterprise sites to accommodate mobile workers, Cloud-based services, and multimedia applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Devices in Cisco's ISR 4000 family run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To manage unified communications, the 400o ISR offers extensive edge support for SBC, branch telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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The major difference between the Cisco 4400 and 4300 Series is redundant power supply capability in the 4400 ISR Series, offering a higher level of availability. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router comes in a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules, offers up to 100 Mbps throughput, and can handle 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4331 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU form factor and includes two NIMs, delivers as much as 300 Mbps performance, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 model comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides up to 400 Mbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The dual power supply 4431 Integrated Services Router features a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides up to 1 Gbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The fault-tolerant 4431 model comes in a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, delivers up to 2 Gbps throughput, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.

Cisco's 1st Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's first-generation ISR routers, with more than 6M products deployed, have become the industry's leading solution for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise satellite offices to ensure fast, secure, and reliable access to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network engineers are proven experts at providing remote consulting, management, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series ISR routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the current release of Cisco IOS Software with minimal service interruption to your network, evaluate the security profile of your existing router configuration, and help your IT organization to move economically to the latest releases of Cisco ISR G2 routers whenever it makes competitive sense for your company.

Cisco 1800 ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers ConsultantsThe Cisco 1800 family of routers embed data and security within a single robust solution for high-speed, expandable delivery of vital business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series architecture has been especially developed to handle the needs of small and midsize businesses, enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for access to concurrent services at wire performance. The integrated systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series routers delivers maximum versatility and investment protection.

Cisco's 1841 integrated services router provides important benefits compared to older generations of Cisco 1700 Series routers by bringing more than a fivefold throughput improvement plus built-in hardware-based encryption enabled by an optional Cisco IOS Software protection image. Cisco's 1841 integrated services router significantly increases interface card slot throughput and capacity in comparison to the Cisco 1700 Series while still providing support for dozens of existing WAN interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The 1841 router provides additional enhancement of VPN performance with an available VPN acceleration add-in; IPS and firewall functions; compatibility with a wide array of interface needs, including support for optional integrated switch ports; plus enough speed and expansion slot density for future network growth and next-generation applications.

2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Router ConsultantsTargeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco 2800 Series consists of several basic versions: the 2801, the 2811, the 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 Series routers provide significant additional value vs. prior models of Cisco routers at similar price points by delivering up to a five times performance increase, as much as a 10x increase in protection and voice speed, embedded service features, and dramatically improved plug-in slot speed and density while maintaining compatibility with most of the almost 100 popular modules available today for the Cisco 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 Series routers.

Cisco's 2800 Series router provides a range of common security functions including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security VPN, Secure Sockets Layer VPN, advanced application inspection and control, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in one secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security features directly into the router, Cisco can provide unique intelligent security solutions other security devices cannot, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for QoS support when combining voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN); Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy VPN for enabling more expandable and manageable VPN networks.

Organizations can use the 2800 router to create an integrated IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP phones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on one router for their small-to-medium sized satellite offices.

The 2800 Series router incorporates an integrated access point for 802.11x wireless LAN access, wireless Hotspot capability for shared public wireless LANs, and network services for cordless WLAN telephony and for larger locations.

Cisco 3800 ISR Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers ConsultantsThe Cisco 3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and enterprise branch offices to offer businesses the top levels of network agility, performance, and intelligence. 3800 Series integrated services routers smoothly incorporate the latest network engineering, adaptive services, and secure enterprise communications into a single resilient platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. 3800 Series integrated services routers feature internal security intelligence, excellent throughput and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that provide the performance, availability, and dependability required for building mission-critical protection, IP telephony, business video, network monitoring, and web-based programs in even the most competitive corporate environments. Built for speed, the Cisco 3800 Series routers provide multiple simultaneous services up to wire-speed T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing technology of the Cisco 3800 Series router is designed to integrate protection and voice processing with the latest wireline and wireless support for rapid installation of new applications, including application layer functions, smart network services, and converged communications. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services router supports the throughput demands of several Fast Ethernet interfaces for every slot, TDM connections, and integrated power distribution to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while also accommodating the traditional portfolio of interface modules. This ensures ongoing return on investment by allowing network expansion or accommodating innovations in technology as new applications are added. By combining the capabilities of several distinct devices into a single compact unit, the 3800 Series router dramatically lowers the expense and complexity of administering remote networks.

Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s midrange and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with high-performance, protected headends to manage branch office and off-site traffic and to provide service providers economical WAN edge solutions. Cisco’s midrange and carrier router portfolio includes the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

Cisco Edge and Service Provider Routers Consultants

Progent's national group of CCIE certified network consultants have in-depth experience helping enterprises and ISPs to design efficient installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, independent network security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help companies that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet business standards and government regulations for IT information protection and reporting.

7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
7600 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe 7600 Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series architecture with an NEBS-3 compliant chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is provided through redundancy as well as IOS Software capabilities. In addition, the Cisco 7600 Series router offers a broad array of high-touch network services at optical speed via various Optical Services Modules powered by Cisco patented PXF technology.

The Cisco 7609 Series router offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps bus, providing performance of 30 or 15 Mpps each. When the Switch Fabric Module is installed, the Cisco 7609 can also allow distributed switching with performance up to 168 million packets per second by running the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN card, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the SFM.

The 7603 Series router has only the standard 32-Gbps data bus version and delivers 15 Mpps centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 does not offer distributed switching.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers SupportCisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the middle of Cisco’s midrange devices that concentrate on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 Series routers offer a small footprint, single-product solution for large businesses who need branch office service aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers introduce an innovative design that mixes hardware acceleration with programmable versatility to deliver a multitude of simultaneous services while preserving dependable responsiveness.

Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers feature Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines that in combination can support as many as 160 simultaneous threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for every service, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 000 hardware queues, 32K clients, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU capability permits Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series routers to support a variety of advanced services concurrently in massive volume without suffering performance decay that might violate compliance with service level agreements. These advanced services include Cisco Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, Flexible Packet Matching, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits sophisticated traffic control for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in one operation, improving responsiveness for resource-intensive multimedia applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Routers ConsultingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as edge routers for carriers who need to support the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, business, and mobile customers by providing non-stop availability, high speed, and application awareness. All models in the ASR 9000 Series of Routers run Cisco's IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed OS designed for non-stop availability. Throughput of the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup control planes.

The ASR 9001 platform is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of nonblocking, full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two bays to accept adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The base chassis includes four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, BITS, and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and offers dense 10 and 100 GE connections in space-limited environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single box. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU chassis with 12 slots slots able to handle 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router incorporates 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco CRS Consulting and Troubleshooting ServicesCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) product line, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed software, gives service providers world-class performance and uptime. The Cisco CRS portfolio was first released in 2004, has been continuously enhanced, and currently includes the industry's most widely deployed multichassis network core router system. To protect existing capital investments in network infrastructure, new CRS platforms are compatible with previous CRS versions.

Available product lines in the CRS portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Each CRS series includes single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot units plus multi-chassis versions. The Cisco CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and offers as much as 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in the CRS-3 Series are based on Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and can provide as much as 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers use CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to deliver up to 922 Tbps performance.

Cisco's CRS Multichassis platforms can scale to support up to 72 line-card shelves that have the capability to deliver 400-Gbps of uninterrupted operations per slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards and physical layer interface modules can be used throughout the whole Carrier Routing System product line.

Older Routers Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's Cisco certified engineers are familiar with older routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can show you how to manage these older routers and can in addition assist you to plan and carry out upgrades to newer versions. Older Cisco routers supported by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Line of Routers
    Cisco’s 520 model SR Router, built to support as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and one IOS image. By offering a simple but effective array of Cisco IOS control software features, Cisco’s 520 Secure Router streamlines setup, management, and technical support, but still provides advanced protection and acceleration options to adapt to the specific requirements of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are designed for small offices, ideal for as many as 10 workers or for telecommuter environments where secure and affordable connectivity is needed. Cisco 850 Series routers deliver safe connectivity with firewall and IPsec VPN support, a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch, a protected wireless option with an antenna, plus simple setup and deployment and remote administration features through Web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 routers are targeted for small networks with as many as 20 workers or for teleworker sites where high-quality VoIP and video and dependable connectivity utilizing standby Internet connections are required. 870 Series routers offer excellent performance in small workgroups plus enhanced security through services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security (IPsec) VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) plus Dynamic Multipoint VPN and GETVPN, an intrusion prevention system, virus defense using Network Admission Control, and policing of secure connection policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    Cisco 1700 Series routers are engineered to deliver an affordable, integrated e-business solution for small and medium-sized companies. Cisco 1700 routers offer flexibility and ease of administration to satisfy complex e-business requirements such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, fast broadband Internet connection, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of integrated services routers and the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 2600 Routers
    The 2600 Series of routers is a line of multiservice routers for branch sites, offering flexible LAN/WAN setup options, comprehensive security capabilities, and a range of high performance processors. 2600 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 2900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • 3700 Series
    The 3700 Series is a line of modular, multiservice access appliances for medium and large office networks. With over 70 modular interface add-in products, the 3700 product line provides a resilient platform for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR router delivers performance, flexibility, and expandability in a compact chassis with a broad selection of deployment profiles. With processing throughput up to two million packets per second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to Gigabit Ethernet, and OC-3 along with a number of high-volume IP services, the 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation WAN/MAN edge device for large corporations and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router provides services aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol sessions per unit, mixed-media support via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR frame and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IP Security virtual private networking scalable to 5K tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller that allows SIP access to an IP PSTN carrier and enables outside-the-firewall capabilities like SIP conferencing with multimedia recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and B2B telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in feature of Cisco IOS software that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 routers and on many products within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines including the 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, go to Cisco SIP Integration Consulting and CUBE Integration Services.

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business to Support Cisco Routers
Progent's Cisco qualified consultants can help your company to plan, setup, and support a converged network infrastructure that can streamline processes, reduce expenses, and speed time to profitability. By combining Cisco routers with Catalyst switches support and Cisco wireless integration, Progent can significantly enhance the strategic value of your integrated network. Progent offers onsite and remote help and can provide data center support throughout Northern California and select locations nationally.

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