As computer technology advances, the difference between a router and a switch is becoming blurred. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices designed to connect networks. A common scenario is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are instead L2 devices that interconnect client devices within a network. Generally, routers rely on processors to steer data using sophisticated software, providing flexibility at the expense of throughput. Switches, by comparison, depend upon mostly fixed hardware configurations to move traffic at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers usually come with L2 switches, and many of today’s switches have Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the source of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have improved dramatically in function and performance and Cisco now makes an extensive portfolio that features routers engineered to handle the needs of users from households to the world's largest service providers.

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The latest ISR routers released by Cisco offer the performance and integrated functionality to manage IP voice and video as well as virtualization while at the same time providing fault tolerance, web-based management, seamless extensibility, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow you to establish a solid basis for an IT network that can evolve smoothly as you hire new employees, establish extra offices, configure new functions, extend your system to clients and vendors, and build an expanding mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco CCIE network engineers can provide fast and economical remote support to help you to select, deploy, administer, update, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to support your older routers or move efficiently to Cisco’s newer networking products.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for smaller organizations and branch offices offer affordable and dependable no-frills solutions that allow small sets of users to share secure connectivity to the Internet. All these single-configuration desktop devices feature at least four 10/100 switched Ethernet with wireless options and integrated firewall to provide enhanced security. Built for easy setup, administration, and troubleshooting, Cisco’s small business routers reduce ownership costs by cutting equipment and maintenance expenses. Progent’s remote troubleshooting experts have in-depth experience providing immediate and economical technical assistance for small businesses to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s CCIE-certified network engineers can help your company to understand how Cisco-s small office routers can increase the business value of your IT system.

Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers SupportCisco's affordably priced RV Series Routers are designed to offer small businesses with VPN capability that allows remote users to connect to a network without compromising security. Devices in the Cisco RV Series VPN Routers can handle up to 100 VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, come with integrated firewalls that provide advanced data encryption, and allow web-based configuration for remote deployment and troubleshooting. All models support 10/100 Ethernet and some support Gigabit Ethernet. Wired/Wireless models are offered. Cisco's RV Series routers do not support Cisco’s popular IOS control software.

Cisco RV Series Routers MaintenanceThe Cisco RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can safely support as many as 50 remote offices or online users through IPsec or Point-to-Point tunneling protocol. Cisco's G version supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 VPN Router features an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can support 100 branch offices or online users with full IPsec VPN. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router comes with 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates up to 100 online connections, and lets up to 7 switched ports to be set up for load balancing or for ISP redundancy to provide zero downtime Internet connectivity.

Newer models in Cisco's line of Small Business RV Series Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for four active VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 825 Mbps throughput, the RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 25 VPN tunnels, and the 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router that features a 4-port Gigabit switch and redundant Gigabit WAN ports for load balancing.

Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop devices intended for small organizations, branch locations, retail venues, teleworkers, and customers of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 product line have been released with various options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers exemplifies the vast array of options available within Cisco's 800 product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 router catalog can enable converged media networks by delivering IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate wide area network connections or support for wired high-speed WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into a single desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers allow a wide variety of deployment scenarios

The baseline Cisco 881 router has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps throughput, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. Cisco's 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunk connectivity to replace outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also support remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are intended to provide satellite offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtualization, protection, and dependable connectivity. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature a design that preserves prior investments in modules for first-generation ISR routers and lowers down-the-line costs by permitting field upgrades to additional modules when they become available. In comparison to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers feature 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially greater expandability, and more affordable maintenance. All ISR G2 routers offer Gbit switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also support smart power control for improved energy efficiency.

A notable innovation with ISR G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that your company can rapidly license and activate extra features as required without needing to download and copy a new IOS Software image over to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE network engineers can provide proven skills to assist you to design, configure, and maintain multi-location installations of Cisco ISR G2 routers that enhance satellite office productivity and reduce the costs of upgrades and maintenance.

Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 ISR G2 Routers Remote TroubleshootingCisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers include on-board encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and as many as 11 modular Ethernet switches. The Cisco 1941W ISR router provides an WiFi access point that enables wireless access to high throughput data, voice, and video via Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands the range of current 802.11a/b/g clients. Interface alternatives for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GE.

Compared to the previous generation 1841 Integrated Services router which they are able to substitute for, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash storage as standard, and flash can be increased to 4 gigabytes vs. 128 megabytes. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 256 megabytes compared to 128 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes vs. 384 megabytes. Unlike the 1841 router, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers feature a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 interface and has an add-in slot for the recently introduced ISM module to replace the slot for the previous and slower Advanced Integration Module. In contrast to top-of-the-line Integrated Services G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power or add-in slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.

2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote ConsultingCisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers are available in four versions which correspond to the models in Cisco’s successful 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 Integrated Services G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video ready DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 modular LAN switchports. The integrated encryption circuitry supports IPsec and SSL VPN tunneling for safe remote access and is dramatically higher performing than the AIM modules available with 2800 series routers. The high-end 2951 Series ISR G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus Gigabit Ethernet.

Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support Cisco’s Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-throughput capability identical to Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the previous Cisco 2821 ISR router which the 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to substitute for, the Cisco 2921 router is offered by default with 256 megabytes vs. 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 megabytes. Default DRAM capacity is 512 MB vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 GB instead of 1 GB.

3900 Series ISR G2 Routers
3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Security ConsultantsCisco offers four platforms for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the highest throughput and add-in slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 product line and can accept fast DSPs for the most resource-intensive multimedia applications, fast hardware encryption, a wide range of interface options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and as many as 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To protect your IT investment, the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Services Performance Engine, a modular motherboard that can be replaced easily to improve throughput without requiring your business to buy a new piece of equipment. Like other Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 Series also protects previous investments by being compatible with most of the add-in modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For improved uptime, 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 support two integrated power supplies.

In comparison to the previous model 3825 ISR router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to substitute for, the Cisco 3925 router is offered standard with 256 MB vs. 64 MB of flash storage and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 megabytes. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM size is 4 gigabytes compared to 1 GB.

Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of ISR Routers are modular and scalable routers intended for businesses with multiple branch offices and remote users who need direct access to private data centers as well as public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile workers, cloud services, and HD video applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management techniques. Models in Cisco's ISR 4000 product line run Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to support as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 network interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, the 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced SBC, branch telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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The primary 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 with two network interface modules, delivers as much as 100 Mbps performance, and can handle 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 Integrated Services Router comes in a 1 RU form factor and includes two network interface modules, provides up to 300 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, offers as much as 400 Mbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The power-redundant 4431 router comes in a 2 RU package with three NIMs, provides as much as 1 Gbps performance, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The redundant-power 4431 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, delivers as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.

Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with more than six million devices in operation, have become the world's leading technology for small businesses and enterprises with branch offices to achieve fast, safe, and reliable access to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network engineers are seasoned experts at providing online design, administrative, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the current version of Cisco IOS control software with the least possible service interruption to your network, assess the security vulnerability of your existing router configuration, and help business to migrate efficiently to the latest line of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers when it is appropriate for your company.

Cisco 1800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Routers HelpThe modular Cisco 1800 family of routers combine data and protection within a single resilient system for high-speed, expandable connectivity with vital business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been specifically engineered to satisfy the requirements of small-to-medium-sized organizations, small enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services applications for access to simultaneous services at wire speed. The integrated systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series offers optimum versatility and fast ROI.

Cisco's 1841 router provides important benefits relative to previous generations of 1700 Series routers by delivering more than a fivefold speed improvement and built-in hardware encryption activated by an optional IOS Software security image. The Cisco 1841 router dramatically improves interface card slot throughput as well as density compared to the 1700 Series while providing compatibility with over 30 existing WAN interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The 1841 router provides further improvement of VPN throughput with an optional VPN acceleration add-in; IPS and firewall functions; compatibility with a broad range of connectivity needs, such as support for optional integrated switch ports; plus sufficient speed and expansion slot density for future network expansion and advanced applications.

2800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 2800 Family Integrated Services Router Consulting FirmIntended for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers consists of four platforms: the Cisco 2801, the Cisco 2811, the 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 Series routers provide substantial added value in comparison to prior generations of Cisco routers at comparable prices by offering up to a fivefold throughput improvement, up to a 10 times increase in security and voice performance, embedded service features, and radically improved slot performance and density while preserving compatibility with the vast majority of the more than 90 existing modules available today for Cisco's 1700, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 Series devices.

The Cisco 2800 Series offers an array of popular protection features including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IP security Virtual Private Network, SSL Virtual Private Network, advanced application inspection and management, Secure Shell Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in one secure solution. Also, by integrating security features within the router, Cisco can offer unique intelligent security functions other security appliances cannot, such as network admissions control for virus protection; V3PN for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when mixing voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN); Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy Virtual Private Networks for supporting more scalable and easier to manage VPN networks.

Companies can use the 2800 router to create a converged IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP phones, and can securely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The 2800 router incorporates a built-in access point for wireless network connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for shared public wireless networks, and network services for cordless wireless LAN telephony and for larger sites.

Cisco 3800 Series ISR Routers
3800 Integrated Services Routers Professional Services3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and corporate satellite locations to offer companies the top degree of network agility, performance, and functionality. Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers seamlessly incorporate advanced technologies, adaptive services, and protected corporate communications into one robust system. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. 3800 Series integrated services routers feature embedded security processing, excellent performance and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability required for building mission-critical security, IP telephony, business video, system monitoring, and web-based programs in even the most demanding corporate networks. Built for speed, the The Cisco 3800 Series routers deliver multiple simultaneous services up to wire-speed T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the 3800 router is engineered to combine security and voice processing with the latest wired and wireless support for rapid installation of new applications, including application layer functions, smart network services, and converged communications. The 3800 Series integrated services router meets the throughput demands of several Fast Ethernet ports for each slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) connections, and fully integrated power distribution to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while also supporting the traditional selection of interfaces. This ensures ongoing return on investment by allowing network expansion or accommodating changes in technology as the latest services are added. By integrating the capabilities of several distinct appliances into one small device, the 3800 Series router significantly reduces the expense and complexity of administering wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange WAN Edge Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco’s WAN edge and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with fast, secure head ends to aggregate branch office and off-site traffic and to provide ISPs cost-effective WAN edge routing. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and service provider router product line includes the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 ASR Routers, and the Cisco Carrier Routing System.

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Progent's nationwide team of CCIE network consultants have extensive experience helping enterprises and service providers to plan efficient deployments and seamless expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, independent security vulnerability evaluations, stealth penetration testing and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry guidelines and government regulations for IT data protection and incident reporting.

Cisco 7600 Series Routers
7600 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe 7600 Integrated Services router takes advantage of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series infrastructure with an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar switch fabric, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is implemented through logical and physical redundancy as well as IOS Software capabilities. In addition, the Cisco 7600 Series router provides a broad array of high-touch network services at optical rates through various OSMs powered by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The 7609 Series has the option to select a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or the standard 32-Gbps bus, which provide centralized switching performance of 30 or 15 Mpps respectively. If the SFM is used, the Cisco 7609 Series can in addition support distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by using the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network module, which is powered by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the SFM.

The Cisco 7603 router has only the standard 32-Gbps bus version and provides 15 Mpps switching performance. The 7603 Series router does not support Cisco's distributed switching capability.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers ConsultantsCisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is designed to fill the center of Cisco’s midrange devices that concentrate on aggregating services at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 routers offer a small form factor, multi-function answer for large businesses who need satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 routers incorporate an innovative architecture that combines on-board acceleration with programmable flexibility in order to offer a rich set of concurrent services while preserving consistent performance.

ASR 1000 routers include Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can support up to 160 concurrent threads. This multi-processing structure, combined with on-board acceleration for all services, enables the high-end ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 000 queues, 32K clients, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions/second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU capability allows ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers to support a variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding throughput decay that could compromise compliance with SLAs. Examples of these services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic management for applying multiple levels of QoS to a packet in one operation, improving the user experience for resource-intensive multimedia applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for carriers who are required to deliver world-class HD multimedia services to residential, commercial, and mobile customers by providing always-on operation, high speed, and application awareness. All platforms in the ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed operating system built for continuous uptime. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. the Cisco ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers support Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant control planes.

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

The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System Consulting and Troubleshooting ServicesCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) family, powered by Cisco's IOS XR distributed operating system, offers carriers high-level performance and availability. The CRS portfolio was first released in 2004, has been continuously enhanced, and currently includes the world's most popular multichassis core router. To preserve existing investments in network infrastructure, new CRS platforms are compatible with earlier products.

Available product families in Cisco's CRS portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every Carrier Routing System series features single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot systems as well as multiple-chassis versions. The Cisco CRS-1 product line is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and delivers up to 92 Tbps of performance. Products in Cisco's CRS-3 Series use QuantumFlow Array technology and can provide as much as 322 Tbps performance. Cisco's CRS-X Routers incorporate Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and have the ability to sustain an impressive 922 Tbps performance.

The Cisco CRS Multichassis platforms can scale to support up to 72 line-card shelves that have the capability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of non-stop operations for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) can be used across the whole Cisco CRS portfolio.

Older Cisco Routers Maintained by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified support experts are familiar with legacy routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to manage these older routers and can in addition help you to prepare for and carry out migrations to newer models. Popular Cisco routers supported by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Series Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco’s 520 router, designed to handle up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 switch and a single IOS Software image. By offering a simple but powerful array of Cisco IOS Software features, Cisco’s 520 model Secure Router streamlines configuration, administration, and troubleshooting, but nevertheless delivers advanced protection and acceleration options to adapt to the particular requirements of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are targeted at small offices, recommended for as many as 10 users or for telecommuter environments where protected and affordable access is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers offer protected access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN support, a four-port 10/100 switch, a secure wireless option with a single fixed antenna, plus simple configuration and deployment and off-site management features through Web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series access routers are designed for small networks with up to 20 workers or for teleworker sites where high-quality voice/video over IP and dependable access using backup WAN connections are required. Cisco 870 Series access routers deliver high throughput for small workgroups as well as enhanced security through features such as stateful Inspection Firewall, IPsec VPN, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard plus DMVPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), virus protection using NAC, and enforcement of safe connection policies.

  • 1700 Series Routers
    1700 Series modular access routers are engineered to deliver an affordable, integrated router solution for small and medium-sized businesses. Cisco 1700 Series routers provide flexibility and manageability to satisfy challenging e-business needs such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, high-speed broadband Internet access, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of integrated services routers and the 1900 ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • 2600 Series
    The 2600 Series is a family of modular routers for branch networks, offering versatile LAN and WAN configurations, a wide array of protection capabilities, and a selection of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • Cisco 3700 Series Routers
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a family of multiservice access appliances for mid-size and large-sized offices. Supported by more than 70 interface add-in products, the 3700 product line provides a resilient solution for data, voice video, Virtual Private Networks, and multiprotocol routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of ISR routers and the 3900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router offers performance, flexibility, and expandability in a compact form factor with a wide range of deployment profiles. With processing throughput up to two mega-packets per second, adapters spanning from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, and OC-3 along with a number of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router is a solid broadband aggregation edge device for enterprises and ISPs. The Cisco 7200 VXR router provides services aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol sessions per chassis, voice/video/data integration via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR frame and voice interface adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IP Security VPN expandable to 5,000 tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that allows SIP-based connectivity to an IP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall capabilities such as SIP conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) solutions, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and business-to-business telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of Cisco IOS software that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers and on various products within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines including Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. To find out about Progent's consulting support for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see Cisco SIP Infrastructure Consulting and Cisco CUBE Integration.

Ways Progent Can Help Your Company to Support Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE and CCNP certified consultants can help your business to plan, configure, and maintain a converged business network that can streamline operations, reduce costs, and speed time to positive ROI. By combining Cisco integrated services routers with Cisco Catalyst switches support and Cisco wireless expertise, Progent can significantly enhance the business value of your information network. Progent can provide in-person and remote support and offers data center support throughout Northern California and select locations nationally.

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