As technology progresses, the difference between routers and switches has grown less clear. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 products designed to connect different networks. A common example is connecting an office Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect client devices within a network. Basically, routers depend on processors to move data based on complex software, providing flexibility at the expense of throughput. Switches, in contrast, rely on mostly fixed hardware configurations to steer data at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers typically come with L2 switching capability, and many modern switches include some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the supplier of the vast majority of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and speed and Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio that includes routers engineered to meet the requirements of customers ranging from households to nationwide ISPs.
The most recent Integrated Services Routers released by Cisco have the performance and built-in functionality to manage IP voice and video plus virtualization while also offering fault tolerance, remote administration, easy extensibility, and advanced protection. These routers enable you to establish a firm basis for an IT environment that can grow seamlessly as you hire new employees, open new sites, activate additional functions, extend your system to clients and partners, and build an expanding mobile user base. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network consultants can provide fast and affordable online expertise to help your company to select, deploy, administer, upgrade, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can help you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco’s current router solutions.
Cisco Routers for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for small businesses and remote offices offer affordable and reliable no-frills solutions that enable limited sets of workers to have safe connectivity to the Internet. All these single-configuration desktop devices feature at minimum four Ethernet switches with wireless options and built-in firewall to provide enhanced protection. Built for easy installation, administration, and support, Cisco’s small business routers minimize TCO by lowering acquisition and operational investments. Progent’s online troubleshooting experts have in-depth backgrounds delivering fast and affordable technical assistance for small businesses to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s CCIE-certified network engineers can help your company to understand ways Cisco’s entry-level routers can add to the business value of your information network.
Cisco RV Series Routers
Cisco's economical RV Series VPN Routers are engineered to provide small organizations with VPN capability that permits remote users to access a network via secure tunneling. Devices in the Cisco RV Series VPN Routers can support up to 100 VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, come with integrated firewalls with sophisticated encryption, and support web-based setup for remote set up and troubleshooting. All RV Series devices accommodate 10/100 Ethernet and several models support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. These VPN routers do not support Cisco’s IOS software.
Cisco’s RV041 model VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch and can securely handle as many as 50 branch offices or online workers through Internet Protocol Security or PPTP VPN. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 model Dual WAN VPN Router has an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage up to 100 remote offices or online workers via full IPsec VPN tunneling. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model features 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 remote connections, and allows as many as seven ports to be configured for traffic load balancing or for service provider redundancy to ensure non-stop Internet connectivity.
More recent products in Cisco's line of RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for up to four VLANs, the RV130W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and the ability to support 25 VPN connections, and the Cisco 320 RV320 WAN VPN Router that includes a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports for business continuity.
Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances designed and priced for small organizations, branch offices, retail shops, teleworkers, and clients of broadband service providers. A wealth of devices in the 800 Series product line have been released with various options over the course of many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers exemplifies the vast selection of options available within the Cisco 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support unified media environments by delivering IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available options for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate wide area network links or support for wired broadband WAN links such as DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into one appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers allow a broad variety of deployment scenarios
The baseline Cisco 881 has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, the ability to handle up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN failover with Cisco SRST. With a Cisco CUBE license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity to replace outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also support offsite call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers are designed to offer satellite offices of large businesses with enhanced video and voice applications, virtualization, security, and reliable WAN access. Integrated Services G2 routers introduce a design that preserves prior investments in modules for older ISR routers and reduces down-the-line costs by allowing field installation of new modules as they become available. In comparison to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers offer 2-7 times more throughput, substantially greater expandability, and easier maintenance. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers offer gigabit switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer smart power control for improved energy conservation.
A notable innovation with ISR G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly license and deploy extra functions when required without having to download and transfer a different IOS image to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE network engineers offer world-class expertise to help your business to plan, configure, and support multi-site installations of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that improve satellite office efficiency and reduce the costs of expansion and support.
Cisco 1900 Series ISR G2 Routers
1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers offer hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and as many as 11 modular LAN switches. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point that allows wireless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications via MIMO support that improves the range of existing 802.11a/b/g clients. Interface alternatives for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and Gigabit Ethernet.
Compared to the previous 1841 Integrated Services router which they are designed to replace, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers have 256 MB vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash memory as a default, and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes compared to 128 MB. Default DRAM capacity is 256 MB instead of 128 MB and top DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes instead of 384 MB. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 ISR G2 routers include a USB console instead of the outdated DB-9 connector and includes an add-in slot for the new ISM module rather than a slot for the previous and lower performance AIM module. Unlike top-of-the-line Integrated Services G2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power or add-in slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.
Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are released in four versions which are intended as upgrades to the models in Cisco’s popular 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers offer on-board hardware encryption, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 Ethernet switches. The on-board encryption circuitry provides IPsec and Secure Sockets Layer VPN tunneling for safe remote connections and is dramatically higher performing than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by 2800 routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 Integrated Services G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus GbE.
Cisco 2900 Series ISR G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-throughput capability identical to Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the previous 2821 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to substitute for, the Cisco 2921 router is shipped by default with 256 MB as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash storage and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes vs. 1 gigabytes.
Cisco 3900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco offers four platforms for the high-end 3900 Series ISR G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These models offer the highest performance and slot densities in Cisco’s Integrated Services G2 family and support fast digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, accelerated integrated encryption, a wide range of interface options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN Switchports, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To protect your IT investment, the 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be swapped out easily to improve processing power without forcing your business to buy another device. As with other Cisco ISR G2 routers, the 3900 Series also protects past network investments by supporting the majority of the modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For improved uptime, Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 offer dual integrated power supplies.
Compared to the older model 3825 ISR router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to substitute for, the 3925 router is offered standard with 256 MB as opposed to 64 MB of flash memory and can be expanded to 4GB instead of 256 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM size is 4 GB compared to only 1.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of ISR Routers are modular and scalable routers designed for organizations with a large number of branches and offsite workers who need direct communication with in-house data centers and public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the throughput needed for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD video applications by utilizing wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Devices in the 4000 Series run Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, are able to support as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core integrated 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 provides extensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The primary difference between the Cisco 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of redundant power supply capability in the 4400 ISR Series, offering a higher degree of availability. Cisco's 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop form factor and includes two network interface modules, offers up to 100 Mbps performance, and supports 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4331 router comes in a 1 RU form factor and includes two network interface modules, delivers up to 300 Mbps throughput, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 Integrated Services Router has a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, provides up to 400 Mbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The power-redundant 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, delivers as much as 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU form factor and includes three network interface modules, delivers up to 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's 1st Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's first-generation Integrated Services Routers, with more than 6M devices in operation, are the world's most popular technology for small businesses and enterprises with satellite offices to achieve high-performance, safe, and dependable connectivity to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are seasoned experts at delivering online consulting, administrative, and problem solving support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the current version of Cisco IOS control software with minimal service interruption to your network, evaluate the security vulnerability of your router setup, and assist you to migrate efficiently to the new releases of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers when it is appropriate for your business.
Cisco 1800 ISR Routers
The Cisco 1800 family of routers intelligently embed data and protection into one robust solution for fast, expandable delivery of strategic business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been especially developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for access to concurrent services at wire performance. The integrated systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series offers optimum flexibility and fast ROI.
The Cisco 1841 device provides important advantages compared to older generations of Cisco 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a fivefold performance improvement and integrated hardware encryption activated by an available Cisco IOS Software protection image. The 1841 integrated services router dramatically improves plug-in card slot performance as well as capacity in comparison to the 1700 Series while still maintaining compatibility with more than 30 existing WAN interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only). The 1841 integrated services router offers further enhancement of Virtual Private Network throughput via an optional Virtual Private Network acceleration module; an intrusion prevention system and firewall functions; compatibility with a wide range of connectivity needs, such as support for optional switch ports; and enough speed and slot capacity for ongoing network growth and next-generation applications.
2800 Integrated Services Routers
Intended for small to medium-sized organizations and enterprise satellite offices, Cisco's 2800 Series comprises four platforms: the 2801, the Cisco 2811, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 Series routers provide significant added value vs. older generations of Cisco routers at comparable prices by offering up to a five times throughput improvement, up to a 10x improvement in security and voice performance, integrated service options, and radically enhanced plug-in slot performance and capacity while preserving compatibility with most of the almost 100 popular expansion modules available today for the Cisco 1700, the 2600 Series, and the 3700 Series devices.
Cisco's 2800 Series provides a range of common security features including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IP security VPN, Secure Sockets Layer VPN, advanced application inspection and management, Secure Shell Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in one protected solution. Also, by integrating security functions within the router itself, Cisco can provide unique intelligent security functions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus protection; V3PN for QoS support when combining voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN); Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy Virtual Private Networks for enabling increasingly expandable and manageable VPN networks.
Businesses can utilize the 2800 Series router to create an integrated IP telephony environment for as many as 96 IP phones, and can safely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small-to-medium sized satellite offices.
The Cisco 2800 Series router incorporates an integrated access point for 802.11x wireless LAN access, Wi-Fi Hotspot services for public wireless LANs, and network services for portable WLAN telephony and for high-density locations.
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 3800 Series routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices to offer businesses the highest degree of network versatility, speed, and functionality. 3800 integrated services routers transparently integrate advanced network engineering, smart services, and secure corporate communications into a single resilient platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. Cisco 3800 integrated services routers offer embedded security intelligence, fast performance and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, resilience, and reliability required for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network monitoring, and Web applications in even the most competitive enterprise networks. Built for speed, the 3800 integrated services routers deliver multiple simultaneous services as fast as wire-speed T3/E3 data rates.
The integrated services routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 router is engineered to integrate protection and voice processing with advanced wireline and wireless support for rapid deployment of new services, including application layer operations, smart network services, and unified communications. The Cisco 3800 Series router meets the bandwidth demands of multiple 100Mbps ports for each expansion slot, time-division multiplexing interconnections, and integrated power distribution to modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while still accommodating the existing selection of interfaces. This ensures continuing ROI by allowing network scaling or adapting to changes in technology as new services are added. By combining the capabilities of multiple distinct devices into a single small device, the 3800 router significantly reduces the cost and complexity of administering wide area networks.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with high-performance, secure headends to manage satellite office and off-site data packets and to offer ISPs cost-optimized wide area network edge routing. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 ASR product line, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.
Progent's nationwide team of CCIE certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds working with enterprise businesses and service providers to plan efficient installations and smooth expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants offer unbiased, third-party network security inventory assessments, penetration services and advanced SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry standards and government requirements for IT data security and incident reporting.
Cisco 7600 Integrated Services Routers
The 7600 Series router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 architecture by using an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar fabric, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is implemented via redundancy plus IOS Software capabilities. Also, the Cisco 7600 Series router provides a rich array of high-touch IP network services at optical speed through a variety of OSMs enabled by Cisco patented Parallel Express Forwarding technology.
The Cisco 7609 offers the option to select a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps data bus, which provide switching performance of 30 Mpps or 15 Mpps respectively. When the SFM is installed, the Cisco 7609 can in addition support distributed switching with rates up to 168 Mpps by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet LAN card, which is powered by the DFC Card and the SFM.
The Cisco 7603 Series router has only the 32-Gbps data bus option and provides 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 Series does not offer distributed switching technology.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services line of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco’s midrange products that focus on acting as headends at the WAN edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series routers provide a small form factor, multi-function answer for large businesses looking for branch office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series routers incorporate an innovative architecture that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility to offer a rich set of concurrent services without sacrificing dependable performance.
Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series routers include Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that together can handle as many as 160 concurrent threads. This massive parallelism, combined with on-board acceleration for every service, enables the high-end ASR 1006 router to expand up to 000 queues, 32K subscribers, 4K IPsec tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU power permits ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a broad range of advanced services concurrently in high volume while avoiding throughput decay that could compromise adherence to service level agreements. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco IOS Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also permits sophisticated traffic control for performing multiple levels of Quality of Service to a packet in a single operation, enhancing responsiveness for high-bandwidth multimedia applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as edge routers for service providers who need to support world-class data, voice and video services to home, business, and mobile customers by providing zero downtime availability, high performance, and application awareness. All platforms in Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers run Cisco's IOS XR, a distributed OS designed for continuous uptime. Throughput of the ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup control planes and switch fabric.
The ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays to accept port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis incorporates four 10 GE SFP+ ports as well as ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, BITS, and management. The ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connections in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot router can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU form factor and includes 12 slots slots that can provide 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 has 2 route CPUs as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR distributed software, gives carriers high-level performance and availability. The Cisco CRS portfolio was introduced in 2004, has been steadily enhanced, and now includes the industry's most widely deployed multishelf network core router. To protect past capital investments in network infrastructure, new CRS models are backward compatible with earlier products.
Current product lines in Cisco's CRS family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Every CRS series features single-chassis 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot units plus multiple-chassis models. Cisco's CRS-1 product line is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and offers as much as 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in Cisco's CRS-3 Series use QuantumFlow Array technology and can provide up to 322 Tbps performance. Cisco's CRS-X Routers use Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and have the ability to deliver an impressive 922 Tbps.
Cisco's CRS Multichassis platforms can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of uninterrupted operations per slot. CRS Multichassis models can support 1 to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and PLIMs can be used across the whole Cisco CRS portfolio.
Older Routers Maintained by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified support experts are familiar with older Cisco routers that are no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to support these older routers and can also help you to rationalize and implement migrations to newer models. Popular Cisco routers supported by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP Trunk Solutions
- Cisco 500 Series Routers
The Cisco 520 model Secure Router, designed to support as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and one IOS image. By supporting a simple yet effective array of IOS Software features, the Cisco 520 Secure Router streamlines setup, management, and troubleshooting, but still provides powerful protection and acceleration options to adapt to the specific needs of your business.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Unified Communications Routers
Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are designed for small networks, recommended for up to 10 users or for telecommuter sites where protected and economical access is required. Cisco 850 Series routers offer protected connectivity with firewall and IPsec VPN support, a four-connection 10/100 Ethernet switch, a secure WiFi option with a single fixed antenna, and easy configuration and integration and off-site management features via Web-enabled utilities and IOS Software.
Cisco's discontinued 870 Series access routers are targeted for small networks with up to 20 workers or for telecommuter sites where high-quality VoIP and video and dependable access utilizing backup WAN links are needed. Cisco 870 Series routers offer high speed for small workgroups as well as tight security through services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IPsec tunneling, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as DMVPN and GETVPN, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), virus defense through Network Admission Control, and enforcement of secure connection policies.
- 1700 Series Routers
Cisco 1700 Series modular access routers are built to provide an affordable, standalone router solution for small and medium-sized companies. 1700 Series routers offer flexibility and ease of administration to meet demanding e-business requirements such as data/voice/video/fax consolidation, fast wire-rate Internet access, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of ISR routers and the Cisco 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers.
- Cisco 2600 Series Routers
The 2600 Series is a family of multiservice routers for branch offices, offering flexible LAN/WAN configurations, comprehensive security capabilities, and a range of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 2900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- 3700 Routers
The Cisco 3700 Series is a family of access solutions for medium and large offices. With more than 70 modular interface add-in products, the 3700 Series provides a robust platform for data, voice video, Virtual Private Networks, and multiprotocol routing. 3700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of ISR routers and the 3900 ISR Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services router offers speed, modularity, and expandability in a compact chassis with a broad selection of deployment options. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets / second, adapters ranging from NxDS0 to GbE, plus OC-3 as well as a number of high-volume IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router is a solid broadband aggregation WAN and MAN edge solution for enterprises and ISPs. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router provides broadband aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, mixed-media integration with TDM-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IPsec virtual private networking expandable to 5K tunnels per device.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that permits SIP-based connectivity to a SIP PSTN carrier and enables enterprise-wide collaboration functions such as SIP conferencing with multimedia recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response solutions, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and B2B telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in feature of IOS available via license to run on ASR 1000 Series routers and on various products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families including the 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration.
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Routers
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