As computer technology progresses, the distinction between router and switch products is becoming blurred. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 (L3) products that connect different networks. A common scenario is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are L2 devices that interface client devices within a network. Basically, routers depend on processors to move data using complex software, providing flexibility at the cost of throughput. Switches, on the other hand, rely on mostly fixed hardware configurations to forward data at the fastest possible rate. The current generation of routers typically include L2 switching capability, and many of today’s switches have some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the source of the vast majority of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and speed and Cisco makes an extensive portfolio that includes routers built to handle the requirements of users from households to nationwide ISPs.
The latest ISR routers from Cisco offer the performance and built-in features to support data voice and video as well as virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, remote administration, easy extensibility, and enhanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers enable you to establish a firm foundation for an information environment that can grow smoothly as you add new workers, establish new offices, configure additional functions, extend your system to customers and partners, and build an expanding mobile user base. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and economical online expertise to assist your company to select, configure, manage, update, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco’s current router solutions.
Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for smaller organizations and branch offices provide low-cost and dependable entry-level alternatives that enable small groups of users to share safe access to the Internet. All these single-configuration desktop routers feature at least four Ethernet switches with wireless options and built-in firewall to provide advanced security. Built for easy setup, administration, and support, Cisco’s small business routers minimize total cost of ownership by cutting equipment and maintenance investments. Progent’s online support specialists have in-depth backgrounds delivering immediate and economical technical assistance for small companies to set up and support these devices, and Progent’s CCIE network engineers can help your company to determine whether and how Cisco’s entry-level routers can add to the strategic value of your information system.
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco's affordably priced RV Series VPN Routers are designed to provide small organizations with VPN technology that allows remote users to access a network without compromising security. Models in the RV Series VPN Routers can handle up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, have built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and support web-based configuration for remote set up and troubleshooting. All models support fast Ethernet and some support Gigabit Ethernet. Wired/Wireless versions are offered. These VPN routers do not incorporate Cisco’s IOS platform.
Cisco’s RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and can safely handle up to 50 branch offices or off-site workers via IPsec or PPTP VPN tunneling. Cisco's RV042G can handle Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 Dual WAN VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can support as many as 100 remote offices or off-site workers via full IPsec VPN tunneling. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router comes with 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports 100 remote connections, and lets up to 7 switched ports to be set up for traffic load balancing or for ISP backup to provide zero downtime Internet access.
More recent products in Cisco's family of Small Business RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the Cisco RV110W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for up to four VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 825 Mbps throughput, the RV220W Wireless Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 25 VPN connections, and the Cisco 320 RV320 WAN VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gbit WAN ports for business continuity.
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless appliances intended for small organizations, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and customers of ISPs. A wealth of models in the 800 Series product line have been developed with various options for many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers exemplifies the vast array of options offered within Cisco's 800 Series product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can support unified media networks by providing IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available options for 881 routers include duplicate WAN connections or support for wired broadband WAN connections like DSL as well as multiple different 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into one desktop appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers allow a wide range of deployment scenarios
The basic Cisco 881 includes 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 support. The Cisco 881W router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking to replace outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks also support offsite agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are designed to provide satellite offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtualization, protection, and dependable WAN access. ISR Generation 2 routers feature an architecture that preserves past investments in modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line expenses by allowing easy installation of new modules as they become available. In comparison to previous ISR routers, Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times more throughput, far more, and easier maintenance. All Integrated Services G2 routers offer Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core CPUs and ultra-fast fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer smart power control for improved energy conservation.
A key innovation with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which contains all of the IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly authorize and deploy extra services as desired without needing to download and transfer a new IOS image over to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network engineers can provide world-class skills to assist your business to design, configure, and maintain multi-location deployments of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that improve satellite office efficiency and reduce the costs of upgrades and support.
1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
1900 Series ISR G2 routers offer hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and as many as 11 modular Ethernet switches. The 1941W router includes an WiFi access point that enables wireless connectivity to high-speed data, voice, and video through Multi-Input, Multiple-output support that improves the range of current 802.11a/b/g clients. Connectivity options for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and GE.
Compared to the previous generation 1841 ISR router which they are able to substitute for, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include 256 MB vs. 32 of CompactFlash memory as standard, and can be increased to 4GB vs. 128 megabytes. Standard DRAM capacity is 256 megabytes vs. 128 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes compared to 384 megabytes. Unlike the 1841 router, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes a slot for the recently introduced ISM module rather than a slot for the previous and lower performance AIM module. In contrast to top-of-the-line ISR G2 routers, the 1941 Series ISR G2 routers do not support redundant power supplies or slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.
2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four versions which correspond to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 Integrated Services G2 routers include integrated hardware encryption, voice and video ready DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 to 50 LAN switchports. The on-board encryption circuitry provides IP Security and SSL VPN for safe remote access and is significantly higher performing than the Advanced Integration Modules available with 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 ISR G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus copper and fiber GE.
2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers support Cisco’s Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-throughput features identical to the Catalyst 2960 and 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the previous 2821 ISR router which the 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to substitute for, the 2921 router is offered by default with 256 megabytes vs. 64 MB of flash memory and can be expanded to 4GB vs. 256 MB. Standard DRAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes instead of 1 gigabytes.
Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These models offer the highest performance and slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 family and can accept high-speed digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive voice/video environments, accelerated integrated encryption, a wide range of connectivity options, a maximum 98 modular LAN switches, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To preserve your investment, the Cisco 3900 ISR G2 routers support 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 a new router. As with other ISR G2 routers, the 3900 family also protects previous network investments by accepting the majority of the modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For advanced uptime, 3900 Series ISR G2 offer two power supplies.
In comparison to the older model 3825 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the Cisco 3925 is offered standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4GB instead of 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM size is 4 gigabytes vs. 1 gigabytes.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are modular and scalable platforms intended for businesses with multiple branch offices and offsite users who need direct access to private data centers and public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the throughput required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's ISR 4000 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 interface 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, PRI and xDSL. To manage unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides comprehensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.
The major difference between the Cisco 4400 ISR and 4300 Series is redundant power supply support in the 4400 Series, offering a higher level of fault tolerance. The 4321 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU desktop form factor with two network interface modules, delivers as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and supports 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4331 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU form factor with two network interface modules, delivers as much as 300 Mbps performance, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, offers up to 400 Mbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 Integrated Services Router has a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, provides as much as 1 Gbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The redundant-power 4431 router has a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides up to 2 Gbps performance, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's First Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with in excess of six million devices deployed, have become the world's most popular technology for small companies and enterprise branch offices to achieve fast, safe, and reliable access to vital applications. Progent's CCIE network engineers are seasoned experts at providing remote design, administrative, and problem solving support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the current release of Cisco IOS Software with the least possible service interruption to your IT operations, assess the security profile of your existing router configuration, and help you to migrate efficiently to the latest releases of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers when it makes competitive sense for your business.
Cisco 1800 ISR Routers
The Cisco 1800 family of integrated services routers intelligently embed data and protection within one robust system for high-speed, expandable delivery of vital business programs. The 1800 Series architecture has been especially developed to handle the needs of small-to-medium-sized businesses, enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for access to simultaneous services at high speed. The integrated services systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series offers maximum versatility and fast ROI.
Cisco's 1841 device offers substantial advantages compared to previous generations of 1700 Series routers by bringing more than a fivefold speed increase plus built-in hardware-based encryption enabled by an available Cisco IOS Software security image. Cisco's 1841 device significantly improves plug-in card slot performance and capacity over the Cisco 1700 Series while maintaining compatibility with over 30 existing Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only). The 1841 router provides further improvement of VPN throughput via an available Virtual Private Network acceleration module; an intrusion prevention system and firewall capabilities; support for a wide array of interface requirements, including support for optional switch ports; and enough speed and expansion slot capacity for future network expansion and next-generation applications.
2800 Series Routers
Targeted at small to medium-sized organizations and corporate satellite offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers comprises four platforms: the 2801 router, the Cisco 2811, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers offer significant added value vs. older models of Cisco devices at similar price points by delivering up to a five times performance increase, up to a 10 times improvement in security and voice performance, built-in service options, and radically enhanced plug-in slot speed and density while maintaining compatibility with the vast majority of the over 90 existing expansion modules available today for the 1700, the 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 devices.
The Cisco 2800 router offers an array of common security functions including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, powerful application inspection and control, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol V 2.0, and SNMPv3 in one secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security functions directly into the router, Cisco can provide special intelligent security solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for virus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when mixing voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy VPN for enabling more expandable and manageable VPN environments.
Companies can use the 2800 router to deploy an integrated IP telephony network for as many as 96 IP phones, and can safely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on a single platform for their small to midsize satellite offices.
The 2800 Series router supports a built-in wireless access point for wireless network access, wireless Hotspot services for public wireless access, and infrastructure services for cordless WLAN telephony and for high-density sites.
Cisco 3800 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 3800 Series routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses and corporate branch locations to offer businesses the top degree of network agility, performance, and intelligence. The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers seamlessly integrate advanced network engineering, smart services, and secure enterprise communications into one resilient system. 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 processing, excellent throughput and high memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, resilience, and reliability necessary for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, business video, system analysis, and Web programs in even the most demanding enterprise environments. Engineered for speed, the 3800 integrated services routers deliver multiple simultaneous services as fast as wire-speed T3/E3 data rates.
The proprietary routing technology of the Cisco 3800 Series router is engineered to integrate protection and voice handling with advanced wireline and wireless services for fast deployment of new applications, including application layer operations, smart network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series router meets the bandwidth demands of multiple Fast Ethernet interfaces for every expansion slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) interconnections, and fully integrated power distribution to expansion modules supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while also accommodating the existing selection of interfaces. This enables continuing ROI by supporting network expansion or adapting to innovations in technology as new applications are deployed. By combining the capabilities of multiple separate devices into a single small device, the Cisco 3800 Series router dramatically lowers the cost and complexity of managing wide area networks.
Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s midrange WAN aggregation and service provider routers offer enterprises with fast, protected headends to manage branch office and off-site data packets and to provide service providers economical WAN edge routing. Cisco’s midrange and service provider router product line features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 ASR Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.
Progent's national team of Cisco CCIE certified network experts have extensive backgrounds helping global businesses and ISPs to plan optimal installations and smooth upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer unbiased, third-party security vulnerability assessments, stealth penetration testing and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet business guidelines and statutory mandates for network information protection and incident reporting.
Cisco 7600 Series Routers
The 7600 Integrated Services router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 Series architecture with an NEBS-3 compliant chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar switch fabric, and 30-Mpps switching speed. High availability is implemented via logical and physical redundancy as well as IOS Software capabilities. Also, the 7600 router offers a broad set of high-touch IP network services at optical rates via various OSMs enabled by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.
The Cisco 7609 Series offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or a 32-Gbps data bus, which provide performance of 30 Mpps or 15 Mpps respectively. When the SFM is installed, the Cisco 7609 Series can in addition support distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by running the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN module, which is powered by the DFC Card and the Switch Fabric Module.
The Cisco 7603 Series router offers only the standard 32-Gbps bus version and delivers 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 router does not support Cisco's distributed switching capability.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco’s midrange devices that focus on aggregating services at the WAN edge. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, single-product answer for large businesses who need branch office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. Cisco’s ASR 1000 routers introduce an innovative design that mixes on-board acceleration with software versatility in order to deliver a multitude of concurrent services without sacrificing dependable performance.
Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers include Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can support up to 160 concurrent threads. This massive parallelism, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for all services, allows the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 128 queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2M Netflow records. This processing capability permits ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers to support a broad range of sophisticated services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering performance degradation that might compromise compliance with SLAs. These advanced services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic management for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a packet in one pass, improving the user experience for resource-intensive multimedia applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who need to deliver world-class HD multimedia services to home, business, and mobile customers by providing always-on operation, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All platforms in the ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR, a self-healing, distributed operating system built for non-stop uptime. Throughput of the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Routers can scale to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus backup control planes and switch fabric.
The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor with 120 Gbps of nonblocking, full-duplex fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays to support port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis incorporates four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU form factor and offers dense 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections in space-limited sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can support up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform has a 30 RU form factor and includes 10 line-card slots that can handle 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
The CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco's Carrier Routing System family, powered by Cisco's IOS XR high-availability software, gives carriers high-level performance and availability. The Carrier Routing System portfolio was first released in 2004, has been steadily enhanced, and now includes the world's most popular multichassis core router system. To preserve existing capital investments in network infrastructure, new CRS platforms are compatible with earlier CRS versions.
Current product lines in the CRS portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every Carrier Routing System series includes single-shelf 4, 8, and 16 slot systems plus multiple-shelf versions. The CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and delivers up to 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in Cisco's CRS-3 Series are based on QuantumFlow Array technology and are capable of as much as 322 Tbps performance. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers incorporate Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and can be expanded to sustain up to 922 Tbps.
The Cisco CRS Multichassis platforms can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves that have the capability to deliver 400-Gbps of uninterrupted operations for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can support 1 to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and PLIMs can be used throughout the entire Carrier Routing System product line.
Legacy Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's CCIE support experts are familiar with older routers that are no longer available from Cisco. Progent can show you how to support these older routers and can in addition help you to prepare for and implement migrations to newer models. Legacy Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
- Cisco 500 SR Line of Unified Communications Routers
Cisco’s 520 router, built to support as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By offering a simple yet effective array of Cisco IOS control software services, the Cisco 520 model SR Router streamlines setup, management, and technical support, but still delivers powerful protection and performance options to adapt to the particular requirements of your business.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Model Unified Communications Routers
Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are targeted at small offices, recommended for up to 10 users or for teleworker sites where secure and affordable access is needed. 850 Series access routers offer safe connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN support, a four-port 10/100 Ethernet switch, a protected wireless option with a fixed antenna, plus simple configuration and integration and off-site administration capabilities through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.
Cisco's legacy 870 routers are designed for small networks with as many as 20 users or for telecommuter environments where advanced VoIP and video and dependable access utilizing standby WAN connections are needed. 870 Series routers deliver high performance in small workgroups plus tight security through services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security VPN, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as DMVPN and GETVPN, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), virus protection using Network Admission Control (NAC), and policing of secure connection policies.
- 1700 Series Routers
Cisco 1700 Series routers are engineered to deliver a cost-effective, integrated e-business platform for small and medium-sized organizations. 1700 Series routers offer flexibility and manageability to meet demanding e-business needs including multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, fast broadband Internet access, and comprehensive protection options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of integrated services routers and the 1900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 2600 Routers
The Cisco 2600 Series of routers is a line of modular multiservice access routers for branch offices, providing a wealth of LAN/WAN configurations, comprehensive protection features, and a selection of fast processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 3700 Series Routers
The 3700 Series is a line of access appliances for mid-size and large offices. Supported by over 70 interface add-in products, the 3700 Series offers a robust solution for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and multiprotocol data routing. 3700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router delivers speed, flexibility, and scalability in a small form factor with a broad range of configuration profiles. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets per second, adapters spanning from NxDS0 to GbE, and OC-3 as well as a variety of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR Integrated Services router is a solid broadband aggregation WAN and MAN edge solution for enterprises and ISPs. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series router provides services aggregation by supporting up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, voice/video/data integration with TDM-enabled VXR frame and voice interface adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IPsec VPN expandable to 5,000 tunnels per device.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that permits SIP connectivity to a SIP PSTN carrier and delivers enterprise-wide capabilities like SIP conferencing with multimedia recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response solutions, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and business-to-business telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in capability of IOS that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many products within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines such as the 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting support for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see Cisco SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration.
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Company to Support Cisco Routers
Progent's Cisco qualified engineers can assist your business to design, configure, and support an integrated network infrastructure that can streamline operations, reduce costs, and accelerate time to profitability. By teaming Cisco integrated services routers with Catalyst switches expertise and Cisco Aironet wireless integration, Progent can significantly enhance the strategic value of your network infrastructure. Progent offers on-premises and off-site help and offers data center support throughout Northern California and select locations nationwide.
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