Generally, routers rely on computation to forward traffic using sophisticated software, providing flexibility at the cost of throughput. Switches, by comparison, rely on mostly fixed hardware configurations to forward traffic at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers ordinarily incorporate Layer 2 switches, and many of today's switches have some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the world's routers, have improved dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio that features routers engineered to meet the needs of users ranging from households to the world's largest ISPs.
The latest Integrated Services Routers from Cisco have the speed and integrated functionality to manage IP voice and video as well as virtual environments while at the same time offering fault tolerance, remote management, seamless scalability, and advanced protection. These routers enable you to establish a solid basis for an information network that can grow smoothly as you hire more employees, establish new offices, activate new services, give access to your network to customers and partners, and build an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco qualified CCIE network consultants can provide fast and affordable remote support to help you to select, deploy, administer, update, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or migrate efficiently to Cisco's newer router solutions.
Cisco Routers for Home Offices and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for smaller businesses and remote offices offer affordable and reliable no-frills alternatives that allow limited groups of users to have secure access to wide area networks. All these fixed-configuration desktop devices include at minimum four Ethernet switches with wireless options and integrated firewall to provide enhanced protection. Built for simple installation, management, and support, Cisco's entry-level routers minimize ownership costs by lowering equipment and operational investments. Progent's remote support experts have in-depth experience delivering fast and economical technical assistance for small organizations to configure and support these routers, and Progent's CCIE network consultants can help your company to understand how Cisco's entry-level routers can increase the business value of your information network.
ISR 900 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco ISR 900 Series desktop routers are small-footprint, quiet, set-configuration devices intended for SMBs, branch offices, and home offices. These entry-level routers include four GE LAN ports and offer Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connections. Cisco's ISR 900 router product line delivers triple the IPsec performance of Cisco's ISR 800 Series routers. All ISR 900 Series routers offer GETVPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN, FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN performance is as high as 250 Mbps. All router versions support up to 50 VLANs. Supported automatic failover technology for business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and MHSRP. Setup and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS. ISR 900 Series routers do not work with Cisco's SD-WAN solution.
The Cisco ISR 921 router features dual GE WAN ports, LTE Cat 4, and a built-in power supply. VPN performance is 150 Mbps. The ISR 926 and ISR 927 routers include external power supplies and support a single WAN port, Category 4 LTE, plus VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. VPN performance for both devices is 150 Mbps. The top-of-the-line Cisco ISR 931 features dual GE WAN ports and includes an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN throughput is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX line of desktop routers combine software-defined wide area networking and cloud-based unified threat management (UTM) in one small-footprint appliance able to handle 50 to 200 users. Every MX series appliance needs to be licensed to the Meraki cloud. For sites with multiple external network options (e.g., MPLS, fiber optic, cellular), SD-WAN technology permits administrators to assign the WAN interface an app uses or to build performance-based algorithms to determine the preferred connection. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share key capabilities that include:
The MX64 router provides 250 Mbps stateful firewall performance, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The MX64 includes a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The MX67 router delivers 500 Mbps firewall performance, 300 Mbps VPN throughput, and allows a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The router includes a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX68 security appliance delivers 600 Mbps firewall throughput, 300 Mbps VPN performance, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The router comes with two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+). The MX75 security appliance offers 1 Gbps firewall throughput, 500 Mbps VPN throughput, and allows up to 75 VPN tunnels. The MX75 includes one GbE SFP port, two GbE RJ45 WAN ports, and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+).
- App and ID-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to combine several WAN links into a single high-speed connection with policy-based Quality of Services, traffic shaping, and failover
- Works with all IPsec VPN devices and services
- USB port for fast 3G/4G failover
- Wi-Fi versions of each model have 802.11ac Wave 2 2x2 MU-MIMO
Cisco 1000 Family ISR Enterprise Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) running Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a line of fanless routers designed to deliver high-performance network connectivity, wireless support, and advanced cybersecurity for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, retail outlets, kiosks, and machine-to-machine venues. Multiple parallel processing CPU cores and the ability to run Cisco IOS XE software enable these routers to deliver capabilities consistent with Cisco's entire line of Enterprise routers. 1000 and 1100 family ISR routers are offered with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and offer Gigabit Ethernet packet forwarding. Available features include PoE and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a selection of built-in or pluggable connections such as LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, SHDSL, 3G/4G wireless, 802.11 wireless, and SFP. Cisco 1000 and 1100 Series ISR models work with Cisco's SD-WAN subscription services for transparent multi-cloud connectivity, advanced security, and unified monitoring and management across hybrid networks.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1100-4G ISR router includes four built-in GE ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE with two LTE SMA connectors, and a micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption speed is 200 Mbps. The 1100-6G ISR router adds two 1G SFP Fiber connections and features encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop ISR 1101-4P router includes four built-in GE interfaces, supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as 3G/4G LTE, and features encryption rates of 280 Mbps. The Cisco 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers include two or four integrated GE ports and dual pluggable 3G/4G LTE ports. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps.
The Cisco 1RU or desktop ISR 111x-4P/8P routers have four or eight integrated switched GE ports (two or four provide PoE) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE, and SFP. Encryption packet processing throughput is 280 Mbps. Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router comes with eight switched GE ports (four with POE) and supports SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing speed is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router features eight integrated GE connections with Power over Ethernet and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing performance is 340 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1161X-8P router includes eight integrated switched GE ports with Power over Ethernet and provides 3G/4G LTE wireless and 1G SFP. Encryption speed is 450 Mbps.
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 line of routers are modular devices intended to operate at the WAN edge to support hybrid networks that can include a mix of public and private clouds and SaaS applications. Catalyst 8000 devices use Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer scalability, intelligent cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Throughput is enhanced using purpose-built hardware, a multicore architecture, high port capacity, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services provide ongoing access to current SD-WAN technology and enable centralized management with enhanced cybersecurity, application-based policies, network segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8200 routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), offering higher IPsec performance and scale, hardware-accelerated encryption, plus greater integrated WAN port density. These one-rack unit appliances are built to bring Cisco's SASE, Software-Defined WAN and 5G-connection technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise access edge. The Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T model features four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec throughput, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. Cisco's Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based apps. Cisco's Catalyst C8200-1N-4T router features eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec throughput, supports 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with in-place container models. Both appliances come with a Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, a Pluggable Interface Module slot, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN copper ports, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable interfaces. 4-port and 8-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet switch NIM modules are available for both 8200 models.
Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge routers are intended to supersede Cisco's 4400 line of ISR Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to mid-sized and large enterprise branch offices looking for high WAN IPSec throughput with integrated SD-WAN services. Advanced capabilities include 5G wireless connectivity, built-in cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, integrated enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection with application optimization. Cisco Catalyst 8300 routers support edge computing for an existing container architecture for Cisco UCS-E modules offered on Cisco's 4000 line of ISR routers. All models in the Cisco Catalyst 8300 family allow 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature dual power supplies for improved availability.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router is a one-rack unit device that features 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates as high as 1.9Gbps. The router comes with a single SM plug-in slot, one NIM slot, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T appliance is a two-rack unit device that includes 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The device includes two SM expansion slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a 1RU appliance that includes eight CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN data rates and IPsec throughput up to 15Gbps. The unit includes one a single SM expansion slot, a NIM slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X router is a 2RU router that includes 12 CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance up to 18Gbps. The device includes two Service Module expansion slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four integrated 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. LAN plug-in modules available from Cisco range from a 4-port 1-Gigabit Ethernet switch Network Interface Module module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch SM module.
Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge Routers
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge routers are fixed, one-rack unit aggregation devices for SD-WAN and colocation environments. Built-in features include route processor, embedded services processor, and aggregation hardware for multiple connection choices. IPsec throughput is twice that of Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X router. Flexible interface alternatives include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN ports. 8500 routers include dual power supplies for improved resilience. Software subscription suites allow continuing access to Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and offer centralized management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, segmentation, and cloud connectivity optimization.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X router is intended to offer a similar experience as Cisco's ASR 1000 router. The C8500L-8S4X includes four 1/10GE WAN interfaces and offers up to 20 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X appliance has 12 integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and supports up to 120 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC model comes with four integrated 1/10GE WAN ports and eight 1G interfaces and can support up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 68 Gbps.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to offer satellite offices of enterprises with advanced video and voice applications, virtualization, protection, and reliable connectivity. ISR Generation 2 routers feature an architecture that protects prior investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line costs by permitting field installation of new modules when they become available. Compared to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers feature 2-7 times more throughput, substantially more, and easier support. All Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. ISR G2 routers also support smart power control for improved energy efficiency.
A key innovation with Integrated Services G2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly authorize and deploy extra functions as desired without needing to acquire and transfer a new IOS image over to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants offer proven skills to assist your business to design, implement, and support multi-location deployments of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that enhance branch office productivity and reduce the costs of expansion and support.
Cisco's ISR 800 Series Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been superseded by the higher performance Cisco ISR 900 series but is still widely used. Cisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop devices designed and priced for small businesses, branch locations, retail venues, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. A wealth of devices in Cisco's 800 product line have been released with various options for many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers exemplifies the wide selection of options offered within Cisco's 800 line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support unified media networks by delivering voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for 881 routers include redundant WAN links or support for wired broadband WAN links like DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into a single appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers allow a wide range of deployment models
The basic Cisco 881 has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, the ability to handle up to 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W ISR 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 Unified Border Element (CUBE) feature license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks also connect offsite agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers are modular and expandable platforms designed for organizations with a large number of branches and offsite workers requiring direct communication with private data centers and public clouds via VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series delivers the throughput needed for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile users, cloud services, and HD video applications by utilizing WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's ISR 4000 family run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to handle Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. For unified communications, the 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced SBC, telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The main difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series is the inclusion of redundant power supply support in the 4400 ISR Series, providing a greater level of availability. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router comes in a 1 RU desktop form factor and includes two network interface modules (NIMs), delivers as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and supports 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 router has a 1 RU package and includes two network interface modules, delivers as much as 300 Mbps performance, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4351 router has a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, offers up to 400 Mbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 Integrated Services Router has a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, delivers up to 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The fault-tolerant 4431 router has a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, provides as much as 2 Gbps performance, and allows up to 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's midrange and service provider routers can provide enterprises with fast, secure head ends to aggregate satellite office and off-site traffic and to provide service providers cost-effective wide area network edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and carrier router product line features the Cisco ASR 1000 routers and the 9000 Series Aggregation Services routers.
Progent's national group of CCIE certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds helping enterprises and ISPs to plan optimal installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer unbiased, third-party security inventory evaluations, stealth penetration services and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with business guidelines and statutory mandates for IT data protection and incident reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the middle of Cisco's midrange routers that focus on aggregating services at the WAN edge. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small footprint, multi-function answer for enterprises requiring branch office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers incorporate a revolutionary design that combines on-board acceleration with programmable versatility to deliver a rich set of simultaneous services without sacrificing dependable responsiveness.
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers feature Cisco's new QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can handle as many as 160 simultaneous processor threads. This massive parallelism, combined with hardware acceleration for every service, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 000 hardware queues, 32K clients, 4K IPsec tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow records. This CPU capability allows Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to deliver a wide variety of advanced services simultaneously in massive volume while avoiding throughput decay that might compromise compliance with SLAs. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic control for applying multiple levels of QoS to a data packet in a single pass, improving responsiveness for next-generation multimedia applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are designed as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to deliver the highest quality HD multimedia services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by offering non-stop operation, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a distributed operating system designed for continuous availability. Throughput of the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant switch fabric.
The ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two modular bays which can support port adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The base chassis has four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis 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 a single chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU chassis with 12 slots slots that can handle 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 Router incorporates 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
Ways Progent Can Assist Your Company to Support Cisco Routers
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