As computer technology advances, the distinction between a router and a switch is becoming less clear. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) products that connect networks with one another. A typical scenario is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are L2 devices that interface client devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to send data based on sophisticated software, offering intelligence at the expense of speed. Switches, on the other hand, depend upon mostly fixed hardware designs to steer data at the highest possible speed. Today's routers typically include Layer 2 switches, and many of todayís switches have some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the industry's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco now makes an extensive portfolio that features routers engineered to handle the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to the world's largest ISPs.

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The latest Integrated Services Routers released by Cisco have the performance and integrated features to support data voice and video as well as virtualization while also offering fault tolerance, remote administration, seamless expandability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow your company to establish a solid foundation for an IT network that can grow seamlessly as you hire new workers, open extra offices, deploy additional capabilities, extend your system to customers and vendors, and support an an increasingly mobile user base. Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can provide immediate and affordable remote support to assist your company to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced router technology and can help you to support your older routers or move non-disruptively to Ciscoís newer router products.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Ciscoís routers for smaller businesses and branch offices provide affordable and dependable entry-level solutions that enable limited groups of workers to have secure connectivity to wide area networks. All these fixed-configuration desktop devices include at minimum four Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options and integrated firewall to provide advanced protection. Built for easy installation, management, and support, Ciscoís small business routers reduce TCO by lowering equipment and maintenance expenses. Progentís remote support experts have extensive backgrounds delivering fast and economical technical assistance for small companies to set up and maintain these routers, and Progentís CCIE network consultants can help you to determine how these routers can increase the strategic value of your IT system.

Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ExpertsCisco's affordably priced RV Series Routers are engineered to provide small organizations with VPN capability that permits remote users to access a network without compromising security. Devices in the Cisco RV Series Routers can support from five to 100 VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, come with built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and allow web-based setup for easy set up and troubleshooting. All RV Series devices accommodate fast Ethernet and several models can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Wired/Wireless models are available. Cisco's RV Series routers do not incorporate Ciscoís IOS platform.

Cisco RV Series Routers Online SupportThe Cisco RV041 model VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and can securely handle as many as 50 branch offices or online users via Internet Protocol Security or Point-to-Point VPN tunneling. The RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 model Dual WAN VPN Router features an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage up to 100 remote offices or online users with full IPsec VPN tunneling. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model comes with 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 online connections, and allows up to seven ports to be set up for load balancing or for service provider backup to provide zero downtime Internet connectivity.

Later products in Cisco's portfolio of RV Series Wired/Wireless Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for as many as four VLANs, the RV130W Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 825 Mbps throughput, the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and the ability to support 25 VPN connections, and the 320 RV320 WAN VPN Router that includes a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gbit WAN ports for business continuity.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's comprehensive line of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop devices intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, teleworkers, and clients of broadband service providers. Many models in Cisco's 800 Series family of routers have been released with various options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options offered within Cisco's 800 product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support converged media environments by providing voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in one integrated appliance. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, 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 like DSL as well as multiple different 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into one desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a wide range of deployment scenarios

The basic Cisco 881 router features 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 support. 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 Unified Border Element (CUBE) feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking to replace legacy Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.

Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are intended to provide branch offices of large businesses with enhanced collaboration, virtual networking, security, and reliable WAN access. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature a design that preserves prior investments in service modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and reduces future expenses by permitting easy installation of new modules when they are developed. Compared to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers feature 2-7 times more throughput, far more, and easier support. All ISR Generation 2 routers offer GE switching and incorporate multi-core processors and ultra-fast fabric for higher throughput. ISR G2 routers also support intelligent power control for improved energy efficiency.

A key innovation with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and deploy new services when required without needing to acquire and copy a new IOS Software image over to yourrouter. Progent's team of CCIE-certified network consultants can provide proven expertise to assist you to design, implement, and support multi-location installations of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers that enhance satellite office productivity and reduce the price of expansion and maintenance.

1900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Troubleshooting1900 Series ISR G2 routers offer hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switches. The Cisco 1941W router provides an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point that allows cordless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications through MIMO technology that improves the range of current 802.11a/b/g users. Connectivity options for the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GE.

In comparison to the previous generation 1841 Integrated Services router which they are designed to substitute for, the 1900 ISR G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of flash storage as a default, and this can be expanded to 4GB compared to 128 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 256 MB instead of 128 MB and top dynamic RAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes compared to 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include a USB console instead of the older DB-9 connector and has an add-in slot for the recently introduced Internal Services Module to replace the slot for the previous and lower performance AIM module. In contrast to higher end ISR G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power supplies or add-in slots for PVDM modules.

Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online ConsultingCisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are released in four models which are intended as upgrades to the routers in Ciscoís popular 2800 router family. Ciscoís 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers offer on-board hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video capable Digital Signal Processor slots, optional firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 modular LAN switchports. The integrated encryption circuitry supports IP Security and SSL VPN tunneling for safe off-site connections and is dramatically faster than the AIM modules available with 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 ISR G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, plus Gigabit Ethernet.

2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-performance features identical to the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older 2821 ISR router that the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is designed to replace, the 2921 router is offered by default with 256 megabytes vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash memory and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 megabytes. Default DRAM capacity is 512 MB vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM size is 2.5 GB compared to 1 GB.

Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 Routers
3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote ConsultingCisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices deliver the top performance and add-in slot densities in Ciscoís Integrated Services G2 family and can accept fast digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, fast integrated encryption, a broad selection of connectivity options, up to 98 modular LAN Switchports, and up to 2,500 SIP sessions. To protect your IT investment, the 3900 Series ISR G2 routers include Ciscoís Services Performance Engine, a versatile motherboard that can be swapped out easily to enhance throughput without forcing you to purchase another piece of equipment. Like other Cisco ISR G2 routers, Ciscoís 3900 family also protects previous investments by accepting most of the service modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For improved availability, Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 support two integrated power supplies.

In comparison to the previous model 3825 Integrated Services router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to substitute for, the 3925 is shipped standard with 256 MB as opposed to 64 MB of flash memory and can be loaded with up to 4GB instead of 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM size is 4 GB instead of 1 GB.

Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers are compact modular and expandable routers intended for businesses with a large number of branches and offsite workers who need direct access to in-house data centers and public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the throughput required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management technology. Devices in the ISR 4000 family are powered by Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU form factor, are able to support as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To manage unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for SBC, telephony survivability, and TDM gateways.

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

Cisco's First Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's first-generation ISR routers, with in excess of six million products deployed, are the industry's leading technology for small to medium-sized companies and enterprises with satellite offices to achieve high-performance, safe, and dependable connectivity to key applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are proven experts at delivering remote consulting, administrative, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the current version of Cisco IOS Software with minimal disruption to your network, assess the security profile of your existing router setup, and assist you to migrate cost effectively to the latest line of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers when it makes sense for your business.

Cisco 1800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesThe Cisco 1800 Series of integrated services routers intelligently embed data and security within a single resilient system for fast, expandable access to strategic business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series architecture has been especially engineered to meet the requirements of small-to-medium-sized businesses, small enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for access to simultaneous services at high performance. The integrated secure systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series routers offers maximum versatility and fast ROI.

Cisco's 1841 device provides important advantages compared to previous generations of Cisco 1700 Series routers by delivering more than a fivefold throughput improvement plus integrated hardware encryption enabled by an available IOS Software protection image. The 1841 integrated services router significantly increases interface card slot throughput and capacity compared to the 1700 Series routers while providing support for more than 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The 1841 integrated services router provides additional enhancement of Virtual Private Network speed with an available VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a broad array of interface requirements, including support for integrated switch ports; and sufficient speed and expansion slot density for future network growth and advanced applications.

2800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 2800 Router ConsultantsDesigned for small to medium-sized organizations and enterprise branch offices, Cisco's 2800 Series routers comprises four platforms: the 2801 router, the 2811, the Cisco 2821, and the 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 routers offer substantial additional value in comparison to prior generations of Cisco routers at comparable price points by offering up to a 5x performance improvement, as much as a 10x improvement in protection and voice performance, built-in service options, and dramatically improved plug-in slot speed and capacity while maintaining support for most of the over 90 popular expansion modules in use today for the 1700, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 Series routers.

Cisco's 2800 Series provides an array of popular security features including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security VPN, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, powerful application inspection and control, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in a single secure solution set. Additionally, by integrating security features directly into the router, Cisco can enable special smart protection solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus defense; V3PN for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy VPN for supporting increasingly scalable and easier to manage VPN environments.

Companies can use the Cisco 2800 Series to create an integrated IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP phones, and can securely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single platform for their small to midsize satellite offices.

The 2800 Series router supports an integrated access point for wireless LAN access, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for shared public wireless access, and infrastructure services for portable wireless LAN telephony and for high-density locations.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
3800 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesCisco 3800 Series integrated services routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate branch offices to offer businesses the highest levels of network agility, performance, and intelligence. Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers transparently incorporate the latest 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 integrated services routers feature internal security processing, excellent throughput and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability required for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network analysis, and Web programs in even the most competitive corporate networks. Built for performance, the 3800 Series routers deliver multiple concurrent services as fast as wired T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing technology of the Cisco 3800 Series router is built to combine protection and voice processing with the latest wireline and wireless services for fast installation of new services, including application layer operations, intelligent network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series integrated services router supports the bandwidth requirements for several Fast Ethernet interfaces for every slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) connections, and integrated power distribution to expansion modules supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while still supporting the existing portfolio of modular interfaces. This permits ongoing return on investment by supporting network scaling or adapting to innovations in technology as the latest applications are deployed. By combining the capabilities of several distinct appliances into one compact unit, the 3800 Series router significantly lowers the expense and hassle of managing wide area networks.

Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Ciscoís midrange WAN edge and service provider routers offer larger businesses with fast, secure head ends to aggregate branch office and off-site data packets and to offer carriers economical WAN edge solutions. Ciscoís midrange and service provider router product line features the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 ASR Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

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Progent's nationwide team of CCIE certified network engineers have extensive backgrounds working with enterprise businesses and service providers to design efficient installations and smooth upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, third-party security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry guidelines and statutory requirements for network information protection and reporting.

Cisco 7600 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Routers ConsultantsThe Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 architecture by using an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is provided via logical and physical redundancy as well as Cisco IOS Software functions. In addition, the Cisco 7600 provides a rich array of high-touch IP network services at optical rates through various Optical Services Modules (OSMs) powered by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The 7609 Series offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps SFM or a 32-Gbps data bus, which provide switching performance of 30 Mpps or 15 million packets per second each. If the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the 7609 can also support distributed switching with rates up to 168 Mpps by running the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network card, which is controlled by the DFC and the SFM.

The 7603 Series router provides only the standard 32-Gbps bus option and delivers 15 Mpps switching performance. The 7603 Series router does not offer distributed switching capability.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers ConsultantsCiscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services line of routers is positioned in the middle of Ciscoís midrange routers that concentrate on aggregating services at the wide area network edge. Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, multi-function answer for enterprises looking for branch office service aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 routers incorporate an innovative architecture that mixes on-board acceleration with programmable versatility to deliver a rich set of concurrent services without sacrificing consistent performance.

ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers include Ciscoís proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can handle as many as 160 concurrent processor threads. This parallel CPU architecture, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for every service, allows the high-end ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 128K queues, 32K clients, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2M Netflow records. This processing capability permits ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a wide variety of advanced services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering performance degradation that might threaten compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, IPS, NAT, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic control for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a packet in a single operation, enhancing the user experience for next-generation voice, video, and conferencing applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as edge routers for carriers who are required to support the highest quality data, voice and video services to home, business, and mobile customers by offering non-stop availability, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by the IOS XR operating system, a distributed operating system designed for non-stop availability. Throughput of the ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, plus redundant switch fabric.

The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric capacity. The ASR 9001 has two bays to support adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The base chassis includes four 10 GE SFP+ ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, BITS, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform has a 30 RU chassis and includes 12 slots slots able to support 550 Gbps of throughput. The ASR 9912 Router has 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System ConsultantsCisco's Carrier Routing System product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR self-healing operating system, offers carriers world-class capacity and availability. The Cisco CRS product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously improved, and now features the industry's most popular multishelf core router. To protect existing capital investments in infrastructure, the latest Carrier Routing System platforms are compatible with earlier products.

Current product families in Cisco's Carrier Routing System portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Each CRS series includes single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot units plus multi-chassis versions. The Cisco CRS-1 Series is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and delivers up to 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in Cisco's CRS-3 Series use Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and are capable of up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers incorporate Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and can be expanded to sustain up to 922 Tbps performance.

Cisco's CRS Multichassis models can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves that have the ability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of continuous operations for each slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and PLIMs are compatible across the whole Carrier Routing System product line.

Legacy Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's CCIE support experts are experienced with older Cisco routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can show you how to support these routers and can in addition help you to rationalize and implement migrations to newer versions. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 Line of Unified Communications Routers
    The Cisco 520 model Secure Router, built to handle up to 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and a single Cisco IOS image. By offering a simple yet effective array of IOS Software features, Ciscoís 520 router simplifies setup, administration, and troubleshooting, yet still provides powerful security and performance alternatives to adapt to the particular needs of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Routers
    Cisco's discontinued 850 Series access routers are targeted at small networks, recommended for up to 10 workers or for telecommuter sites where protected and economical connectivity is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers deliver secure connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security Virtual Private Network support, a four-connection 10/100 switch, a protected WLAN 802.11b/g option with a fixed antenna, and easy configuration and integration and off-site administration features through Web-enabled tools and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's legacy 870 Series routers are designed for small offices with up to 20 users or for telecommuter environments where advanced VoIP and video and dependable connectivity using standby WAN links are required. 870 Series routers offer high speed for small workgroups plus enhanced security via features such as stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security (IPsec) VPN, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard as well as Dynamic Multipoint VPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), antivirus support through Network Admission Control (NAC), and policing of secure access policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    1700 Series access routers are built to deliver an affordable, integrated router platform for small and medium-sized organizations. 1700 Series provide flexibility and ease of administration to satisfy demanding e-business needs including data/voice/video/fax integration, high-speed broadband Internet connection, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of ISR routers and the 1900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • 2600 Series Routers
    The 2600 Series of routers is a family of multiservice routers for branch sites, offering flexible LAN and WAN configurations, comprehensive security features, and a range of high performance processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • 3700 Series Routers
    The 3700 Series is a family of access solutions for medium and large offices. Supported by over 70 modular interface add-in products, the Cisco 3700 family provides a robust solution for data, voice and video, VPNs, and mixed-protocol data routing. 3700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 family of integrated services routers and the 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services router offers performance, flexibility, and expandability in a compact form factor with a broad range of deployment options. With processing throughput up to 2 million packets per second, adapters ranging from NxDS0 to Gigabit Ethernet, and OC-3 as well as a number of high-touch IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series router is a solid broadband aggregation edge solution for enterprises and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR router provides broadband aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, mixed-media support via time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IP Security VPN scalable to 5K tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is an SBC that permits Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connectivity to an IP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall collaboration functions like SIP conferencing with rich media recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and B2B telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of IOS that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families such as the 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, and 1800 Series. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, visit Cisco SIP Integration Solutions and CUBE Integration.

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Router Products
Progent's CCIE Certified engineers can assist your company to plan, setup, and manage a converged business network that can streamline operations, lower expenses, and accelerate time to productivity. By combining Cisco routers with Catalyst switches support and Cisco wireless integration, Progent can dramatically enhance the business value of your network infrastructure. Progent can provide in-person and remote troubleshooting and offers data center support throughout and major cities nationwide.

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