As computer technology advances, the difference between a router and a switch has grown less clear. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices designed to connect different networks. A common example is connecting a small business network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect client devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to forward traffic based on complex algorithms, offering intelligence at the cost of speed. Switches, on the other hand, depend on largely predefined hardware designs to move traffic at the highest feasible rate. Today's routers usually come with Layer 2 switching capability, and many of todayís switches include 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 product line that includes routers designed to handle the needs of users from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.
The most recent ISR routers released by Cisco offer the performance and built-in functionality to manage data voice and video as well as virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, web-based administration, seamless expandability, and advanced security and compliance. These routers enable your business to establish a firm basis for an IT network that can grow seamlessly as you add new employees, open new offices, deploy new capabilities, extend your system to clients and partners, and support an an increasingly mobile user base. Progentís Cisco certified CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and economical online support to help your company to select, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to maintain your legacy routers or move efficiently to Ciscoís newer router products.
Cisco Routers Designed for Small Businesses and Branch Offices
Ciscoís routers for small businesses and branch offices offer affordable and dependable entry-level solutions that enable limited groups of users to have safe connectivity to wide area networks. All these single-configuration desktop routers include at minimum four 10/100 switched Ethernet with wireless options plus built-in firewall for enhanced protection. Built for easy installation, management, and support, Ciscoís small business routers minimize total cost of ownership by cutting acquisition and maintenance investments. Progentís remote support specialists have in-depth backgrounds providing fast and economical technical help for small businesses to set up and maintain these routers, and Progentís CCIE network engineers can assist you to determine how these routers can increase the business value of your IT network.
Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco's affordably priced RV Series VPN Routers are designed to offer small businesses with VPN technology that allows telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network securely. Devices in the RV Series VPN Routers can handle up to 100 VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, have built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and support web-based configuration for remote deployment and management. All models support 10/100 Ethernet and some support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are offered. These VPN routers do not support Ciscoís popular IOS platform.
The Cisco RV041 model VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely handle as many as 50 remote offices or online workers through IPsec or PPTP tunneling protocol. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 switch and can support as many as 100 remote offices or online workers with full IPsec VPN. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model comes with 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports 100 remote connections, and lets up to 7 ports to be set up for traffic load balancing or for ISP backup to provide non-stop Internet connectivity.
Later products in Cisco's portfolio of Small Business RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for four VLANs, the RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 825 Mbps throughput, the Cisco RV220W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 25 IPsec VPN connections, and the Cisco 320 RV320 WAN VPN Router that features a 4-port Gigabit switch and Dual Gbit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity.
Cisco 800 Line of ISR Routers
Cisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop appliances intended for small organizations, branch offices, retail venues, telecommuters, and customers of ISPs. A wealth of devices in Cisco's 800 product line have been released with many options for many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast array of options offered within the Cisco 800 Series product family. Models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can support converged media networks by providing IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Built-in data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available features for Cisco 881 ISR routers include redundant wide area network links or support for wired broadband WAN connections like DSL plus multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into one desktop appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a wide range of deployment models
The baseline Cisco 881 router includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, support for up to 20 users, two-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. Cisco's 881W router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for legacy PRI lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are designed to provide branch offices of large businesses with enhanced collaboration, virtualization, security, and reliable connectivity. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers introduce a design that protects prior investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and lowers future costs by permitting easy upgrades to additional modules when they are developed. Compared to older ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and easier maintenance. All Integrated Services G2 routers support Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. ISR Generation 2 routers also support intelligent power control for improved energy efficiency.
A notable advance with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which includes all of the IOS technology sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and deploy extra functions as required without having to download and copy a new IOS image over to yourCisco router. Progent's team of CCIE network consultants offer proven expertise to assist you to plan, implement, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers that improve satellite office efficiency and cut the costs of expansion and maintenance.
Cisco 1900 ISR G2 Routers
1900 Integrated Services G2 routers offer accelerated hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular LAN switchports. The Cisco 1941W router provides an WiFi access point that enables wireless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications via MIMO technology that improves the range of existing 802.11 users. Interface alternatives for the 1900 ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.
Compared to the older 1841 Integrated Services router which they are able to replace, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include 256 megabytes vs. 32 of flash storage as a default, and this can be increased to 4GB compared to 128 MB. Default DRAM size is 256 megabytes compared to 128 and top DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes compared to 384 MB. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers include a USB console in place of the older DB-9 connector and has a slot for the new ISM module rather than a slot for the previous and lower performance Advanced Integration Module. In contrast to higher end Integrated Services G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power or add-in slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.
2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four models which correspond to the routers in Ciscoís successful 2800 router series. Ciscoís 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 Integrated Services G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 up to 50 Ethernet switches. The integrated encryption circuitry supports IPsec and SSL VPN for protected remote connections and is significantly higher performing than the AIM modules supported by Cisco 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 Series Integrated Services G2 router supports 600 SIP sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, as well as GE.
Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-throughput capability identical to Ciscoís Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older Cisco 2821 Integrated Services router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the 2921 router is shipped standard with 256 megabytes vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash memory and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes instead of 256 MB. Default DRAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM size is 2.5 GB instead of only 1.
3900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco has released four platforms for the high-end 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These models offer the top throughput and slot densities in Ciscoís ISR G2 family and support fast digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive voice/video environments, fast on-board encryption, a broad selection of connectivity options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN Switchports, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To protect your investment, the 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers include Ciscoís Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be swapped out easily to improve throughput without forcing you to purchase another device. Like other Integrated Services G2 routers, the 3900 Series also preserves past investments by being compatible with most of the service modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved uptime, Cisco 3900 ISR G2 support dual integrated power supplies.
Compared to the older model 3825 ISR router that the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the Cisco 3925 router is offered standard with 256 megabytes instead of 64 MB of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 gigabytes vs. 1 GB.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are modular and scalable platforms designed for organizations with a large number of branch offices and offsite workers requiring direct communication with in-house data centers as well as public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the throughput required for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile workers, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by utilizing wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management techniques. Models in Cisco's 4000 Series are powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to support as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for session border control, telephony survivability, and TDM gateways.
The main difference between Cisco's 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of redundant power supply support in the 4400 Series, providing a higher degree of fault tolerance. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules, provides up to 100 Mbps performance, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 router comes in a 1 RU package with two network interface modules, provides as much as 300 Mbps throughput, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4351 model comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, offers as much as 400 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 model has a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, offers as much as 1 Gbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 router features a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, provides as much as 2 Gbps performance, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original ISR routers, with in excess of six million devices deployed, are the world's leading technology for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises with branch offices to achieve high-performance, safe, and reliable connectivity to vital applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are proven experts at delivering online consulting, administrative, and troubleshooting support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can help you to move up to the latest release of Cisco IOS Software with minimal service interruption to your IT operations, assess the security vulnerability of your existing router setup, and help your IT organization to move efficiently to the latest releases of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers when it is appropriate for your business.
Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
The modular Cisco 1800 Series of routers incorporate data and protection within one robust solution for fast, expandable delivery of strategic business applications. The 1800 Series router design has been specifically engineered to satisfy the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for access to simultaneous services at high speed. The integrated secure systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series routers offers maximum versatility and fast ROI.
The Cisco 1841 router offers important advantages in comparison to previous generations of Cisco 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a 5x throughput improvement and integrated hardware encryption enabled by an available Cisco IOS Software protection image. The Cisco 1841 router dramatically increases interface card slot throughput and capacity in comparison to the 1700 Series while providing compatibility with over 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The Cisco 1841 device offers further enhancement of Virtual Private Network performance with an available Virtual Private Network acceleration module; IPS and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a broad array of connectivity requirements, including support for integrated switch ports; and sufficient performance and slot capacity for ongoing network expansion and advanced applications.
2800 Series Routers
Designed for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and enterprise satellite offices, Cisco's 2800 Series consists of four platforms: the Cisco 2801 router, the 2811 router, the Cisco 2821, and the 2851. Cisco's 2800 Series routers offer substantial additional value in comparison to older generations of Cisco devices at comparable prices by offering up to a five times throughput increase, up to a tenfold increase in security and voice performance, embedded service features, and radically improved slot performance and density while preserving compatibility with the vast majority of the over 90 existing expansion modules available currently for the 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 Series routers.
Cisco's 2800 Series router provides a range of popular protection features such as an IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IPsec Virtual Private Network, SSL Virtual Private Network, powerful application inspection and control, Secure Shell Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in a single protected solution set. Additionally, by incorporating security features within the router itself, Cisco can offer unique intelligent protection functions other security devices cannot, such as NAC for virus protection; V3PN for QoS support when mixing voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN); Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy VPN for enabling more expandable and easier to manage VPN networks.
Businesses can use the Cisco 2800 Series to create an integrated IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single platform for their small to midsize branch offices.
The 2800 router supports a built-in access point for wireless LAN access, wireless Hotspot services for shared public wireless networks, and infrastructure services for cordless WLAN telephony and for larger locations.
Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise satellite locations to provide companies the highest degree of network agility, performance, and functionality. Cisco 3800 integrated services routers transparently incorporate the latest technologies, adaptive services, and secure corporate communications into a single robust platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. 3800 Series routers offer internal security processing, fast performance and large memory capacity, and high-capacity interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability required for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network monitoring, and web-based programs in the most demanding corporate networks. Engineered for performance, the The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers provide multiple concurrent services up to wire-speed T3/E3 rates.
The integrated services routing architecture of the 3800 Series router is built to combine protection and voice handling with the latest wired and wireless services for rapid installation of new applications, including application layer functions, intelligent network services, and converged communications. The 3800 Series router meets the bandwidth demands of several 100Mbps interfaces for every expansion slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) interconnections, and fully integrated power sourcing to modules supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while still accommodating the existing portfolio of interface modules. This permits continuing ROI by supporting network scaling or adapting to changes in technology as new applications are deployed. By combining the functions of several separate devices into one small device, the 3800 Series router significantly reduces the cost and hassle of managing remote networks.
Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Ciscoís midrange WAN edge and service provider routers can provide enterprises with fast, protected head ends to aggregate satellite office and remote user traffic and to offer ISPs economical wide area network edge routing. Ciscoís midrange and service provider router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 ASR Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.
Progent's nationwide team of Cisco CCIE certified network consultants have in-depth backgrounds helping enterprises and service providers to plan optimal installations and smooth expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer objective, independent security vulnerability evaluations, stealth penetration services and advanced SIEM solutions to help companies with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet business guidelines and statutory requirements for network data protection and reporting.
Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
The 7600 Series router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 Series infrastructure by using an NEBS-3 compliant box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is provided via redundancy plus Cisco IOS Software capabilities. In addition, the Cisco 7600 provides a rich array of high-touch network services at optical rates through a variety of OSMs powered by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.
The Cisco 7609 offers the option to use a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or the standard 32-Gbps data bus, which provide centralized switching performance of 30 or 15 Mpps each. If the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the Cisco 7609 can in addition allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by using the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gigabit Ethernet network card, which is powered by the Distributed Forwarding Card (DFC) and the Switch Fabric Module.
The Cisco 7603 Series router has only the 32-Gbps bus option and provides 15 Mpps switching performance. The Cisco 7603 does not support distributed switching technology.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Ciscoís ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the center of Ciscoís midrange devices that concentrate on acting as headends at the WAN edge. Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series routers provide a small footprint, single-product solution for large businesses looking for branch office service aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers incorporate a revolutionary design that mixes on-board acceleration with programmable flexibility in order to offer a rich set of concurrent services while preserving dependable performance.
Ciscoís ASR 1000 routers feature Ciscoís proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can handle up to 160 simultaneous processor threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for every service, allows the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to scale up to 128 hardware queues, 32K clients, 4K IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow records. This CPU power permits Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series routers to deliver a broad range of advanced services simultaneously in massive volume while avoiding performance degradation that could compromise compliance with service level agreements. These services include Cisco IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of QoS to a packet in one operation, enhancing responsiveness for high-bandwidth multimedia applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for service providers who need to deliver world-class HD multimedia services to home, commercial, and mobile customers by providing zero downtime operation, high speed, 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 self-healing, distributed OS designed for continuous availability. Throughput of the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per system. Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant control planes.
The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two 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 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections in space-limited environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in a single box. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU chassis and includes 12 slots slots that can provide 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 has 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco's Carrier Routing System family, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed operating system, offers service providers high-level capacity and availability. The Carrier Routing System product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously improved, and now includes the industry's most widely deployed multichassis network core router. To preserve existing investments in network infrastructure, the latest CRS platforms are backward compatible with previous CRS versions.
Current product lines in the Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Every Carrier Routing System series features single-chassis 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot units plus multi-shelf models. The Cisco CRS-1 Series is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and offers as much as 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in the CRS-3 Series use QuantumFlow Array technology and can provide up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers incorporate CMOS photonics CPAK technology and can be expanded to sustain an impressive 922 Tbps performance.
The Cisco Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can expand to support up to 72 line-card shelves that have the capability to deliver 400-Gigabit per second of non-stop performance for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and physical layer interface modules work throughout the complete Carrier Routing System portfolio.
Older Routers Maintained by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's CCIE consultants are familiar with legacy routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to manage these routers and can in addition help you to rationalize and implement migrations to current versions. Older Cisco routers supported by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
- Cisco 500 SR Line of Unified Communications Routers
The Cisco 520 model router, built to handle up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By offering a limited but effective array of Cisco IOS Software features, Ciscoís 520 model SR Router simplifies setup, administration, and technical support, yet nevertheless delivers advanced security and performance options to adapt to the specific needs of your organization.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Model Unified Communications Routers
Cisco's discontinued 850 Series routers are designed for small offices, recommended for up to 10 workers or for teleworker sites where protected and affordable connectivity is needed. Cisco 850 Series access routers offer safe access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN support, a 4-connection 10/100 switch, a secure WLAN 802.11b/g option with an antenna, and easy setup and deployment and remote management capabilities through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.
Cisco's discontinued 870 routers are designed for small offices with up to 20 users or for telecommuter environments where high-quality VoIP and video and reliable connectivity utilizing backup Internet connections are needed. 870 Series routers offer high throughput in small offices plus tight security via services that include Firewall, IPsec VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard as well as Dynamic Multipoint VPN and GETVPN, an intrusion prevention system, antivirus support using Network Admission Control (NAC), and enforcement of safe access policies.
- Cisco 1700 Series
1700 Series routers are engineered to provide a cost-effective, integrated e-business solution for small and midsize businesses (SMB). 1700 Series routers provide versatility and ease of administration to meet challenging e-business needs such as data/voice/video/fax integration, fast broadband Internet access, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 1900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 2600 Series Routers
The Cisco 2600 Series of routers is a line of modular access routers for branch sites, providing a wealth of LAN and WAN configurations, multiple security features, and a selection of fast processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 2900 Series ISR G2 routers.
- 3700 Series Routers
The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of modular, multiservice solutions for mid-size and large offices. With over 70 interface options, the 3700 product line provides a robust solution for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.
- 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
The 7200 VXR router offers performance, modularity, and scalability in a compact form factor with a broad selection of deployment options. With processing throughput as high as 2 mega-packets per second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, plus OC-3 as well as a variety of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation WAN and MAN edge device for large corporations and service providers. The 7200 VXR Series router provides broadband aggregation by handling up to 16K PPP sessions per device, mixed-media support with time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IPsec VPN scalable to 5,000 tunnels per device.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller that permits SIP access to an IP PSTN carrier and delivers outside-the-firewall capabilities like SIP conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response solutions, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and B2B telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in capability of IOS available via license to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 routers as well as many products within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines such as Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, and 1800 Series. To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, visit Cisco SIP Integration Consulting and Cisco CUBE Integration.
Ways Progent Can Help You with Cisco Routers
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