The current generation of routers ordinarily include L2 switching capability, and many modern switches include Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the source of 90% of the industry's routers, have advanced significantly in function and performance and Cisco now makes a comprehensive portfolio that features routers built to handle the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to nationwide service providers.
The latest ISR routers released by Cisco have the performance and built-in functionality to support data voice and video plus virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, remote administration, seamless scalability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow your company to build a firm foundation for an IT network that can grow seamlessly as you hire more workers, establish extra offices, configure additional services, give access to your system to customers and partners, and support an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco certified CCIE network consultants offer fast and economical remote support to assist your company to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and support Cisco's most advanced router technology and can assist you to maintain your older routers or migrate efficiently to Cisco's current networking solutions.
Cisco Routers for Home and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for smaller organizations and remote offices offer affordable and reliable entry-level solutions that allow small sets of workers to have safe access to the Internet. These fixed-configuration desktop routers include at minimum four 10/100 switched Ethernet with wireless options and integrated firewall to provide advanced protection. Built for easy setup, administration, and support, Cisco's small business and home routers minimize ownership costs by cutting acquisition and maintenance expenses. Progent's remote troubleshooting experts have extensive backgrounds delivering fast and affordable technical assistance for small companies to configure and maintain these devices, and Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants can help your company to determine whether and how Cisco's entry-level routers can increase the strategic value of your IT network.
Cisco ISR 900 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series routers are small-footprint, fanless, fixed-configuration devices intended for SMBs, branches, and home offices. These value-priced routers have four GE LAN ports and can support Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connectivity. The ISR 900 router product line provides triple the IPsec performance of the ISR 800 Series family of routers. All ISR 900 Series routers feature Group Encrypted Transport VPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN, FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN throughput is up to 250 Mbps. All models support up to 50 virtual LANs. Supported automatic failover technology for high availability and business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and Multigroup HSRP (MHSRP). Setup and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS. Cisco 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 an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN performance is 150 Mbps. The ISR 926 and ISR 927 models have external power and support a single WAN port, LTE Cat 4, VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. VPN throughput for both routers is 150 Mbps. The high-performance ISR 931 features dual GE WAN ports and has an internal power supply. VPN throughput is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX series of desktop routers combine SD-WAN and cloud-hosted unified threat management in one compact appliance able to handle 50 to 200 users. Every MX router must be licensed for the Meraki cloud. For sites having multiple WAN network connections (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology allows admins to assign the WAN interface an application should use or to build performance-based algorithms to select the preferred interface. MX fixed-configuration desktop routers share important features including:
The Cisco Meraki MX64 router provides 250 Mbps firewall throughput, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN tunnels. The MX64 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX67 security appliance provides 500 Mbps stateful firewall performance, 300 Mbps VPN throughput, and supports up to 50 VPN tunnels. The MX67 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN port, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX68 router offers 600 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps VPN performance, and supports up to 50 VPN connections. The router comes with two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+). The Cisco Meraki MX75 security appliance provides 1 Gbps stateful firewall performance, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and supports up to 75 VPN tunnels. The MX75 comes with one GbE SFP port, two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces, and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two with PoE+).
- App and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with reputation-based filtering
- Load balancing to combine several WAN links into a single fast connection with policy-based QoS, 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 and 1100 Family ISR Enterprise Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 and 1100 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) powered by Cisco IOS XE software are a line of fanless appliances designed to provide high-performance network connectivity, wireless support, and multilayer security for small and midsize businesses, enterprise branch offices, retail stores, customer premises equipment (CPE), and machine-to-machine (M2M) venues. Parallel processing cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE enable these routers to offer features consistent with Cisco's complete family of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 and 1100 Series ISR routers are offered with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and offer GE packet forwarding. Various models include PoE and PoE+, auto provisioning, plus a selection of integrated or pluggable connections for LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, SHDSL, LTE Advanced wireless, 802.11 wireless, and SFP Fiber. Cisco 1000 family ISR routers can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN services for seamless multi-cloud access, multilayer cybersecurity, and cohesive monitoring and management of hybrid networks.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1100-4G router comes with four built-in GE WAN/LAN ports, integrated 3G/4G LTE with two LTE SMA sockets, and one micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption throughput is 200 Mbps. The ISR 1100-6G router adds two 1G SFP connections and delivers encryption performance of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only ISR 1101-4P router includes four integrated switched GE ports, supports 802.11ac as well as 3G/4G LTE wireless, and delivers encryption performance of 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers include two or four built-in switched GE ports and dual pluggable 3G/4G LTE ports. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps.
The rackmount or desktop ISR 111x-4P/8P routers include four or eight integrated GE interfaces (two or four provide Power over Ethernet) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption packet processing speed is 280 Mbps. Cisco's rackmount or desktop ISR 1111X-8P router has eight integrated GE interfaces (four with POE) and supports 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing performance is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router features eight GE connections with Power over Ethernet and features SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing rate is 340 Mbps. The ISR 1161X-8P router has eight integrated switched GE connections with Power over Ethernet and supports 3G/4G LTE and SFP. Encryption speed is 450 Mbps.
Catalyst 8000 Series Branch and WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series routers are modular devices designed to work at the enterprise branche and the WAN edge to support hybrid networks that can incorporate multiple public and private clouds and SaaS applications. All Catalyst 8000 devices are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer scalability, advanced cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Throughput is optimized via purpose-built hardware, a multicore architecture, high port capacity, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services provide ongoing access to the latest SD-WAN technology and allow centralized management with advanced cybersecurity, application-optimized policies, segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Catalyst 8200 Series Enterprise Branch Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers, delivering higher IPsec throughput and expandability, hardware-accelerated encryption, plus greater built-in WAN port density. These 1RU routers are designed to provide Cisco's SASE, SD-WAN and 5G-interface technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise WAN edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T router includes four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec traffic, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. The Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based apps. Cisco's Catalyst C8200-1N-4T router includes eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec performance, permits 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with in-place container models. Both appliances come with a NIM slot, one PIM slot, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports. 4-port and 8-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are available for both 8200 routers.
Catalyst 8300 Series Enterprise Edge Routers
Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers are designed to replace Cisco's 4400 line of ISR Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to mid-sized and large company branches seeking high WAN IPSec performance with cohesive SD-WAN services. Advanced features include 5G wireless connectivity, integrated cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, integrated enhanced Layer 2 switching, and DPI with application-aware optimization. Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers support edge computing for an existing container architecture for Cisco UCS-E modules available on Cisco's 4000 family of ISR routers. All versions in the Catalyst 8300 portfolio allow 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature backup power supplies for high uptime.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router is a 1RU device that features 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The unit includes a single SM expansion slot, a NIM slot, and six built-in 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T router is a 2RU appliance that includes 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The device has two Service Module plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six integrated 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router is a one-rack unit device that includes eight CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates up to 15Gbps. The appliance includes one one Service Module plug-in slot, one NIM slot, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four built-in 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X device is a two-rack unit model that includes 12 CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec data rates up to 18Gbps. The device includes two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four fixed 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. LAN modules modules offered by Cisco range from a four-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch SM module.
Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge Routers
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, 1RU aggregation models for SD-WAN and colocation deployments. Built-in features include route processor, ESP, plus aggregation hardware for multiple interfaces and connectivity choices. IPsec performance is twice that of Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X router. Flexible interface alternatives include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN interfaces. 8500 routers come with dual power supplies for enhanced resilience. Software subscription suites provide continuing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable centralized management of security, application-aware policies, segmentation, and cloud support.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X Aggregation Edge router is designed to offer the same experience as Cisco's ASR 1000 appliance. 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 router includes 12 integrated 1/10GE WAN ports and supports up to 120 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate data rates. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC model includes four integrated 1/10GE WAN ports and eight 1-Gigabit interfaces and delivers up to 200 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 68 Gbps. Cisco's C8500-20X6C router includes 20 integrated SFP+ ports and 6 x 40/100GE interfaces. The C8500-20X6C supports up to 500 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate performance.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to provide satellite offices of large businesses with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, security, and dependable WAN access. ISR G2 routers feature an architecture that preserves prior investments in modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and reduces future expenses by allowing field upgrades to new modules when they are developed. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers offer 2-7 times more throughput, far greater expandability, and more affordable support. All Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer gigabit switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. ISR Generation 2 routers also support smart power management for better energy conservation.
A major advance with ISR Generation 2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly authorize and activate new services when desired without having to download and copy a different IOS image over to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants offer world-class skills to help your business to plan, configure, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve branch office productivity and reduce the costs of expansion and maintenance.
Cisco's ISR 800 Line of Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been superseded by the higher performance Cisco ISR 900 family but remains widely used. Cisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop devices intended for small organizations, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many devices in Cisco's 800 Series family of routers have been developed with many options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options available within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 router catalog can enable converged media environments by delivering voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available features for 881 routers include redundant WAN links or support for wired broadband WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a wide variety of deployment scenarios
The basic Cisco 881 has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps performance, the ability to handle up to 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 881W router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router includes 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) fallback with Cisco SRST. With a Cisco CUBE feature license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunking to replace legacy PRI lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks also support remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are modular and expandable routers designed for organizations with multiple branch offices and remote users requiring direct access to private data centers as well as public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the bandwidth needed for distributed enterprise sites to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and multimedia applications by utilizing wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's 4000 product line are powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, are able to support as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 network interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To manage unified communications, the 400o ISR provides extensive edge support for session border control, telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.
The main difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of redundant power supply support in the 4400 Series, offering a higher level of availability. Cisco's 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package with two network interface modules (NIMs), offers as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and supports 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU package with two network interface modules, provides as much as 300 Mbps performance, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, delivers as much as 400 Mbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's dual power supply 4431 router has a 2 RU form factor and includes three network interface modules, provides as much as 1 Gbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, provides as much as 2 Gbps performance, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with high-performance, secure distribution points to manage satellite office and remote user traffic and to provide carriers cost-effective wide area network edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio features the Cisco ASR 1000 routers and the 9000 Series Aggregation Services family.
Progent's nationwide team of Cisco CCIE network engineers have extensive experience working with global businesses and ISPs to plan efficient installations and smooth upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts can provide objective, third-party network security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing services and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry guidelines and government regulations for IT data protection and incident reporting. Progent also offers help with Horizon3.ai's NodeZero platform for threat assessment. NodeZero relies on AI technology to streamline the threat evaluation cycle of discovering cybersecurity gaps in network perimeters and inside the internal network, prioritizing remediation, fixing problems, and confirming successful repairs.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is designed to fill the center of Cisco's midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small footprint, multi-function solution for enterprises looking for satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco's ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers introduce a revolutionary architecture that combines hardware acceleration with programmable versatility to deliver a multitude of simultaneous services without sacrificing consistent performance.
ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers feature Cisco's proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that in combination can support up to 160 concurrent processor threads. This multi-processing structure, combined with on-board acceleration for all services, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 router to scale up to 128K queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU capability allows Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to support a broad range of advanced services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering performance decay that could violate compliance with service level agreements. These services include Cisco IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic management for performing numerous levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single operation, improving responsiveness for resource-intensive voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who need to support world-class HD multimedia services to home, commercial, and mobile customers by providing zero downtime availability, high performance, and application awareness. All models in Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR, a distributed OS designed for continuous availability. Performance of the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers can scale to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, plus redundant control planes.
The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a carrier-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor with 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The ASR 9001 has two modular bays to accept adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis includes four 10 GE SFP+ ports and ports for Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in one chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU chassis with 10 line-card slots that can handle 550 Gbps of throughput. The ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
Ways Progent Can Help Your Business to Support Cisco Routers
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