As computer technology advances, the difference between router and switch products is becoming less clear. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices that connect networks with one another. A common example is connecting an office network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect client devices within a network. Basically, routers rely on processors to steer traffic based on sophisticated software, offering versatility at the expense of throughput. Switches, on the other hand, depend on mostly fixed hardware designs to steer data at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers typically incorporate L2 switches, and many of todayís switches have Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the source of 90% of the industry's routers, have advanced significantly in capability and performance and Cisco now offers an extensive product line that includes routers built to handle the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to the world's largest service providers.

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The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco offer the performance and built-in functionality to support data voice and video plus virtual environments while at the same time offering high availability, remote management, seamless extensibility, and advanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers enable your business to build a firm basis for an information environment that can grow smoothly as you hire more employees, open new sites, activate new capabilities, give access to your network to clients and partners, and build an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progentís Cisco CCIE network consultants offer immediate and economical remote expertise to help your company to select, configure, administer, upgrade, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can assist you to support your legacy routers or migrate efficiently to Ciscoís newer networking solutions.

Cisco Routers for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Ciscoís routers for smaller businesses and branch offices offer affordable and dependable no-frills alternatives that enable limited groups of users to have safe access to the Internet. These single-configuration desktop routers feature at least four 10/100 Ethernet ports with wireless options and integrated firewall to provide advanced security. Built for simple installation, administration, and support, Ciscoís small business routers minimize TCO by cutting equipment and maintenance investments. Progentís remote support experts have in-depth experience providing fast and affordable technical help for small organizations to set up and support these routers, and Progentís CCIE-certified network engineers can help you to understand how Ciscoís entry-level routers can add to the business value of your information network.

Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers TroubleshootingCisco'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 via secure tunneling. Devices in the Cisco RV Series VPN Routers can handle from five to 100 VPN tunnels, include 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls that provide sophisticated encryption, and support browser-based configuration for easy deployment and troubleshooting. All models accommodate fast Ethernet and some can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless models are available. Cisco's RV Series VPN routers do not support Ciscoís IOS platform.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers MaintenanceThe Cisco RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely handle up to 50 branch offices or online workers through IPsec or PPTP tunneling protocol. The G version 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. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router features 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates up to 100 remote connections, and allows up to seven switched ports to be set up for load balancing or for ISP redundancy to ensure zero downtime Internet connectivity.

Cisco's more current devices in the growing family of Small Business RV Series VPN Routers include the RV120W wired/Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port Ethernet switch and support for 10 VPN tunnels, the Cisco RV180W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions and 10 VPN tunnels, Cisco's ultra-affordable RV215W Wireless Router with a 4-port Ethernet switch and a USB port to enable 3G/4G WAN connectivity, and the Cisco 325 RV325 WAN VPN Router with an integrated a 14-port Gigabit switch and redundant Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing as well as USB connections using 3G and 4G modems for WAN failover.

Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco 881 ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances designed and priced for small organizations, branch locations, retail venues, telecommuters, and customers of ISPs. Many models in the 800 Series family of routers have been developed with many options over the course of many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options available within the Cisco 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can enable unified media networks by providing voice and video, 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 wide area network connections or support for landline broadband WAN links like DSL plus multiple different 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a wide range of deployment models

The basic Cisco 881 router has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, support for 20 users, two-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 881W router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunking to replace outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks also support remote agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.

Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are intended to provide satellite offices of enterprises with enhanced video and voice applications, virtualization, protection, and dependable WAN access. ISR G2 routers feature a design that protects past investments in modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line costs by permitting field upgrades to new modules when they become available. Compared to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers feature 2-7 times higher throughput, far greater expandability, and more affordable support. All Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer gigabit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. ISR Generation 2 routers also offer smart power management for improved energy efficiency.

A major innovation with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly authorize and activate extra features as desired without needing to acquire and copy a new IOS image to yourrouter. Progent's group of Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants offer world-class skills to help your business to design, implement, and support multi-location deployments of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that enhance satellite office efficiency and reduce the price of expansion and support.

Cisco 1900 ISR G2 Routers
1900 ISR G2 Routers Online HelpCisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include accelerated hardware encryption, optional IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and a maximum of 11 modular LAN switchports. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an integrated WiFi access point that enables cordless access to high throughput data, voice, and video through MIMO technology that improves coverage for current 802.11a/b/g users. Interface alternatives for the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.

In comparison to the previous 1841 ISR router which they are able to substitute for, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 MB vs. 32 MB of flash memory as standard, and can be increased to 4GB instead of 128 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 256 MB compared to 128 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes vs. 384 MB. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers feature a USB console instead of the outdated DB-9 connector and has an add-in slot for the recently introduced ISM module rather than a slot for the older and lower performance Advanced Integration Module. Unlike top-of-the-line ISR Generation 2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers do not support redundant power or slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.

2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Consulting2900 Series ISR G2 Routers are released in four versions which correspond to the routers in Ciscoís successful 2800 router family. Ciscoís 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 to 50 modular LAN switches. The integrated encryption hardware supports IP Security and Secure Sockets Layer VPN for protected remote connections and is dramatically faster than the AIM modules available with 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line 2951 Series Integrated Services G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, plus copper and fiber GbE.

2900 ISR G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-throughput capability identical to the Catalyst 2960 and 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older 2821 Integrated Services router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to substitute for, the 2921 router is shipped standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of flash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 MB. Standard dynamic RAM size is 512 MB vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes vs. 1 gigabytes.

Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 Routers
3900 Series ISR G2 Routers Remote ConsultingCisco has released four models for the high-end 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the top throughput and add-in slot densities in Ciscoís ISR G2 family and support fast digital signal processors for the most demanding voice/video applications, accelerated on-board encryption, a wide selection of interface options, a maximum 98 modular LAN switches, and as many as 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To protect your investment, the 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support Ciscoís Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be replaced easily to enhance processing power without requiring you to buy a new router. Like other Integrated Services G2 routers, Ciscoís 3900 Series also protects past investments by accepting the majority of the service modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved fault tolerance, 3900 Series ISR G2 offer dual power supplies.

Compared to the previous 3825 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the 3925 router is shipped standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of flash memory and can be loaded with up to 4GB instead of 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 megabytes and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 GB vs. 1 GB.

Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers are compact modular and expandable routers intended for organizations with multiple branches and remote workers requiring direct communication with in-house data centers as well as public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for distributed enterprise sites to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD video applications by utilizing WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Devices in the 4000 product line run Cisco's powerful IOS XE software, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to handle Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated Gigabit 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. To handle unified communications, the 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for SBC, telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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The main difference between the Cisco 4400 ISR and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of redundant power supply support in the 4400 Series, providing a higher degree of availability. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules (NIMs), provides up to 100 Mbps performance, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU form factor and includes two NIMs, delivers as much as 300 Mbps throughput, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, delivers as much as 400 Mbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 router comes in a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, provides up to 1 Gbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The redundant-power 4431 model has a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, delivers as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.

Cisco's 1st Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's first-generation Integrated Services Routers, with more than six million devices in the field, are the world's leading solution for small businesses and enterprise satellite offices to ensure high-performance, safe, and reliable access to key applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are seasoned experts at delivering remote design, management, and problem solving support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can assist your company to move up to the latest release of Cisco IOS control software with minimal disruption to your network, evaluate the security profile of your existing router configuration, and help business to migrate cost effectively to the latest releases of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers whenever it makes competitive sense for your company.

Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers SupportThe Cisco 1800 Series of routers embed data and security into a single resilient solution for fast, scalable connectivity with mission-critical business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been especially developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize organizations, enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for delivery of simultaneous services at wire speed. The integrated secure systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series routers offers maximum business agility and investment protection.

The Cisco 1841 device offers important advantages in comparison to older generations of Cisco 1700 Series routers by bringing more than a 5x performance increase and built-in hardware encryption enabled by an available IOS Software security image. Cisco's 1841 integrated services router dramatically increases interface card slot performance and density in comparison to the 1700 Series while still maintaining support for over 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only). The 1841 router offers additional enhancement of VPN speed via an available VPN acceleration module; an intrusion prevention system and firewall capabilities; support for a wide array of interface needs, such as support for integrated switch ports; plus sufficient performance and slot capacity for ongoing network expansion and advanced applications.

2800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 2800 Family Integrated Services Router Consulting FirmIntended for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco 2800 Series comprises four basic versions: the Cisco 2801, the 2811 router, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 routers provide substantial additional value vs. prior models of Cisco routers at comparable price points by offering as much as a fivefold performance increase, up to a 10x increase in security and voice performance, built-in service features, and radically increased plug-in slot speed and density while preserving compatibility with most of the over 90 popular expansion modules in use currently for the 1700 Series, the 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 devices.

Cisco's 2800 Series router offers an array of popular protection functions such as a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network, advanced application inspection and management, Secure Shell Protocol V 2.0, and SNMPv3 in a single protected solution set. Also, by integrating security functions directly into the router, Cisco can enable unique smart security solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for virus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when mixing voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy Virtual Private Networks for supporting more expandable and easier to manage VPN networks.

Businesses can use the Cisco 2800 Series to create an integrated IP telephony solution for as many as 96 IP telephones, and can securely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The 2800 Series supports a built-in wireless access point for wireless LAN access, Wi-Fi Hotspot services for public wireless LANs, and infrastructure services for cordless WLAN telephony and for larger locations.

Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesCisco 3800 Series routers are designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and enterprise satellite locations to provide companies the highest degree of network versatility, performance, and functionality. 3800 Series integrated services routers transparently incorporate the latest network engineering, adaptive services, and secure enterprise communications into one resilient platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers offer internal security intelligence, fast performance and large memory capacity, and high-capacity interfaces that provide the performance, availability, and reliability necessary for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, business video, system monitoring, and Web programs in the most competitive enterprise networks. Engineered for speed, the The Cisco 3800 Series routers deliver multiple simultaneous services that match wired T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 router is built to combine security and voice handling with advanced wireline and wireless support for rapid deployment of new services, including application layer operations, smart network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series integrated services router meets the throughput requirements for multiple 100Mbps ports for each expansion slot, time-division multiplexing connections, and integrated power distribution to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while also supporting the existing selection of interface modules. This ensures ongoing ROI by allowing network expansion or adapting to innovations in technology as the latest services are added. By integrating the functions of multiple distinct devices into one compact device, the Cisco 3800 Series router dramatically lowers the cost and hassle of administering wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Ciscoís midrange and carrier routers offer enterprises with fast, protected distribution points to manage satellite office and off-site traffic and to provide carriers economical wide area network edge solutions. Ciscoís midrange and service provider router product line includes the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 ASR family, and the Cisco Carrier Routing System.

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Progent's nationwide team of CCIE certified network consultants have extensive experience helping global businesses and Internet service providers to design optimal installations and smooth expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer objective, independent security inventory evaluations, stealth penetration testing and advanced SIEM solutions to help companies with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet business guidelines and statutory requirements for IT information security and incident reporting.

Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Routers SupportThe Cisco 7600 Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 infrastructure with an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar fabric, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is implemented through logical and physical redundancy plus Cisco IOS Software functions. Also, the Cisco 7600 Series offers a rich set of high-touch IP network services at optical rates via a variety of Optical Services Modules enabled by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The 7609 Series router has the choice to use a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or the standard 32-Gbps data bus, delivering switching performance of 30 or 15 million packets per second each. When the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the Cisco 7609 can in addition allow distributed switching with performance up to 168 million packets per second by using the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet LAN module, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the SFM.

The Cisco 7603 router provides only the standard 32-Gbps bus version and provides 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The 7603 Series router does not support Cisco's distributed switching.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers ExpertsCiscoís ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge line of routers is designed to fill the middle of Ciscoís midrange devices that focus on aggregating services at the WAN edge. Ciscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers provide a small form factor, multi-function solution for large businesses requiring satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers introduce an innovative design that combines on-board acceleration with programmable versatility to offer a multitude of concurrent services without sacrificing consistent performance.

Ciscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers include Ciscoís new QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that together can support up to 160 concurrent processor threads. This parallel CPU architecture, combined with on-board acceleration for all services, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 128 queues, 32K subscribers, 4,000 IPsec VPN tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2M Netflow records. This processing capability allows Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a variety of sophisticated services concurrently in massive volume while avoiding performance degradation that might compromise compliance with SLAs. These advanced services include Cisco IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of QoS to a packet in a single pass, enhancing the user experience for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Routers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to deliver world-class data, voice and video services to home, commercial, and mobile customers by offering zero downtime operation, high speed, and application awareness. All platforms in the ASR 9000 line of Routers run Cisco's IOS XR, a distributed OS designed for non-stop uptime. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. Cisco's ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus redundant control planes and switch fabric.

The ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two bays to support adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis has four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for GPS clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), 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 ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU form factor and includes 10 line-card slots that can provide 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The 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 CRS Carrier Routing System Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Carrier Routing System product line, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed operating system, offers service providers high-level performance and availability. The Cisco CRS portfolio was introduced in 2004, has been steadily improved, and now includes the industry's most widely deployed multichassis network core router. To protect existing investments in infrastructure, the latest Carrier Routing System platforms are compatible with previous products.

Available product families in Cisco's Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every CRS series includes single-chassis 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot systems as well as multi-chassis versions. The CRS-1 Series is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and delivers as much as 92 Tbps of performance. Routers in the CRS-3 Series use QuantumFlow Array technology and are able to deliver as much as 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Routers incorporate CMOS photonics CPAK technology and have the ability to sustain up to 922 Tbps performance.

The Cisco CRS Multichassis models can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves that have the capability to provide 400-Gbps of non-stop operations per slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can support up to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and physical layer interface modules work across the entire Carrier Routing System family.

Legacy Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's CCIE engineers are experienced with legacy Cisco routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to maintain these older routers and can in addition help you to prepare for and implement migrations to current models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Series Routers
    The Cisco 520 router, designed to support up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and a single IOS Software image. By offering a limited but powerful array of IOS control software services, the Cisco 520 model Secure Router simplifies setup, management, and technical support, but nevertheless provides advanced security and acceleration alternatives to adapt to the particular requirements of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Routers
    Cisco's discontinued 850 Series routers are designed for small offices, recommended for as many as 10 workers or for teleworker environments where secure and economical access is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers deliver protected connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN support, a 4-connection 10/100 Ethernet switch, a protected wireless option with an antenna, plus simple setup and integration and remote administration features via Web-enabled tools and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's legacy 870 routers are designed for small networks with as many as 20 workers or for telecommuter locations where high-quality voice/video over IP and dependable access using backup WAN links are needed. 870 Series routers offer excellent speed for small offices as well as tight security through features that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IPsec tunneling, 3DES or AES plus Dynamic Multipoint VPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport, IPS, antivirus support using NAC, and enforcement of secure access policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    1700 Series modular access routers are engineered to provide a cost-effective, standalone e-business platform for small and midsize businesses. 1700 Series routers offer flexibility and ease of administration to satisfy complex e-business needs including multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, fast broadband Internet connection, and advanced protection solutions. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of integrated services routers and the 1900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series
    The Cisco 2600 Series is a line of modular access routers for branch sites, offering a wealth of LAN/WAN setup options, a wide array of protection capabilities, and a selection of high-speed processors. 2600 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • Cisco 3700 Series
    The 3700 Series is a line of multiservice access appliances for medium and large-sized offices. With over 70 modular interface add-in products, the 3700 family offers a robust solution for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The 7200 VXR Integrated Services router delivers speed, flexibility, and scalability in a compact chassis with a broad range of configuration options. With processing throughput up to 2 million packets / second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to GbE, and OC-3 as well as a number of high-touch IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation wide- and metropolitan-area network edge solution for enterprises and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR router features services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, mixed-media integration with time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IPsec VPN scalable to 5K tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is an SBC that allows SIP connectivity to an IP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall collaboration functions like SIP conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP-based call center and IVR solutions, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and business-to-business telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of IOS that can be licensed to run on ASR 1000 routers and on various models within Cisco's ISR G2 router lines such as Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, visit SIP Infrastructure Consulting and CUBE Integration Services.

How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Router Products
Progent's CCIE and CCNP Premier consultants can assist you to plan, configure, and maintain a converged business network that can simplify processes, reduce expenses, and accelerate the path to productivity. By teaming Cisco integrated services routers with Cisco Catalyst switches support and Aironet wireless integration, Progent can significantly increase the business value of your network infrastructure. Progent can provide onsite and off-site help and offers data center support throughout and major locations nationally.

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