Basically, routers rely on processors to forward data based on sophisticated software, providing versatility at the cost of speed. Switches, on the other hand, rely on largely fixed hardware configurations to steer traffic at the highest feasible speed. The current generation of routers ordinarily incorporate Layer 2 switching capability, and many of today's switches include Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the supplier of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco makes an extensive product line that includes routers built to handle the requirements of users from households to the world's largest ISPs.
The most recent ISR routers from Cisco offer the performance and integrated functionality to manage data voice and video as well as virtualization while also offering fault tolerance, remote administration, easy scalability, and enhanced protection. Cisco's ISR routers enable your company to establish a firm basis for an information environment that can evolve smoothly as you hire more workers, open extra sites, activate new capabilities, extend your network to customers and partners, and build an expanding mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco qualified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and economical online support to help your company to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and support Cisco's most advanced router technology and can assist you to support your legacy routers or migrate non-disruptively to Cisco's newer networking products.
Cisco Routers for Home Offices and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for smaller businesses and branch offices provide low-cost and dependable no-frills solutions that allow limited groups of workers to have safe access to the Internet. These single-configuration desktop devices include at least four 10/100 Ethernet ports with wireless options plus built-in firewall to provide enhanced security. Built for easy installation, management, and troubleshooting, Cisco's entry-level routers reduce ownership costs by cutting acquisition and maintenance investments. Progent's remote troubleshooting experts have in-depth experience providing fast and economical technical assistance for small businesses to configure and maintain these devices, and Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants can help you to understand ways Cisco's entry-level routers can add to the business value of your information system.
ISR 900 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series desktop routers are compact, quiet, fixed-configuration devices intended for small to medium-sized businesses, branch offices, and home offices. These value-priced routers have four managed GE LAN ports and offer Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connections. The ISR 900 router family provides triple the IPsec throughput of the ISR 800 Series routers. All ISR 900 Series routers offer GETVPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN, FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN performance is up to 250 Mbps. All router models support up to 50 virtual LANs. Supported automatic failover protocols for business continuity include VRRP, HSRP, and Multigroup HSRP (MHSRP). Provisioning and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS Software. ISR 900 Series devices do not support Cisco SD-WAN.
The Cisco ISR 921 router features dual GE WAN, Category 4 LTE, and an internal power supply. VPN performance is 150 Mbps. The ISR 926 and ISR 927 models have external power supplies and support a single WAN interface, LTE Cat 4, VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. GE WAN VPN performance for both routers is 150 Mbps. The high-performance ISR 931 supports dual GE WAN ports and has an internal power supply. VPN performance is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX series of desktop routers combine SD-WAN and cloud-based unified threat management in a single small-footprint appliance able to support 50 to 200 users. Every MX router needs to be licensed for the Meraki cloud. For sites with several external network options (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology allows administrators to specify the WAN interface an application uses or to build performance-based rules to select the preferred connection. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share important features including:
The MX64 router provides 250 Mbps firewall performance, 100 Mbps VPN performance, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN connections. The device comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX67 security appliance offers 500 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 50 VPN connections. The MX67 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The MX68 router delivers 600 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and supports up to 50 VPN tunnels. The MX68 comes with two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN ports and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two with PoE+). The MX75 security appliance provides 1 Gbps stateful firewall performance, 500 Mbps VPN throughput, and allows up to 75 VPN connections. The MX75 includes one GbE SFP port, two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces, and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two include PoE+).
- Application and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to combine several WAN connections into one fast connection with policy-based QoS, traffic shaping, and fast failover
- Works with all IPsec VPN devices and services
- USB port for fast 3G/4G failover
- Wi-Fi versions have 802.11ac Wave 2 2x2 MU-MIMO
Cisco 1000 and 1100 Family ISR Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 and 1100 Series Integrated Services Routers powered by Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a line of fanless appliances intended to provide network service, wireless support, and multilayer security for small and midsize businesses, enterprise branch offices, retail outlets, kiosks, and machine-to-machine (M2M) venues. Multiple parallel CPU cores and the ability to run Cisco IOS XE allow these routers to offer features consistent with Cisco's complete family of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 Series ISR models are offered with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and provide GE packet forwarding. Various models include Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, auto provisioning, plus a range of built-in or pluggable connections such as LAN, WAN, WLAN, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 4G LTE Advanced wireless, 802.11 wireless, and SFP. Cisco 1000 family ISR routers can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN subscription services for transparent multi-cloud access, advanced security, and cohesive administration across hybrid network models of any complexity.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1100-4G router includes four built-in GE WAN/LAN ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE wireless with two LTE antenna connectors, and a micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption speed is 200 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1100-6G router also includes two 1G SFP connections and delivers encryption speed of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop 1101-4P ISR router comes with four integrated switched GE interfaces, offers 802.11ac as well as 3G/4G LTE wireless, and delivers encryption rates of 280 Mbps. The 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers have two or four integrated 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 built-in GE ports (two or four with Power over Ethernet) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption packet processing performance is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1111X-8P router comes with eight integrated GE interfaces (four with Power over Ethernet) and supports 1G SFP. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The 112x-8P ISR router has eight switched GE ports with Power over Ethernet and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1161X-8P router features eight built-in GE connections with Power over Ethernet and provides 3G/4G LTE wireless and SFP Fiber. Encryption speed is 450 Mbps.
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series routers are modular appliances designed to work at the WAN edge in support of hybrid networks that can incorporate a mix of public and private clouds and cloud-hosted applications. Catalyst 8000 routers are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer scalability, intelligent cloud security, and 5G connectivity. Throughput is optimized using custom silicon, a multicore design, high port capacity, and line-rate encryption. Cisco's subscription software suites offer ongoing access to the latest SD-WAN technology and allow unified management with enhanced cybersecurity, application-optimized policies, segmentation, and cloud integration.
Catalyst 8200 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), offering higher IPsec performance and expandability, accelerated crypto, plus greater built-in WAN interface density. These 1RU appliances are built to bring Cisco's SASE, SD-WAN and 5G-interface technology to enterprise branch offices and the enterprise WAN edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T model features four CPU cores, supports 500 Mbps IPsec throughput, and permits 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. Cisco's Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based apps. The Catalyst C8200-1N-4T model includes eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec throughput, permits 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with in-place container architectures. Both appliances come with one NIM slot, a PIM slot, two 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) interfaces. Four-port and eight-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are supported by both 8200 models.
Cisco Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers are intended to replace Cisco's 4400 line of ISR Routers, providing Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to mid-sized and large company branches seeking high WAN IPSec performance combined with cohesive SD-WAN services. Enhanced capabilities include 5G wireless support, built-in cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) with application-aware optimization. Catalyst 8300 Series routers support edge computing for an existing container environment for Cisco UCS-E modules available on Cisco's 4000 Series ISR routers. All models in the Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series line support 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and include backup power supplies for improved availability.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router model is a one-rack unit appliance that features 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec data rates as high as 1.9Gbps. The router comes with a single SM plug-in slot, one Network Interface Module slot, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T router is a 2RU router that features 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The device includes two Service Module expansion slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router is a one-rack unit appliance that has eight CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN data rates and IPsec performance up to 15Gbps. The model features one one Service Module expansion slot, a NIM slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X model is a 2RU device that features 12 CPU cores and delivers 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates as high as 18Gbps. The device has two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four fixed 1G Ethernet WAN ports. LAN plug-in modules available from Cisco range from a 4-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, one-rack unit aggregation devices for SD-WAN and colocation environments. Built-in features include route processor, embedded services processor (ESP), plus aggregation hardware for multiple connection choices. IPsec throughput is twice that of Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X aggregation services router. Flexible interface options include 1GE to 100 GE WAN interfaces. 8500 routers come with redundant AC or DC power supplies for improved resilience. Software subscription packages provide continuing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable centralized management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, network segmentation, and cloud connectivity optimization.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X Aggregation Edge router is designed to offer the same key features as Cisco's ASR 1000 appliance. The C8500L-8S4X comes with four 1/10GE WAN ports and delivers as high as 20 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X router has 12 built-in 1/10GE WAN interfaces and supports up to 120 Gbps aggregate data rates. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC aggregation router comes with four built-in 1/10GE WAN ports and eight 1G interfaces and can support up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance can reach 68 Gbps.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are intended to provide satellite offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, protection, and reliable connectivity. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers introduce a design that protects past investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and lowers future costs by permitting field upgrades to additional modules when they are developed. Compared to older ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers offer 2-7 times higher performance, far more, and easier support. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers offer GE switching and incorporate multi-core processors and ultra-fast fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also support intelligent power management for improved energy conservation.
A key advance with ISR G2 routers is the IOS Universal image which contains all of the IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly license and deploy extra features when required without having to download and transfer a new IOS Software image to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network engineers can provide proven skills to assist you to plan, implement, and support multi-location deployments of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve satellite office productivity and reduce the costs of upgrades and maintenance.
Cisco's ISR 800 Series Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been superseded by the higher performance Cisco ISR 900 series but is still widely used. Cisco's extensive line of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless devices intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 Series family of routers have been released with many options over many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers exemplifies the wide array of options offered within Cisco's 800 product family. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support converged media networks by delivering IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available features for Cisco 881 routers include redundant wide area network links or support for wired broadband WAN connections such as DSL as well as multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on one appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers allow a wide range of deployment scenarios
The baseline Cisco 881 features a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, the ability to handle 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) failover with Cisco SRST. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for legacy PRI lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. CUBE-based SIP trunks also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and expandable routers designed for organizations with a large number of branch offices and remote users who need direct communication with private data centers and public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile users, Cloud-based services, and HD video applications by utilizing network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management techniques. Devices in the 4000 Series run Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 network interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To manage unified communications, the 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for SBC, branch telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.
The major difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series Routers is redundant power supply support in the 4400 ISR Series, providing a greater level of availability. The 4321 Integrated Services Router comes in a 1 RU desktop package with two network interface modules, delivers as much as 100 Mbps performance, and can handle 240 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4331 ISR Router has a 1 RU package with two network interface modules, provides up to 300 Mbps throughput, and supports 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 router has a 2 RU form factor and includes three network interface modules, delivers up to 400 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The dual power supply 4431 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, provides up to 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's fault-tolerant 4431 router comes in a 2 RU package with three NIMs, delivers up to 2 Gbps performance, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with fast, protected headends to aggregate branch office and off-site data packets and to provide ISPs cost-optimized wide area network edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio includes the Cisco ASR 1000 product line and the 9000 ASR routers.
Progent's nationwide team of Cisco CCIE network consultants have extensive experience working with enterprises and ISPs to design efficient installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide objective, independent network security inventory evaluations, penetration testing and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to comply with business guidelines and government regulations for network data protection and incident reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services family of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco's midrange routers that concentrate on aggregating services at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 routers offer a small footprint, single-product solution for large businesses looking for satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 routers incorporate an innovative design that mixes on-board acceleration with software flexibility in order to offer a multitude of concurrent services while preserving consistent responsiveness.
ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers feature Cisco's proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support up to 160 simultaneous threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for all services, allows the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 000 queues, 32K clients, 4K IPsec tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This processing capability permits Cisco's ASR 1000 routers to support a wide variety of sophisticated services concurrently in massive volume without suffering performance decay that could compromise compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco IOS Firewall, IPS, NAT, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of QoS to a packet in a single operation, improving responsiveness for next-generation voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who are required to deliver world-class data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by offering zero downtime operation, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR, a self-healing, distributed operating system built for continuous uptime. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the ASR 9000 Series of Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup switch fabric.
The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of nonblocking, full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two modular bays which can accept adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis incorporates four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-limited environments. The 4-slot router can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single box. The ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU chassis with 10 line-card slots able to provide 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors and 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
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