Generally, routers rely on CPUs to steer traffic based on complex software, providing flexibility at the expense of speed. Switches, in contrast, rely upon mostly predefined hardware configurations to move traffic at the fastest possible speed. Today's routers ordinarily include Layer 2 switches, and many modern switches include Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the world's routers, have improved dramatically in function and speed and Cisco makes a comprehensive product line that features routers engineered to handle the needs of customers ranging from households to the world's largest service providers.
The latest ISR routers from Cisco have the speed and integrated functionality to support IP voice and video as well as virtualization while at the same time offering high availability, web-based management, seamless extensibility, and advanced security and compliance. These routers enable your company to establish a solid foundation for an information environment that can grow seamlessly as you add new workers, establish extra sites, configure new capabilities, give access to your network to clients and partners, and build an an increasingly mobile user base. Progent's Cisco certified CCIE network consultants offer fast and affordable remote expertise to help you to plan, deploy, administer, update, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced router technology and can help you to support your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco's current router products.
Cisco Routers Designed for Home and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for smaller businesses and branch offices provide affordable and dependable no-frills alternatives that allow small sets of users to share secure access to the Internet. All these single-configuration desktop devices feature at least four 10/100 Ethernet switches with Wi-Fi options plus built-in firewall for enhanced security. Built for easy setup, management, and troubleshooting, Cisco's entry-level routers reduce TCO by cutting acquisition and operational investments. Progent's online support specialists have in-depth backgrounds delivering fast and economical technical help for small companies to set up and support these routers, and Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist your company to determine ways Cisco's entry-level routers can increase the business value of your information network.
Cisco ISR 900 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series routers are compact, quiet, fixed-configuration appliances designed for SMBs, branch offices, and home offices. These entry-level routers include four managed GE switch ports and offer Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connections. The ISR 900 router product line provides triple the IPsec throughput of Cisco's ISR 800 Series family of routers. All ISR 900 Series routers feature Group Encrypted TransportVPN (GETVPN), dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN, Cisco FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN performance is as high as 250 Mbps. All router versions support up to 50 virtual LANs. Supported dynamic failover technology for business continuity include VRRP, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and Multigroup HSRP. Setup and management can be done with Cisco Configuration Professional Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS. ISR 900 Series routers do not work with Cisco's SD-WAN solution.
Cisco's ISR 921 router features dual GE WAN ports, LTE Cat 4, and an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN throughput is 150 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 926 and ISR 927 routers include external power supplies and support one GE WAN port, LTE Cat 4, plus VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. GE WAN VPN performance for both routers is 150 Mbps. The top-of-the-line Cisco ISR 931 router supports dual GE WAN and includes 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-hosted unified threat management in one compact appliance able to support 50 to 200 users. Each MX router must be licensed to the Meraki cloud. For sites with several external network options (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology permits admins to specify the WAN connection a given app should use or to build performance-based algorithms to select the preferred connection. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share key features including:
The Cisco Meraki MX64 security appliance provides 250 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and supports up to 50 VPN connections. The MX64 includes a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX67 security appliance delivers 500 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps VPN throughput, and supports up to 50 VPN connections. The MX67 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 port, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX68 router offers 600 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and supports up to 50 VPN tunnels. The MX68 includes two GbE RJ45 WAN ports and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+). The MX75 security appliance provides 1 Gbps firewall throughput, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 75 VPN connections. The MX75 comes with one GbE SFP interface, two GbE RJ45 WAN ports, and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two include PoE+).
- App and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to combine several WAN links into a single high-speed interface 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 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 using Cisco IOS XE software are a selection of fanless routers intended to deliver network connectivity, wireless access, and multilayer security for SMBs, enterprise branch offices, retail outlets, kiosks, and machine-to-machine venues. Multiple parallel processing cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE software allow these routers to deliver capabilities consistent with Cisco's complete line of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 and 1100 Series ISR models are available with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and offer Gigabit Ethernet (GE) packet forwarding. Various models include Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a range of built-in or pluggable connections including LAN, WAN, WLAN, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 4G LTE wireless, 802.11 Wi-Fi, and SFP. Cisco 1000 Series ISR routers work with Cisco's SD-WAN services for transparent multi-cloud connectivity, multilayer cybersecurity, and unified monitoring and management of hybrid network models.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1100-4G ISR router comes with four integrated GE WAN/LAN ports, integrated 3G/4G LTE with two LTE antenna sockets, and one micro-SIM slot. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps. The 1100-6G ISR router also includes two 1G SFP Fiber connections and delivers encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop 1101-4P ISR router comes with four integrated GE interfaces, supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as 3G/4G LTE, and delivers encryption throughput of 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers have two or four built-in switched GE interfaces and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE ports. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers have four or eight built-in switched GE interfaces (two or four with Power over Ethernet) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE, and 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing throughput is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1111X-8P router has eight switched GE interfaces (four with POE) and a port for 1G SFP. Encryption throughput is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router has eight integrated GE interfaces with Power over Ethernet and features SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE, and SFP Fiber. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The ISR 1161X-8P router has eight built-in switched GE ports with PoE and provides 3G/4G LTE wireless and 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing performance is 450 Mbps.
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco's Catalyst 8000 line of routers are modular appliances designed to operate at the WAN edge to support hybrid network environments that can include a mix of public and private clouds and cloud-hosted applications. All Catalyst 8000 devices are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and provide expandability, advanced cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Performance is optimized via purpose-built silicon, a multicore architecture, high port density, and line-rate encryption. Cisco's subscription software services offer ongoing access to current SD-WAN technology and allow unified management with advanced security, application-optimized policies, network segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series routers are successors to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), offering higher IPsec throughput and expandability, accelerated encryption, plus higher built-in WAN interface density. These 1RU appliances are designed to provide Cisco's SASE, SD-WAN and 5G-connection technology to enterprise branch offices and the enterprise access edge. The Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T router features four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec traffic, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. The Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based applications. The Catalyst C8200-1N-4T model features eight CPU cores, provides 1Gb IPsec throughput, permits 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and enables edge computing with in-place container models. Both appliances include one Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, one Pluggable Interface Module slot, two 1G Ethernet WAN ports, 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 WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge routers are designed to replace Cisco's 4400 line of ISR Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN technology to medium-sized and large company branch offices seeking high WAN IPSec performance with unified SD-WAN services. Advanced capabilities include 5G wireless support, integrated security, WAN MACSec, enhanced Layer 2 switching, and DPI with application optimization. Catalyst 8300 Series routers support edge computing for an in-place container environment for Cisco UCS-E modules available on Cisco's 4000 Series ISR routers. All models in the Catalyst 8300 Series portfolio allow 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature dual power supplies for high availability.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router model is a 1RU appliance that features 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The router includes one Service Module expansion slot, one NIM slot, and six built-in 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T router is a 2RU device that features 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The device has two Service Module plug-in slots, two NIM slots, and six integrated 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a one-rack unit device that includes eight CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance as high as 15Gbps. The appliance includes one a single Service Module expansion slot, a Network Interface Module slot, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four built-in 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X router is a 2RU router that features 12 CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance as high as 18Gbps. The device includes two SM plug-in slots, two NIM slots, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four integrated 1G Ethernet WAN ports. LAN modules modules offered by Cisco range from a four-port 1-Gigabit Ethernet switch Network Interface Module module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch SM module.
Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge Routers
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, 1RU aggregation models for SD-WAN and colocation environments. Integrated features include route processor, ESP, and aggregation hardware for various interfaces and connectivity choices. IPsec throughput is twice that of Cisco's prior generation ASR1001-X aggregation services router. Available interface alternatives include 1GE to 100 GE WAN interfaces. 8500 Series routers include dual AC or DC power supplies for improved resilience. Software subscription packages provide ongoing access to Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and offer centralized management of security, application-aware policies, segmentation, and cloud support.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X router is intended to offer a similar basic functionality as Cisco's ASR 1000 appliance. The C8500L-8S4X includes four 1/10GE WAN interfaces and supports up to 20 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate data rates. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X appliance features 12 built-in 1/10GE WAN ports and delivers as high as 120 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC aggregation router includes four integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and eight 1-Gigabit interfaces and delivers up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 68 Gbps.
Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are intended to provide satellite offices of large businesses with enhanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, protection, and dependable connectivity. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers introduce a design that protects prior investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and lowers down-the-line expenses by allowing easy upgrades to additional modules when they become available. In comparison to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature 2-7 times higher throughput, far greater expandability, and more affordable support. All Integrated Services G2 routers support Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core CPUs and ultra-fast fabric for faster throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer smart power management for better energy efficiency.
A major advance with ISR G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS feature sets so that your company can rapidly license and activate new services as desired without needing to download and transfer a different IOS image to yourCisco router. Progent's team of CCIE network engineers can provide world-class skills to assist your business to plan, implement, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve satellite office efficiency and reduce the costs of upgrades and maintenance.
Cisco's ISR 800 Line of Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been functionally replaced by the higher performance Cisco ISR 900 line but remains widely used. Cisco's comprehensive line of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless appliances intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, teleworkers, and clients of broadband service providers. Many devices in Cisco's 800 Series product line have been released with various options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options offered within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can enable converged media environments by providing voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for 881 ISR routers include duplicate wide area network connections or support for landline broadband WAN links such as DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into one appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers allow a wide variety of deployment models
The basic Cisco 881 router includes a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunking as a replacement for outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks also support remote call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
4000 Series ISR Routers
Cisco's 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and scalable routers designed for organizations with multiple branches and offsite workers requiring direct access to private data centers and public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the throughput needed for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile workers, cloud services, and HD video applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management techniques. Models in the ISR 4000 product line are powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1RU or 2RU form factor, are able to handle as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 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 manage unified communications, the 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The primary difference between the Cisco 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of dual power supply capability in the 4400 ISR Series, providing a higher level of availability. The 4321 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU desktop package with two network interface modules, offers as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and can handle 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4331 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU package and includes two NIMs, delivers up to 300 Mbps throughput, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4351 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides up to 400 Mbps performance, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's dual power supply 4431 router features a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, offers as much as 1 Gbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The redundant-power 4431 Integrated Services Router features a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, provides up to 2 Gbps throughput, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with fast, secure head ends to aggregate satellite office and remote user data packets and to offer service providers cost-effective WAN edge routing. Cisco's WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio includes the Cisco ASR 1000 routers and the 9000 ASR routers.
Progent's nationwide team of CCIE certified network consultants have extensive experience working with enterprise businesses and Internet service providers to plan optimal deployments and smooth upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, third-party network security vulnerability evaluations, penetration services and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with industry guidelines and statutory requirements for IT information security and incident reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services line of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco's midrange products that concentrate on acting as headends at the WAN edge. Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers provide a small footprint, multi-function solution for enterprises looking for satellite office service aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco's ASR 1000 routers incorporate a revolutionary design that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility to offer a multitude of simultaneous services while preserving dependable responsiveness.
ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers include Cisco's new QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support up to 160 simultaneous processor threads. This massive parallelism, combined with on-board acceleration for every service, enables 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 records. This processing capability allows Cisco's ASR 1000 routers to deliver a broad range of advanced services concurrently in high volume without suffering throughput degradation that could threaten compliance with SLAs. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single pass, improving the user experience for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for service providers who need to deliver the highest quality HD multimedia services to home, commercial, and mobile users by offering continual availability, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All platforms in Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by the IOS XR, a self-healing, distributed OS built for non-stop availability. Throughput of the ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 line of Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, plus redundant control planes.
The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a carrier-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking, full-duplex fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays which can support adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS clocking, BITS, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis and provides dense 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can support up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in a single chassis. The ASR 9912 platform has a 30 RU chassis with 12 slots slots that can handle up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router includes 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
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