As technology progresses, the distinction between a router and a switch has grown blurred. At heart, routers are Layer 3 products designed to connect networks. A typical scenario is connecting an office network to the Internet. Switches are Layer 2 (L2) devices that interface client devices that share the same network. Generally, routers rely on computation to forward traffic using complex software, offering flexibility at the cost of throughput. Switches, in contrast, rely on mostly predefined hardware designs to steer traffic at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers usually include L2 switches, and many of today’s switches have some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco now offers a comprehensive portfolio that features routers engineered to handle the needs of users ranging from households to nationwide service providers.

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The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco have the performance and built-in features to support data voice and video plus virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, web-based administration, easy scalability, and advanced protection. These routers allow your business to establish a firm foundation for an IT environment that can evolve seamlessly as you hire new employees, establish new sites, configure new services, extend your network to customers and vendors, and support an an increasingly mobile user base. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and affordable online support to help your company to plan, deploy, administer, update, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced router technology and can help you to support your older routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco’s current networking solutions.

Cisco Routers for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for smaller businesses and branch offices offer affordable and reliable no-frills alternatives that enable small groups of workers to have safe access to wide area networks. These fixed-configuration desktop devices feature at least four 10/100 Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options and built-in firewall for advanced security. Designed for simple installation, administration, and troubleshooting, Cisco’s entry-level routers reduce total cost of ownership by lowering acquisition and operational investments. Progent’s remote troubleshooting experts have extensive backgrounds delivering immediate and affordable IT assistance for small companies to set up and support these routers, and Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist your company to determine whether and how these routers can increase the strategic value of your IT network.

Cisco 1000 Series ISR Enterprise Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 family Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) running Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a line of fanless routers designed to provide high-performance network connectivity, wireless support, and advanced security for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, retail stores, customer premises equipment (CPE), and machine-to-machine (M2M) venues. Multiple parallel processing cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE allow these routers to deliver capabilities consistent with Cisco's entire family of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 family ISR models are offered with 4 or 8 LAN ports and offer 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 Advanced wireless, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and SFP Fiber. Cisco 1000 and 1100 family ISR models can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN services for transparent multi-cloud connectivity, advanced security, and unified administration across hybrid network models.

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Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1100-4G ISR router includes four built-in GE ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE with two LTE antenna SMA connectors, and a micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption throughput is 200 Mbps. The Cisco 1100-6G ISR router also includes two 1G SFP Fiber connections and features encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop 1101-4P ISR router comes with four integrated GE interfaces, offers 802.11ac and 3G/4G LTE, and features encryption performance of 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers have two or four integrated switched GE connections and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE wireless ports. Encryption packet processing performance is 200 Mbps.

The 1RU or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers have four or eight built-in GE interfaces (two or four provide Power over Ethernet) and support VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption rate is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router includes eight integrated GE connections (four with Power over Ethernet) and supports SFP. Encryption rate is 340 Mbps. The 112x-8P ISR router features eight built-in GE connections with PoE and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The Cisco 1161X-8P ISR router features eight integrated GE interfaces with Power over Ethernet and supports 3G/4G LTE wireless and SFP. Encryption performance is 450 Mbps.

Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ExpertsCisco's economical RV Series Routers are engineered to provide small organizations with VPN capability that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network without compromising security. Models in the RV Series VPN Routers can handle from five to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, come with built-in firewalls with advanced encryption, and support web-based setup for remote deployment and management. All RV Series devices accommodate fast Ethernet and some support Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless versions are offered. Cisco's RV Series routers do not support Cisco’s IOS platform.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ConsultantsThe Cisco RV041 model VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely handle up to 50 remote offices or online workers via IPsec or Point-to-Point tunneling protocol. The G version supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 model Dual WAN VPN Router has an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage 100 remote offices or online workers with full IPsec VPN tunneling. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router includes 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 online connections, and lets as many as seven switched ports to be set up for load balancing or for service provider redundancy to provide zero downtime Internet connectivity.

Newer models in Cisco's family of RV Series VPN Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port switch and support for four VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 825 Mbps throughput, the RV220W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and the ability to support 25 IPsec VPN tunnels, and the 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gbit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 881 ISR Routers ConsultingCisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances intended for small businesses, branch locations, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many models in the 800 product line have been released with various options for many years. The 881 line of ISR routers suggests the vast array of options offered within the Cisco 800 product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can support unified media networks by delivering IP voice and video, wireless and data in one integrated appliance. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for 881 routers include duplicate WAN connections or support for wired high-speed WAN connections like DSL as well as multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on one desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 881 of ISR routers allow a wide range of deployment models

The baseline Cisco 881 router includes a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, support for 20 users, two-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco CUBE feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity to replace legacy Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also connect offsite agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are designed to offer satellite offices of large businesses with enhanced collaboration, virtual networking, protection, and dependable connectivity. ISR G2 routers introduce a design that preserves prior investments in service modules for first-generation ISR routers and lowers down-the-line costs by permitting easy upgrades to additional modules when they become available. Compared to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers feature 2-7 times more performance, substantially greater expandability, and more affordable support. All Cisco ISR G2 routers support Gbit switching and include multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers also support intelligent power control for improved energy conservation.

A notable innovation with Integrated Services G2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly authorize and activate extra services as required without needing to download and transfer a different IOS Software image to yourrouter. Progent's team of Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can provide world-class skills to assist you to design, implement, and maintain multi-location deployments of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that improve satellite office productivity and reduce the price of expansion and maintenance.

1900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
1900 Series ISR G2 Routers Online Experts1900 Series ISR G2 routers offer accelerated hardware encryption, optional IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switchports. The Cisco 1941W router includes an integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi access point that allows wireless access to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications via Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that improves the range of existing 802.11a/b/g users. Connectivity alternatives for the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and 1 GigE.

In comparison to the older 1841 ISR router which they are able to substitute for, the 1900 ISR G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash storage as standard, and flash can be expanded to 4 gigabytes compared to 128 megabytes. Default DRAM capacity is 256 MB compared to 128 MB and top DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes instead of 384 MB. Unlike the 1841 router, the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers feature a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes a slot for the new ISM module instead of a slot for the older and lower performance Advanced Integration Module. In contrast to top-of-the-line ISR Generation 2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers do not support redundant power supplies or slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.

Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers Remote ExpertsCisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four models which correspond to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2900 ISR G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 up to 50 Ethernet switchports. The on-board encryption circuitry provides IPsec and SSL VPN tunneling for protected remote access and is significantly faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by 2800 series routers. The high-end Cisco 2951 ISR G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, plus GbE.

2900 ISR G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-performance features that match the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older Cisco 2821 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to replace, the 2921 is offered by default with 256 MB vs. 64 megabytes of flash storage and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 megabytes. Default DRAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes vs. 1 GB.

Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote EngineersCisco offers four models for the high-end 3900 Series ISR G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the top performance and slot densities in Cisco’s Integrated Services G2 family and support fast digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive voice/video environments, fast hardware encryption, a wide selection of interface options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To safeguard your IT investment, the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers include the Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be swapped out easily to improve throughput without requiring your business to purchase a new device. Like other ISR G2 routers, the 3900 Series also protects previous investments by accepting most of the modules from first-generation Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved availability, Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 support two power supplies.

In comparison to the previous 3825 ISR router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to substitute for, the 3925 is shipped standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 MB of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 megabytes. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 GB instead of only 1.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are modular and expandable routers designed for organizations with a large number of branch offices and offsite workers who need direct access to in-house data centers as well as public clouds via VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the bandwidth needed for distributed enterprise sites to accommodate mobile workers, Cloud-based services, and multimedia applications by utilizing WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management technology. Devices in the ISR 4000 product line run Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to handle as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. For unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for SBC, branch telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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The major difference between Cisco's 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of dual power supply capability in the 4400 Series, offering a greater level of fault tolerance. The 4321 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU desktop form factor with two network interface modules (NIMs), delivers as much as 100 Mbps performance, and supports 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU package with two NIMs, delivers as much as 300 Mbps performance, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4351 Integrated Services Router has a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, delivers up to 400 Mbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's dual power supply 4431 ISR Router features a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, delivers up to 1 Gbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 Integrated Services Router features a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.

Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with more than 6M devices deployed, are the industry's leading technology for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices to ensure high-performance, secure, and reliable access to vital applications. Progent's CCIE network engineers are seasoned experts at providing online consulting, management, and troubleshooting support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family Integrated Services Routers. Progent can help your company to move up to the latest version of Cisco IOS Software with minimal service interruption to your network, evaluate the security vulnerability of your existing router setup, and assist your IT organization to migrate efficiently to the latest releases of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers whenever it is appropriate for your business.

Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1800 Family Routers HelpThe Cisco 1800 family of integrated services routers embed data and security within a single resilient solution for fast, scalable access to mission-critical business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series architecture has been specifically developed to handle the needs of small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services applications for access to concurrent services at high speed. The integrated systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series offers maximum flexibility and fast ROI.

The Cisco 1841 device provides substantial advantages in comparison to prior generations of 1700 Series devices by delivering more than a 5x throughput improvement plus integrated hardware encryption enabled by an available Cisco IOS Software security image. The Cisco 1841 device dramatically improves plug-in card slot performance as well as density over the Cisco 1700 Series routers while providing compatibility with over 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The Cisco 1841 device offers further enhancement of VPN throughput with an optional VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system and firewall capabilities; support for a broad range of connectivity needs, such as support for integrated switch ports; plus enough speed and expansion slot capacity for future network growth and advanced applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Router ConsultingTargeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise branch offices, Cisco's 2800 Series comprises four basic versions: the 2801, the Cisco 2811 route, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers provide significant additional value compared to prior models of Cisco devices at similar price points by delivering up to a fivefold throughput improvement, as much as a 10 times increase in security and voice performance, integrated service options, and dramatically improved slot performance and capacity while maintaining support for most of the over 90 existing expansion modules available today for the Cisco 1700 Series, the Cisco 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 devices.

Cisco's 2800 provides an array of popular protection features including an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security VPN, Secure Sockets Layer VPN, powerful application inspection and management, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in one protected solution set. Also, by integrating security functions within the router, Cisco can offer unique intelligent security solutions other security appliances can't, such as network admissions control for virus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for quality-of-service (QoS) support when combining 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 environments.

Businesses can use the 2800 Series router to create an integrated IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The Cisco 2800 Series incorporates a built-in wireless access point for wireless LAN connectivity, wireless Hotspot capability for public wireless access, and network services for portable wireless LAN telephony and for high-density locations.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Routers Professional ServicesThe Cisco 3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and corporate satellite locations to offer businesses the top degree of network agility, performance, and functionality. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers smoothly integrate the latest network engineering, smart services, and secure corporate communications into a single robust platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 Series routers offer internal security processing, fast performance and high memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the performance, resilience, and reliability necessary for scaling business-critical protection, IP telephony, high-volume video, network monitoring, and web-based programs in even the most competitive enterprise networks. Built for performance, the The Cisco 3800 Series routers deliver multiple concurrent services that match wired T3/E3 rates.

The integrated services routing architecture of the 3800 Series router is engineered to combine security and voice processing with the latest wireline and wireless services for fast installation of new services, including application layer operations, intelligent network services, and unified communications. The Cisco 3800 integrated services router meets the throughput requirements for several Fast Ethernet interfaces for every slot, time-division multiplexing connections, and integrated power distribution to modules supporting 802.3af PoE, while also supporting the existing portfolio of modular interfaces. This enables ongoing ROI by allowing network expansion or accommodating innovations in technology as new services are added. By combining the capabilities of multiple separate appliances into a single small device, the 3800 router significantly reduces the expense and hassle of managing wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco’s midrange WAN edge and carrier routers offer enterprises with fast, protected head ends to manage branch office and off-site data packets and to provide ISPs cost-effective wide area network edge solutions. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 ASR product line, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

Cisco Edge and Service Provider Routers Support

Progent's national team of CCIE certified network engineers have in-depth experience working with global businesses and Internet service providers to plan efficient installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide objective, third-party security inventory assessments, penetration services and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet industry standards and government mandates for network information security and reporting.

Cisco 7600 Series Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Routers Professional ServicesThe 7600 Integrated Services router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 Series architecture with an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar switch fabric, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is provided through redundancy as well as IOS Software capabilities. Also, the Cisco 7600 Series provides a rich array of high-touch network services at optical speed via a variety of Optical Services Modules powered by Cisco patented PXF technology.

The Cisco 7609 Series has the choice to select a 256-Gbps SFM or a 32-Gbps data bus, which provide switching performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 million packets per second each. When the SFM is installed, the 7609 Series can in addition allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by running the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network module, which is powered by the DFC and the Switch Fabric Module.

The 7603 router provides only the standard 32-Gbps bus version and delivers 15 Mpps switching performance. The Cisco 7603 Series router does not support distributed switching technology.

Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers HelpCisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco’s midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers provide a small form factor, single-product answer for large businesses looking for branch office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers incorporate an innovative design that combines hardware acceleration with programmable versatility to offer a rich set of simultaneous services without sacrificing dependable responsiveness.

Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers include Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support as many as 160 concurrent threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for every service, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 router to expand up to 128 hardware queues, 32K subscribers, 4K IPsec VPN tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2M Netflow records. This CPU capability allows ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a broad range of advanced services concurrently in high volume without suffering performance decay that could threaten compliance with SLAs. These services include IOS Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic management for applying numerous levels of QoS to a packet in a single pass, enhancing responsiveness for next-generation multimedia applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Routers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to support world-class HD multimedia services to residential, business, and mobile users by offering always-on operation, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the ASR 9000 family of Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a distributed operating system built for non-stop uptime. Throughput of the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the ASR 9000 line of Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, plus backup control planes.

The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU form factor with 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two modular bays to support port adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The chassis incorporates four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis and provides dense 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can support up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in a single box. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU form factor and includes 10 line-card slots able to handle up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 incorporates 2 route processors and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System Consulting and Troubleshooting ServicesCisco's Carrier Routing System product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR high-availability software, gives carriers high-level performance and uptime. The Carrier Routing System product line was introduced in 2004, has been steadily enhanced, and now includes the world's most popular multichassis network core router system. To preserve existing capital investments in network infrastructure, the latest CRS platforms are compatible with earlier CRS versions.

Current product lines in Cisco's CRS portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Each Carrier Routing System series features single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot units as well as multi-chassis models. Cisco's CRS-1 Series is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and offers as much as 92 Tbps of performance. Routers in the CRS-3 Series use Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and are able to deliver as much as 322 Tbps performance. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers use CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to deliver an impressive 922 Tbps.

Cisco's Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gbps of uninterrupted performance per slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and physical layer interface modules work across the whole Cisco CRS family.

Legacy Cisco Routers Maintained by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's Cisco certified support experts are familiar with older routers that are no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to support these older routers and can also assist you to rationalize and implement migrations to current versions. Older Cisco routers supported by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Line of Unified Communications Routers
    The Cisco 520 SR Router, built to support up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By supporting a limited yet powerful array of IOS control software features, Cisco’s 520 SR Router simplifies setup, administration, and technical support, but still provides powerful security and acceleration options to adapt to the particular needs of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco's discontinued 850 Series access routers are designed for small offices, recommended for as many as 10 workers or for telecommuter environments where protected and economical connectivity is needed. 850 Series routers deliver secure access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IPsec VPN services, a four-port 10/100 switch, a protected wireless option with a single fixed antenna, and simple configuration and integration and off-site management features through Web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's legacy 870 routers are designed for small offices with up to 20 users or for teleworker locations where high-quality VoIP and video and resilient access using standby WAN connections are required. 870 Series routers offer high throughput for small offices as well as tight security through services that include Firewall, IPsec VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as DMVPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), an intrusion prevention system, virus defense through NAC, and policing of secure connection policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    1700 Series routers are built to provide a cost-effective, standalone e-business solution for small and midsize businesses (SMB). Cisco 1700 Series offer flexibility and ease of administration to satisfy demanding e-business requirements such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, high-speed wire-rate Internet connection, and comprehensive protection solutions. Cisco 1700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 family of ISR routers and the 1900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series Routers
    The Cisco 2600 Series is a family of modular access routers for branch offices, offering flexible LAN and WAN setup options, multiple security features, and a range of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 family of integrated services routers and the 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 3700 Routers
    The 3700 Series is a line of access solutions for mid-size and large offices. With over 70 modular interface add-in products, the Cisco 3700 Series provides a robust solution for data, voice video, VPNs, and multiprotocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the 3900 ISR G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR router offers performance, flexibility, and expandability in a small chassis with a wide selection of configuration options. With processing speeds up to two mega-packets per second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, plus OC-3 along with a number of high-volume IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR router is a solid services aggregation WAN and MAN edge device for large corporations and service providers. The 7200 VXR router features services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 PPP sessions per device, mixed-media integration via time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice interface adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IP Security VPN expandable to 5K tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that allows Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connectivity to an IP PSTN service provider and delivers outside-the-firewall capabilities such as SIP-based conferencing with rich media recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response systems, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and B2B telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a feature of IOS that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers as well as various products in Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 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 support for Cisco CUBE and SIP trunks, visit SIP Infrastructure Consulting and CUBE Integration.

Ways Progent's Consultants Can Help You to Support Cisco Router Products
Progent's CCIE and CCNP Certified engineers can help your company to plan, configure, and manage an integrated business network that can simplify operations, reduce expenses, and speed the path to productivity. By combining Cisco routers with Cisco Catalyst switches expertise and Cisco Aironet wireless expertise, Progent can significantly increase the business value of your connectivity environment. Progent offers in-person and off-site help and can provide data center support throughout and select locations nationally.

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