Today's routers typically include Layer 2 switches, and many of today's switches include some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in function and speed and Cisco offers an extensive portfolio that includes routers built to meet the requirements of users ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.
The latest Integrated Services Routers from Cisco offer the speed and integrated functionality to support data voice and video as well as virtualization while at the same time offering fault tolerance, web-based administration, seamless scalability, and enhanced protection. These routers enable your business to build a firm foundation for an IT environment that can grow smoothly as you hire new employees, establish new sites, deploy additional services, give access to your system to clients and vendors, and support an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco certified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and affordable online expertise to assist your company to select, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced routers and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or migrate non-disruptively to Cisco's current router solutions.
Cisco Routers for Home Offices and Small Offices and Branch Offices
Cisco's routers for smaller businesses and remote offices provide affordable and reliable no-frills alternatives that enable small groups of users to share secure connectivity to wide area networks. All these single-configuration desktop routers feature at minimum four 10/100 Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options and integrated firewall for advanced protection. Built for easy setup, administration, and support, Cisco's small business and home routers minimize total cost of ownership by lowering equipment and operational expenses. Progent's remote support specialists have in-depth backgrounds providing fast and economical technical help for small businesses to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent's CCIE network consultants can help you to determine whether and how Cisco's small office routers can add to the business value of your IT system.
Cisco ISR 900 Series Routers
The Cisco ISR 900 Series desktop routers are small-footprint, quiet, fixed-configuration devices designed for small to medium-sized businesses, branch offices, and home offices. These value-priced routers include four GE LAN ports and can support Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connections. Cisco's ISR 900 router product line delivers triple the IPsec throughput of the ISR 800 Series routers. All ISR 900 models offer GETVPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN (DMVPN), Cisco FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN throughput is up to 250 Mbps. All versions allow up to 50 VLANs. Supported dynamic failover protocols for high availability and business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), Hot Standby Router Protocol, and MHSRP. Provisioning and management can be performed with Cisco Configuration Professional Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS Software. Cisco ISR 900 Series devices do not work with Cisco SD-WAN.
Cisco's ISR 921 router comes with dual GE WAN, Category 4 LTE, and an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN performance is 150 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 926 and ISR 927 routers have external power supplies and feature a single WAN port, LTE Cat 4, plus VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. GE WAN VPN performance for both devices is 150 Mbps. The high-performance ISR 931 supports dual GE WAN and has an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN throughput is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX family of desktop routers combine SD-WAN and cloud-based unified threat management (UTM) in a single small-footprint appliance able to handle 50 to 200 users. Each MX router must be licensed to the Meraki cloud. For sites having several WAN network connections (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology permits admins to specify the WAN connection an application should use or to create performance-based rules to determine the preferred interface. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share key capabilities including:
The Cisco Meraki MX64 router delivers 250 Mbps firewall performance, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The device includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN port, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The MX67 router provides 500 Mbps firewall performance, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN connections. The MX67 includes a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX68 security appliance delivers 600 Mbps firewall throughput, 300 Mbps VPN performance, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN connections. The MX68 includes two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two include PoE+). The Cisco Meraki MX75 security appliance provides 1 Gbps stateful firewall performance, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and allows up to 75 VPN connections. The MX75 includes one GbE SFP interface, two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces, and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+).
- App and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to aggregate multiple WAN links into one fast interface with policy-based QoS, traffic shaping, and failover
- Works with all IPsec VPN devices and services
- USB port for fast 3G/4G failover
- Wi-Fi versions of each model have 802.11ac Wave 2 2x2 MU-MIMO
Cisco 1000 Family ISR Enterprise Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers running Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a selection of fanless appliances designed to deliver high-performance network connectivity, wireless access, and advanced cybersecurity for SMBs, enterprise branch offices, retail outlets, customer premises equipment (CPE), and machine-to-machine environments. Parallel processing CPU cores and the ability to run Cisco IOS XE allow these routers to offer capabilities consistent with Cisco's entire family of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 family ISR routers are available with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and offer GE packet forwarding. Available features include PoE and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a range of integrated or pluggable options for LAN, WAN, WLAN, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 3G/4G wireless, 802.11 wireless, and SFP. Cisco 1000 Series ISR models can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN services for seamless multiple-cloud access, advanced cybersecurity, and unified monitoring and management across hybrid networks.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1100-4G router comes with four built-in GE ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE with two LTE antenna SMA connectors, and one micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption packet processing speed is 200 Mbps. The Cisco 1100-6G ISR router adds two 1G SFP connections and delivers encryption performance of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only 1101-4P ISR router has four integrated GE ports, offers 802.11ac and 3G/4G LTE, and delivers encryption throughput of 280 Mbps. The 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers include two or four built-in GE connections and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE ports. Encryption packet processing speed is 200 Mbps.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers have four or eight built-in switched GE connections (two or four with Power over Ethernet) and support VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing throughput is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router has eight GE connections (four with POE) and a port for 1G SFP. Encryption throughput is 340 Mbps. The 112x-8P ISR router features eight integrated GE interfaces with Power over Ethernet and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE, and SFP. Encryption performance is 340 Mbps. Cisco's 1161X-8P ISR router has eight integrated GE connections with Power over Ethernet and supports 3G/4G LTE and SFP. Encryption packet processing throughput is 450 Mbps.
Catalyst 8000 Series Branch and WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 line of routers are modular devices intended to operate at the enterprise branche and the WAN edge to support hybrid networks that can incorporate a mix of public and private clouds and SaaS applications. All Catalyst 8000 routers use Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer expandability, advanced cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Performance is optimized via purpose-built hardware, a multicore design, high port density, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services offer continual access to the latest SD-WAN technology and enable centralized management with enhanced security, application-based policies, segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Catalyst 8200 Enterprise Branch Edge Routers
Catalyst 8200 Series routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers, offering higher IPsec performance and expandability, accelerated crypto, plus greater built-in WAN interface density. These 1RU appliances are designed to provide Cisco's SASE, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and 5G-connection technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise WAN edge. The Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T router features four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec throughput, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. Cisco's Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based applications. Cisco's Catalyst C8200-1N-4T router includes eight CPU cores, provides 1Gb IPsec performance, supports 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and enables edge computing with existing container architectures. Both appliances come with a Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, a Pluggable Interface Module slot, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN copper interfaces, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN SFP ports. 4-port and 8-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are supported by both 8200 models.
Catalyst 8300 Enterprise Branch Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge routers are designed to replace Cisco's 4400 family of Integrated Services Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN solution to mid-sized and large company branches looking for high WAN IPSec performance combined with integrated SD-WAN services. Enhanced features include 5G wireless connectivity, built-in security, WAN MACSec, integrated enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection with application-aware optimization. Cisco Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge routers support edge computing for an existing container environment for Cisco UCS-E modules offered on Cisco's 4000 family of ISR appliances. All versions in the Catalyst 8300 family support 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature backup power supplies for improved availability.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router is a 1RU device that features 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The unit comes with a single Service Module plug-in slot, a Network Interface Module slot, and six built-in 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T router is a two-rack unit device that includes 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The model includes two Service Module expansion slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six built-in 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a one-rack unit device that includes eight CPU cores and delivers 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec throughput up to 15Gbps. The device features one one SM expansion slot, a NIM slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X device is a 2RU device that includes 12 CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec data rates as high as 18Gbps. The unit includes two Service Module plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. LAN modules modules available from Cisco range from a four-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch Service Module.
Cisco Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge Routers
The Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, one-rack unit aggregation routers for SD-WAN and colocation environments. Integrated features include route processor, embedded services processor (ESP), plus aggregation hardware for multiple connection options. IPsec performance is double compared to Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X router. Available connectivity options include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN interfaces. These routers come with redundant power units for improved availability. Software subscription packages provide ongoing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable unified management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, network segmentation, and cloud connectivity optimization.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X router is intended to provide a similar experience as Cisco's ASR 1000 appliance. The C8500L-8S4X comes with four 1/10GE WAN interfaces and can deliver as high as 20 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X router has 12 integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and delivers as high as 120 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC model includes four integrated 1/10GE WAN ports and eight 1G interfaces and delivers up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 68 Gbps. Cisco's C8500-20X6C router comes with 20 built-in 1/10GE ports and 6 x 40/100GE interfaces. The C8500-20X6C supports up to 500 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate throughput.
Cisco ISR G2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are intended to offer satellite offices of enterprises with enhanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, protection, and dependable connectivity. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature a design that protects prior investments in service modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line expenses by allowing field upgrades to new modules when they are developed. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers feature 2-7 times higher performance, far greater expandability, and easier support. All Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers support GE switching and include multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer smart power management for better energy conservation.
A key innovation with Integrated Services Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the IOS technology sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and deploy new functions when required without needing to acquire and transfer a different IOS Software image to yourCisco router. Progent's team of CCIE network consultants offer proven skills to help you to plan, configure, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that improve branch office efficiency and reduce the costs of upgrades and maintenance.
Cisco's ISR 800 Family of Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been functionally replaced by the faster Cisco ISR 900 line but remains widely used. Cisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop devices intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail venues, telecommuters, and customers of ISPs. A wealth of models in the 800 product line have been released with various options for many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers exemplifies the wide selection of options available within the Cisco 800 line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can enable converged media environments by providing voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available features for Cisco 881 ISR routers include redundant wide area network connections or support for wired broadband WAN links such as DSL plus multiple different 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into a single desktop appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers allow a broad range of deployment models
The basic Cisco 881 router has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, the ability to handle up to 20 users, two-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 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 Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for legacy Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. CUBE-based SIP trunks can also support remote call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
Cisco's 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are modular and scalable routers intended for businesses with a large number of branch offices and remote workers requiring direct communication with in-house data centers as well as public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile workers, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Models in the 4000 product line run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU form factor, are able to handle Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony survivability, and TDM gateways.
The major difference between the Cisco 4400 ISR and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of dual power supply capability in the 4400 Series, offering a higher level of fault tolerance. The 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules, provides as much as 100 Mbps performance, and can handle 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU package and includes two network interface modules, delivers up to 300 Mbps performance, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4351 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides as much as 400 Mbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's dual power supply 4431 router features a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides as much as 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides as much as 2 Gbps performance, and supports 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with fast, protected distribution points to manage branch office and remote user data packets and to offer ISPs cost-optimized WAN edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco ASR 1000 product line and the 9000 Series Aggregation Services family.
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Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco's midrange devices that concentrate on acting as headends at the WAN edge. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, multi-function answer for enterprises who need satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers incorporate an innovative architecture that mixes on-board acceleration with software versatility to deliver a multitude of concurrent services while preserving dependable responsiveness.
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers feature Cisco's proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that together can handle up to 160 simultaneous threads. This massive parallelism, combined with hardware acceleration for all services, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 000 hardware queues, 32K clients, 4K IP security tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2M Netflow records. This CPU capability allows ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a wide variety of advanced services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding performance degradation that could compromise adherence to service level agreements. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco 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 control for performing multiple levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single pass, improving responsiveness for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who need to support the highest quality HD multimedia services to home, business, and mobile customers by offering always-on operation, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a distributed operating system built for non-stop uptime. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 Series of Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and feature fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, plus redundant switch fabric.
The ASR 9001 model is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The ASR 9001 has two modular bays which can support adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis includes four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and offers line-rate 10 GE and 100 GE connections in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot router can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single chassis. The ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU form factor with 10 line-card slots able to handle up to 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors and 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
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