Generally, routers rely on processors to steer traffic based on complex software, providing intelligence at the cost of speed. Switches, on the other hand, depend upon largely fixed hardware designs to move traffic at the fastest possible rate. The current generation of routers usually include L2 switching capability, and many of today's switches include Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of the vast majority of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco now makes a comprehensive product line that features routers designed to meet the needs of customers from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.
The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco offer the performance and built-in functionality to support IP voice and video plus virtualization while at the same time providing fault tolerance, remote management, easy extensibility, and advanced security and compliance. These routers enable you to build a solid basis for an IT network that can grow smoothly as you add more employees, establish new offices, activate additional capabilities, give access to your network to customers and vendors, and build an expanding mobile user base. Progent's Cisco qualified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and affordable remote support to assist you to plan, configure, administer, upgrade, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco's current networking products.
Cisco Routers Designed for Home and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for small companies and remote offices provide affordable and dependable entry-level solutions that allow small sets of users to have safe connectivity to wide area networks. These single-configuration desktop routers feature at minimum four 10/100 switched Ethernet with wireless options plus integrated firewall for enhanced protection. Designed for simple installation, management, and support, Cisco's small business and home routers reduce TCO by cutting acquisition and maintenance expenses. Progent's online support specialists have extensive backgrounds delivering fast and economical technical help for small organizations to set up and maintain these devices, and Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants can assist you to understand whether and how Cisco's entry-level routers can add to the business value of your information network.
ISR 900 Series Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series routers are small-footprint, quiet, fixed-configuration devices intended for SMBs, branch offices, and home offices. These value-priced routers include four managed GE switch ports and can support Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connectivity. Cisco's ISR 900 router family delivers triple the IPsec throughput of Cisco's ISR 800 Series routers. All ISR 900 Series routers offer GETVPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN (DMVPN), Cisco FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN throughput is up to 250 Mbps. All versions support up to 50 virtual LANs. Supported dynamic failover technology for high availability and business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and Multigroup HSRP. Setup and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS Software. Cisco ISR 900 Series routers do not work with Cisco SD-WAN.
The Cisco ISR 921 router features dual GE WAN, Category 4 LTE, and a built-in power supply. VPN throughput is 150 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 926 and ISR 927 models use external power and feature one GE WAN interface, Category 4 LTE, plus VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+. GE WAN VPN performance for both devices is 150 Mbps. The high-performance ISR 931 features dual GE WAN and includes an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN performance 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 in a single small-footprint device able to support 50 to 200 users. Each MX router must be licensed for the Meraki cloud. For sites with multiple WAN network options (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology permits admins to specify the WAN connection an application uses or to build performance-based algorithms to select the appropriate interface. MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share important capabilities that include:
The MX64 router provides 250 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 100 Mbps VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN tunnels. The MX64 includes a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 port, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX67 security appliance provides 500 Mbps firewall performance, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 50 VPN connections. The MX67 includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN port, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The MX68 router provides 600 Mbps stateful firewall performance, 300 Mbps VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN connections. The router includes two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+). The MX75 security appliance delivers 1 Gbps firewall throughput, 500 Mbps VPN throughput, and allows up to 75 VPN connections. The MX75 comes with a GbE SFP port, two GbE RJ45 WAN ports, and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two with PoE+).
- App and ID-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Cisco Advanced Malware Protection with reputation-based filtering
- Load balancing to combine multiple WAN connections into one high-speed connection with policy-based Quality of Services, 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 Series ISR Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 family Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) using Cisco IOS XE software are a selection of fanless routers intended to deliver high-performance network service, wireless access, and advanced cybersecurity for SMBs, branch offices, retail outlets, customer premises equipment (CPE), and machine-to-machine (M2M) environments. Parallel processing cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE allow these routers to offer capabilities consistent with Cisco's complete line of Enterprise routers. 1000 Series ISR routers are available with 4 or 8 LAN ports and provide Gigabit Ethernet (GE) packet forwarding. Various models include PoE and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a range of integrated or pluggable options including LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, G.fast DSL, 4G LTE wireless, 802.11 Wi-Fi, and SFP Fiber. Cisco 1000 and 1100 family ISR models work with Cisco's SD-WAN services for transparent multiple-cloud connectivity, multilayer cybersecurity, and cohesive monitoring and management across hybrid networks.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1100-4G ISR router includes four integrated GE ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE wireless with two LTE antenna sockets, and a micro-SIM slot. Encryption throughput is 200 Mbps. The Cisco 1100-6G ISR router adds two 1G SFP Fiber ports and features encryption performance of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop 1101-4P ISR router has four integrated switched GE interfaces, supports 802.11ac as well as 3G/4G LTE, and features encryption speed of 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers include two or four built-in GE ports and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE wireless ports. Encryption speed is 200 Mbps.
The 1RU or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers come with four or eight integrated switched GE ports (two or four with PoE) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE, and 1G SFP. Encryption speed is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router includes eight integrated GE ports (four with POE) and supports 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing speed is 340 Mbps. The 112x-8P ISR router has eight GE connections with Power over Ethernet and features SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing speed is 340 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 1161X-8P router includes eight GE ports with Power over Ethernet and supports 3G/4G LTE wireless and 1G SFP. Encryption throughput is 450 Mbps.
Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series routers are modular appliances intended to operate at the WAN edge to support hybrid network environments that can incorporate multiple public and private clouds and cloud-hosted applications. All Catalyst 8000 routers use Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and provide scalability, advanced cloud security, and 5G connectivity. Throughput is enhanced using purpose-built silicon, a multicore architecture, high port capacity, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services provide ongoing access to current SD-WAN technology and enable unified management with enhanced cybersecurity, application-optimized policies, network segmentation, and cloud integration.
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8200 routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers, delivering higher IPsec performance and scale, accelerated crypto, plus higher built-in WAN interface density. These 1RU routers are built to provide Cisco's SASE, SD-WAN and 5G-interface technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise access edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T model features four CPU cores, supports 500 Mbps IPsec performance, and permits 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. The Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based apps. Cisco's Catalyst C8200-1N-4T model includes eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec performance, permits 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with in-place container models. Both devices come with a Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, one Pluggable Interface Module slot, two 1G Ethernet WAN ports, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN SFP ports. 4-port and 8-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are available for both 8200 models.
Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers are intended to replace Cisco's 4400 family of Integrated Services Routers, providing Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to mid-sized and large enterprise branches looking for high WAN IPSec throughput combined with unified SD-WAN services. Enhanced capabilities include 5G wireless connectivity, integrated cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, integrated enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection with application optimization. Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers enable edge computing for an in-place 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 uptime.
The Cisco Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router is a one-rack unit device that includes eight CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The router includes a single SM expansion slot, a Network Interface Module slot, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T device is a 2RU device that features 8 CPU cores and supports 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The unit includes two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six integrated 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a 1RU device that has 8 CPU cores and delivers 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 15Gbps. The device has one a single Service Module expansion slot, a NIM slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X appliance is a two-rack unit router that features 12 CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec throughput as high as 18Gbps. The router has two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four built-in 1-Gigabit 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 Service Module.
Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge Routers
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, 1RU aggregation models for SD-WAN and colocation deployments. Integrated features include route processor, embedded services processor (ESP), and aggregation hardware for various connection choices. IPsec throughput is twice that of Cisco's prior generation ASR1001-X aggregation services router. Flexible connectivity alternatives include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN ports. 8500 routers come with dual AC or DC power units for improved resilience. Software subscription packages allow ongoing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and offer unified management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, network segmentation, and cloud support.
The Cisco Catalyst C8500L-8S4X router is intended to offer a similar experience as Cisco's ASR 1000 appliance. The C8500L-8S4X comes with four 1/10GE WAN ports and supports as high as 20 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance can reach 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X appliance has 12 built-in 1/10GE WAN interfaces and supports as high as 120 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC model comes with four integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and eight 1-Gigabit ports and delivers up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 68 Gbps.
Cisco ISR G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to offer branch offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtualization, security, and reliable WAN access. ISR Generation 2 routers feature a design that protects past investments in modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and lowers down-the-line expenses by allowing easy upgrades to additional modules when they become available. Compared to previous Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers offer 2-7 times more performance, substantially greater expandability, and easier support. All ISR G2 routers support Gbit switching and include multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers also support intelligent power control for better energy efficiency.
A key advance with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS feature sets so that you can quickly license and activate extra services as desired without having to acquire and copy a new IOS Software image to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants can provide proven skills to assist your business to design, implement, and support multi-location deployments of Cisco ISR G2 routers that enhance branch office productivity and reduce the costs of expansion and maintenance.
Cisco's ISR 800 Family of Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been superseded by the faster Cisco ISR 900 family but remains widely deployed. Cisco's comprehensive line of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop devices designed and priced for small organizations, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and customers of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in Cisco's 800 product line have been released with various options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options offered within Cisco's 800 line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can enable unified media networks by providing IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Built-in data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available options for 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN links or support for wired broadband WAN connections like DSL as well as multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single desktop appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a broad variety of deployment models
The basic Cisco 881 router has a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. Cisco's 881W ISR router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router features four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) fallback with Cisco SRST. With a Cisco CUBE feature license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks also support remote agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series ISR Routers are compact modular and scalable platforms intended for businesses with a large number of branches and offsite workers who need direct access to private data centers as well as public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, Cloud-based services, and HD video applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management technology. Models in Cisco's 4000 Series run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, can handle as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides comprehensive edge support technology for SBC, branch telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The main difference between the Cisco 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is dual power supply capability in the 4400 Series, offering a greater degree of fault tolerance. The 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules (NIMs), provides 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 network interface modules, provides up to 300 Mbps throughput, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, offers as much as 400 Mbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The power-redundant 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, provides up to 1 Gbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's fault-tolerant 4431 router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, delivers up to 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with high-performance, secure distribution points to aggregate branch office and remote user data packets and to provide carriers cost-optimized WAN edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and service provider router product line features the ASR 1000 product line and the 9000 Series Aggregation Services family.
Progent's national team of Cisco CCIE certified network engineers have extensive backgrounds working with enterprises and service providers to plan efficient deployments and seamless expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts can provide unbiased, independent network security inventory assessments, stealth penetration services and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help companies that use Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet business standards and statutory requirements for network information security and incident reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge line of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco's midrange routers that focus on aggregating services at the WAN edge. Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers provide a small footprint, multi-function answer for large businesses who need branch office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers introduce a revolutionary architecture that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility in order to deliver a rich set of concurrent services while preserving dependable responsiveness.
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers include Cisco's new QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can support up to 160 concurrent processor threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for every service, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 128K queues, 32K clients, 4K IPsec tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This processing capability permits ASR 1000 Series routers to deliver a variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding throughput degradation that could violate compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic control for performing numerous levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single pass, enhancing responsiveness for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who are required to support world-class HD multimedia services to home, business, and mobile users by providing continual availability, high speed, and application awareness. All models in the ASR 9000 line of Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed operating system built for non-stop availability. Performance of the ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per system. the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power modules, 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 full-duplex fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays to support port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis has four 10 GE SFP+ ports and ports for GPS clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and provides dense 10 and 100 GE connections in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot router can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in a single chassis. The ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU chassis with 12 slots slots that can handle up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router incorporates 2 route CPUs as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
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