As technology progresses, the distinction between routers and switches has grown less clear. At heart, routers are Layer 3 (L3) products designed to connect networks with one another. A typical example is connecting an office Ethernet network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interface various devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to forward data based on complex software, offering flexibility at the expense of speed. Switches, by comparison, rely on mostly fixed hardware configurations to steer data at the fastest feasible speed. Today's routers usually include L2 switches, and many modern switches have Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the world's routers, have improved significantly in capability and speed and Cisco now makes an extensive portfolio that features routers designed to handle the requirements of customers ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide service providers.

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The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco offer the speed and built-in features to support data voice and video as well as virtualization while at the same time providing high availability, web-based administration, easy expandability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow you to establish a solid foundation for an IT environment that can evolve smoothly as you add new employees, open extra offices, activate new functions, give access to your system to clients and partners, and support an an increasingly mobile user base. Progent’s Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide fast and economical remote support to help you to select, configure, administer, update, and support Cisco's most advanced router technology and can help you to support your legacy routers or migrate efficiently to Cisco’s newer networking solutions.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for small businesses and remote offices provide low-cost and reliable entry-level alternatives that enable small groups of workers to share secure access to wide area networks. All these single-configuration desktop routers feature at least four Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options plus integrated firewall to provide enhanced protection. Built for simple installation, administration, and troubleshooting, Cisco’s small business routers reduce total cost of ownership by lowering acquisition and maintenance investments. Progent’s online support experts have extensive backgrounds providing fast and economical IT help for small businesses to configure and maintain these devices, and Progent’s CCIE network engineers can help your company to determine whether and how these routers can add to the strategic value of your IT system.

Cisco RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers TroubleshootingCisco's economical RV Series Routers are engineered to offer small businesses with VPN technology that permits remote users to connect to a network via secure tunneling. Models in the RV Series Routers can support up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls with sophisticated data encryption, and support web-based setup for easy set up and troubleshooting. All models support fast Ethernet and several models can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless versions are available. Cisco's RV Series VPN routers do not support Cisco’s IOS software.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers MaintenanceThe Cisco RV042 VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can safely handle up to 50 branch offices or off-site workers through Internet Protocol Security or Point-to-Point VPN tunneling. The G version can handle Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 model Dual WAN VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage as many as 100 branch offices or off-site users via full IPsec VPN. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model includes 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports 100 remote connections, and allows as many as seven ports to be set up for traffic load balancing or for ISP backup to provide non-stop Internet connectivity.

More recent models in Cisco's line of RV Series VPN Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for four active VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV220W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and the ability to support 25 VPN connections, and the 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gigabit WAN ports for load balancing.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series Routers ConsultingCisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop, fanless devices intended for small businesses, branch locations, retail shops, telecommuters, and customers of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in the 800 product line have been developed with many options over many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options available within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support converged media environments by delivering IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for Cisco 881 ISR routers include redundant WAN links or support for landline high-speed WAN links such as DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into a single desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a broad range of deployment scenarios

The basic Cisco 881 includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps throughput, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router features 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE feature license, the Cisco 881 ISR router allows SIP trunk connectivity to replace outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks also connect offsite agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are designed to provide satellite offices of large businesses with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, protection, and dependable connectivity. ISR Generation 2 routers feature an architecture that preserves past investments in modules for older ISR routers and reduces future expenses by permitting field installation of new modules as they become available. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher performance, far greater expandability, and easier maintenance. All Cisco ISR G2 routers support Gbit switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. ISR Generation 2 routers also offer intelligent power management for improved energy conservation.

A major advance with Integrated Services G2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the IOS technology sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and activate extra features when desired without having to download and transfer a new IOS image to yourrouter. Progent's team of CCIE-certified network consultants offer world-class skills to assist you to plan, configure, and maintain multi-site installations of Cisco ISR G2 routers that enhance satellite office efficiency and reduce the price of expansion and support.

Cisco 1900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Experts1900 Integrated Services G2 routers include accelerated hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switchports. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an integrated WiFi access point that enables cordless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video via Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that improves the range of existing 802.11a/b/g clients. Interface alternatives for the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and 1 GigE.

In comparison to the previous 1841 Integrated Services router which they are designed to replace, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include 256 MB vs. 32 of CompactFlash storage as a default, and this can be expanded to 4 gigabytes vs. 128 megabytes. Default dynamic RAM size is 256 megabytes vs. 128 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.25 GB compared to 384 MB. Unlike the 1841 router, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers feature a USB console instead of the older DB-9 interface and has a slot for the recently introduced Internal Services Module instead of a slot for the older and slower AIM module. In contrast to higher end Integrated Services G2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power supplies or add-in slots for PVDM modules.

2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote SupportCisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers are available in four models which are intended as upgrades to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption, voice and video ready Digital Signal Processor slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 up to 50 modular LAN switches. The integrated encryption circuitry supports IP Security and SSL VPN for protected off-site access and is dramatically faster than the AIM modules available with Cisco 2800 routers. The top-of-the-line 2951 Series ISR G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, as well as GbE.

2911, 2921, and 2951 Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-performance capability that match Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older Cisco 2821 ISR router which the 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is designed to replace, the 2921 is shipped by default with 256 MB vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 megabytes. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes compared to only 1.

3900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 Routers Online EngineersCisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices deliver the highest throughput and slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 family and can accept high-speed digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive voice/video applications, accelerated hardware encryption, a wide selection of interface alternatives, up to 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be swapped out in the field to improve throughput without requiring your business to purchase a new device. Like other ISR G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 Series also preserves previous investments by being compatible with the majority of the modules from first-generation Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved availability, Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 offer dual integrated power supplies.

In comparison to the older 3825 ISR router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to replace, the Cisco 3925 is shipped by default with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 MB of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4GB compared to 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 4 gigabytes vs. 1 gigabytes.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of ISR Routers are modular and scalable routers designed for organizations with a large number of branches and offsite users who need direct communication with in-house data centers and public clouds across VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile workers, cloud services, and HD video applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Devices in the ISR 4000 product line run Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1RU or 2RU form factor, can support Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, the 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced session border control, telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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

Cisco's 1st Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with in excess of six million products in operation, are the industry's leading technology for small companies and enterprise branch offices to ensure fast, safe, and dependable access to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network engineers are seasoned experts at providing online consulting, administrative, and problem solving support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series ISR routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the current version of Cisco IOS Software with minimal service interruption to your IT operations, assess the security vulnerability of your existing router setup, and assist your IT organization to migrate economically to the latest line of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers when it makes sense for your company.

Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers ConsultantsThe modular Cisco 1800 Series of routers embed data and security into a single robust solution for high-speed, expandable access to mission-critical business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series router design has been especially engineered to satisfy the requirements of small-to-medium-sized businesses, small enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for delivery of simultaneous services at wire speed. The integrated services systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series offers optimum flexibility and fast ROI.

Cisco's 1841 integrated services router provides important advantages in comparison to prior generations of Cisco 1700 Series routers by delivering more than a fivefold throughput increase and built-in hardware-based encryption enabled by an optional IOS Software security image. The 1841 integrated services router dramatically increases interface card slot performance as well as density over Cisco's 1700 Series while providing compatibility with over 30 existing Wide Area Network interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only on the 1841 router). The Cisco 1841 integrated services router provides further enhancement of VPN throughput with an optional VPN acceleration add-in; IPS and firewall capabilities; support for a wide range of interface requirements, including support for optional switch ports; plus enough performance and slot density for future network expansion and next-generation applications.

2800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 2800 Family Router Consulting FirmIntended for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices, Cisco's 2800 Series consists of several platforms: the Cisco 2801 router, the Cisco 2811, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 Series routers offer significant added value compared to prior models of Cisco routers at similar price points by offering up to a five times throughput increase, up to a 10 times improvement in security and voice performance, integrated service features, and radically improved plug-in slot speed and density while maintaining compatibility with the vast majority of the more than 90 existing modules in use today for the 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 routers.

The Cisco 2800 router offers a range of popular protection functions such as a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IPsec Virtual Private Network, SSL Virtual Private Network, advanced application inspection and management, SSH Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in one secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security features within the router, Cisco can enable special intelligent security solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN for QoS enforcement when mixing voice, video, and VPN; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy Virtual Private Networks for enabling increasingly scalable and easier to manage VPN networks.

Organizations can use the 2800 router to deploy a converged IP telephony environment for as many as 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single router for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The 2800 Series router incorporates a built-in wireless access point for 802.11x wireless LAN connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot services for shared public wireless LANs, and infrastructure services for cordless wireless LAN telephony and for larger sites.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and enterprise satellite locations to offer businesses the top levels of network versatility, performance, and functionality. 3800 Series routers transparently integrate advanced network engineering, adaptive services, and protected 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. 3800 Series routers offer embedded security processing, excellent throughput and high memory capacity, and high-capacity interfaces that provide the speed, resilience, and reliability necessary for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, business video, network monitoring, and Web programs in even the most competitive enterprise networks. Built for performance, the The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers provide multiple simultaneous services up to wired T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the 3800 router is designed to integrate protection and voice processing with the latest wired and wireless services for fast deployment of new applications, including application layer functions, intelligent network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series integrated services router meets the throughput requirements for several 100Mbps interfaces for each slot, TDM interconnections, and fully integrated power distribution to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while still supporting the existing portfolio of interface modules. This ensures ongoing return on investment by supporting network scaling or adapting to changes in technology as the latest applications are deployed. By integrating the capabilities of multiple distinct devices into a single small unit, the 3800 router dramatically lowers the expense and complexity of administering remote networks.

Cisco's Midrange WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s WAN edge and carrier routers offer larger businesses with high-performance, secure distribution points to aggregate branch office and off-site data packets and to offer carriers cost-optimized WAN edge routing. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 ASR product line, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

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Progent's nationwide group of CCIE network consultants have extensive experience working with global businesses and Internet service providers to design optimal installations and smooth upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide objective, independent network security vulnerability evaluations, stealth penetration services and advanced SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with industry standards and government regulations for network data protection and incident reporting.

Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesThe 7600 Series Integrated Services router takes advantage of the Catalyst 6500 Series architecture with an NEBS-3 chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. High availability is implemented through logic and hardware redundancy plus IOS Software functions. Also, the Cisco 7600 router provides a broad set of high-touch network services at optical rates via various OSMs powered by Cisco patented PXF technology.

The 7609 router has the option to use a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or a 32-Gbps bus, which provide performance of 30 or 15 million packets per second each. When the SFM is deployed, the Cisco 7609 Series can also support distributed switching with throughput up to 168 Mpps by running the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN card, which is powered by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the Switch Fabric Module.

The Cisco 7603 Series router has only the standard 32-Gbps data bus option and delivers 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 does not offer Cisco's distributed switching technology.

Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers ExpertsCisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge family of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco’s midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the WAN edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers provide a small footprint, single-product solution for large businesses looking for satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers incorporate a revolutionary design that mixes hardware acceleration with software versatility to deliver a multitude of simultaneous services without sacrificing consistent responsiveness.

ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers include Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that in combination can support as many as 160 concurrent threads. This parallel CPU architecture, combined with on-board acceleration for all services, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to scale up to 128K hardware queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security tunnels at 10,000 sessions/second, and 2M Netflow records. This processing power permits ASR 1000 routers to support a broad range of advanced services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering performance degradation that could threaten adherence to service level agreements. 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 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 Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to deliver the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, business, and mobile customers by providing always-on availability, high performance, and application awareness. All platforms in the ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR, a distributed OS designed for non-stop availability. Throughput of the ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per system. Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers support Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus redundant control planes and switch fabric.

The ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU form factor with 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two modular bays to support adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The base chassis incorporates four 10 Gbit Ethernet SFP+ ports as well as ports for GPS clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 GE and 100 GE connectivity in space-limited environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in one chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU chassis and includes 12 slots slots able to support 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco Carrier Routing System ConsultantsCisco's Carrier Routing System product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed software, gives service providers world-class performance and availability. The CRS product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously improved, and now features the industry's most popular multishelf core router system. To protect past capital investments in network infrastructure, the latest Carrier Routing System platforms are backward compatible with previous CRS versions.

Available product lines in Cisco's CRS family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every Carrier Routing System series features single-shelf 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot systems plus multi-chassis models. The Cisco CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and delivers up to 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in the CRS-3 Series are based on Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and are capable of up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers incorporate CMOS photonics CPAK technology and have the ability to sustain up to 922 Tbps performance.

The Cisco Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves that have the ability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of continuous performance for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can support 1 to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) can be used throughout the entire Carrier Routing System portfolio.

Legacy Cisco Routers Maintained by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's Cisco certified consultants are familiar with older Cisco routers that are no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to support these routers and can in addition help you to rationalize and implement upgrades to newer versions. Legacy Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Line of Routers
    The Cisco 520 model SR Router, built to handle as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet managed switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By offering a simple yet effective set of Cisco IOS control software features, the Cisco 520 model Secure Router streamlines configuration, management, and technical support, yet still provides powerful protection and acceleration options to match the particular needs of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are targeted at small networks, recommended for up to 10 users or for telecommuter environments where protected and affordable access is needed. Cisco 850 Series routers deliver secure access with firewall and IP security Virtual Private Network services, a four-connection 10/100 switch, a secure wireless option with a fixed antenna, plus easy configuration and integration and off-site administration features through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series routers are targeted for small offices with as many as 20 workers or for teleworker environments where advanced VoIP and video and dependable connectivity using backup WAN connections are needed. 870 Series routers deliver excellent throughput for small offices as well as enhanced security via features such as stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security (IPsec) VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard plus Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport, an intrusion prevention system, virus defense through Network Admission Control, and enforcement of secure connection policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    1700 Series modular access routers are built to deliver an affordable, standalone router solution for small and midsize organizations. 1700 Series routers offer flexibility and manageability to satisfy challenging e-business needs such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, fast broadband Internet access, and comprehensive protection options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 1900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • 2600 Routers
    The Cisco 2600 Series is a family of modular multiservice routers for branch networks, offering a wealth of LAN and WAN configurations, a wide array of security features, and a selection of high performance processors. 2600 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 family of ISR routers and the Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • Cisco 3700 Series
    The 3700 Series is a family of modular, multiservice access solutions for mid-size and large-sized office networks. Supported by more than 70 modular interface add-in products, the Cisco 3700 Series offers a robust platform for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the 3900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router offers speed, modularity, and expandability in a compact chassis with a broad selection of configuration options. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets / second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, plus OC-3 as well as a number of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR router is a solid broadband aggregation WAN and MAN edge solution for enterprises and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router features services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, voice/video/data support via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR frame and voice port adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IP Security VPN expandable to 5,000 tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is an SBC that permits SIP access to a SIP PSTN carrier and enables enterprise-wide collaboration functions such as SIP-based conferencing with multimedia recording, SIP call center and IVR systems, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and business-to-business immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of Cisco IOS software that can be licensed to run on ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers as well as various models in Cisco's ISR G2 router lines such as the 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see Cisco SIP Infrastructure Consulting and CUBE Integration.

Ways Progent Can Assist Your Company to Support Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE Premier consultants can assist you to design, setup, and manage an integrated network infrastructure that can streamline operations, reduce costs, and speed the path to productivity. By combining Cisco integrated services routers with Catalyst switches support and Aironet wireless integration, Progent can dramatically enhance the business value of your information network. Progent offers on-premises and remote troubleshooting and offers data center support throughout and select locations nationwide.

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