As technology progresses, the distinction between router and switch products is becoming fuzzier. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) products designed to connect networks. A typical scenario is connecting a small business network to the Internet. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect client devices within a network. Generally, routers rely on computation to forward traffic based on sophisticated software, offering flexibility at the cost of speed. Switches, by comparison, rely on largely predefined hardware designs to move traffic at the fastest feasible speed. The current generation of routers usually include Layer 2 switching capability, and many modern switches include some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the producer of 90% of the industry's routers, have improved dramatically in function and speed and Cisco offers an extensive portfolio that features routers built to handle the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to the world's largest service providers.

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The latest Integrated Services Routers released by Cisco offer the speed and built-in functionality to manage IP voice and video as well as virtualization while also offering fault tolerance, web-based administration, easy scalability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers allow your company to establish a firm basis for an information network that can grow seamlessly as you hire new employees, establish new sites, deploy additional capabilities, extend your network to customers and vendors, and build an expanding mobile user base. Progentís Cisco CCIE network consultants offer immediate and economical online expertise to assist you to plan, configure, manage, update, and support Cisco's most advanced router technology and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or migrate non-disruptively to Ciscoís current networking solutions.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Ciscoís routers for small companies and remote offices offer low-cost and reliable no-frills alternatives that enable limited sets of users to share safe connectivity to the Internet. These fixed-configuration desktop devices feature at minimum four Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options and integrated firewall for enhanced security. Designed for easy installation, administration, and support, Ciscoís entry-level routers reduce TCO by lowering acquisition and maintenance investments. Progentís online support specialists have extensive backgrounds delivering fast and affordable technical assistance for small businesses to configure and support these devices, and Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants can assist you to determine whether and how these routers can add to the business value of your information network.

Cisco Small Business RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers HelpCisco's economical RV Series VPN Routers are engineered to offer small organizations with VPN technology that allows telecommuters and mobile workers to connect to a network securely. Devices in the RV Series VPN 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 browser-based setup for easy set up and management. All models support 10/100 Ethernet and several models can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless models are offered. Cisco's RV Series routers do not support Ciscoís IOS control software.

Cisco RV Series Routers MaintenanceCiscoís RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch and can safely handle up to 50 remote offices or online users via IPsec or Point-to-Point VPN. The RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 model Dual WAN VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can support as many as 100 branch offices or off-site workers via full IPsec VPN. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model has 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports up to 100 remote connections, and lets as many as seven switched ports to be set up for load balancing or for service provider backup to ensure zero downtime Internet access.

Cisco's more current devices in the growing selection of Small Business RV Series VPN Routers include the Cisco RV120W Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port Ethernet switch and support for up to 10 IPsec VPN tunnels and 1000 concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV180W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router/Access Point with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions and 10 VPN connections, the Cisco RV215W Wireless Router with a 4-port switch and USB support to enable 3G and 4G connections, and Cisco's 325 RV325 WAN VPN Router that features a built-in a 14-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports for business continuity plus USB connections attaching 3G/4G modems for WAN failover.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 881 ISR Routers ConsultingCisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop devices intended for small organizations, branch offices, retail venues, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 Series family of routers have been developed with various options over many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options offered within Cisco's 800 product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support converged media networks by delivering IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for 881 ISR routers include redundant wide area network connections or support for wired broadband WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single desktop appliance.

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

The baseline Cisco 881 router includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, support for 20 users, two-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W ISR router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, the Cisco 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are designed to provide satellite offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, security, and reliable connectivity. Integrated Services G2 routers feature a design that preserves past investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces future costs by allowing easy installation of additional modules when they become available. Compared to older ISR routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers offer 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and more affordable maintenance. All ISR G2 routers offer Gbit switching and include multi-core CPUs and ultra-fast fabric for higher throughput. ISR Generation 2 routers also offer intelligent power management for better energy conservation.

A key innovation with ISR G2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly license and activate extra services when desired without needing to download and transfer a new IOS image over to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network engineers can provide world-class expertise to help your business to plan, implement, and maintain multi-site installations of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers that enhance branch office efficiency and cut the costs of expansion and maintenance.

1900 Series ISR G2 Routers
1900 ISR G2 Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers include on-board encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switchports. The Cisco 1941W ISR router provides an WiFi access point that allows wireless connectivity to high-speed data, voice, and video through MIMO technology that expands coverage for current 802.11a/b/g clients. Connectivity alternatives for the 1900 ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and GbE.

In comparison to the older generation 1841 ISR router which they are designed to substitute for, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of flash storage as standard, and flash can be expanded to 4GB compared to 128 MB. Standard DRAM size is 256 MB instead of 128 MB and maximum dynamic RAM size is 2.25 GB compared to 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers include a USB console instead of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes a slot for the recently introduced Internal Services Module rather than a slot for the previous and slower AIM module. In contrast to higher end ISR Generation 2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power or slots for PVDM modules.

2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote Experts2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are released in four versions which are intended as upgrades to the routers in Ciscoís successful 2800 router family. Ciscoís 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 up to 50 LAN switchports. The on-board encryption circuitry supports IPsec and SSL VPN for safe remote connections and is dramatically higher performing than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by 2800 routers. The top-of-the-line 2951 Series Integrated Services G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus GE.

Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-throughput features that match Ciscoís Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older 2821 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the 2921 is shipped by default with 256 megabytes vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash storage and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes instead of 256 MB. Default DRAM size is 512 megabytes vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 GB instead of 1 GB.

Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote System Design and TroubleshootingCisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the highest performance and add-in slot densities in Ciscoís Integrated Services G2 family and support fast DSPs for the most resource-intensive multimedia applications, fast hardware encryption, a wide range of connectivity alternatives, up to 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and as many as 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the 3900 Series ISR G2 routers support the Cisco Services Performance Engine, a versatile 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, the 3900 family also protects past network investments by being compatible with the majority of the modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For improved uptime, Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 offer two integrated power supplies.

Compared to the previous model 3825 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the Cisco 3925 router is offered standard with 256 MB vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash storage and can be expanded to 4GB instead of 256 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 gigabytes instead of only 1.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and scalable platforms designed for organizations with multiple branches and remote workers requiring direct communication with private data centers and public clouds via VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile workers, Cloud-based services, and HD multimedia applications by utilizing wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Models in Cisco's 4000 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU form factor, can support as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for session border control, telephony survivability, and TDM gateways.

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

Cisco's 1st Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's first-generation ISR routers, with in excess of 6M products in operation, have become the world's most popular solution for small to medium-sized companies and enterprise branch offices to achieve fast, secure, and dependable connectivity to key applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are seasoned experts at delivering online consulting, administrative, and problem solving support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the latest release of Cisco IOS Software with minimal disruption to your network, evaluate the security vulnerability of your router setup, and assist you to move economically to the new line of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers when it is appropriate for your company.

Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Routers HelpThe Cisco 1800 Series of integrated services routers intelligently embed data and protection into one resilient system for high-speed, scalable delivery of mission-critical business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series design has been specifically developed to handle the needs of small and midsize businesses, small enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services environments for delivery of simultaneous services at high performance. The integrated secure systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series offers optimum versatility and fast ROI.

The Cisco 1841 integrated services router provides substantial advantages relative to prior generations of 1700 Series routers by delivering more than a fivefold speed increase and integrated hardware encryption activated by an available Cisco IOS Software security image. Cisco's 1841 router significantly improves plug-in card slot throughput as well as capacity compared to Cisco's 1700 Series while still maintaining support for more than 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only). The Cisco 1841 router offers additional improvement of Virtual Private Network performance via an optional VPN acceleration add-in; IPS and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a broad array of interface needs, including support for optional integrated switch ports; and sufficient performance and slot capacity for ongoing network growth and advanced applications.

2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Integrated Services Router SupportIntended for small to midsize businesses and corporate branch offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers consists of four platforms: the 2801, the Cisco 2811 route, the 2821, and the 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers offer significant additional value compared to older models of Cisco devices at similar price points by delivering up to a 5x throughput increase, as much as a 10 times improvement in protection and voice speed, built-in service options, and dramatically enhanced slot speed and density while preserving compatibility with the vast majority of the more than 90 existing expansion modules available currently for the 1700, the Cisco 2600 Series, and the 3700 Series devices.

The Cisco 2800 Series provides a range of popular protection functions such as a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, advanced application inspection and management, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in one protected solution set. Also, by incorporating security features directly into the router, Cisco can provide special intelligent protection solutions other security appliances can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN for quality-of-service (QoS) support when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy Virtual Private Networks for enabling more scalable and manageable VPN networks.

Companies can use the 2800 Series router to deploy a converged IP telephony network for as many as 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small to midsize satellite offices.

The Cisco 2800 router incorporates a built-in access point for wireless LAN connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot services for public wireless networks, and infrastructure services for portable WLAN telephony and for larger locations.

Cisco 3800 ISR Routers
3800 Series Integrated Services Routers HelpThe Cisco 3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and corporate branch offices to provide companies the highest degree of network versatility, speed, and intelligence. Cisco 3800 integrated services routers transparently integrate advanced technologies, adaptive services, and protected corporate communications into one resilient platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers feature internal security intelligence, fast throughput and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the performance, resilience, and dependability necessary for building mission-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network monitoring, and web-based programs in even the most demanding enterprise networks. Engineered for speed, the The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple simultaneous services as fast as wire-speed T3/E3 data rates.

The integrated services routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 Series router is designed to combine protection and voice handling with the latest wired and wireless services for fast installation of new applications, including application layer functions, intelligent network services, and converged communications. The 3800 integrated services router supports the throughput requirements for multiple 100Mbps interfaces for every slot, time-division multiplexing interconnections, and fully integrated power sourcing to modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while still accommodating the traditional selection of modular interfaces. This permits ongoing ROI by supporting network scaling or adapting to changes in technology as the latest applications are added. By combining the capabilities of several distinct devices into a single compact unit, the Cisco 3800 Series router significantly reduces the expense and hassle of administering wide area networks.

Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Ciscoís WAN edge and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with fast, secure distribution points to manage branch office and off-site traffic and to provide ISPs cost-optimized WAN edge routing. Ciscoís WAN aggregation and carrier router product line includes the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 ASR Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

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Progent's national group of Cisco CCIE certified network engineers have in-depth backgrounds working with enterprise businesses and service providers to design efficient installations and seamless expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts can provide objective, third-party security vulnerability assessments, stealth penetration testing and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry standards and statutory requirements for network data security and reporting.

7600 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers SupportThe Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 Series infrastructure with an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. High availability is implemented via logical and physical redundancy as well as IOS Software capabilities. Also, the 7600 offers a broad array of high-touch network services at optical rates via various Optical Services Modules powered by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The Cisco 7609 Series has the choice to use a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps data bus, providing performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 Mpps each. If the SFM is installed, the Cisco 7609 Series can in addition allow distributed switching with rates up to 168 Mpps by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet module, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card (DFC) and the SFM.

The 7603 router provides only the standard 32-Gbps bus version and provides 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 Series router does not offer distributed switching.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers HelpCiscoís ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services family of routers is positioned in the center of Ciscoís midrange products that concentrate on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. Ciscoís ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, single-product answer for enterprises requiring satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. Ciscoís ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers introduce an innovative architecture that mixes on-board acceleration with software versatility to deliver a multitude of simultaneous services while preserving consistent performance.

Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series routers feature Ciscoís proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can handle as many as 160 concurrent processor threads. This multi-processing structure, combined with hardware acceleration for every service, enables the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to expand up to 128K queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This CPU capability allows Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to support a broad range of sophisticated services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding throughput decay that could compromise compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic management for performing numerous levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single pass, enhancing responsiveness for high-bandwidth multimedia applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for service providers who need to support the highest quality HD multimedia services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by providing continual availability, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All platforms in the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers run Cisco's IOS XR, a self-healing, distributed OS designed for non-stop uptime. Performance of the ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can scale to as high as 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup control planes and switch fabric.

The ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two modular bays to support port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis has four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for GPS clocking, BITS, and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and offers line-rate 10 and 100 GE connections in space-limited sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single box. The ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU chassis with 10 line-card slots that can provide up to 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 incorporates 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco Carrier Routing System Configuration ConsultingCisco's Carrier Routing System family, powered by Cisco's IOS XR distributed operating system, offers carriers world-class capacity and availability. The Cisco CRS product line was first released in 2004, has been continuously improved, and now includes the industry's most widely deployed multishelf network core router. To protect past capital investments in infrastructure, the latest CRS platforms are compatible with earlier products.

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

Cisco's Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can scale to support up to 72 line-card shelves with the capability to provide 400-Gbps of non-stop operations for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can accommodate up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards and PLIMs work across the entire Carrier Routing System family.

Legacy Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's CCIE support experts are experienced with legacy Cisco routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can show you how to maintain these routers and can in addition assist you to prepare for and carry out upgrades to current versions. Older Cisco routers supported by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 Series Routers
    The Cisco 520 model SR Router, built to support up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By offering a limited yet effective array of IOS control software services, Ciscoís 520 router streamlines setup, management, and technical support, yet nevertheless delivers powerful security and acceleration options to adapt to the specific requirements of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are designed for small networks, ideal for up to 10 workers or for teleworker sites where secure and economical access is needed. 850 Series routers offer protected access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IPsec Virtual Private Network support, a four-connection 10/100 switch, a secure wireless option with a fixed antenna, plus easy setup and integration and remote administration capabilities through Web-based utilities and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series routers are targeted for small offices with up to 20 users or for teleworker locations where high-quality voice/video over IP and reliable connectivity using backup Internet links are needed. Cisco 870 Series access routers deliver high throughput for small workgroups plus tight security via services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IPsec VPN, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and GETVPN, IPS, virus protection through Network Admission Control (NAC), and enforcement of secure connection policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Series
    1700 Series routers are designed to provide a cost-effective, standalone router platform for small and midsize businesses. Cisco 1700 Series routers offer flexibility and manageability to meet complex e-business requirements such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, high-speed wire-rate Internet access, and powerful security 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
    The 2600 Series is a line of multiservice access routers for branch offices, offering a wealth of LAN and WAN setup options, a wide array of security capabilities, and a selection of fast processors. 2600 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 3700 Series Routers
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of access appliances for medium and large-sized office networks. With over 70 interface options, the Cisco 3700 Series offers a robust solution for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and multiprotocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of ISR routers and the 3900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Series router offers performance, flexibility, and expandability in a compact footprint with a broad selection of configuration options. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets per second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to GbE, plus OC-3 along with a variety of high-volume IP services, the 7200 VXR router is a solid broadband aggregation wide- and metropolitan-area network edge solution for enterprises and service providers. The 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router features services aggregation by supporting up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol sessions per unit, mixed-media integration with time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IPsec VPN expandable to 5K tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that permits Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connectivity to a SIP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall collaboration functions such as SIP-based conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response systems, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and business-to-business immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of IOS available via license to run on ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many products in Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines including Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting support for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, visit SIP Integration Solutions and CUBE Integration.

Ways Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE and CCNP Premier engineers can assist your company to design, setup, and maintain a converged business network that can streamline operations, reduce costs, and accelerate time to positive ROI. By teaming Cisco routers with Catalyst switches support and Cisco Aironet wireless integration, Progent can significantly increase the strategic value of your network infrastructure. Progent offers in-person and remote support and offers data center support throughout and select cities nationwide.

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