As computer technology advances, the distinction between routers and switches has grown less clear. Essentially, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices designed to connect networks with one another. A common example is connecting a small business network to the Internet. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect various devices within a network. Basically, routers rely on processors to send data based on complex algorithms, providing versatility at the cost of throughput. Switches, on the other hand, rely on largely fixed hardware designs to steer traffic at the highest possible speed. Today's routers ordinarily include L2 switches, and many of today’s switches include Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in function and performance and Cisco now makes an extensive portfolio that includes routers engineered to meet the needs of users ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide service providers.

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The most recent ISR routers from Cisco have the performance and built-in features to manage data voice and video plus virtual environments while at the same time providing fault tolerance, web-based management, seamless extensibility, and enhanced protection. Cisco's ISR routers enable your business to establish a solid foundation for an IT network that can evolve smoothly as you add new workers, establish new sites, activate new capabilities, extend your system to customers and partners, and support an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and affordable remote expertise to assist you to select, configure, administer, upgrade, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can help you to support your older routers or migrate efficiently to Cisco’s newer router solutions.

Cisco Routers for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for small organizations and branch offices provide low-cost and dependable no-frills alternatives that allow small sets of workers to have secure connectivity to wide area networks. All these single-configuration desktop devices include at least four switched Ethernet with wireless options plus integrated firewall to provide advanced security. Designed for easy setup, administration, and support, Cisco’s small business routers reduce total cost of ownership by cutting equipment and maintenance expenses. Progent’s remote support specialists have extensive backgrounds delivering immediate and economical IT help for small companies to set up and support these routers, and Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help you to understand how Cisco’s entry-level routers can increase the strategic value of your information system.

Cisco Small Business RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers SupportCisco's economical RV Series VPN Routers are designed to offer small businesses with VPN capability that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network securely. Models in the Cisco RV Series Routers can support from five to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, include 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls that provide advanced data encryption, and allow browser-based setup for remote set up and troubleshooting. All models accommodate 10/100 Ethernet and some can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless models are offered. These routers do not incorporate Cisco’s IOS platform.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ConsultantsCisco’s RV041 model Dual WAN VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely support as many as 50 remote offices or off-site workers via IPsec or Point-to-Point VPN tunneling. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 model VPN Router features an 8-port 10/100 switch and can support as many as 100 remote offices or off-site workers via full IPsec VPN. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router features 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 online connections, and allows up to 7 ports to be configured for traffic load balancing or for ISP failover to ensure non-stop Internet connectivity.

Newer products in Cisco's line of RV Series Wired/Wireless Routers include the Cisco RV110W wired/Wireless-N Firewall with a 4-port switch and support for as many as four active VLANs, the RV130W Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and the ability to support 25 IPsec VPN connections, and the Cisco 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gbit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop devices designed and priced for small businesses, branch locations, retail venues, teleworkers, and customers of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in Cisco's 800 product line have been developed with various options over the course of many years. The 881 line of ISR routers exemplifies the wide selection of options offered within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can support unified media environments by delivering voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available features for 881 routers include duplicate wide area network links or support for wired broadband WAN connections like DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into one appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers allow a broad range of deployment scenarios

The baseline Cisco 881 router has a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, support for 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 881W ISR router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for outdated PRI lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. CUBE-based SIP trunks also support remote call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.

Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers are designed to offer branch offices of large businesses with enhanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, protection, and dependable WAN access. Integrated Services G2 routers introduce an architecture that protects past investments in service modules for older ISR routers and lowers down-the-line costs by allowing field installation of new modules as they become available. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher performance, far greater expandability, and easier support. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers support GE switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for faster throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer intelligent power control for improved energy efficiency.

A major advance with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS feature sets so that your company can quickly license and deploy new services as required without having to acquire and copy a different IOS image over to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants offer proven expertise to assist your business to design, configure, and support multi-location installations of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that enhance branch office productivity and reduce the price of upgrades and support.

1900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote ConsultingCisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include on-board encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and as many as 11 modular LAN switches. The Cisco 1941W router includes an WiFi access point that allows wireless access to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video through Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands the range of existing 802.11 users. Interface options for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and Gigabit Ethernet.

In comparison to the previous 1841 Integrated Services router which they are designed to substitute for, the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers include 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash memory as a default, and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes instead of 128 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 256 megabytes vs. 128 MB and maximum DRAM size is 2.25 gigabytes instead of 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers feature a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes a slot for the recently introduced ISM module rather than a slot for the older and slower AIM module. In contrast to top-of-the-line ISR Generation 2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power supplies or slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.

Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 ISR G2 Routers Remote TroubleshootingCisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers are available in four models which are intended as upgrades to the routers in Cisco’s popular 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption, voice and video ready DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 modular LAN switches. The integrated encryption hardware provides IPsec and Secure Sockets Layer VPN tunneling for safe remote connections and is dramatically faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by 2800 series routers. The high-end Cisco 2951 Integrated Services G2 router supports 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus copper and fiber Gigabit Ethernet.

2900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-throughput features identical to Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the previous 2821 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the 2921 router is offered standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 MB of CompactFlash storage and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM size is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 GB vs. 1 gigabytes.

3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Online Security ConsultantsCisco offers four models for the high-end 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the top throughput and add-in slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 family and support fast DSPs for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, accelerated hardware encryption, a broad selection of connectivity options, a maximum 98 modular LAN switches, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be swapped out in the field to improve throughput without requiring you to buy another device. Like other Integrated Services G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 family also preserves previous network investments by supporting most of the add-in modules from first-generation Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For advanced availability, Cisco 3900 ISR G2 offer two power supplies.

Compared to the previous model 3825 Integrated Services router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is intended to replace, the Cisco 3925 router is shipped standard with 256 MB vs. 64 MB of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM size is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum DRAM size is 4 gigabytes compared to 1 GB.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's 4000 Series ISR Routers are compact modular and expandable routers intended for businesses with multiple branch offices and remote workers who need direct communication with private data centers as well as public clouds across VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the throughput needed for hybrid WAN environments to support mobile users, cloud services, and multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Models in Cisco's ISR 4000 Series run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1RU or 2RU form factor, are able to handle Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 network interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To manage unified communications, the 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced session border control, telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.

Cisco 4000 Series Routers Online Troubleshooting

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

Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's first-generation ISR routers, with more than six million products in the field, are the world's leading solution for small businesses and enterprises with satellite offices to ensure fast, secure, and dependable access to key applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network engineers are seasoned experts at delivering online design, administrative, and problem solving services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series ISR routers. Progent can help you to move up to the current release of Cisco IOS control software with minimal disruption to your IT operations, evaluate the security profile of your existing router configuration, and help business to move economically to the new releases of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers whenever it makes sense for your business.

Cisco 1800 ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers HelpThe modular Cisco 1800 family of integrated services routers embed data and security within a single resilient solution for high-speed, scalable delivery of strategic business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series router design has been specifically engineered to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), enterprise branch offices, and service provider-managed services environments for delivery of concurrent services at high performance. The integrated services systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series delivers maximum flexibility and investment protection.

The Cisco 1841 router provides substantial advantages compared to older generations of 1700 Series routers by delivering more than a fivefold throughput increase plus integrated hardware-based encryption activated by an optional Cisco IOS Software protection image. The 1841 router significantly increases interface card slot performance and density compared to Cisco's 1700 Series while still maintaining compatibility with more than 30 existing Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The Cisco 1841 device offers further enhancement of VPN performance via an available VPN acceleration module; IPS and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a broad range of connectivity requirements, such as support for integrated switch ports; plus sufficient performance and expansion slot density for ongoing network growth and advanced applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Integrated Services Router SupportTargeted at small to midsize organizations and enterprise satellite offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers comprises four basic versions: the 2801 router, the Cisco 2811, the 2821, and the 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 routers provide significant added value in comparison to prior generations of Cisco devices at similar prices by offering up to a fivefold throughput increase, up to a 10 times increase in protection and voice speed, integrated service features, and radically improved slot speed and capacity while preserving support for most of the over 90 existing expansion modules in use today for Cisco's 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the 3700 Series devices.

The Cisco 2800 provides an array of popular security features including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an intrusion prevention, IPsec Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network, advanced application inspection and control, SSH Protocol V 2.0, and SNMPv3 in a single secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security functions directly into the router itself, Cisco can enable unique intelligent security solutions other security appliances cannot, such as network admissions control for antivirus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for quality-of-service enforcement when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy VPN for supporting more scalable and manageable VPN networks.

Companies can utilize the Cisco 2800 Series router to deploy an integrated IP telephony environment for up to 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single platform for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The 2800 Series router supports an integrated wireless access point for 802.11x wireless LAN access, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for public wireless LANs, and infrastructure services for cordless WLAN telephony and for larger sites.

Cisco 3800 Series ISR Routers
3800 Integrated Services Routers Consulting3800 Series routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices to offer companies the highest degree of network versatility, speed, and intelligence. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers transparently incorporate advanced technologies, smart 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. 3800 Series integrated services routers offer internal security processing, excellent performance and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that provide the performance, resilience, and dependability necessary for building mission-critical protection, IP telephony, high-volume video, system analysis, and web-based applications in even the most demanding corporate networks. Built for performance, the 3800 integrated services routers deliver multiple concurrent services up to wired T3/E3 data rates.

The proprietary routing technology of the Cisco 3800 router is designed to combine security and voice handling with advanced wireline and wireless support for fast deployment of new applications, including application layer functions, intelligent network services, and unified communications. The 3800 integrated services router supports the bandwidth requirements for several Fast Ethernet interfaces for each expansion slot, TDM connections, and fully integrated power sourcing to expansion modules supporting 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while still accommodating the existing selection of interfaces. This enables ongoing ROI by allowing network scaling or adapting to innovations in technology as new services are deployed. By integrating the capabilities of several distinct devices into a single compact device, the 3800 Series router significantly reduces the expense and hassle of managing wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s WAN edge and carrier routers can provide enterprises with high-performance, protected headends to manage branch office and remote user data packets and to provide service providers cost-optimized wide area network edge routing. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services product line, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

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Progent's nationwide group of Cisco CCIE network consultants have in-depth backgrounds working with enterprises and service providers to design optimal installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer unbiased, third-party network security vulnerability evaluations, penetration services and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with industry guidelines and government regulations for IT information security and reporting.

Cisco 7600 Integrated Services Routers
7600 Series Integrated Services Routers ConsultingThe 7600 Integrated Services router takes advantage of the Catalyst 6500 architecture with an NEBS-3 compliant box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is provided through redundancy plus IOS Software capabilities. Also, the Cisco 7600 offers a broad array of high-touch IP network services at optical speed through various Optical Services Modules enabled by Cisco proprietary Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The 7609 offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or a 32-Gbps bus, delivering centralized switching performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 million packets per second each. When the Switch Fabric Module is installed, the Cisco 7609 Series can also allow distributed switching with rates up to 168 million packets per second by using the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network card, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card (DFC) and the SFM.

The 7603 router has only the standard 32-Gbps bus option and provides 15 Mpps performance. The 7603 Series router does not support Cisco's distributed switching.

Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers ExpertsCisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge line of routers is designed to fill the center of Cisco’s midrange devices that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 routers provide a small form factor, multi-function solution for enterprises who need satellite office service aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers introduce a revolutionary design that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility to deliver a multitude of concurrent services without sacrificing consistent responsiveness.

ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers include Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can handle up to 160 simultaneous processor threads. This massive parallelism, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for every service, allows the high-end ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 128 queues, 32K clients, 4K IPsec VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2M Netflow records. This CPU power permits Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers to support a wide variety of advanced services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding performance decay that might violate compliance with service level agreements. These advanced services include IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, Flexible Packet Matching, and deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic management for performing multiple levels of QoS to a packet in a single operation, improving the user experience for resource-intensive IP voice and video applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers Online ConsultingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for service providers who are required to deliver world-class data, voice and video services to home, commercial, and mobile users by providing continual availability, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All platforms in the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers are powered by the IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed OS built for non-stop uptime. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers support Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup control planes.

The ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor with 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two bays which can accept port adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis includes four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and offers dense 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU form factor with 12 slots slots able to support 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco Carrier Routing System ConsultingCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed software, gives carriers world-class capacity and availability. The CRS portfolio was introduced in 2004, has been steadily enhanced, and now includes the industry's most widely deployed multichassis network core router system. To protect existing investments in infrastructure, the latest CRS models are compatible with earlier products.

Available product lines in Cisco's Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every CRS series features single-shelf 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot systems as well as multiple-shelf models. Cisco's CRS-1 Series is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and offers up to 92 Tbps of performance. Routers in Cisco's CRS-3 Series use QuantumFlow Array technology and offer as much as 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers use Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to sustain an impressive 922 Tbps.

Cisco's CRS Multichassis platforms can expand to support up to 72 line-card shelves with the capability to deliver 400-Gbps of continuous performance for each slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can support up to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) work throughout the complete Carrier Routing System family.

Older Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's CCIE consultants are experienced with legacy Cisco routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to manage these older routers and can also help you to plan and implement migrations to current models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Series Routers
    The Cisco 520 model router, built to handle as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and a single Cisco IOS image. By supporting a limited yet powerful array of Cisco IOS Software services, the Cisco 520 router simplifies setup, management, and troubleshooting, yet nevertheless delivers advanced protection and acceleration options to match the specific needs of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Routers
    Cisco's discontinued 850 Series routers are targeted at small offices, recommended for as many as 10 users or for teleworker environments where protected and economical connectivity is required. 850 Series access routers offer secure connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security Virtual Private Network support, a 4-connection 10/100 switch, a protected WiFi option with a single fixed antenna, and simple setup and integration and remote administration capabilities through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series routers are designed for small networks with up to 20 users or for teleworker environments where advanced voice/video over IP and resilient access using backup WAN connections are needed. 870 Series access routers deliver high performance in small offices as well as enhanced security via features such as Firewall, IPsec VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), an intrusion prevention system, virus defense using Network Admission Control (NAC), and enforcement of secure connection policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    1700 Series modular access routers are engineered to deliver an affordable, standalone router solution for small and midsize businesses. Cisco 1700 routers offer flexibility and ease of administration to meet complex e-business requirements such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, fast wire-rate Internet access, and comprehensive security options. Cisco 1700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series
    The Cisco 2600 Series is a family of modular access routers for branch sites, providing flexible LAN and WAN setup options, comprehensive security capabilities, and a selection of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • 3700 Series
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a family of multiservice access appliances for medium and large-sized offices. Supported by over 70 modular interface options, the 3700 product line provides a resilient solution for data, voice video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol data routing. 3700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 family of integrated services routers and the 3900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR router offers speed, flexibility, and scalability in a compact form factor with a broad selection of configuration options. With processing speeds up to two mega-packets per second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to GbE, plus OC-3 as well as a number of high-volume IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR router is a solid services aggregation edge device for enterprises and ISPs. The 7200 VXR Series router features services aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol sessions per device, mixed-media integration via time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice interface adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IPsec virtual private networking scalable to 5K tunnels per chassis.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is an SBC that permits Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connectivity to a SIP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall collaboration functions like SIP-based conferencing with rich media recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and B2B immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in feature of IOS available via license to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers as well as various products in Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 families 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 CUBE and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Consulting and CUBE Integration Services.

Ways Progent Can Assist Your Company to Support Cisco Router Products
Progent's Cisco Premier engineers can assist you to design, configure, and manage an integrated business network that can streamline processes, lower expenses, and speed time to profitability. By teaming Cisco routers with Cisco Catalyst switches support and Cisco wireless integration, Progent can dramatically enhance the business value of your network infrastructure. Progent can provide on-premises and off-site help and offers data center support throughout and select cities nationally.

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