As technology advances, the difference between routers and switches has grown blurred. At heart, routers are Layer 3 devices designed to connect networks. A common scenario is connecting an office Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are L2 devices that interface client devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to steer traffic based on complex software, providing versatility at the cost of throughput. Switches, in contrast, depend on largely fixed hardware configurations to send data at the highest possible speed. Today's routers usually incorporate L2 switches, and many modern switches include Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the supplier of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have advanced dramatically in capability and performance and Cisco makes an extensive product line that features routers engineered to meet the needs of users ranging from households to nationwide service providers.
The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco offer the performance and built-in functionality to manage IP voice and video as well as virtualization while also offering high availability, remote management, seamless expandability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers enable your business to establish a firm basis for an IT network that can evolve smoothly as you hire new workers, establish new sites, configure additional services, extend your network to clients and partners, and build an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco certified CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and economical remote support to help your company to plan, deploy, administer, upgrade, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to support your legacy routers or migrate non-disruptively to Cisco’s current networking solutions.
Cisco Routers for Small Businesses and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for small businesses and remote offices offer low-cost and reliable entry-level solutions that allow small groups of workers to have safe connectivity to the Internet. These single-configuration desktop devices feature at minimum four 10/100 Ethernet switches with Wi-Fi options and built-in firewall for advanced security. Built for simple setup, management, and support, Cisco’s small business routers reduce ownership costs by lowering equipment and operational expenses. Progent’s remote troubleshooting specialists have in-depth experience delivering fast and affordable IT help for small companies to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s CCIE network engineers can help you to understand how Cisco’s entry-level routers can add to the strategic value of your information network.
Cisco 1000 Family ISR Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 family Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) powered by Cisco IOS XE software are a line of fanless routers intended to deliver network connectivity, wireless support, and advanced cybersecurity for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, retail outlets, customer premises equipment (CPE), and machine-to-machine environments. Multiple parallel processing CPU cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE enable these routers to offer features consistent with Cisco's complete line of Enterprise routers. 1000 Series ISR models are available with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and provide Gigabit Ethernet packet forwarding. Various models include PoE and PoE+, auto provisioning, plus a selection of integrated or pluggable connections such as LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, G.fast DSL, LTE Advanced wireless, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and SFP Fiber. Cisco 1000 Series ISR routers can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN subscription services for transparent multiple-cloud connectivity, multilayer cybersecurity, and unified monitoring and management across hybrid network models of any complexity.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1100-4G router comes with four built-in GE WAN/LAN ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE with two LTE antenna sockets, and one micro-SIM slot. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1100-6G router also includes two 1G SFP Fiber connections and features encryption speed of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only ISR 1101-4P router has four built-in switched GE ports, offers 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as 3G/4G LTE, and delivers encryption rates of 280 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1109-2P/4p desktop routers have two or four integrated switched GE interfaces and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE wireless ports. Encryption throughput is 200 Mbps.
The rackmount or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers include four or eight integrated GE interfaces (two or four provide PoE) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE, and 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing speed is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router includes eight integrated GE connections (four with POE) and supports SFP Fiber. Encryption rate is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router has eight built-in GE ports with Power over Ethernet and features SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing throughput is 340 Mbps. Cisco's 1161X-8P ISR router has eight GE ports with Power over Ethernet and provides 3G/4G LTE wireless and SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing throughput is 450 Mbps.
Cisco Small Business RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco's affordably priced RV Series VPN Routers are engineered to offer small organizations with VPN technology that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to connect to a network via secure tunneling. Devices in the RV Series Routers can support from five to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls with advanced data encryption, and allow web-based configuration for remote set up and troubleshooting. All RV Series devices accommodate 10/100 Ethernet and some models can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. These routers do not incorporate Cisco’s IOS software.
The Cisco RV042 VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch and can securely handle as many as 50 branch offices or online users through Internet Protocol Security or PPTP VPN. The RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 switch and can support as many as 100 remote offices or off-site workers with full IPsec VPN tunneling. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router comes with 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports 100 remote connections, and lets as many as seven ports to be configured for load balancing or for service provider backup to ensure non-stop Internet connectivity.
Cisco's newer products in the expanding family of Small Business RV Series Routers include the Cisco RV120W Wireless-N VPN with a 4-port switch and support for as many as 10 VPN tunnels, the Cisco RV180W Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 800 Mbps throughput and 10 IPsec VPN tunnels, the RV215W Wireless Router with a 4-port Ethernet switch and USB support for 3G and 4G connections, and Cisco's 325 RV325 WAN VPN Router with a built-in a 14-port Gigabit switch and Dual Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing plus USB connections using 3G/4G modems for WAN failover.
Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco's extensive line of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances designed and priced for small organizations, branch locations, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 Series product line have been developed with various options over many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers exemplifies the vast array of options available within Cisco's 800 Series product family. Various models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can support converged media environments by providing IP voice and video, 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 881 routers include redundant WAN connections or support for wired high-speed WAN connections such as DSL plus multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all built into a single appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a broad range of deployment scenarios
The basic Cisco 881 includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch with up to 15 Mbps performance, support for up to 20 users, two-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 public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco CUBE license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for legacy PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks can also support offsite call agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are designed to offer branch offices of large businesses with advanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, security, and reliable connectivity. Integrated Services G2 routers introduce an architecture that preserves prior investments in service modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and lowers future expenses by permitting field upgrades to additional modules as they are developed. Compared to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers offer 2-7 times more performance, substantially greater expandability, and more affordable maintenance. All Integrated Services Generation 2 routers support GE switching and incorporate multi-core processors and ultra-fast fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers also support smart power control for improved energy conservation.
A key innovation with Integrated Services Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that you can rapidly license and deploy new services as desired without having to acquire and transfer a different IOS Software image to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants can provide world-class skills to help your business to plan, implement, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that enhance branch office efficiency and reduce the price of upgrades and maintenance.
Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers offer accelerated hardware encryption, optional IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and a maximum of 11 modular Ethernet switches. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an integrated WiFi access point that enables wireless access to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video through Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands coverage for existing 802.11 clients. Interface alternatives for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.
In comparison to the older generation 1841 ISR router which they are able to replace, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 MB vs. 32 of CompactFlash memory as standard, and flash can be expanded to 4 gigabytes vs. 128 MB. Default DRAM capacity is 256 MB vs. 128 MB and top dynamic RAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes instead of 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers feature a USB console instead of the outdated DB-9 interface and has a slot for the recently introduced ISM module rather than a slot for the previous and lower performance AIM module. Unlike higher end ISR G2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power or add-in slots for PVDM modules.
2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers are released in four models which correspond to the models in Cisco’s popular 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption, voice and video capable Digital Signal Processor slots, optional firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 up to 50 LAN switches. The integrated encryption hardware supports IPsec and SSL VPN tunneling for protected remote access and is dramatically faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by Cisco 2800 routers. The high-end Cisco 2951 ISR G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, as well as 1 GigE.
2900 Integrated Services G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-performance features that match Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older Cisco 2821 ISR router which the 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is designed to replace, the Cisco 2921 is offered standard with 256 megabytes vs. 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes vs. 256 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 512 megabytes vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes compared to 1 gigabytes.
Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco has released four platforms for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices deliver the top performance and slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 family and can accept fast DSPs for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, fast on-board encryption, a broad selection of interface options, a maximum 98 modular LAN switches, and up to 2,500 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the 3900 Series ISR G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine, a versatile motherboard that can be swapped out easily to improve processing power without forcing your business to purchase a new router. As with other Cisco ISR G2 routers, the 3900 Series also preserves past network investments by being compatible with the majority of the service modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved uptime, 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 offer dual integrated power supplies.
In comparison to the older 3825 ISR router that the 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to replace, the 3925 is offered by default with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash storage and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 megabytes. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 4 GB compared to only 1.
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and scalable routers designed for businesses with a large number of branch offices and offsite users requiring direct communication with private data centers as well as public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series delivers the bandwidth needed for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile workers, Cloud-based services, and HD multimedia applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management techniques. Models in Cisco's 4000 Series run Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 network interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. For unified communications, the 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for session border control, telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The primary difference between the Cisco 4400 and 4300 Series is the inclusion of redundant power supply capability in the 4400 Series, providing a higher degree of fault tolerance. The 4321 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU desktop form factor with two network interface modules (NIMs), offers as much as 100 Mbps performance, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4331 model comes in a 1 RU package with two network interface modules, offers as much as 300 Mbps throughput, and supports 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 ISR Router has a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, offers as much as 400 Mbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The dual power supply 4431 router features a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, offers as much as 1 Gbps performance, and can handle 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The fault-tolerant 4431 ISR Router features a 2 RU form factor and includes three network interface modules, offers as much as 2 Gbps performance, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's First Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with in excess of 6M products in operation, have become the world's most popular solution for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises with branch offices to ensure high-performance, safe, and reliable access to vital applications. Progent's CCIE network consultants are proven experts at delivering remote design, management, and problem solving services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the latest release of Cisco IOS Software with the least possible service interruption to your IT operations, assess the security vulnerability of your router setup, and help business to migrate economically to the new line of Cisco ISR G2 routers when it makes sense for your company.
Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
The modular Cisco 1800 Series of integrated services routers incorporate data and security into one resilient system for high-speed, scalable connectivity with mission-critical business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series architecture has been especially engineered to handle the requirements of small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), small enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for access to concurrent services at high performance. The integrated systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series routers offers maximum versatility and investment protection.
The Cisco 1841 integrated services router offers substantial advantages relative to prior generations of 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a fivefold speed improvement and built-in hardware encryption enabled by an optional IOS Software security image. Cisco's 1841 router significantly improves interface card slot throughput and density compared to Cisco's 1700 Series routers while providing support for dozens of existing WAN interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The 1841 device offers additional improvement of VPN throughput with an optional VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a wide range of interface requirements, including support for optional switch ports; plus enough speed and slot capacity for ongoing network expansion and advanced applications.
2800 Series Routers
Targeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers consists of four platforms: the Cisco 2801, the 2811 router, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 Series routers offer significant additional value compared to prior generations of Cisco devices at similar prices by offering as much as a 5x performance improvement, up to a 10x improvement in security and voice performance, integrated service options, and dramatically enhanced plug-in slot speed and density while maintaining support for the vast majority of the over 90 popular expansion modules available today for Cisco's 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 routers.
The Cisco 2800 Series router provides a range of popular protection functions such as an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IP security Virtual Private Network, SSL Virtual Private Network, advanced application inspection and control, SSH Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in a single secure solution. Also, by integrating security functions directly into the router itself, Cisco can offer special smart protection functions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control for virus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for QoS support when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy VPN for enabling increasingly scalable and easier to manage VPN environments.
Companies can utilize the Cisco 2800 router to deploy a converged IP telephony environment for as many as 96 IP telephones, and can securely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single router for their small-to-medium sized satellite offices.
The Cisco 2800 Series router supports a built-in access point for 802.11x wireless LAN access, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for shared public wireless access, and infrastructure services for portable wireless LAN telephony and for larger sites.
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers
3800 Series integrated services routers are designed for small and midsize organizations and enterprise branch offices to provide companies the highest levels of network agility, performance, and functionality. Cisco 3800 integrated services routers transparently integrate advanced technologies, adaptive services, and protected enterprise communications into a single robust platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 Series routers offer internal security intelligence, excellent performance and high memory capacity, and high-capacity interfaces that provide the performance, availability, and dependability required for building business-critical protection, IP telephony, business video, system monitoring, and web-based programs in even the most demanding enterprise environments. Engineered for performance, the The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple simultaneous services that match wire-speed T3/E3 data rates.
The proprietary routing technology of the 3800 router is engineered to combine security and voice processing with the latest wired and wireless services for fast installation of new services, including application layer functions, intelligent network services, and converged communications. The Cisco 3800 Series router supports the bandwidth requirements for multiple Fast Ethernet interfaces for every slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) interconnections, and integrated power distribution to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while still accommodating the traditional portfolio of interface modules. This ensures continuing investment protection by supporting network expansion or accommodating changes in technology as new applications are deployed. By combining the functions of several separate devices into one compact unit, the Cisco 3800 router dramatically reduces the expense and hassle of managing wide area networks.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco’s midrange and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with fast, secure headends to manage branch office and remote user data packets and to offer service providers cost-optimized WAN edge solutions. Cisco’s midrange and service provider router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 ASR product line, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and the Cisco Carrier Routing System.
Progent's nationwide group of Cisco CCIE certified network engineers have extensive backgrounds helping global businesses and ISPs to design efficient installations and smooth expansion of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer objective, third-party security vulnerability evaluations, penetration testing and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with industry standards and statutory mandates for network data protection and reporting.
Cisco 7600 Series Routers
The Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 architecture with an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is provided via logical and physical redundancy as well as Cisco IOS Software functions. Also, the 7600 router provides a broad array of high-touch network services at optical rates via a variety of OSMs enabled by Cisco patented PXF technology.
The 7609 Series router offers the option to select a 256-Gbps SFM or a 32-Gbps data bus, which provide performance of 30 or 15 million packets per second respectively. When the Switch Fabric Module is installed, the Cisco 7609 Series can also allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by using the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet LAN module, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the SFM.
The Cisco 7603 router provides only the standard 32-Gbps data bus option and delivers 15 Mpps switching performance. The Cisco 7603 Series does not support Cisco's distributed switching technology.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers
Cisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the middle of Cisco’s midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, multi-function answer for enterprises requiring branch office service aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series routers incorporate a revolutionary design that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility in order to deliver a multitude of concurrent services while preserving consistent performance.
ASR 1000 routers feature Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can support as many as 160 concurrent processor threads. This massive parallelism, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for all services, allows the high-end ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 000 hardware queues, 32K subscribers, 4K IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This processing capability allows Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to deliver a variety of sophisticated services concurrently in high volume while avoiding performance degradation that might violate adherence to service level agreements. Examples of these services include Cisco IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single operation, improving responsiveness for high-bandwidth voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as WAN-edge routers for service providers who are required to support the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile customers by offering zero downtime availability, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR, a self-healing, distributed operating system built for non-stop uptime. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant control planes and switch fabric.
The ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays to support adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 GE SFP+ ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform has a 30 RU chassis and includes 10 line-card slots able to handle up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router includes 2 route processors and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco's Carrier Routing System family, running Cisco's IOS XR distributed software, offers carriers world-class performance and uptime. The CRS portfolio was introduced in 2004, has been steadily enhanced, and now includes the world's most widely deployed multishelf core router. To protect existing investments in network infrastructure, the latest Carrier Routing System models are backward compatible with previous CRS versions.
Available product families in the Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Every CRS series features single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot units as well as multiple-chassis versions. The CRS-1 Series is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and delivers as much as 92 Tbps of performance. Products in Cisco's CRS-3 Series are based on 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 deliver up to 922 Tbps performance.
Cisco's Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of continuous performance per slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can accommodate 1 to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and physical layer interface modules work across the entire Cisco CRS portfolio.
Legacy Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's Cisco certified engineers are experienced with older Cisco routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to support these older routers and can in addition help you to prepare for and implement upgrades to newer versions. Legacy Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
- Cisco 500 Series Routers
Cisco’s 520 model Secure Router, built to support as many as 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and one IOS image. By supporting a limited yet effective array of IOS control software services, the Cisco 520 router streamlines setup, administration, and troubleshooting, but still delivers powerful security and acceleration options to adapt to the particular requirements of your organization.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Routers
Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are targeted at small networks, recommended for up to 10 workers or for telecommuter environments where protected and affordable connectivity is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers offer protected access with firewall and IP security Virtual Private Network support, a four-port 10/100 switch, a secure WLAN 802.11b/g option with a fixed antenna, and easy configuration and deployment and remote administration capabilities via Web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software.
Cisco's legacy 870 routers are designed for small offices with up to 20 users or for teleworker locations where high-quality VoIP and video and resilient connectivity using backup Internet connections are required. 870 Series access routers offer high performance in small offices plus tight security through services that include Firewall, IPsec tunneling, 3DES or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) plus DMVPN and GETVPN, IPS, virus protection using NAC, and policing of secure access policies.
- Cisco 1700 Routers
1700 Series routers are engineered to provide a cost-effective, integrated e-business solution for small and midsize organizations. Cisco 1700 routers provide versatility and manageability to meet demanding e-business needs including multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, high-speed wire-rate Internet connection, and advanced protection solutions. 1700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 1900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.
- 2600 Series Routers
The 2600 Series of routers is a family of modular multiservice routers for branch sites, offering a wealth of LAN and WAN configurations, a wide array of security features, and a selection of fast processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 2900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 3700 Series
The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of access solutions for medium and large offices. Supported by over 70 interface options, the 3700 family provides a resilient platform for data, voice video, VPNs, and mixed-protocol data routing. 3700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 3900 ISR G2 routers.
- Cisco 7200 VXR Routers
The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router offers performance, modularity, and scalability in a small chassis with a broad range of deployment profiles. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets / second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to GbE, and OC-3 along with a number of high-volume IP services, the 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation WAN and MAN edge device for enterprises and service providers. The 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router features services aggregation by handling up to 16K PPP sessions per chassis, mixed-media support via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR chassis and voice interface adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IP Security virtual private networking scalable to 5K tunnels per chassis.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that allows SIP access to a SIP PSTN carrier and enables enterprise-wide capabilities such as SIP-based conferencing with rich media recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and business-to-business telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a feature of IOS that can be licensed to run on ASR 1000 Series routers as well as various products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families including the 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. To find out about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration Services.
Ways Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE Premier consultants can help your business to design, setup, and manage a converged business network that can simplify operations, reduce expenses, and speed the path to productivity. By combining Cisco integrated services routers with Catalyst switches support and Cisco Aironet wireless expertise, Progent can significantly enhance the strategic value of your integrated network. Progent offers in-person and off-site troubleshooting and can provide data center support throughout and major cities nationally.
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