Today's routers usually incorporate L2 switches, and many modern switches have some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have advanced dramatically in function and performance and Cisco now offers an extensive product line that includes routers built to handle the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.
The most recent ISR routers from Cisco have the speed and integrated functionality to manage IP voice and video plus virtualization while at the same time offering high availability, remote administration, seamless extensibility, and advanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers enable your business to establish a firm basis for an IT environment that can grow smoothly as you hire more employees, open new offices, deploy additional services, give access to your network to clients and partners, and support an an increasingly mobile user base. Progent's Cisco certified CCIE network engineers offer fast and economical remote expertise to help your company to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can assist you to support your older routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco's current networking products.
Cisco Routers for Home and Small Offices and Branch Offices
Cisco's routers for small businesses and branch offices offer low-cost and reliable entry-level alternatives that enable limited sets of users to share safe access to the Internet. All these fixed-configuration desktop devices include at minimum four 10/100 Ethernet switches with wireless options and integrated firewall for enhanced security. Designed for simple setup, management, and support, Cisco's entry-level routers reduce ownership costs by lowering equipment and operational investments. Progent's online troubleshooting experts have extensive experience providing fast and affordable IT assistance for small companies to configure and support these routers, and Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants can help your company to determine ways Cisco's entry-level routers can increase the strategic value of your IT system.
Cisco ISR 900 Series Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series desktop routers are compact, fanless, set-configuration appliances intended for small to medium-sized businesses, branches, and home offices. These entry-level routers have four managed GE LAN ports and offer Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connections. The ISR 900 router product line provides three times the IPsec performance of Cisco's ISR 800 Series family of routers. All ISR 900 Series routers feature Group Encrypted Transport VPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN (DMVPN), FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN throughput is up to 250 Mbps. All router versions support up to 50 VLANs. Supported automatic failover protocols for high availability and business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), HSRP, and Multigroup HSRP. Setup and management can be done with Cisco Configuration Professional Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS Software. ISR 900 Series devices do not support Cisco's SD-WAN solution.
The Cisco ISR 921 router features dual GE WAN, Category 4 LTE, and an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN performance is 150 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 926 and ISR 927 routers have external power and support a single WAN interface, Category 4 LTE, VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+ high-speed broadband. GE WAN VPN throughput for both routers is 150 Mbps. The top-of-the-line ISR 931 supports dual GE WAN and includes an internal power supply. VPN throughput is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX portfolio of desktop routers provide software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and cloud-hosted unified threat management (UTM) in one small-footprint device able to handle 50 to 200 users. Each MX series appliance needs to be licensed for the Meraki cloud. For venues having several WAN network options (e.g., MPLS, broadband, cellular), SD-WAN technology allows admins to assign the WAN interface a given application uses or to create performance-based rules to determine the preferred interface. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop routers share important features that include:
The Cisco Meraki MX64 security appliance delivers 250 Mbps firewall throughput, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN connections. The device includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The MX67 router delivers 500 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN tunnels. The router includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX68 security appliance provides 600 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps VPN performance, and supports a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The router includes two GbE RJ45 WAN ports and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two include PoE+). The Cisco Meraki MX75 router provides 1 Gbps stateful firewall throughput, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 75 VPN connections. The MX75 includes one GbE SFP port, two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN ports, and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two include PoE+).
- App and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Advanced Malware Protection with reputation-based filtering
- Load balancing to combine several WAN links into a single fast connection with policy-based QoS, traffic shaping, and fast failover
- Works with all IPsec VPN devices and services
- USB port for fast 3G/4G failover
- Wi-Fi versions of each model have 802.11ac Wave 2 2x2 MU-MIMO
Cisco 1000 Series ISR Enterprise Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 family Integrated Services Routers using Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a line of fanless appliances designed to provide network connectivity, wireless access, and multilayer security for small and midsize businesses, enterprise branches, retail outlets, kiosks, and machine-to-machine (M2M) venues. Multiple parallel CPU cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE enable these routers to offer features consistent with Cisco's entire family of Enterprise routers. 1000 Series ISR routers are offered with 4 or 8 LAN ports and provide GE packet forwarding. Various models include Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a selection of built-in or pluggable connections such as LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, G.fast DSL, 3G/4G wireless, 802.11 wireless, and SFP. Cisco 1000 Series ISR routers can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN services for transparent multiple-cloud connectivity, multilayer cybersecurity, and centralized monitoring and management across hybrid network models.
Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1100-4G ISR router includes four built-in GE ports, integrated 3G/4G LTE wireless with two LTE SMA connectors, and a micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption speed is 200 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1100-6G router also includes two 1G SFP ports and delivers encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only 1101-4P ISR router has four integrated switched GE interfaces, offers 802.11ac as well as 3G/4G LTE, and delivers encryption performance 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 packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps.
The Cisco rackmount or desktop 111x-4P/8P ISR routers include four or eight built-in switched GE interfaces (two or four provide Power over Ethernet) and support VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and 1G SFP. Encryption throughput is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1111X-8P router includes eight integrated switched GE interfaces (four with Power over Ethernet) and supports SFP Fiber. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router features eight built-in switched GE ports with PoE and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and 1G SFP. Encryption packet processing throughput is 340 Mbps. Cisco's 1161X-8P ISR router includes eight integrated GE interfaces with Power over Ethernet and supports 3G/4G LTE wireless and SFP. Encryption packet processing throughput is 450 Mbps.
Cisco Catalyst 8000 Series Branch and WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 line of routers are modular appliances designed to operate at the enterprise branche and the WAN edge in support of hybrid network environments that can include multiple public and private clouds and SaaS applications. All Catalyst 8000 routers are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer scalability, intelligent cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Performance is enhanced via custom silicon, a multicore architecture, high port density, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software suites provide ongoing access to the latest SD-WAN technology and allow centralized management with enhanced security, application-based policies, network segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Catalyst 8200 Series Enterprise Branch Edge Routers
Catalyst 8200 routers are successors to Cisco's 4300 Series ISRs, offering higher IPsec performance and scale, hardware-accelerated encryption, plus higher integrated WAN interface density. These one-rack unit appliances are built to bring Cisco's Secure Access Service Edge, SD-WAN and 5G-connection technology to enterprise branch offices and the enterprise access edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T model includes four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec performance, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. The Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based applications. Cisco's Catalyst C8200-1N-4T router includes eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec performance, supports 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with existing container architectures. Both appliances include a Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, a PIM slot, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN copper ports, and two 1G Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) interfaces. 4-port and 8-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are supported by both 8200 models.
Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series Enterprise Edge Routers
Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers are designed to replace Cisco's 4400 Series Integrated Services Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to medium-sized and large enterprise branches seeking high WAN IPSec throughput with integrated SD-WAN services. Advanced features include 5G wireless support, integrated cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, enhanced Layer 2 switching, and DPI with application optimization. Catalyst 8300 Series routers enable edge computing for an existing container architecture for Cisco UCS-E modules offered on Cisco's 4000 family of ISR routers. All models in the Cisco Catalyst 8300 portfolio support 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and include dual power supplies for high uptime.
The Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router is a 1RU appliance that includes 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 1.9Gbps. The router includes one Service Module expansion slot, one Network Interface Module slot, and six integrated 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T device is a 2RU device that includes 8 CPU cores and supports 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The appliance has two Service Module plug-in slots, two NIM slots, and six built-in 1G Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a one-rack unit appliance that has eight CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec throughput as high as 15Gbps. The device features one a single Service Module plug-in slot, one Network Interface Module slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X model is a 2RU device that includes 12 CPU cores and supports 5G SD-WAN data rates and IPsec data rates as high as 18Gbps. The device has two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. LAN plug-in modules available from Cisco range from a 4-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch Service Module.
Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge Routers
The Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, one-rack unit aggregation devices for SD-WAN and colocation deployments. Built-in features include route processor, ESP, plus aggregation hardware for multiple interfaces and connectivity choices. IPsec performance is double compared to Cisco's prior generation ASR1001-X aggregation services router. Flexible connectivity alternatives include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN interfaces. These routers include dual power units for improved availability. Software subscription packages provide continuing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable unified management of cybersecurity, application-based policies, network segmentation, and cloud connectivity optimization.
The Cisco Catalyst C8500L-8S4X Aggregation Edge router is designed to offer a similar basic functionality as Cisco's ASR 1000 router. The C8500L-8S4X comes with four 1/10GE WAN ports and delivers up to 20 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X router has 12 built-in 1/10GE WAN interfaces and delivers up to 120 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate data rates. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC unit includes four integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and eight 1-Gigabit interfaces and can support up to 200 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 68 Gbps. The Catalyst C8500-20X6C high-density router comes with 20 integrated 1/10GE interfaces and six x 40/100GE interfaces. The Catalyst C8500-20X6C delivers up to 500 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate throughput.
Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are designed to offer branch offices of large businesses with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, protection, and dependable WAN access. ISR Generation 2 routers introduce a design that protects prior investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces future expenses by permitting easy upgrades to new modules when they become available. Compared to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and easier maintenance. All Integrated Services G2 routers offer GE switching and include multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer intelligent power management for better energy conservation.
A key advance with Integrated Services Generation 2 routers is the IOS Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly license and activate new services as required without needing to acquire and copy a different IOS Software image over to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network engineers offer proven skills to assist your business to design, implement, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that improve branch office productivity and reduce the price of upgrades and support.
Cisco's ISR 800 Family of Routers
The 800 Series of ISR routers has been superseded by the faster Cisco ISR 900 series but is still widely used. Cisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop devices intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail venues, telecommuters, and customers of broadband service providers. Many devices in the 800 Series family of routers have been released with many options over many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the wide selection of options offered within the Cisco 800 line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 router catalog can support converged media networks by providing IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available options for 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN links or support for landline high-speed WAN connections such as DSL plus multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all on one appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a broad variety of deployment models
The basic Cisco 881 includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, the ability to handle 20 users, two-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W 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) failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunking as a replacement for outdated PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. CUBE-based SIP trunks also support remote agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are modular and scalable platforms intended for businesses with a large number of branch offices and offsite workers who need direct communication with private data centers and public clouds across VPNs and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the bandwidth needed for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's 4000 Series are powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU form factor, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. For unified communications, the 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for session border control, telephony survivability, and TDM gateways.
The primary difference between Cisco's 4400 and 4300 Series is the inclusion of redundant power supply capability in the 4400 Series, offering a higher level of availability. The 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules, provides up to 100 Mbps performance, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4331 model has a 1 RU package with two NIMs, offers as much as 300 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 model has a 2 RU form factor with three NIMs, provides up to 400 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The dual power supply 4431 ISR Router comes in a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, delivers up to 1 Gbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's fault-tolerant 4431 model comes in a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, offers as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and allows up to 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and service provider routers offer larger businesses with fast, secure headends to aggregate satellite office and off-site data packets and to offer service providers cost-effective WAN edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the ASR 1000 product line and the 9000 ASR family.
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Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is designed to fill the center of Cisco's midrange routers that focus on aggregating services at the WAN edge. ASR 1000 routers offer a small footprint, single-product answer for large businesses looking for satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. Cisco's ASR 1000 routers introduce an innovative architecture that combines hardware acceleration with software versatility in order to deliver a rich set of simultaneous services while preserving consistent responsiveness.
Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers include Cisco's new QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines that in combination can support as many as 160 concurrent processor threads. This massive parallelism, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for every service, allows the high-end ASR 1006 router to scale up to 000 queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This processing power permits ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to deliver a broad range of sophisticated services concurrently in massive volume without suffering performance decay that could violate adherence to SLAs. These advanced services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic control for performing multiple levels of QoS to a packet in one pass, enhancing the user experience for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as edge routers for service providers who need to support the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by offering continual operation, high performance, and application awareness. All platforms in the Cisco ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed operating system designed for non-stop uptime. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the Cisco ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus backup control planes and switch fabric.
The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two modular bays which can accept adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and offers dense 10 GE and 100 GE connections in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one chassis. The ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU chassis with 10 line-card slots that can handle 550 Gbps of throughput. The ASR 9912 Router includes 2 route processors and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
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