Generally, routers rely on processors to move traffic based on complex algorithms, offering intelligence at the expense of throughput. Switches, in contrast, rely upon mostly fixed hardware designs to send traffic at the fastest possible speed. The current generation of routers typically come with L2 switching capability, and many modern switches include L3 routing functionality. Routers developed by Cisco, the source of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have advanced significantly in capability and performance and Cisco offers an extensive product line that includes routers engineered to handle the requirements of customers ranging from individual telecommuters to the world's largest service providers.
The latest Integrated Services Routers from Cisco have the performance and integrated features to manage IP voice and video plus virtual environments while also providing high availability, remote management, seamless scalability, and advanced security and compliance. These routers allow you to establish a firm basis for an IT environment that can evolve smoothly as you hire new employees, establish extra sites, deploy additional functions, give access to your system to customers and vendors, and support an expanding mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide immediate and economical remote expertise to assist your company to select, deploy, administer, update, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can assist you to support your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco's newer networking solutions.
Cisco Routers for Home and Small Offices and Branches
Cisco's routers for smaller companies and remote offices provide affordable and dependable no-frills alternatives that allow limited groups of users to share safe connectivity to wide area networks. These fixed-configuration desktop routers include at minimum four Ethernet ports with Wi-Fi options and built-in firewall for enhanced security. Built for easy installation, management, and support, Cisco's small business and home routers reduce ownership costs by lowering equipment and maintenance investments. Progent's remote troubleshooting specialists have in-depth backgrounds providing fast and economical technical help for small organizations to set up and maintain these routers, and Progent's CCIE network consultants can help your company to understand how Cisco's entry-level routers can add to the strategic value of your information network.
ISR 900 Series Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series desktop routers are small-footprint, quiet, fixed-configuration devices designed for SMBs, branches, and home offices. These value-priced routers include four managed GE LAN ports and can support 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 offer Group Encrypted Transport VPN, dynamic multipoint virtual private network VPN (DMVPN), Cisco FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN performance is as high as 250 Mbps. All models support up to 50 virtual LANs. Supported automatic failover technology for business continuity include Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and Multigroup HSRP. Provisioning and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS. ISR 900 Series routers do not work with Cisco SD-WAN.
The Cisco ISR 921 router comes with dual GE WAN, LTE Cat 4, and a built-in power supply. VPN throughput is 150 Mbps. Cisco's ISR 926 and ISR 927 routers include external power supplies and support a single WAN port, Category 4 LTE, VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+ high-speed broadband. VPN throughput for both devices is 150 Mbps. The high-performance Cisco ISR 931 features dual GE WAN ports and includes an internal power supply. GE WAN VPN performance is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX series of desktop routers combine SD-WAN and cloud-hosted unified threat management (UTM) in one compact device able to handle 50 to 200 users. Every MX router needs to be licensed to the Meraki cloud. For venues having several WAN network connections (e.g., MPLS, fiber optic, cellular), SD-WAN technology allows administrators to assign the WAN connection a given app should use or to create performance-based algorithms to determine the preferred connection. MX fixed-configuration desktop routers share key capabilities including:
The MX64 security appliance provides 250 Mbps stateful firewall performance, 100 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and supports up to 50 VPN tunnels. The device includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces. The Cisco Meraki MX67 router provides 500 Mbps stateful firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The MX67 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX68 router offers 600 Mbps firewall performance, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows up to 50 VPN connections. The router includes two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN ports and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two with PoE+). The Cisco Meraki MX75 security appliance delivers 1 Gbps firewall throughput, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and allows a maximum of 75 VPN connections. The MX75 includes a GbE SFP interface, two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces, and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two with PoE+).
- App and identity-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to combine multiple WAN connections into one fast connection with policy-based QoS, traffic shaping, and 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 and 1100 Series ISR Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 and 1100 family Integrated Services Routers using Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a selection of fanless appliances intended to provide network connectivity, wireless access, and multilayer security for SMBs, enterprise branch offices, retail stores, kiosks, and machine-to-machine (M2M) venues. Multiple parallel CPU cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE allow these routers to deliver capabilities consistent with Cisco's entire family of modern Enterprise routers. 1000 family ISR routers are offered with 4 or 8 LAN switch ports and offer GE packet forwarding. Various models include Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a selection of built-in or pluggable options for LAN, WAN, wireless LAN, G.fast DSL, LTE Advanced wireless, 802.11ac wireless, and SFP. Cisco 1000 Series ISR routers can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN subscription services for transparent multi-cloud access, advanced security, and unified management across hybrid networks.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1100-4G ISR router comes with four integrated GE ports, built-in 3G/4G LTE with two LTE SMA sockets, and a micro-SIM plug-in slot. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1100-6G router also includes two 1G SFP Fiber ports and features encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only 1101-4P ISR router has four built-in GE connections, offers 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as 3G/4G LTE wireless, and features encryption throughput of 280 Mbps. The Cisco ISR 1109-2P/4p desktop routers include two or four built-in switched GE interfaces and dual pluggable 3G/4G LTE wireless ports. Encryption 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 PoE) and support VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac, 3G/4G LTE, and SFP. Encryption packet processing speed is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop ISR 1111X-8P router includes eight integrated switched GE ports (four with POE) and a port for SFP Fiber. Encryption rate is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router has eight built-in switched GE ports with Power over Ethernet and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The ISR 1161X-8P router has eight GE interfaces with PoE and supports 3G/4G LTE wireless and SFP Fiber. Encryption performance is 450 Mbps.
Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco Catalyst 8000 line of routers are modular devices intended to operate at the WAN edge to support hybrid networks that can include multiple public and private clouds and SaaS applications. Catalyst 8000 devices are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and provide scalability, advanced cloud security, and 5G access. Throughput is enhanced using purpose-built silicon, a multicore design, high port density, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services provide ongoing access to current SD-WAN technology and allow centralized management with enhanced cybersecurity, application-optimized policies, segmentation, and cloud integration.
Cisco Catalyst 8200 WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8200 routers are successors to Cisco's 4300 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), offering higher IPsec throughput and expandability, hardware-accelerated encryption, plus higher built-in WAN port density. These one-rack unit appliances are built to provide Cisco's Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Software-Defined WAN and 5G-interface technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise access edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T router features four CPU cores, supports 500 Mbps IPsec performance, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. The Catalyst 8200L router does not support container-based applications. The Catalyst C8200-1N-4T router features eight CPU cores, provides 1Gb IPsec throughput, supports 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and allows edge computing with in-place container architectures. Both devices come with one NIM slot, a Pluggable Interface Module (PIM) slot, two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable ports. 4-port and 8-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM modules are available for both 8200 models.
Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers are designed to supersede Cisco's 4400 line of ISR Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to medium-sized and large company branches looking for high WAN IPSec throughput with unified SD-WAN services. Enhanced features include 5G wireless connectivity, integrated security, WAN MACSec, integrated enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection with application-aware optimization. Catalyst 8300 routers support edge computing for an in-place container architecture for Cisco UCS-E modules available on Cisco's 4000 family of ISR routers. All versions in the Cisco Catalyst 8300 line support 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature backup power supplies for improved uptime.
The Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router model is a 1RU device that features 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN performance and IPsec data rates as high as 1.9Gbps. The unit includes one Service Module expansion slot, a NIM slot, and six integrated 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T router is a 2RU device that includes 8 CPU cores and offers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance of up to 1.9Gbps. The device includes two Service Module plug-in slots, two NIM slots, and six built-in 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router is a 1RU appliance that has eight CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN data rates and IPsec data rates as high as 15Gbps. The device features one one Service Module expansion slot, a Network Interface Module slot, two built-in 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, and four integrated 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X appliance is a two-rack unit device that features 12 CPU cores and delivers 5G SD-WAN data rates and IPsec data rates up to 18Gbps. The router includes two SM expansion slots, two NIM slots, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports. LAN modules modules offered by Cisco range from a 4-port 1G Ethernet switch NIM module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch SM module.
Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge Routers
The Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge routers are fixed form factor, 1RU aggregation routers for SD-WAN and colocation deployments. Built-in features include route processor, ESP, and aggregation hardware for multiple interfaces and connectivity choices. IPsec throughput is double compared to Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X router. Flexible connectivity options include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN ports. 8500 Series routers come with redundant AC or DC power units for enhanced availability. Software subscription suites allow continuing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable centralized management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, segmentation, and cloud support.
The Catalyst C8500L-8S4X Aggregation Edge router is intended to provide the same basic functionality as Cisco's ASR 1000 router. The C8500L-8S4X has four 1/10GE WAN interfaces and can deliver as high as 20 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput can reach 19Gbps. The Catalyst C8500-12X router includes 12 integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and delivers up to 120 Gbps Cisco Express Forwarding aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance can reach 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC aggregation router comes with four integrated 1/10GE WAN interfaces and eight 1-Gigabit interfaces and can support up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec throughput is up to 68 Gbps.
Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to offer satellite offices of large businesses with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, protection, and dependable WAN access. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature an architecture that preserves prior investments in service modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces down-the-line expenses by permitting field upgrades to new modules as they are developed. Compared to previous Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and more affordable maintenance. All ISR G2 routers offer Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core CPUs and ultra-fast fabric for faster throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer intelligent power control for improved energy conservation.
A notable advance with ISR Generation 2 routers is the IOS Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly authorize and deploy new services as required without having to download and transfer a new IOS Software image over to yourrouter. Progent's team of CCIE network consultants can provide world-class skills to help your business to plan, implement, and maintain multi-location deployments of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that improve branch office productivity and cut the price of upgrades and support.
Cisco's ISR 800 Series Routers
Cisco's 800 Series of ISR routers has been functionally replaced by the higher performance Cisco ISR 900 line but remains widely deployed. Cisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop, fanless devices designed and priced for small businesses, branch locations, retail shops, telecommuters, and customers of ISPs. Many devices in the 800 Series product line have been released with many options for many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers suggests the vast array of options offered within the Cisco 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can support unified media environments by delivering voice and video, wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Built-in data protection can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for Cisco 881 routers include duplicate wide area network connections or support for wired broadband WAN links such as DSL plus multiple different 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers allow a broad range of deployment scenarios
The baseline Cisco 881 features a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN fallback with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity to replace legacy Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks can also support offsite agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are compact modular and expandable platforms intended for organizations 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 utilizing WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Models in the ISR 4000 Series are powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, are able to handle Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.
The major difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series is redundant power supply support in the 4400 Series, offering a higher degree of availability. The 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules (NIMs), provides as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 router has a 1 RU package with two NIMs, delivers up to 300 Mbps performance, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 model comes in a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, delivers up to 400 Mbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's dual power supply 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, delivers as much as 1 Gbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's redundant-power 4431 model features a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, provides as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's Midrange WAN Aggregation Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco's midrange and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with high-performance, protected distribution points to aggregate branch office and remote user traffic and to offer carriers cost-effective wide area network edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio includes the ASR 1000 routers and the 9000 Series Aggregation Services family.
Progent's national team of CCIE certified network engineers have in-depth experience helping enterprises and ISPs to plan efficient installations and seamless expansion of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts can provide objective, third-party network security inventory evaluations, stealth penetration services and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet business standards and government requirements for network information protection and reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services line of routers is positioned in the center of Cisco's midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers offer a small form factor, multi-function solution for large businesses requiring satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers introduce a revolutionary design that mixes hardware acceleration with programmable versatility in order to offer a rich set of simultaneous services while preserving consistent performance.
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers include Cisco's proprietary QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines that together can support as many as 160 simultaneous processor threads. This massive parallelism, combined with hardware acceleration for all services, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 128K queues, 32K clients, 4K IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions/second, and 2M Netflow log records. This processing power permits Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to support a wide variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in high volume without suffering performance degradation that could threaten compliance with SLAs. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic control for performing numerous levels of Quality of Service to a data packet in a single operation, enhancing the user experience for high-bandwidth voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are designed as WAN-edge routers for service providers who are required to deliver world-class data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile customers by offering always-on operation, high performance, and application awareness. All models in the ASR 9000 family of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR, a distributed operating system built for continuous uptime. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 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 ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two modular bays which can support adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 Gbit Ethernet SFP+ ports as well as ports for Stratum 1 clocking, BITS, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU form factor and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot router can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one box. The ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU chassis with 10 line-card slots that can provide up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
Ways Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Router Products
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