As computer technology progresses, the difference between router and switch products is becoming less clear. At heart, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices that connect networks. A common scenario is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are L2 devices that interconnect client devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to send data using complex software, providing intelligence at the expense of speed. Switches, in contrast, rely upon mostly fixed hardware configurations to steer traffic at the highest feasible speed. Today's routers usually incorporate L2 switches, and many of today’s switches have Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the world's routers, have advanced dramatically in function and speed and Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio that features routers designed to meet the requirements of users ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.

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The most recent Integrated Services Routers from Cisco have the speed and integrated features to support data voice and video as well as virtualization while at the same time offering high availability, remote management, seamless expandability, and enhanced security and compliance. These routers enable you to build a firm foundation for an information network that can grow smoothly as you add new employees, open extra sites, configure new services, extend your system to clients and vendors, and build an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and economical remote expertise to assist your company to select, deploy, manage, update, and troubleshoot Cisco's latest router technology and can help you to support your older routers or migrate non-disruptively to Cisco’s newer router products.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for small companies and remote offices offer affordable and reliable entry-level solutions that allow small sets of users to have safe connectivity to wide area networks. All these single-configuration desktop devices include at least four Ethernet switches with Wi-Fi options plus built-in firewall for advanced security. Designed for simple setup, administration, and troubleshooting, Cisco’s small business routers reduce TCO by lowering acquisition and operational expenses. Progent’s remote support specialists have in-depth backgrounds delivering immediate and economical technical assistance for small businesses to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help your company to understand ways Cisco’s entry-level routers can increase the strategic value of your IT system.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers ConsultingCisco's economical RV Series Routers are engineered to offer small businesses with VPN technology that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network via secure tunneling. Models in the Cisco RV Series Routers can support up to 100 VPN tunnels, incorporate 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, have built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and allow browser-based configuration for remote deployment and management. All RV Series devices support fast Ethernet and some models support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. These routers do not support Cisco’s IOS control software.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco’s RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and can safely handle as many as 50 remote offices or off-site users through Internet Protocol Security or PPTP VPN tunneling. Cisco's G version supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 VPN Router has an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage as many as 100 remote offices or online workers via full IPsec VPN. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model features 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 remote connections, and lets up to seven switched ports to be configured for load balancing or for service provider failover to provide non-stop Internet access.

Later products in Cisco's portfolio of RV Series Wired/Wireless Routers include the RV110W wired/Wireless-N VPN with a 4-port switch and support for four VLANs, the Cisco RV130W Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV220W wired/Wireless-N Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 25 VPN connections, and the Cisco 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router that includes a 4-port Gigabit switch and redundant Gigabit WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity.

Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers ConsultantsCisco's comprehensive line of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances designed and priced for small businesses, branch offices, retail venues, teleworkers, and clients of ISPs. Many models in Cisco's 800 product line have been developed with various options over many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options available within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can support converged media environments by providing IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Built-in data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN connections or support for landline high-speed WAN links like DSL as well as multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into one appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a broad variety of deployment models

The baseline Cisco 881 router has a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch with up to 15 Mbps performance, support for 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W ISR router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 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) license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity as a replacement for legacy Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks can also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are designed to offer satellite offices of large businesses with enhanced collaboration, virtualization, security, and dependable connectivity. ISR Generation 2 routers introduce a design that protects prior investments in modules for older Integrated Services Routers and reduces future expenses by permitting field installation of additional modules as they are developed. Compared to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers offer 2-7 times more performance, far greater expandability, and easier maintenance. All Cisco ISR G2 routers offer gigabit switching and include multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also support intelligent power management for better energy conservation.

A major advance with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which contains all of the IOS technology sets so that you can quickly authorize and activate extra functions when desired without needing to download and copy a new IOS image to yourCisco router. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network engineers offer proven expertise to help you to design, implement, and support multi-location installations of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that improve branch office efficiency and reduce the price of upgrades and support.

Cisco 1900 Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 Series ISR G2 Routers Remote SupportCisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and a maximum of 11 modular LAN switches. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an WiFi access point that enables cordless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications via Multi-Input, Multiple-output support that expands coverage for current 802.11a/b/g clients. Connectivity alternatives for the 1900 Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and GbE.

In comparison to the previous generation 1841 Integrated Services router which they are able to substitute for, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 MB vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash storage as a default, and can be increased to 4GB instead of 128 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 256 megabytes vs. 128 MB and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.25 gigabytes compared to 384 megabytes. Unlike the 1841 router, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include a USB console instead of the older DB-9 connector and has a slot for the new ISM module rather than a slot for the older and slower AIM module. Unlike top-of-the-line ISR G2 routers, the 1941 Series ISR G2 routers do not allow redundant power or add-in slots for PVDM modules.

Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers Online SupportCisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers are released in four versions which correspond to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers include integrated hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video ready DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 to 50 LAN switches. The on-board encryption circuitry supports IPsec and SSL VPN for protected remote connections and is dramatically faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by Cisco 2800 routers. The top-of-the-line 2951 Series Integrated Services G2 router can handle 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, plus copper and fiber GbE.

2911, 2921, and 2951 Integrated Services G2 routers support Cisco’s Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-performance capability identical to the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the previous Cisco 2821 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to replace, the 2921 router is offered standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 MB. Default DRAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes vs. 1 gigabytes.

Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 3900 ISR G2 Routers Remote System Design and TroubleshootingCisco offers four platforms for the high-end 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the top throughput and slot densities in Cisco’s Integrated Services G2 product line and can accept high-speed DSPs for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, accelerated integrated encryption, a broad range of interface options, a maximum 98 modular LAN Switchports, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To protect your investment, the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers support Cisco’s Services Performance Engine (SPE), a modular motherboard that can be replaced in the field to enhance throughput without forcing your business to purchase a new device. Like other Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers, the 3900 Series also preserves past investments by supporting most of the add-in modules from first-generation Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved availability, Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 offer dual integrated power supplies.

Compared to the previous model 3825 Integrated Services router which the 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is designed to replace, the Cisco 3925 is shipped standard with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 MB of flash memory and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes instead of 256 MB. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 gigabytes instead of 1 GB.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of ISR Routers are modular and expandable routers designed for organizations with a large number of branches and offsite users who need direct communication with private data centers and public clouds across VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the bandwidth required for hybrid WAN environments to accommodate mobile users, Cloud-based services, and multimedia applications by using wide area network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in the ISR 4000 family run Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU form factor, are able to handle as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include 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, PRI and xDSL. To handle unified communications, the 400o ISR provides comprehensive edge support for policy-enhanced SBC, branch telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers Online Consulting

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

Cisco's 1st Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with in excess of 6M devices deployed, have become the industry's most popular solution for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices to ensure fast, safe, and dependable access to vital applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network engineers are proven experts at delivering online design, administrative, and troubleshooting support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the latest release of Cisco IOS control software with the least possible disruption to your network, evaluate the security vulnerability of your router configuration, and assist business to migrate cost effectively to the new releases of Cisco ISR G2 routers when it makes competitive sense for your business.

Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Family Routers ConsultantsThe modular Cisco 1800 family of routers embed data and security into a single robust system for fast, scalable access to vital business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series design has been specifically developed to meet the requirements of small and midsize organizations, branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for delivery of simultaneous services at high speed. The integrated secure systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series delivers maximum versatility and investment protection.

The Cisco 1841 router provides important benefits relative to previous generations of Cisco 1700 Series devices by delivering more than a 5x performance improvement and built-in hardware-based encryption activated by an optional Cisco IOS Software protection image. Cisco's 1841 integrated services router dramatically increases interface card slot throughput as well as capacity compared to the 1700 Series while maintaining compatibility with more than 30 existing WAN interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The Cisco 1841 router provides further enhancement of VPN speed with an optional Virtual Private Network acceleration module; IPS and firewall capabilities; compatibility with a broad array of connectivity needs, such as support for optional switch ports; and enough speed and expansion slot capacity for future network growth and advanced applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Family Integrated Services Router Consulting FirmIntended for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and corporate branch offices, Cisco's 2800 Series consists of four platforms: the Cisco 2801, the 2811 router, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers provide substantial added value vs. prior models of Cisco routers at comparable price points by delivering up to a 5x performance improvement, as much as a 10 times improvement in security and voice performance, built-in service features, and radically improved slot speed and capacity while preserving support for the vast majority of the almost 100 popular modules in use currently for the Cisco 1700 Series, the Cisco 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 routers.

Cisco's 2800 Series provides a range of popular security functions including an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IPsec Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN, powerful application inspection and management, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Version 2.0, and SNMPv3 in one secure solution set. Additionally, by integrating security features directly into the router, Cisco can enable special smart protection solutions other security devices can't, such as NAC for antivirus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when combining voice, video, and VPN; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy Virtual Private Networks for supporting more expandable and easier to manage VPN environments.

Businesses can utilize the Cisco 2800 Series router to create a converged IP telephony solution for up to 96 IP phones, and can securely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on a single router for their small to midsize satellite offices.

The Cisco 2800 Series router supports a built-in wireless access point for wireless network access, wireless Hotspot services for shared public wireless LANs, and network services for cordless WLAN telephony and for larger locations.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesThe Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are designed for small and midsize businesses and corporate branch offices to offer businesses the top degree of network versatility, performance, and intelligence. 3800 Series integrated services routers transparently integrate the latest technologies, smart services, and protected enterprise communications into one robust platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. 3800 Series routers offer internal security intelligence, fast performance and high memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability necessary for scaling mission-critical security, IP telephony, business video, network analysis, and Web applications in the most demanding corporate networks. Engineered for speed, the Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers deliver multiple concurrent services as fast as wire-speed T3/E3 data rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the 3800 Series router is engineered to integrate security and voice processing with advanced wired and wireless services for rapid deployment of new services, including application layer operations, intelligent network services, and converged communications. The Cisco 3800 integrated services router supports the bandwidth demands of several 100Mbps interfaces for every expansion slot, time-division multiplexing connections, and fully integrated power sourcing to modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while also accommodating the existing selection of interfaces. This ensures ongoing investment protection by allowing network scaling or adapting to changes in technology as new services are deployed. By integrating the functions of multiple separate devices into one small unit, the 3800 router significantly reduces the expense and hassle of administering wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s midrange and carrier routers can provide larger businesses with fast, secure head ends to manage satellite office and off-site data packets and to offer service providers cost-optimized wide area network edge routing. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 ASR family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

Cisco WAN Edge Routers Support

Progent's nationwide team of Cisco CCIE certified network engineers have in-depth experience helping global businesses and Internet service providers to design efficient installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants offer objective, independent security inventory assessments, stealth penetration services and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet business guidelines and statutory regulations for network information security and reporting.

Cisco 7600 Integrated Services Routers
7600 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe Cisco 7600 Series router takes advantage of the Catalyst 6500 Series infrastructure with an NEBS-3 chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar fabric, and 30-Mpps switching speed. Fault tolerance is provided through logical and physical redundancy plus Cisco IOS Software capabilities. Also, the 7600 offers a broad set of high-touch network services at optical rates via a variety of OSMs enabled by Cisco patented PXF technology.

The 7609 Series router has the choice to use a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps bus, delivering centralized switching performance of 30 Mpps or 15 million packets per second each. When the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the 7609 Series can in addition support distributed switching with performance up to 168 Mpps by using the Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network card, which is powered by the DFC and the Switch Fabric Module.

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

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge Routers ConsultantsCisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the middle of Cisco’s midrange routers that focus on aggregating services at the wide area network edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers offer a small form factor, single-product answer for large businesses looking for branch office service aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 routers introduce an innovative architecture that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility in order to deliver a rich set of concurrent services without sacrificing consistent performance.

Cisco’s ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers feature Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor made up of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can handle up to 160 simultaneous threads. This multi-processing structure, combined with hardware acceleration for every service, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 128 queues, 32K clients, 4K IP security tunnels at 10,000 sessions/second, and 2M Netflow records. This CPU capability permits Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers to support a wide variety of advanced services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding throughput degradation that might compromise adherence to SLAs. These advanced services include Cisco IOS Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, FPM, and deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic management for applying multiple levels of Quality of Service to a packet in one operation, enhancing the user experience for resource-intensive IP voice and video applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers Online TroubleshootingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for carriers who need to deliver the highest quality HD multimedia services to home, business, and mobile customers by offering always-on availability, high performance, and application awareness. All models in the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed OS built for non-stop availability. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers can scale to as high as 96 Tbps per system. Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, and fan trays plus backup switch fabric.

The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking, full-duplex fabric performance. The ASR 9001 has two bays which can support adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis has four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS clocking, BITS, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 GE and 100 GE connections in space-limited environments. The 4-slot router can support up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU form factor with 10 line-card slots able to support 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router incorporates 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System ConsultingCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) family, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing operating system, gives service providers world-class performance and availability. The CRS product line was first released in 2004, has been continuously enhanced, and currently features the world's most widely deployed multichassis core router system. To preserve past investments in network infrastructure, new Carrier Routing System models are compatible with earlier CRS versions.

Current product lines in the Carrier Routing System portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Every Carrier Routing System series features single-shelf 4, 8, and 16 slot units plus multiple-shelf versions. Cisco's CRS-1 Series is based on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and delivers as much as 92 Tbps throughput. Products in the CRS-3 Series are based on QuantumFlow Array technology and can provide as much as 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers use Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to deliver up to 922 Tbps.

Cisco's CRS Multichassis platforms can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to deliver 400-Gigabit per second of continuous operations per slot. CRS Multichassis models can support 1 to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and PLIMs are compatible throughout the whole Cisco CRS family.

Legacy Cisco Routers Maintained by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's CCIE consultants are experienced with older Cisco routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to maintain these older routers and can in addition assist you to rationalize and carry out upgrades to current models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 Line of Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco’s 520 SR Router, designed to handle as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and one IOS Software image. By offering a limited but powerful array of Cisco IOS control software features, the Cisco 520 model Secure Router streamlines configuration, management, and technical support, yet still delivers advanced security and acceleration options to match the particular needs of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are designed for small networks, recommended for as many as 10 workers or for teleworker environments where secure and affordable access is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers offer safe access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IPsec VPN services, a four-port 10/100 switch, a protected WiFi option with an antenna, plus simple configuration and integration and off-site management capabilities through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 routers are targeted for small networks with as many as 20 users or for telecommuter sites where high-quality voice/video over IP and reliable access using standby WAN links are needed. Cisco 870 Series routers deliver high throughput for small offices plus enhanced security through services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security (IPsec) tunneling, 3DES or AES plus DMVPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), virus protection through Network Admission Control, and policing of secure access policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    Cisco 1700 Series access routers are built to deliver a cost-effective, standalone e-business solution for small and midsize companies. 1700 Series provide flexibility and ease of administration to meet challenging e-business needs such as data/voice/video/fax consolidation, high-speed wire-rate Internet connection, and powerful protection options. 1700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of ISR routers and the Cisco 1900 Series ISR G2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series Routers
    The 2600 Series of routers is a line of modular multiservice routers for branch sites, offering versatile LAN/WAN setup options, comprehensive security capabilities, and a range of high performance processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 2900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • 3700 Series
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of access solutions for medium and large-sized office networks. Supported by over 70 interface options, the Cisco 3700 product line offers a resilient platform for data, voice and video, VPNs, and mixed-protocol routing. 3700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • Cisco 7200 VXR Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR router delivers performance, flexibility, and scalability in a small chassis with a broad range of configuration options. With processing throughput up to 2 million packets per second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, and OC-3 as well as a number of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation WAN and MAN edge solution for enterprises and ISPs. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router provides services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, voice/video/data integration with TDM-enabled VXR frame and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IP Security VPN scalable to 5,000 tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller that permits SIP access to a SIP PSTN carrier and enables outside-the-firewall capabilities such as SIP conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP call center and IVR solutions, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and B2B immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a feature of Cisco IOS software available via license to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 routers as well as many models in Cisco's ISR G2 router families including Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 and 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, and 1800 Series. For details about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, see Cisco SIP Integration Consulting and Cisco CUBE Integration.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE and CCNP Certified consultants can help you to design, setup, and manage an integrated network infrastructure that can simplify operations, lower costs, and accelerate the path to profitability. By combining Cisco routers with Cisco Catalyst switches support and Aironet wireless integration, Progent can dramatically enhance the business value of your connectivity environment. Progent offers on-premises and off-site support and offers data center support throughout and major cities nationwide.

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