As technology progresses, the difference between router and switch products is becoming blurred. At heart, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices that connect networks with one another. A typical example is connecting a small business network to the Internet. Switches are L2 devices that interconnect client devices that share the same network. Generally, routers depend on processors to send data using sophisticated software, offering flexibility at the cost of speed. Switches, on the other hand, rely upon mostly fixed hardware designs to forward traffic at the fastest possible rate. Today's routers typically come with L2 switches, and many of today’s switches include some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have improved dramatically in function and speed and Cisco makes a comprehensive portfolio that features routers built to meet the requirements of customers from individual telecommuters to nationwide service providers.

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The most recent ISR routers from Cisco have the speed and built-in features to manage data voice and video as well as virtualization while also providing fault tolerance, remote management, seamless expandability, and advanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers allow you to establish a solid basis for an IT environment that can grow smoothly as you add more workers, establish extra sites, activate new services, extend your network to clients and partners, and support an expanding mobile user base. Progent’s Cisco CCIE network engineers offer immediate and affordable remote expertise to help your company to select, configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to support your older routers or migrate non-disruptively to Cisco’s current router products.

Cisco Routers Designed for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for smaller companies and remote offices offer affordable and dependable entry-level alternatives that enable small sets of workers to have safe connectivity to the Internet. All these fixed-configuration desktop routers feature at minimum four Ethernet ports with wireless options and built-in firewall to provide enhanced security. Designed for simple setup, management, and troubleshooting, Cisco’s entry-level routers reduce total cost of ownership by lowering equipment and maintenance expenses. Progent’s online troubleshooting experts have in-depth experience providing fast and affordable IT help for small companies to set up and support these routers, and Progent’s CCIE network consultants can assist you to determine ways Cisco-s small office routers can add to the business value of your IT system.

Cisco RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series Routers ExpertsCisco's economical RV Series Routers are engineered to provide small organizations with VPN technology that allows telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network via secure tunneling. Models in the RV Series VPN Routers can handle up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, have integrated firewalls that provide sophisticated data encryption, and allow browser-based configuration for easy set up and management. All models support 10/100 Ethernet and several models support Gigabit Ethernet. Wired/Wireless models are available. Cisco's RV Series routers do not support Cisco’s IOS control software.

Cisco RV Series Routers ConsultantsCisco’s RV041 model Dual WAN VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can safely support up to 50 branch offices or off-site users through Internet Protocol Security or PPTP VPN. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 VPN Router has an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can support as many as 100 branch offices or off-site users via full IPsec VPN. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model comes with 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates up to 100 online connections, and allows up to seven switched ports to be configured for traffic load balancing or for ISP redundancy to provide zero downtime Internet access.

Cisco's newer devices in the growing family of Small Business RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the Cisco RV120W wired/Wireless-N VPN with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for up to 10 VPN tunnels, the Cisco RV180W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router/Access Point with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 800 Mbps throughput and 10 IPsec VPN tunnels, Cisco's ultra-affordable RV215W Wireless Router with a 4-port switch and USB support to enable 3G and 4G connectivity, and the Cisco 325 RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router that includes an integrated a 14-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gigabit WAN ports for business continuity plus USB connections using 3G and 4G modems for WAN failover.

Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco 881 Series Routers ConsultantsCisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop appliances designed and priced for small organizations, branch locations, retail venues, teleworkers, and clients of ISPs. Many models in Cisco's 800 Series family of routers have been released with many options over many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options offered within the Cisco 800 Series line of routers. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can support unified media networks by delivering IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN links or support for wired broadband WAN links like DSL plus multiple different cellular 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all on a single desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a wide range of deployment scenarios

The baseline Cisco 881 features a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps performance, the ability to handle up to 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W ISR router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router includes 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) fallback with Cisco SRST. With a Cisco CUBE feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for legacy Primary Rate Interface (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.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are intended to offer branch offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtual networking, security, and dependable WAN access. ISR Generation 2 routers feature a design that preserves prior investments in service modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and reduces future expenses by allowing field installation of new modules as they become available. In comparison to older ISR routers, Cisco's ISR G2 routers feature 2-7 times higher performance, substantially greater expandability, and more affordable support. All ISR Generation 2 routers offer Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core CPUs and multigigabit fabric for faster throughput. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers also support smart power control for improved energy conservation.

A key advance with Integrated Services G2 routers is the Cisco IOS Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that you can quickly authorize and deploy new services when required without having to acquire and transfer a new IOS Software image to yourrouter. Progent's team of CCIE network engineers can provide proven expertise to help you to design, configure, and maintain multi-site installations of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that enhance satellite office productivity and cut the price of expansion and support.

Cisco 1900 ISR G2 Routers
1900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Online SupportCisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers offer accelerated hardware encryption, optional IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switches. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an integrated WiFi access point that allows wireless access to high-speed data, voice, and video through Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands coverage for existing 802.11a/b/g clients. Interface options for the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.

Compared to the older 1841 Integrated Services router which they are able to substitute for, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers include 256 MB vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash storage as standard, and this can be increased to 4GB compared to 128 megabytes. Default dynamic RAM capacity is 256 megabytes vs. 128 MB and top dynamic RAM capacity is 2.25 GB instead of 384 MB. In contrast to the 1841 router, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers include a USB console instead of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes a slot for the recently introduced ISM module to replace the slot for the older and slower Advanced Integration Module. Unlike top-of-the-line ISR Generation 2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power or slots for PVDM modules.

Cisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote HelpCisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers are available in four versions which correspond to the routers in Cisco’s successful 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2900 ISR G2 routers offer integrated hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video ready Digital Signal Processor slots, optional firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, voice mail, and from 16 to 50 LAN switchports. The integrated encryption circuitry provides IP Security and SSL VPN for protected off-site access and is dramatically higher performing than the AIM modules supported by 2800 series routers. The top-of-the-line 2951 Series ISR G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, as well as Gigabit Ethernet.

2900 Integrated Services G2 routers support Cisco’s Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-throughput features identical to the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. Compared to the older Cisco 2821 ISR router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the 2921 is shipped by default with 256 MB as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash storage and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 megabytes. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes vs. only 1.

Cisco 3900 ISR G2 Routers
3900 ISR G2 Routers Online Security ConsultantsCisco offers four models for the high-end 3900 Series ISR G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices deliver the highest throughput and slot densities in Cisco’s ISR G2 product line and support high-speed DSPs for the most demanding multimedia environments, accelerated hardware encryption, a broad range of connectivity options, a maximum 98 modular LAN Switchports, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include the Cisco Services Performance Engine, a versatile motherboard that can be swapped out in the field to enhance processing power without forcing your business to buy another router. Like other Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 family also protects previous investments by accepting the majority of the service modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved fault tolerance, 3900 ISR G2 support dual power supplies.

Compared to the previous 3825 Integrated Services router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to substitute for, the Cisco 3925 router is offered by default with 256 MB as opposed to 64 MB of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes compared to 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM size is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum DRAM capacity is 4 gigabytes vs. only 1.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of ISR Routers are modular and scalable routers intended for businesses with multiple branch offices and offsite workers who need direct access to in-house data centers and public clouds via VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the throughput required for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile workers, cloud services, and multimedia applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management techniques. Devices in Cisco's 4000 product line are powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, can support as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To manage unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides extensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced session border control, telephony fault tolerance, and TDM gateways.

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

Cisco's 1st Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with more than 6M devices in the field, are the industry's leading solution for small companies and enterprises with satellite offices to ensure fast, safe, and dependable access to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network consultants are seasoned experts at delivering remote consulting, management, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can help your company to move up to the latest version of Cisco IOS control software with minimal disruption to your IT operations, assess the security vulnerability of your router configuration, and help you to move cost effectively to the latest line of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers when it makes sense for your company.

Cisco 1800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Routers SupportThe Cisco 1800 Series of routers intelligently embed data and protection into one resilient solution for high-speed, expandable delivery of strategic business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been specifically engineered to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for access to simultaneous services at high performance. The integrated systems design of the Cisco 1800 Series delivers maximum versatility and investment protection.

The Cisco 1841 router provides important advantages relative to older generations of 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a fivefold performance increase plus built-in hardware encryption enabled by an available IOS Software security image. The 1841 router dramatically improves plug-in card slot throughput and density over Cisco's 1700 Series routers while still maintaining support for over 30 existing WAN interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The 1841 device offers further enhancement of Virtual Private Network performance via an available VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and firewall capabilities; support for a broad array of interface needs, including support for optional switch ports; and enough speed and slot capacity for ongoing network growth and advanced applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 2800 Integrated Services Router SupportTargeted at small to medium-sized organizations and corporate satellite offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers consists of several basic versions: the 2801, the 2811 router, the 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 Series routers offer significant additional value vs. older models of Cisco devices at comparable price points by delivering up to a 5x throughput improvement, as much as a tenfold improvement in protection and voice speed, embedded service options, and dramatically improved slot performance and capacity while maintaining compatibility with most of the over 90 popular modules in use currently for Cisco's 1700, the Cisco 2600 Series, and the Cisco 3700 Series routers.

The Cisco 2800 Series provides a range of common security functions including an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IPsec Virtual Private Network, Secure Sockets Layer VPN, powerful application inspection and control, Secure Shell Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in one protected solution. Also, by integrating security functions within the router itself, Cisco can offer unique smart security solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy VPN for enabling increasingly expandable and manageable VPN networks.

Businesses can utilize the 2800 router to create an integrated IP telephony network for up to 96 IP telephones, and can securely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on a single platform for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The 2800 Series incorporates a built-in access point for wireless network connectivity, wireless Hotspot services for shared public wireless access, and network services for portable wireless LAN telephony and for larger sites.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers Consulting FirmThe Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate satellite offices to provide companies the top levels of network agility, performance, and functionality. The Cisco 3800 Series routers transparently incorporate advanced technologies, smart services, and secure 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. 3800 integrated services routers feature embedded security intelligence, fast performance and large memory capacity, and high-capacity interfaces that deliver the performance, availability, and dependability required for building business-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network analysis, and Web applications in even the most demanding enterprise networks. Built for performance, the Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple concurrent services that match wire-speed T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the 3800 Series router is designed to combine security and voice processing with the latest wireline and wireless services for rapid installation of new applications, including application layer functions, smart network services, and converged communications. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services router supports the bandwidth demands of several 100Mbps ports for each slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) interconnections, and integrated power sourcing to modules supporting 802.3af PoE, while also supporting the traditional portfolio of interfaces. This enables ongoing ROI by allowing network scaling or accommodating changes in technology as the latest services are deployed. By combining the capabilities of multiple distinct appliances into one compact unit, the Cisco 3800 Series router dramatically reduces the cost and hassle of managing wide area networks.

Cisco's Midrange Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco’s WAN edge and carrier routers offer larger businesses with high-performance, secure distribution points to manage branch office and off-site traffic and to offer service providers cost-optimized wide area network edge routing. Cisco’s midrange and carrier router portfolio includes the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 ASR Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

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Progent's nationwide team of Cisco CCIE network experts have in-depth experience helping enterprise businesses and service providers to plan efficient installations and smooth upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, third-party network security vulnerability assessments, stealth penetration testing and advanced SIEM solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to meet industry standards and statutory requirements for network information security and reporting.

7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe 7600 Series Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 infrastructure with an NEBS-3 chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar fabric, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is provided via redundancy plus Cisco IOS Software capabilities. In addition, the 7600 Series offers a broad set of high-touch IP network services at optical speed through a variety of Optical Services Modules enabled by Cisco proprietary PXF technology.

The Cisco 7609 Series provides the option to select a 256-Gbps SFM or a 32-Gbps bus, delivering performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 Mpps each. When the SFM is used, the 7609 Series can in addition support distributed switching with performance up to 168 Mpps by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network card, which is controlled by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the Switch Fabric Module.

The 7603 Series router has only the standard 32-Gbps bus option and provides 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 Series does not offer Cisco's distributed switching capability.

Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers ExpertsCisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge family of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco’s midrange devices that concentrate on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers provide a small form factor, multi-function solution for large businesses requiring satellite office service aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers introduce an innovative design that combines on-board acceleration with programmable flexibility in order to deliver a multitude of concurrent services while preserving consistent responsiveness.

ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers include Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can handle as many as 160 concurrent threads. This massive parallelism, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for every service, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to scale up to 128K hardware queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security tunnels at 10K sessions/second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This CPU capability permits Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a wide variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering throughput degradation that might threaten compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits sophisticated traffic management for performing multiple levels of QoS to a packet in a single operation, enhancing the user experience for high-bandwidth IP voice and video applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Routers Online Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are designed as edge routers for carriers who need to deliver the highest quality data, voice and video services to home, commercial, and mobile users by providing non-stop availability, high performance, and application awareness. All platforms in the ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a distributed OS built for non-stop availability. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per system. Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus redundant control planes and switch fabric.

The Cisco ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays to support port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 GE SFP+ ports as well as ports for Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and offers line-rate 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot router can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single box. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform has a 30 RU chassis and includes 12 slots slots that can support 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System Configuration ConsultingCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) family, running Cisco's IOS XR distributed software, gives carriers high-level performance and availability. The CRS product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously improved, and currently includes the world's most widely deployed multishelf core router system. To preserve existing capital investments in infrastructure, new CRS platforms are backward compatible with previous products.

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

Cisco's Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the capability to provide 400-Gbps of uninterrupted operations per slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can accommodate 1 to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and physical layer interface modules work throughout the entire Carrier Routing System portfolio.

Older Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's CCIE engineers are familiar with older Cisco routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can show you how to maintain these older routers and can also assist you to plan and carry out upgrades to current models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 SR Line of Unified Communications Routers
    The Cisco 520 router, designed to support up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet managed switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By supporting a simple but effective set of IOS Software services, the Cisco 520 model Secure Router streamlines setup, administration, and technical support, but still delivers powerful protection and performance options to match the particular requirements of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series routers are targeted at small offices, recommended for as many as 10 users or for telecommuter sites where protected and affordable connectivity is required. Cisco 850 Series access routers offer safe connectivity with firewall and IPsec Virtual Private Network support, a four-connection 10/100 switch, a secure wireless option with an antenna, and easy configuration and integration and off-site administration features through Web-enabled tools and IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series routers are targeted for small offices with up to 20 workers or for teleworker sites where high-quality VoIP and video and resilient connectivity utilizing backup WAN links are required. Cisco 870 Series access routers offer excellent speed in small workgroups as well as tight security through services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IPsec tunneling, Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) or AES as well as Dynamic Multipoint VPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), an intrusion prevention system (IPS), virus defense through NAC, and policing of safe connection policies.

  • 1700 Series
    1700 Series modular access routers are designed to deliver a cost-effective, standalone router solution for small and midsize businesses (SMB). 1700 routers offer versatility and ease of administration to meet complex e-business needs such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, fast broadband Internet access, and powerful protection solutions. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 family of integrated services routers and the Cisco 1900 ISR G2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series
    The 2600 Series of routers is a line of multiservice access routers for branch networks, providing a wealth of LAN/WAN setup options, a wide array of protection features, and a range of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 family of ISR routers and the 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 3700 Series
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of access solutions for mid-size and large office networks. With more than 70 interface options, the 3700 product line offers a resilient solution for data, voice and video, VPNs, and mixed-protocol routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of ISR routers and the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Series Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Series router delivers speed, flexibility, and scalability in a small footprint with a broad selection of configuration profiles. With processing throughput up to two mega-packets per second, adapters ranging from NxDS0 to 1 GigE, plus OC-3 as well as a variety of high-touch IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation wide- and metropolitan-area network edge device for enterprises and service providers. The 7200 VXR router provides services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 PPP sessions per chassis, voice/video/data support with time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR frame and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IP Security virtual private networking scalable to 5,000 tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP Trunk Solutions
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that permits SIP connectivity to an IP PSTN carrier and enables outside-the-firewall capabilities such as SIP conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP call center and interactive-voice-response systems, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and B2B immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a capability of Cisco IOS software that can be licensed to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers as well as many products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families including the 4000 Series, 3900 and 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 (CUBE) and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration.

Ways Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Cisco Router Products
Progent's Cisco Premier engineers can assist you to design, configure, and maintain an integrated business network that can simplify operations, reduce costs, and accelerate the path to profitability. By teaming Cisco routers with Cisco Catalyst switches expertise and Cisco wireless expertise, Progent can significantly increase the strategic value of your connectivity environment. Progent can provide in-person and remote troubleshooting and offers data center support throughout and major locations nationally.

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