As computer technology advances, the difference between routers and switches is becoming fuzzier. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 devices that connect networks. A common example is connecting an office Ethernet network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interface client devices that share the same network. Generally, routers rely on computation to steer traffic using complex algorithms, offering intelligence at the expense of throughput. Switches, by comparison, rely on largely fixed hardware designs to forward data at the highest possible rate. The current generation of routers ordinarily include L2 switching capability, and many of todayís switches have Layer 3 routing capability. Routers offered by Cisco, the producer of the vast majority of the industry's routers, have improved dramatically in capability and speed and Cisco makes a comprehensive portfolio that includes routers engineered to handle the needs of customers ranging from households to nationwide service providers.
The latest Integrated Services Routers released by Cisco have the speed and integrated features to support IP voice and video plus virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, web-based management, easy scalability, and advanced protection. These routers enable you to establish a firm foundation for an information environment that can evolve seamlessly as you add more employees, establish extra sites, activate additional capabilities, give access to your network to customers and partners, and build an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can provide fast and affordable remote support to assist your company to select, configure, administer, update, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Ciscoís newer router products.
Cisco Routers Designed for Small Companies and Remote Offices
Ciscoís routers for smaller businesses and branch offices offer low-cost and reliable entry-level solutions that enable limited sets of users to share safe access to wide area networks. These single-configuration desktop devices include at minimum four switched Ethernet with Wi-Fi options plus built-in firewall for enhanced security. Built for simple setup, administration, and support, Ciscoís small business routers minimize TCO by cutting equipment and maintenance investments. Progentís remote troubleshooting experts have in-depth backgrounds delivering immediate and affordable technical help for small companies to configure and support these routers, and Progentís CCIE-certified network engineers can assist your company to determine ways these routers can add to the business value of your information network.
Cisco RV Series Routers
Cisco's affordably priced RV Series VPN Routers are engineered to offer small organizations with VPN capability that allows telecommuters and mobile workers to access a network via secure tunneling. Devices in the Cisco RV Series VPN Routers can handle from five to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, include 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, come with built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and allow browser-based configuration for easy deployment and management. All models accommodate 10/100 Ethernet and several models support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless models are offered. Cisco's RV Series routers do not support Ciscoís IOS software.
Ciscoís RV042 VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch and can securely support as many as 50 branch offices or online users via IPsec or PPTP VPN. Cisco's RV042G can handle Gigabit Ethernet. The Cisco RV082 model VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 switch and can manage up to 100 branch offices or off-site workers with full IPsec VPN tunneling. The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model comes with 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports up to 100 remote connections, and allows up to seven switched ports to be set up for load balancing or for ISP redundancy to provide zero downtime Internet connectivity.
Later products in Cisco's portfolio of RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for up to four VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the Cisco RV220W wired/Wireless-N Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and the ability to support 25 VPN connections, and the 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router that includes a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gbit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing.
Cisco 800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco's extensive line of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless devices designed and priced for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, telecommuters, and clients of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in the 800 family of routers have been developed with various options over the course of many years. Cisco's 881 line of ISR routers suggests the wide selection of options available within the Cisco 800 Series line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 router catalog can enable converged media networks by providing voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced security can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For business continuity, available options for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate wide area network connections or support for wired broadband WAN connections like DSL as well as multiple different 3G and 4G wireless connections all on one desktop appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a wide variety of deployment scenarios
The basic Cisco 881 router features a 4-port 10/100-Mbps managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, support for up to 20 users, 2-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 support. Cisco's 881W ISR router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router features 4 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 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 ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to offer satellite offices of large businesses with enhanced video and voice applications, virtualization, security, and reliable WAN access. ISR Generation 2 routers feature an architecture that preserves past investments in modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and lowers future expenses by permitting easy installation of new modules as they are developed. In comparison to older ISR routers, Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times more performance, substantially greater expandability, and easier maintenance. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers offer GE switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer intelligent power management for improved energy efficiency.
A major advance with Integrated Services Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that you can quickly license and deploy new services when required without needing to download and transfer a different IOS image to yourrouter. Progent's team of Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants offer world-class expertise to help your business to design, configure, and maintain multi-site deployments of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve satellite office efficiency and reduce the price of upgrades and maintenance.
Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
1900 Integrated Services G2 routers offer hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switchports. The Cisco 1941W router provides an WiFi access point that enables cordless access to high throughput data, voice, and video through MIMO support that improves coverage for existing 802.11a/b/g users. Interface options for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, ADSL/SDSL, 3G, and 1 GigE.
Compared to the older generation 1841 ISR router which they are able to replace, the 1900 ISR G2 routers include 256 MB vs. 32 MB of flash memory as standard, and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes instead of 128 MB. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 256 MB compared to 128 and top DRAM size is 2.25 gigabytes compared to 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers feature a USB console instead of the older DB-9 connector and has a slot for the new ISM module to replace the slot for the older and slower Advanced Integration Module. Unlike higher end Integrated Services G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power or slots for PVDM modules.
2900 Series ISR G2 Routers
2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers are released in four models which correspond to the models in Ciscoís successful 2800 router family. Ciscoís 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption, voice and video capable Digital Signal Processor slots, optional firewall, IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 up to 50 Ethernet switches. The integrated encryption hardware provides IPsec and SSL VPN for safe remote connections and is dramatically higher performing than the AIM modules available with Cisco 2800 routers. The top-of-the-line Cisco 2951 Integrated Services G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, as well as GbE.
Cisco 2900 ISR G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-performance features that match the Catalyst 2960 and 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older 2821 ISR router that the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the Cisco 2921 router is shipped standard with 256 MB vs. 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be loaded with up to 4 gigabytes instead of 256 MB. Standard dynamic RAM size is 512 MB vs. 256 and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes compared to only 1.
Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco has released four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These devices offer the top performance and add-in slot densities in Ciscoís ISR Generation 2 family and can accept high-speed digital signal processors for the most resource-intensive multimedia environments, fast integrated encryption, a broad range of interface options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN switches, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To protect your investment, the 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers include the Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE), a versatile motherboard that can be swapped out easily to improve processing power without requiring your business to purchase a new router. Like other Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers, Ciscoís 3900 family also protects past investments by accepting the majority of the modules from older Cisco Integrated Services Routers. For improved uptime, Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 offer dual power supplies.
Compared to the older model 3825 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to substitute for, the Cisco 3925 is offered standard with 256 MB instead of 64 MB of flash storage and can be loaded with up to 4GB compared to 256 MB. Default dynamic RAM size is 1 GB vs. 256 megabytes and maximum DRAM size is 4 gigabytes instead of only 1.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are modular and expandable platforms designed for businesses with multiple branch offices and offsite workers who need direct communication with private 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-based services, and HD multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and advanced traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's 4000 Series run Cisco's powerful IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of traffic, and can have up to 3 network interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated Gigabit 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, Cisco's 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for session border control, telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The primary difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series is redundant power supply capability in the 4400 ISR Series, providing a greater degree of fault tolerance. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU desktop form factor with two network interface modules (NIMs), delivers up to 100 Mbps performance, and can handle 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 router comes in a 1 RU package with two network interface modules, offers as much as 300 Mbps performance, and supports 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 model has a 2 RU package with three NIMs, provides as much as 400 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The power-redundant 4431 ISR Router features a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, delivers up to 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's fault-tolerant 4431 router features a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, delivers up to 2 Gbps throughput, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice and Video Channels.
Cisco's 1st Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's first-generation Integrated Services Routers, with more than six million devices deployed, are the industry's most popular solution for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise satellite offices to ensure fast, secure, and reliable access to vital applications. Progent's CCIE network consultants are proven experts at providing online design, management, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 series Integrated Services Routers. Progent can assist you to move up to the current version of Cisco IOS Software with minimal disruption to your network, evaluate the security profile of your existing router configuration, and help business to move cost effectively to the new releases of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers when it makes sense for your business.
Cisco 1800 ISR Routers
The Cisco 1800 family of routers embed data and protection within a single resilient system for high-speed, scalable delivery of vital business programs. The 1800 Series architecture has been especially engineered to satisfy the needs of small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), branch offices, and service provider-managed services applications for delivery of simultaneous services at high speed. The integrated systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series delivers optimum versatility and investment protection.
The Cisco 1841 router offers important advantages relative to previous generations of 1700 Series routers by bringing more than a fivefold performance increase and integrated hardware encryption activated by an available Cisco IOS Software protection image. Cisco's 1841 router dramatically improves plug-in card slot performance and density compared to the Cisco 1700 Series routers while maintaining compatibility with over 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards (WICs) and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The 1841 device offers further enhancement of VPN speed via an optional VPN acceleration module; an intrusion prevention system and firewall capabilities; support for a broad array of connectivity requirements, such as support for optional switch ports; and sufficient speed and expansion slot density for future network growth and next-generation applications.
Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Targeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate branch offices, the Cisco 2800 Series routers consists of several basic versions: the 2801 router, the Cisco 2811, the Cisco 2821, and the Cisco 2851 router. Cisco's 2800 routers provide significant additional value in comparison to older generations of Cisco routers at comparable prices by offering as much as a fivefold throughput improvement, up to a 10x improvement in security and voice performance, integrated service options, and radically increased plug-in slot speed and capacity while preserving compatibility with most of the more than 90 existing expansion modules in use currently for the Cisco 1700, Cisco's 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 routers.
Cisco's 2800 Series offers an array of popular protection features including an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IPsec Virtual Private Network, SSL VPN, powerful application inspection and management, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol in a single secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security functions within the router itself, Cisco can enable special smart security functions other security appliances cannot, such as NAC for antivirus protection; V3PN for quality-of-service (QoS) enforcement when mixing voice, video, and VPN; DMVPN; Group Encrypted Transport; and Easy Virtual Private Networks for supporting increasingly expandable and easier to manage VPN networks.
Companies can use the Cisco 2800 Series router to deploy an integrated IP telephony network for up to 96 IP telephones, and can safely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on a single router for their small to midsize branch offices.
The 2800 router incorporates an integrated wireless access point for 802.11x wireless network connectivity, wireless Hotspot capability for shared public wireless networks, and infrastructure services for portable wireless LAN telephony and for larger sites.
Cisco 3800 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize organizations and enterprise satellite offices to offer companies the highest levels of network agility, performance, and intelligence. Cisco 3800 Series routers transparently integrate the latest network engineering, smart services, and secure enterprise communications into one robust system. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. 3800 Series routers offer internal security processing, excellent performance and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that provide the performance, availability, and dependability necessary for building mission-critical security, IP telephony, business video, system monitoring, and Web programs in even the most demanding corporate environments. Engineered for speed, the The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers deliver multiple concurrent services that match wired T3/E3 data rates.
The proprietary routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 Series router is designed to integrate security and voice handling with the latest wireline and wireless support for fast installation of new services, including application layer operations, smart network services, and converged communications. The 3800 Series integrated services router supports the bandwidth demands of multiple 100Mbps ports for each slot, time-division multiplexing interconnections, and integrated power sourcing to modules compatible with 802.3af PoE, while also accommodating the traditional portfolio of interface modules. This ensures continuing ROI by allowing network scaling or adapting to innovations in technology as the latest applications are deployed. By combining the capabilities of multiple separate appliances into a single small device, the Cisco 3800 Series router significantly lowers the expense and hassle of managing wide area networks.
Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Ciscoís midrange WAN edge and carrier routers offer larger businesses with high-performance, secure head ends to manage satellite office and off-site data packets and to provide service providers cost-effective wide area network edge routing. Ciscoís midrange and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services product line, the ASR 9000 ASR Routers, and the Cisco CRS-X System.
Progent's national team of CCIE certified network experts have in-depth backgrounds helping enterprises and ISPs to design optimal deployments and smooth upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer objective, third-party network security inventory evaluations, penetration testing and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's WAN aggregation routers to comply with business standards and government mandates for network information protection and incident reporting.
Cisco 7600 Series Routers
The 7600 Integrated Services router benefits from the Catalyst 6500 architecture with an NEBS-3 chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar switch fabric, and 30-Mpps switching performance. Fault tolerance is provided through logic and hardware redundancy as well as Cisco IOS Software capabilities. Also, the Cisco 7600 Series offers a broad set of high-touch network services at optical speed through various Optical Services Modules (OSMs) enabled by Cisco proprietary PXF technology.
The 7609 provides the choice to select a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or the standard 32-Gbps data bus, which provide centralized switching performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 Mpps each. If the SFM is deployed, the 7609 can in addition support distributed switching with throughput up to 168 Mpps by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet network module, which is powered by the Distributed Forwarding Card (DFC) and the SFM.
The Cisco 7603 router has only the standard 32-Gbps bus option and delivers 15 million packets per second centralized switching performance. The Cisco 7603 router does not offer distributed switching technology.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Ciscoís ASR 1000 WAN Edge line of routers is positioned in the center of Ciscoís midrange devices that concentrate on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge routers provide a small form factor, single-product solution for enterprises requiring branch office service aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet performance. Ciscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers introduce an innovative design that mixes on-board acceleration with software versatility to deliver a rich set of simultaneous services while preserving dependable performance.
ASR 1000 Series routers include Ciscoís new QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support as many as 160 simultaneous processor threads. This parallel CPU architecture, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for all services, allows the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to scale up to 128K hardware queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU capability allows Ciscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to deliver a variety of advanced services simultaneously in high volume while avoiding throughput decay that might compromise adherence to SLAs. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also permits tiered traffic management for applying multiple levels of QoS to a data packet in a single operation, improving responsiveness for resource-intensive IP voice and video applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to support the highest quality HD multimedia services to home, business, and mobile customers by offering non-stop operation, high performance, and application awareness. All platforms in the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR, a distributed operating system designed for continuous uptime. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 line of Routers can be expanded up to 96 Tbps per system. the ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can handle high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant control planes.
The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU package with 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two modular bays to support adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The chassis has four 10 GE SFP+ ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and offers line-rate 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections in space-limited environments. The 4-slot ASR 9094 can scale up to 4 Tbps of switching capacity in a single chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router comes in a 30 RU form factor and includes 12 slots slots that can provide 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 Router includes 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco's Carrier Routing System product line, powered by Cisco's IOS XR self-healing operating system, offers service providers world-class performance and availability. The Carrier Routing System product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously enhanced, and currently features the industry's most widely deployed multichassis core router system. To protect past investments in infrastructure, new Carrier Routing System platforms are backward compatible with earlier CRS versions.
Current product families in the CRS portfolio are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Each Carrier Routing System series includes single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot units plus multi-shelf versions. Cisco's CRS-1 Series is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and offers up to 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in the CRS-3 Series are based on Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and offer 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 CRS Multichassis platforms can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gbps of non-stop operations for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can support up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) work across the whole Carrier Routing System portfolio.
Older Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's CCIE engineers are familiar with older Cisco routers no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to support these routers and can in addition assist you to prepare for and implement migrations to current versions. Legacy Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
- Cisco 500 Series Unified Communications Routers
Ciscoís 520 model router, built to handle as many as 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 switch and one IOS image. By offering a limited but effective set of Cisco IOS Software features, the Cisco 520 Secure Router simplifies setup, administration, and technical support, yet still delivers powerful protection and performance options to match the specific requirements of your business.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Unified Communications Routers
Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are targeted at small networks, ideal for up to 10 workers or for telecommuter sites where secure and affordable access is required. 850 Series routers offer safe connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN services, a four-connection 10/100 Ethernet switch, a protected WiFi option with a fixed antenna, plus simple setup and integration and off-site administration features via Web-enabled utilities and IOS Software.
Cisco's legacy 870 Series access routers are designed for small offices with as many as 20 users or for telecommuter locations where advanced voice/video over IP and reliable access using standby Internet connections are needed. 870 Series access routers offer high throughput in small offices plus tight security through services such as Firewall, IPsec tunneling, Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) or Advanced Encryption Standard plus DMVPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), an intrusion prevention system, virus defense using NAC, and enforcement of secure access policies.
- Cisco 1700 Series Routers
Cisco 1700 Series modular access routers are designed to deliver an affordable, integrated router solution for small and medium-sized businesses. 1700 routers offer flexibility and manageability to meet complex e-business needs such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, high-speed wire-rate Internet connection, and advanced security options. 1700 Series routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of ISR routers and the 1900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- 2600 Routers
The Cisco 2600 Series is a family of modular multiservice routers for branch offices, providing a wealth of LAN/WAN setup options, comprehensive protection capabilities, and a range of high performance processors. 2600 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 family of ISR routers and the Cisco 2900 ISR G2 routers.
- Cisco 3700 Series Routers
The Cisco 3700 Series is a family of access solutions for mid-size and large offices. With more than 70 interface add-in products, the Cisco 3700 product line offers a robust solution for data, voice and video, VPNs, and multiprotocol routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 family of ISR routers and the 3900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- Cisco 7200 VXR Series Routers
The Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router delivers speed, flexibility, and expandability in a compact footprint with a broad range of deployment profiles. With processing throughput up to 2 mega-packets / second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to Gigabit Ethernet, plus OC-3 as well as a variety of high-volume IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router is a solid broadband aggregation wide- and metropolitan-area network edge solution for large corporations and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR router provides services aggregation by supporting up to 16K PPP sessions per chassis, voice/video/data support via time-division multiplexer (TDM)-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IP Security virtual private networking expandable to 5K tunnels per device.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that allows SIP-based access to an IP PSTN service provider and enables enterprise-wide collaboration functions such as SIP-based conferencing with voice and video recording, SIP-based call center and interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems, policy-based security evaluation of voice calls, and B2B immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in feature of Cisco IOS software available via license to run on ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many models within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 families including the 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting services for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Consulting and Cisco CUBE Integration.
Ways Progent Can Assist You to Support Cisco Router Products
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