As technology advances, the difference between a router and a switch has grown less clear. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 devices that connect networks. A common example is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are Layer 2 (L2) devices that interconnect various devices that share the same network. Basically, routers depend on processors to steer traffic based on complex software, offering intelligence at the cost of speed. Switches, by comparison, rely upon largely predefined hardware configurations to forward traffic at the highest possible rate. Today's routers usually incorporate L2 switching capability, and many of todayís switches include some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the industry's routers, have advanced significantly in function and speed and Cisco offers an extensive product line that includes routers built to meet the needs of users from households to the world's largest ISPs.

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The latest ISR routers released by Cisco offer the speed and integrated functionality to manage IP voice and video as well as virtual environments while also offering fault tolerance, web-based administration, seamless expandability, and enhanced protection. These routers allow you to build a solid basis for an information environment that can evolve seamlessly as you add more workers, establish new sites, activate additional capabilities, extend your network to customers and vendors, and build an expanding mobile workforce. Progentís Cisco certified CCIE network engineers offer immediate and affordable remote expertise to help your company to select, configure, manage, update, and support Cisco's latest routers and can help you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Ciscoís newer router products.

Cisco Routers for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Ciscoís routers for smaller businesses and branch offices provide affordable and dependable no-frills solutions that enable small groups of users to share safe access to the Internet. These single-configuration desktop routers include at least four 10/100 switched Ethernet with wireless options plus integrated firewall for enhanced protection. Built for easy setup, administration, and support, Ciscoís entry-level routers reduce ownership costs by cutting acquisition and operational investments. Progentís online support specialists have in-depth experience delivering fast and economical IT assistance for small companies to configure and maintain these routers, and Progentís CCIE network consultants can help your company to understand ways these routers can add to the strategic value of your IT system.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ConsultingCisco's economical RV Series Routers are engineered to offer small businesses with VPN technology that permits telecommuters and mobile workers to connect to a network via secure tunneling. Models in the Cisco RV Series Routers can support up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, include 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, come with integrated firewalls that provide sophisticated encryption, and support web-based configuration for remote deployment and troubleshooting. All models accommodate 10/100 Ethernet and some models can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. Cisco's RV Series VPN routers do not support Ciscoís popular IOS platform.

Cisco RV Series Routers Online SupportCiscoís RV042 VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can securely handle up to 50 branch offices or off-site users through IPsec or PPTP VPN tunneling. Cisco's RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 model VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can support up to 100 branch offices or off-site users via full IPsec VPN. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router model has 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, supports up to 100 online connections, and allows up to seven switched ports to be set up for traffic load balancing or for service provider redundancy to ensure zero downtime Internet access.

Cisco's more current products in the expanding family of Small Business RV Series VPN Wired/Wireless Routers include the RV120W wired/Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port switch and support for up to 10 VPN connections, the RV180W wired/Wireless-N VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions and 10 IPsec VPN connections, Cisco's ultra-affordable RV215W Wireless Router with a 4-port switch and a USB port to enable 3G/4G WAN connections, and Cisco's 325 RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with an integrated a 14-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gigabit WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity plus USB ports attaching 3G/4G modems for WAN failover.

Cisco 800 Line of ISR Routers
Cisco 881 Series Routers ConsultingCisco's comprehensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless devices designed and priced for small organizations, branch locations, retail venues, teleworkers, and clients of ISPs. A wealth of devices in Cisco's 800 Series product line have been developed with many options over many years. Cisco's 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the vast array of options offered within the Cisco 800 product family. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router catalog can enable converged media networks by providing IP voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN connections or support for landline broadband WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple cellular 3G and 4G wireless connections all on a single desktop appliance.

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Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a wide 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 up to 20 users, two-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router includes 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, Cisco's 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking to replace outdated PRI lines or FXO voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks also support offsite agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are designed to provide branch offices of large businesses with advanced video and voice applications, virtualization, protection, and reliable WAN access. Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature a design that preserves prior investments in modules for older ISR routers and reduces down-the-line expenses by permitting easy installation of additional modules when they become available. In comparison to older Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature 2-7 times higher throughput, substantially more, and more affordable maintenance. All Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers support GE switching and include multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for faster performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also offer intelligent power management for improved energy efficiency.

A key innovation with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the IOS feature sets so that your company can quickly authorize and activate new functions as desired without having to acquire and transfer a new IOS Software image over to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE-certified network consultants offer proven skills to assist your business to design, configure, and support multi-location installations of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers that enhance satellite office productivity and cut the price of upgrades and support.

1900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote ExpertsCisco 1941 and 1941W ISR G2 routers offer on-board encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and up to 11 modular Ethernet switchports. The Cisco 1941W ISR router includes an WiFi access point that allows wireless connectivity to high throughput data, voice, and video applications through Multi-Input, Multiple-output support that improves coverage for existing 802.11a/b/g clients. Connectivity options for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.

Compared to the previous generation 1841 ISR router which they are designed to replace, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 MB of CompactFlash storage as a default, and this can be increased to 4 gigabytes instead of 128 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 256 megabytes instead of 128 MB and top dynamic RAM size is 2.25 GB vs. 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 recently introduced Internal Services Module rather than a slot for the older and slower AIM module. Unlike higher end Integrated Services G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power or add-in slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.

Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers
2900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Remote SupportCisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four models which correspond to the routers in Ciscoís popular 2800 router family. Ciscoís 2900 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 up to 50 modular Ethernet switches. The on-board encryption hardware provides IP Security and Secure Sockets Layer VPN tunneling for protected off-site access and is dramatically faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by 2800 routers. The high-end Cisco 2951 Integrated Services G2 router supports 600 Session Initiation Protocol sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, plus copper and fiber GE.

2900 Integrated Services G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-performance capability that match the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older Cisco 2821 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 Integrated Services G2 router is designed to substitute for, the 2921 is shipped by default with 256 MB vs. 64 MB of CompactFlash storage and can be loaded with up to 4GB compared to 256 megabytes. Default DRAM size is 512 MB vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 gigabytes compared to only 1.

Cisco 3900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 Routers Online ConsultingCisco has released four platforms for the high-end 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These models offer the highest performance and slot densities in Ciscoís ISR Generation 2 product line and support high-speed digital signal processors for the most demanding voice/video applications, fast integrated encryption, a wide range of connectivity alternatives, up to 98 modular Ethernet LAN Switchports, and up to 2,500 SIP sessions. To preserve your IT investment, the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE), a versatile motherboard that can be replaced in the field to improve throughput without forcing your business to buy a new device. As with other Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers, Ciscoís 3900 Series also preserves past network investments by being compatible with the majority of the service modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For advanced availability, 3900 Integrated Services G2 offer two integrated power supplies.

In comparison to the previous model 3825 ISR router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to substitute for, the 3925 router is offered standard with 256 megabytes vs. 64 megabytes of flash memory and can be loaded with up to 4GB instead of 256 MB. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM size is 4 GB vs. 1 gigabytes.

4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco's 4000 Line of Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and scalable platforms designed for businesses with a large number of branch offices and offsite users requiring direct communication with in-house data centers and public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the throughput needed for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile users, cloud services, and multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in the 4000 Series run Cisco's IOS XE software, come in a 1RU or 2RU package, can handle Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 interface module slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. ISR 4000 models support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. For unified communications, the 400o ISR offers comprehensive edge support technology for session border control, branch telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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

Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original ISR routers, with more than six million products in operation, have become the industry's leading solution for small businesses and enterprises with satellite offices to ensure fast, secure, and dependable connectivity to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network consultants are proven experts at delivering remote consulting, management, and problem solving services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family ISR routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the latest release of Cisco IOS control software with minimal service interruption to your IT operations, evaluate the security profile of your router setup, and assist business to move cost effectively to the new line of Cisco Integrated Services Generation 2 routers whenever it makes sense for your company.

Cisco 1800 Series ISR Routers
Cisco 1800 Family Routers Professional ServicesThe Cisco 1800 family of integrated services routers embed data and protection within one robust solution for high-speed, expandable delivery of strategic business applications. The Cisco 1800 Series router design has been specifically developed to satisfy the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for access to concurrent services at wire speed. The integrated services systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series delivers maximum versatility and investment protection.

Cisco's 1841 integrated services router offers important benefits relative to previous generations of 1700 Series devices by delivering more than a fivefold throughput increase plus integrated hardware encryption activated by an optional IOS Software security image. The Cisco 1841 device significantly improves interface card slot throughput and capacity compared to Cisco's 1700 Series routers while providing compatibility with over 30 available Wide Area Network interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (VWICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The Cisco 1841 integrated services router provides additional enhancement of Virtual Private Network throughput with an available VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and firewall capabilities; support for a broad array of connectivity requirements, including support for optional integrated switch ports; and sufficient performance and slot capacity for ongoing network growth and next-generation applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Router ConsultingTargeted at small to midsize organizations and corporate satellite offices, Cisco's 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 provide substantial additional value compared to prior models of Cisco devices at comparable prices by offering up to a five times throughput increase, up to a 10x improvement in protection and voice speed, built-in service features, and dramatically enhanced plug-in slot performance and density while preserving compatibility with the vast majority of the more than 90 existing expansion modules available today for Cisco's 1700, the 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 devices.

The Cisco 2800 Series router offers a range of common security functions including an IOS Software Firewall, an IPS, IPsec Virtual Private Network, SSL VPN, powerful application inspection and management, Secure Shell Protocol Version 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in one secure solution set. Also, by incorporating security functions directly into the router itself, Cisco can offer special intelligent security functions other security appliances cannot, such as NAC for virus defense; Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN) for quality-of-service enforcement when mixing voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy VPN for supporting increasingly scalable and manageable VPN networks.

Organizations can utilize the Cisco 2800 router to create a converged IP telephony environment for as many as 96 IP telephones, and can securely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on a single router for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.

The Cisco 2800 Series incorporates an integrated access point for wireless network connectivity, wireless Hotspot capability for shared public wireless LANs, and network services for portable WLAN telephony and for high-density locations.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
3800 Series Routers Consulting FirmThe Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are engineered for small-to-medium-sized businesses and corporate satellite locations to offer businesses the highest degree of network agility, speed, and functionality. Cisco 3800 integrated services routers smoothly incorporate the latest technologies, adaptive services, and secure corporate communications into one resilient platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers offer internal security processing, fast throughput and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the performance, resilience, and reliability necessary for scaling business-critical protection, IP telephony, business video, network analysis, and Web programs in even the most demanding corporate environments. Engineered for speed, the Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple concurrent services that match wired T3/E3 rates.

The proprietary routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 Series router is designed to combine security and voice handling with the latest wireline and wireless services for rapid deployment of new applications, including application layer operations, smart network services, and converged communications. The 3800 integrated services router meets the throughput demands of multiple 100Mbps interfaces for every slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) interconnections, and fully integrated power sourcing to expansion modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet, while also supporting the traditional selection of interfaces. This enables ongoing ROI by allowing network scaling or accommodating changes in technology as the latest services are added. By integrating the capabilities of multiple distinct devices into one compact unit, the 3800 router significantly lowers the expense and complexity of administering remote networks.

Cisco's Midrange Routers and Service Provider Routers
Ciscoís midrange WAN edge and service provider routers can provide larger businesses with fast, protected headends to aggregate branch office and off-site traffic and to offer service providers cost-optimized wide area network edge solutions. Ciscoís WAN aggregation and carrier router product line features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services product line, the ASR 9000 ASR Routers, and the Cisco Carrier Routing System.

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Progent's national group of Cisco CCIE certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds helping global businesses and Internet service providers to design optimal deployments and seamless upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide objective, independent security vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help companies that use Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to comply with business standards and government requirements for network information protection and incident reporting.

7600 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Integrated Services Routers HelpThe Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services router takes advantage of the Catalyst 6500 architecture by using an NEBS-3 box, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching performance. High availability is provided through redundancy as well as IOS Software functions. Also, the 7600 router provides a broad array of high-touch IP network services at optical rates via various OSMs powered by Cisco patented PXF technology.

The 7609 Series offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps Switch Fabric Module or the standard 32-Gbps bus, providing performance of 30 or 15 Mpps respectively. If the SFM is installed, the Cisco 7609 can also allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 Mpps by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gigabit Ethernet module, which is powered by the Distributed Forwarding Card and the Switch Fabric Module.

The 7603 Series router has only the 32-Gbps data bus version and delivers 15 Mpps switching performance. The 7603 router does not support Cisco's distributed switching capability.

Cisco ASR 1000 WAN Edge Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers ConsultantsCiscoís ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is positioned in the middle of Ciscoís midrange products that concentrate on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series routers provide a small form factor, single-product answer for enterprises who need satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. Ciscoís ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers introduce a revolutionary architecture that mixes hardware acceleration with programmable flexibility in order to deliver a multitude of concurrent services while preserving consistent performance.

ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers feature Ciscoís proprietary QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support up to 160 simultaneous threads. This multi-processing structure, combined with on-board acceleration for all services, enables the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to scale up to 000 queues, 32K clients, 4K IP security tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow records. This CPU power allows Ciscoís ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to deliver a wide variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in high volume without suffering throughput decay that could threaten compliance with service level agreements. These services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, NAT, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic control for applying numerous levels of QoS to a packet in a single pass, improving responsiveness for next-generation multimedia applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers ConsultingCisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as WAN-edge routers for carriers who need to deliver world-class HD multimedia services to residential, commercial, and mobile customers by offering non-stop availability, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All platforms in the Cisco ASR 9000 line of Aggregation Services Routers run the IOS XR operating system, a distributed operating system built for non-stop availability. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can scale to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the Cisco ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can handle Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and have redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, plus backup switch fabric.

The Cisco ASR 9001 model is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU package that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays which can support adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis has four 10 Gbit Ethernet enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports as well as ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, BITS, and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU form factor and offers 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 chassis. The ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU form factor and includes 10 line-card slots that can support 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 includes 2 route processors as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco CRS ConsultingCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) family, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing software, offers service providers world-class performance and uptime. The Carrier Routing System product line was introduced in 2004, has been steadily improved, and now features the world's most popular multishelf network core router system. To protect existing investments in network infrastructure, the latest Carrier Routing System models are compatible with previous CRS versions.

Available product lines in the Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Each CRS series includes single-shelf 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot systems as well as multi-shelf models. Cisco's CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and offers up to 92 Tbps throughput. Products in Cisco's CRS-3 Series are based on Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and offer up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers use Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and can be expanded to deliver up to 922 Tbps.

Cisco's Carrier Routing System Multichassis platforms can scale from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gbps of non-stop performance per slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can support up to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) can be used throughout the complete Cisco CRS portfolio.

Older Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's Cisco certified support experts are familiar with older Cisco routers that are no longer available from Cisco. Progent can help you to manage these older routers and can also help you to prepare for and implement upgrades to newer models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 Line of Routers
    The Cisco 520 SR Router, built to support up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 switch and one Cisco IOS Software image. By offering a simple but powerful array of Cisco IOS Software features, Ciscoís 520 model Secure Router streamlines configuration, management, and technical support, yet still delivers advanced protection and performance alternatives to adapt to the specific needs of your organization.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Model Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are designed for small networks, ideal for as many as 10 users or for telecommuter sites where protected and economical connectivity is needed. 850 Series access routers offer safe access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security Virtual Private Network services, a four-port 10/100 switch, a protected WiFi option with a fixed antenna, and easy configuration and deployment and off-site management capabilities through Web-enabled utilities and Cisco IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series access routers are targeted for small networks with as many as 20 workers or for teleworker environments where high-quality VoIP and video and resilient access utilizing standby Internet connections are required. Cisco 870 Series access routers offer high performance in small workgroups plus enhanced security via services that include stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) plus Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), IPS, virus protection through Network Admission Control, and policing of secure connection policies.

  • 1700 Series
    1700 Series access routers are designed to provide an affordable, standalone router platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). 1700 Series provide flexibility and ease of administration to satisfy complex e-business needs including multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, high-speed wire-rate Internet connection, and comprehensive security options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 family of integrated services routers and the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • Cisco 2600 Series
    The Cisco 2600 Series of routers is a family of multiservice access routers for branch networks, offering flexible LAN and WAN configurations, comprehensive security features, and a selection of high-speed processors. 2600 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of integrated services routers and the 2900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • Cisco 3700 Routers
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a line of modular, multiservice access solutions for medium and large-sized offices. With over 70 interface options, the 3700 family offers a resilient platform for data, voice and video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The Cisco 7200 VXR Series router offers speed, flexibility, and expandability in a small chassis with a wide range of configuration profiles. With processing throughput as high as two million packets / second, port and service adapters ranging from NxDS0 to Gigabit Ethernet, and OC-3 as well as a number of high-touch IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series router is a solid services aggregation WAN and MAN edge solution for enterprises and ISPs. The Cisco 7200 VXR router provides services aggregation by handling up to 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol sessions per unit, voice/video/data integration with time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR frame and voice interface adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IP Security VPN expandable to 5K tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller that allows Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) access to a SIP PSTN service provider and delivers outside-the-firewall capabilities like SIP-based conferencing with multimedia recording, SIP-based call center and IVR systems, policy-based security monitoring 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 Aggregation Services Routers and on many products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families such as the 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP trunks, see SIP Infrastructure Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration Services.

Ways Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE Premier engineers can assist your business to plan, configure, and support an integrated network infrastructure that can streamline processes, lower costs, and accelerate time to profitability. By teaming Cisco integrated services routers with Catalyst switches expertise and Cisco Aironet wireless integration, Progent can significantly enhance the business value of your network infrastructure. Progent can provide in-person and remote help and can provide data center support throughout and major locations nationwide.

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