Basically, routers depend on processors to steer traffic based on sophisticated algorithms, providing versatility at the expense of throughput. Switches, by comparison, depend upon mostly fixed hardware designs to send data at the highest possible rate. The current generation of routers usually include Layer 2 switches, and many of today's switches have some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the producer of 90% of the industry's routers, have advanced significantly in capability and speed and Cisco offers an extensive product line that features routers engineered to meet the needs of users ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide ISPs.
The most recent ISR routers from Cisco offer the performance and integrated functionality to support IP voice and video plus virtualization while at the same time offering high availability, remote management, seamless extensibility, and advanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers enable your business to build a firm foundation for an information network that can evolve seamlessly as you add new workers, open extra offices, deploy new capabilities, give access to your network to customers and vendors, and support an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent's Cisco certified CCIE network consultants offer fast and economical remote expertise to help your company to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, and support Cisco's most advanced routers and can assist you to maintain your legacy routers or move non-disruptively to Cisco's current networking products.
Cisco Routers Designed for Home Offices and Small Offices and Branch Offices
Cisco's routers for small businesses and remote offices offer low-cost and dependable no-frills solutions that allow small sets of users to share secure connectivity to the Internet. These fixed-configuration desktop devices include at least four 10/100 Ethernet switches with wireless options and built-in firewall for enhanced protection. Designed for easy setup, administration, and support, Cisco's small business and home routers reduce ownership costs by lowering acquisition and maintenance expenses. Progent's remote support specialists have extensive backgrounds providing fast and economical IT assistance for small companies to set up and maintain these routers, and Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist you to determine whether and how Cisco's small office routers can increase the strategic value of your IT network.
ISR 900 Series Routers
Cisco's ISR 900 Series routers are compact, fanless, fixed-configuration appliances intended for SMBs, branch offices, and home offices. These value-priced routers include four GE LAN ports and can support Metro Ethernet, LTE, and DSL WAN connectivity. Cisco's ISR 900 router product line provides triple the IPsec throughput of Cisco's ISR 800 Series routers. All ISR 900 Series routers offer Group Encrypted TransportVPN (GETVPN), DMVPN, Cisco FlexVPN, and firewall. VPN throughput is up to 250 Mbps. All router models support up to 50 VLANs. Supported automatic failover technology for high availability include VRRP, HSRP, and Multigroup HSRP. Provisioning and management can be done with Cisco CP Express, Cisco DNA Center, and Cisco IOS Software. Cisco ISR 900 Series routers do not work with Cisco SD-WAN.
The Cisco ISR 921 router comes with dual GE WAN ports, Category 4 LTE, and a built-in power supply. VPN throughput is 150 Mbps. The ISR 926 and ISR 927 models include external power supplies and feature one GE WAN interface, Category 4 LTE, plus VDSL2 and ADSL2/2+ high-speed broadband. GE WAN VPN throughput for both routers is 150 Mbps. The top-of-the-line ISR 931 router supports dual GE WAN and includes an internal power supply. VPN performance is 250 Mbps.
Cisco Meraki MX Series SD-WAN Security Appliances
The Cisco Meraki MX line of desktop routers provide software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and cloud-hosted unified threat management (UTM) in one compact appliance able to handle 50 to 200 users. Each MX router must be licensed for the Meraki cloud. For venues having multiple external network options (e.g., MPLS, fiber optic, cellular), SD-WAN technology allows admins to specify the WAN interface an app uses or to build performance-based rules to select the preferred interface. Cisco Meraki MX fixed-configuration desktop security appliances share key features including:
The Cisco Meraki MX64 router delivers 250 Mbps firewall performance, 100 Mbps VPN throughput, and allows up to 50 VPN tunnels. The device includes a GbE RJ45 WAN port, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The Cisco Meraki MX67 router offers 500 Mbps firewall throughput, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and allows a maximum of 50 VPN tunnels. The MX67 comes with a GbE RJ45 WAN interface, a dual-purpose GbE RJ45 WAN/LAN interface, and four GbE RJ45 LAN ports. The MX68 security appliance provides 600 Mbps stateful firewall performance, 300 Mbps site-to-site VPN performance, and supports up to 50 VPN connections. The router comes with two GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces and 10 fixed GbE RJ45 LAN interfaces (two include PoE+). The Cisco Meraki MX75 security appliance delivers 1 Gbps stateful firewall performance, 500 Mbps site-to-site VPN throughput, and allows up to 75 VPN connections. The MX75 comes with one GbE SFP port, two fixed GbE RJ45 WAN interfaces, and 10 GbE RJ45 LAN ports (two include PoE+).
- Application and ID-based firewalling
- Content and web search filtering
- PCI-compliant Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) with sandboxing
- Load balancing to combine several WAN connections into one high-speed interface with policy-based Quality of Services, traffic shaping, and fast failover
- Works with all IPsec VPN devices and services
- USB port for fast 3G/4G failover
- Wi-Fi versions have 802.11ac Wave 2 2x2 MU-MIMO
Cisco 1000 Series ISR Branch Routers
Cisco 1000 and 1100 family Integrated Services Routers using Cisco IOS XE internetworking operating system are a selection of fanless routers intended to provide high-performance network connectivity, wireless access, and advanced cybersecurity for SMBs, enterprise branch offices, retail stores, kiosks, and machine-to-machine environments. Multiple parallel processing cores and compatibly with Cisco IOS XE enable these routers to offer capabilities consistent with Cisco's complete line of Enterprise routers. 1000 Series ISR models are offered with 4 or 8 LAN ports and provide GE packet forwarding. Various models include Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+, zero-touch provisioning, plus a range of integrated or pluggable connections such as LAN, WAN, WLAN, G.fast DSL, 3G/4G wireless, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and SFP Fiber. Cisco 1000 Series ISR models can be used with Cisco's SD-WAN services for transparent multi-cloud access, multilayer security, and cohesive administration across hybrid networks.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop 1100-4G ISR router includes four integrated GE ports, integrated 3G/4G LTE wireless with two LTE SMA connectors, and a micro-SIM slot. Encryption packet processing speed is 200 Mbps. The ISR 1100-6G router also includes two 1G SFP ports and delivers encryption throughput of 520 Mbps. Cisco's desktop-only 1101-4P ISR router includes four integrated switched GE interfaces, supports 802.11ac and 3G/4G LTE, and features encryption performance of 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1109-2P/4P ISR desktop routers include two or four built-in GE interfaces and two pluggable 3G/4G LTE wireless ports. Encryption packet processing throughput is 200 Mbps.
Cisco's rackmount or desktop ISR 111x-4P/8P routers include four or eight built-in GE interfaces (two or four provide PoE) and feature VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and SFP Fiber. Encryption speed is 280 Mbps. Cisco's 1RU or desktop 1111X-8P ISR router comes with eight GE ports (four with POE) and a port for SFP Fiber. Encryption packet processing speed is 340 Mbps. The ISR 112x-8P router has eight integrated GE interfaces with PoE and supports SHDSL, VDSL2/ADSL2+, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE wireless, and 1G SFP. Encryption speed is 340 Mbps. The Cisco 1161X-8P ISR router features eight GE interfaces with Power over Ethernet and provides 3G/4G LTE and 1G SFP. Encryption throughput is 450 Mbps.
Catalyst 8000 Series WAN Edge Platforms for SD-WAN and Routing
Cisco's Catalyst 8000 family of routers are modular appliances designed to operate at the WAN edge to support hybrid networks that can incorporate a mix of public and private clouds and SaaS applications. Catalyst 8000 routers are powered by Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Software and offer expandability, intelligent cybersecurity, and 5G connectivity. Throughput is enhanced via custom silicon, a multicore design, high port capacity, and in-line encryption. Cisco's subscription software services offer ongoing access to current SD-WAN technology and enable centralized management with advanced security, application-optimized policies, segmentation, and cloud readiness.
Catalyst 8200 Series WAN Edge Routers
Catalyst 8200 Series routers are upgrades to Cisco's 4300 Series ISRs, offering higher IPsec throughput and scale, hardware-accelerated encryption, plus higher integrated WAN port density. These one-rack unit appliances are designed to bring Cisco's Secure Access Service Edge, SD-WAN and 5G-connection technology to enterprise branches and the enterprise WAN edge. Cisco's Catalyst C8200L-1N-4T model includes four CPU cores, enables 500 Mbps IPsec traffic, and allows 1,500 SD-WAN tunnels. Cisco's Catalyst 8200L platform does not support container-based applications. The Catalyst C8200-1N-4T model features eight CPU cores, delivers 1Gb IPsec performance, permits 2,500 SD-WAN tunnels, and enables edge computing with in-place container models. Both appliances include a Network Interface Module (NIM) slot, one Pluggable Interface Module (PIM) slot, two 1G Ethernet WAN copper ports, and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN Small-Form-Factor Pluggable ports. 4-port and 8-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet switch NIM modules are available for both 8200 models.
Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge Routers
Cisco Catalyst 8300 WAN Edge routers are designed to supersede Cisco's 4400 Series ISR Routers, delivering Cisco's secure SD-WAN architecture to mid-sized and large enterprise branch offices seeking high WAN IPSec performance with integrated SD-WAN services. Advanced capabilities include 5G wireless support, built-in cybersecurity, WAN MACSec, enhanced Layer 2 switching, and Deep Packet Inspection with application-aware optimization. Cisco Catalyst 8300 Series WAN Edge routers enable edge computing for an existing container environment for Cisco UCS-E modules available on Cisco's 4000 line of ISR appliances. All models in the Cisco Catalyst 8300 family allow 4,000 SD-WAN tunnels and feature dual power supplies for high uptime.
The Catalyst 8300-1N1S-6T router model is a one-rack unit device that includes 8 CPU cores and delivers 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates as high as 1.9Gbps. The router comes with a single Service Module plug-in slot, one NIM slot, and six integrated 1G Ethernet WAN ports. The Catalyst 8300-2N2S-6T device is a two-rack unit device that includes 8 CPU cores and supports 2G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec data rates of up to 1.9Gbps. The unit includes two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, and six built-in 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Catalyst C8300-1N1S-4T2X router model is a 1RU device that has 8 CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN throughput and IPsec performance up to 15Gbps. The model has one one SM expansion slot, a NIM slot, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. The Cisco Catalyst C8300-2N2S-4T2X device is a two-rack unit device that includes 12 CPU cores and offers 5G SD-WAN performance and IPsec performance as high as 18Gbps. The appliance has two SM plug-in slots, two Network Interface Module slots, two integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces, and four fixed 1-Gigabit Ethernet WAN interfaces. LAN expansion modules offered by Cisco range from a four-port 1G Ethernet switch Network Interface Module module to a 50-port Catalyst L2 switch Service Module.
Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Aggregation Edge Routers
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Aggregation Edge routers are fixed, one-rack unit aggregation appliances for SD-WAN and colocation environments. Integrated features include route processor, embedded services processor, and aggregation hardware for various connection choices. IPsec throughput is twice that of Cisco's earlier generation ASR1001-X router. Available connectivity alternatives include 1GE, 10GE, 40GE, and 100GE WAN ports. 8500 Series routers come with redundant AC or DC power units for improved availability. Software subscription suites allow ongoing use of Cisco DNA Center Software for SD-WAN and routing and enable centralized management of cybersecurity, application-aware policies, network segmentation, and cloud support.
The Cisco Catalyst C8500L-8S4X router is designed to offer the same experience as Cisco's ASR 1000 router. The C8500L-8S4X includes four 1/10GE WAN interfaces and offers up to 20 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 19Gbps. The Cisco Catalyst C8500-12X appliance has 12 integrated 1/10GE WAN ports and supports as high as 120 Gbps aggregate throughput. SD-WAN IPsec performance is up to 51 Gbps. The C8500-12X4QC model includes four built-in 1/10GE WAN ports and eight 1GE ports and can support up to 200 Gbps aggregate performance. SD-WAN IPsec performance can reach 68 Gbps.
Cisco ISR G2 Routers
Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers are designed to offer satellite offices of enterprises with advanced collaboration, virtualization, protection, and reliable connectivity. Integrated Services G2 routers feature an architecture that preserves past investments in service modules for first-generation ISR routers and reduces down-the-line costs by allowing easy upgrades to new modules as they become available. Compared to previous ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services G2 routers feature 2-7 times higher performance, far more, and easier support. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers support gigabit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. ISR G2 routers also support intelligent power control for better energy conservation.
A major innovation with Integrated Services Generation 2 routers is the IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that your company can quickly license and activate new features when required without needing to download and copy a different IOS image to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants can provide world-class expertise to assist you to design, implement, and maintain multi-location installations of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve branch office productivity and reduce the costs of expansion and support.
Cisco's ISR 800 Line of Routers
The 800 Series of ISR routers has been functionally replaced by the faster Cisco ISR 900 series but is still widely deployed. Cisco's extensive line of 800 Series ISR routers is made up of desktop, fanless devices intended for small businesses, branch locations, retail venues, teleworkers, and customers of ISPs. A wealth of devices in the 800 product line have been released with many options for many years. The 881 line of ISR routers suggests the vast selection of options offered within the Cisco 800 Series product family. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can enable unified media environments by delivering voice and video, wireless and data in a single integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection 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 high-speed WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple 3G and 4G wireless connections all on one desktop appliance.
Cisco's 881 of ISR routers support a broad variety of deployment scenarios
The basic Cisco 881 router includes a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch that delivers 15 Mbps performance, the ability to handle up to 20 users, two-port integrated PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. Cisco's 881W ISR router includes 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. Cisco's 881 SRST router features 4 FXS ports and 1 FXO port for PSTN failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) feature license, Cisco's 881 ISR router supports SIP trunking as a replacement for outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks can also connect remote call agents in Cisco Call Center environments.
4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are modular and expandable platforms intended for businesses with a large number of branches and offsite users who need direct communication with private data centers as well as public clouds via VPNs and the Internet. The 4000 series delivers the throughput required for distributed enterprise sites to accommodate mobile users, cloud services, and HD multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Models in the 4000 Series are powered by Cisco's powerful IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, are able to handle as much as 2 Gbps of traffic, and can include up to 3 interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 built-in Gigabit Ethernet switches, and 8 CPU core integrated server modules. Cisco ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. For unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides extensive edge support for session border control, branch telephony survivability, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The major difference between Cisco's 4400 ISR and 4300 Series is dual power supply support in the 4400 Series, offering a higher degree of availability. The 4321 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU desktop package with two network interface modules, provides as much as 100 Mbps throughput, and can handle 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 Integrated Services Router has a 1 RU package and includes two network interface modules, delivers up to 300 Mbps performance, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The 4351 model has a 2 RU package and includes three network interface modules, provides up to 400 Mbps throughput, and supports 720 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 model has a 2 RU form factor with three network interface modules, provides up to 1 Gbps performance, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The redundant-power 4431 Integrated Services Router has a 2 RU package and includes three NIMs, delivers up to 2 Gbps throughput, and can handle 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Carrier-class Routers
Cisco's WAN edge and carrier routers offer enterprises with high-performance, secure head ends to manage satellite office and remote user traffic and to offer service providers cost-optimized wide area network edge solutions. Cisco's WAN aggregation and service provider router portfolio features the ASR 1000 product line and the 9000 ASR routers.
Progent's national group of Cisco CCIE certified network consultants have in-depth experience working with enterprise businesses and service providers to plan efficient deployments and seamless upgrades of Cisco's midrange and carrier-class routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer objective, independent network security vulnerability assessments, penetration services and advanced Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to comply with business guidelines and statutory mandates for IT data protection and incident reporting.
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco's ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge family of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco's midrange products that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. ASR 1000 routers provide a small footprint, single-product solution for enterprises who need satellite office aggregation at supergigabit Ethernet speeds. Cisco's ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers incorporate an innovative design that combines on-board acceleration with software flexibility to offer a rich set of concurrent services without sacrificing dependable performance.
ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers feature Cisco's new QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can handle as many as 160 concurrent threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for every service, allows the top-of-the-line ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to expand up to 000 queues, 32K subscribers, 4K IP security tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2M Netflow log records. This CPU capability allows Cisco's ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers to support a variety of sophisticated services simultaneously in massive volume without suffering performance decay that could violate adherence to service level agreements. Examples of these services include Cisco Firewall, IPS, Network Address Translation, Flexible Packet Matching, and deep packet inspection. The ASR 1000 also allows sophisticated traffic control for performing numerous levels of QoS to a packet in a single operation, enhancing the user experience for next-generation voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Routers are designed as WAN-edge routers for carriers who are required to deliver the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile customers by offering non-stop availability, high performance, and application awareness. All models in Cisco's ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers run Cisco's IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed OS designed for non-stop uptime. Performance of Cisco's ASR 9000 Series of Aggregation Services Routers can be expanded to as high as 96 Tbps per system. the Cisco ASR 9000 Series of Routers support high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, and fan trays 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 nonblocking, full-duplex fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays which can accept port adapters for 1 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis incorporates four 10 GE SFP+ ports as well as ports for GPS clocking, BITS, and management. The ASR 9904 Router comes in a 6 RU chassis and offers line-rate 10 and 100 GE connections in space-constrained sites. The 4-slot router can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single chassis. The Cisco ASR 9912 platform comes in a 30 RU form factor with 12 slots slots that can handle up to 550 Gbps of throughput. The Cisco ASR 9912 includes 2 route CPUs as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards for N+1 redundancy.
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