As computer technology progresses, the difference between a router and a switch is becoming fuzzier. Fundamentally, routers are Layer 3 (L3) devices designed to connect different networks. A typical example is connecting a small business Ethernet network to the Internet. Switches are instead Layer 2 (L2) devices that interface client devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on CPUs to send traffic using sophisticated algorithms, offering versatility at the expense of speed. Switches, in contrast, rely on mostly predefined hardware designs to steer traffic at the highest possible speed. Today's routers typically incorporate L2 switches, and many modern switches have some Layer 3 routing capability. Routers developed by Cisco, the supplier of 90% of the world's routers, have advanced significantly in function and performance and Cisco makes a comprehensive product line that features routers designed to handle the needs of users ranging from individual telecommuters to nationwide service providers.
The most recent ISR routers released by Cisco have the performance and built-in functionality to support data voice and video as well as virtual environments while also providing fault tolerance, web-based administration, seamless scalability, and advanced protection. These routers allow your business to build a solid basis for an IT environment that can grow smoothly as you add more workers, establish extra offices, configure new services, extend your network to clients and vendors, and build an expanding mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco qualified CCIE network engineers can provide immediate and affordable remote expertise to help your company to select, configure, administer, upgrade, and support Cisco's latest router technology and can assist you to support your older routers or move efficiently to Cisco’s newer router solutions.
Cisco Routers for Small Businesses and Remote Offices
Cisco’s routers for small companies and remote offices offer affordable and reliable entry-level alternatives that allow limited sets of users to have secure connectivity to wide area networks. All these fixed-configuration desktop routers include at minimum four Ethernet switches with wireless options plus integrated firewall for enhanced protection. Built for easy installation, administration, and support, Cisco’s entry-level routers minimize ownership costs by lowering equipment and operational investments. Progent’s remote troubleshooting specialists have in-depth backgrounds providing immediate and economical IT assistance for small companies to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s CCIE network engineers can help your company to understand whether and how Cisco-s small office routers can add to the business value of your IT system.
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers
Cisco's economical RV Series Routers are designed to offer small businesses with VPN capability that allows remote users to access a network via secure tunneling. Devices in the Cisco RV Series VPN Routers can support up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, include 4-, 8-, or 16-port Ethernet switches, come with integrated firewalls with sophisticated data encryption, and support web-based configuration for easy deployment and management. All RV Series devices accommodate fast Ethernet and some can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless versions are available. Cisco's RV Series routers do not incorporate Cisco’s IOS platform.
The Cisco RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch and can safely handle up to 50 branch offices or online workers through IPsec or Point-to-Point tunneling protocol. The RV042G supports Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 model VPN Router has an 8-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can manage as many as 100 remote offices or off-site users via full IPsec VPN. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router features 16 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates 100 online connections, and allows as many as 7 ports to be set up for load balancing or for ISP redundancy to ensure non-stop Internet connectivity.
Later products in Cisco's family of Small Business RV Series Routers include the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN with a 4-port Ethernet switch and support for as many as four active VLANs, the Cisco RV130W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the RV220W wired/Wireless-N Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 25 VPN tunnels, and the 320 RV320 WAN VPN Router that includes a 4-port Gigabit switch and redundant Gigabit WAN ports for business continuity.
Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco's extensive portfolio of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless appliances intended for small businesses, branch offices, retail venues, telecommuters, and customers of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in Cisco's 800 product line have been released with various options over many years. The 881 line of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options available within Cisco's 800 Series line of routers. Various models in Cisco's 881 router portfolio can support unified media networks by delivering IP voice and video, Wi-Fi and cellular wireless and data in a single integrated appliance. Built-in security can include encryption, VPN tunneling, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available features for Cisco 881 ISR routers include duplicate WAN links or support for landline broadband WAN links such as DSL as well as multiple 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into one desktop appliance.
Cisco's 880 Series of ISR routers support a broad range of deployment models
The baseline Cisco 881 includes 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 PoE, and IPv6 compatibility. The Cisco 881W router supports 802.11g/n Wi-Fi. The 881 SRST router includes four FXS ports and 1 FXO port for public-switched-telephone-network (PSTN) failover with Cisco Survivable Remote Site Telephony. With a Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) license, the Cisco 881 ISR router supports SIP trunk connectivity to replace outdated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN service provider. SIP trunks can also connect remote agents in Cisco Call Center deployments.
Cisco ISR Generation 2 Routers
Cisco's ISR Generation 2 routers are intended to provide branch offices of large businesses with enhanced video and voice applications, virtual networking, protection, and dependable WAN access. ISR G2 routers introduce a design that protects prior investments in modules for first-generation Integrated Services Routers and lowers future costs by permitting easy upgrades to additional modules when they are developed. In comparison to older ISR routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers feature 2-7 times more throughput, far more, and more affordable maintenance. All Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers support Gbit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and ultra-fast fabric for higher throughput. Integrated Services G2 routers also support smart power management for improved energy conservation.
A major innovation with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which includes all of the Cisco IOS technology sets so that your company can rapidly license and deploy extra services when required without having to download and transfer a different IOS Software image over to yourCisco router. Progent's team of CCIE network consultants can provide proven skills to assist your business to design, implement, and maintain multi-location installations of Cisco ISR G2 routers that improve branch office productivity and reduce the price of upgrades and maintenance.
1900 ISR G2 Routers
1900 Series ISR G2 routers offer hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and as many as 11 modular Ethernet switches. The 1941W ISR router includes an integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi access point that allows wireless connectivity to high throughput data, voice, and video applications through Multi-Input, Multiple-output technology that expands coverage for existing 802.11 clients. Connectivity options for the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and 1 GigE.
Compared to the previous 1841 ISR router which they are designed to replace, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 MB vs. 32 of CompactFlash storage as a default, and can be expanded to 4GB vs. 128 megabytes. Standard DRAM size is 256 megabytes vs. 128 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.25 GB vs. 384 megabytes. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 ISR G2 routers include a USB console in place of the outdated DB-9 interface and includes an add-in slot for the new Internal Services Module instead of a slot for the older and slower AIM module. Unlike top-of-the-line Integrated Services G2 routers, the 1941 Series Integrated Services G2 routers do not support redundant power or add-in slots for Packet Voice and fax DSP Modules.
Cisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers
2900 Integrated Services G2 Routers are available in four versions which correspond to the models in Cisco’s popular 2800 router family. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption acceleration, voice and video capable DSP slots, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, call processing, and from 16 to 50 modular Ethernet switchports. The on-board encryption circuitry provides IP Security and SSL VPN tunneling for protected off-site connections and is dramatically higher performing than the Advanced Integration Modules available with 2800 series routers. The high-end Cisco 2951 ISR G2 router can handle 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity alternatives include T1/E1, T3/E3, xDSL, as well as GbE.
Cisco 2900 Integrated Services G2 routers support the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, providing high-performance capability identical to the Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older 2821 ISR router which the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to substitute for, the Cisco 2921 is shipped by default with 256 megabytes vs. 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB compared to 256 MB. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 512 megabytes vs. 256 and maximum DRAM capacity is 2.5 GB vs. 1 gigabytes.
3900 ISR 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 models deliver the highest performance and add-in slot densities in Cisco’s Integrated Services G2 family and can accept high-speed digital signal processors for the most demanding multimedia applications, accelerated hardware encryption, a wide range of interface options, a maximum 98 modular Ethernet LAN Switchports, and as many as 2,500 SIP sessions. To protect your investment, the Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine, a modular motherboard that can be replaced in the field to enhance throughput without forcing you to buy another piece of equipment. As with other ISR G2 routers, Cisco’s 3900 family also protects past network investments by supporting most of the modules from older Cisco ISR routers. For advanced fault tolerance, Cisco 3900 Integrated Services G2 support dual integrated power supplies.
Compared to the older model 3825 Integrated Services router that the 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the 3925 router is shipped by default with 256 megabytes as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash memory and can be expanded to 4GB instead of 256 megabytes. Standard dynamic RAM size is 1 gigabyte vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 gigabytes instead of only 1.
4000 Series ISR Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers are compact modular and scalable platforms intended for businesses with a large number of branches and remote users requiring direct access to private data centers and public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. The 4000 series provides the bandwidth needed for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile workers, cloud services, and multimedia applications by using WAN optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Devices in Cisco's 4000 Series are powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1RU or 2RU form factor, are able to support Up to 2 Gbps of throughput, and can have up to 3 network interface slots, 2 service module slots, 4 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, and 8 CPU core server modules. ISR 4000 models can support integrated Gigabit Ethernet, T1/E1, T3/E3, PR1, xDSL and other interfaces. To manage unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR offers extensive edge support technology for policy-enhanced SBC, branch telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.
The major difference between the Cisco 4400 ISR and 4300 Series Routers is the inclusion of dual power supply support in the 4400 ISR Series, providing a higher level of fault tolerance. The 4321 ISR Router has a 1 RU desktop package and includes two network interface modules, offers as much as 100 Mbps performance, and allows up to 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. The 4331 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU form factor and includes two NIMs, offers up to 300 Mbps throughput, and can handle 360 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 ISR Router has a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, provides up to 400 Mbps throughput, and can handle 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's power-redundant 4431 Integrated Services Router comes in a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, offers as much as 1 Gbps performance, and supports 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's fault-tolerant 4431 model has a 2 RU form factor and includes three network interface modules, offers as much as 2 Gbps throughput, and supports 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.
Cisco's First Generation ISR Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with more than six million products in operation, are the industry's most popular solution for small businesses and enterprise branch offices to achieve fast, safe, and dependable connectivity to key applications. Progent's CCIE-certified network consultants are proven experts at delivering online design, administrative, and troubleshooting support for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family Integrated Services Routers. Progent can assist your company to upgrade to the current release of Cisco IOS Software with minimal service interruption to your network, assess the security vulnerability of your router setup, and assist business to move cost effectively to the new line of Cisco ISR Generation 2 routers whenever it is appropriate for your business.
Cisco 1800 Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 1800 family of integrated services routers incorporate data and protection into a single resilient solution for fast, expandable connectivity with strategic business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been specifically engineered to meet the requirements of small-to-medium-sized businesses, branch offices, and ISP-managed services environments for access to simultaneous services at high speed. The integrated services systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series routers delivers maximum business agility and investment protection.
Cisco's 1841 integrated services router offers important benefits relative to prior generations of Cisco 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a 5x throughput increase and built-in hardware encryption enabled by an optional Cisco IOS Software security image. The Cisco 1841 integrated services router dramatically improves interface card slot throughput and density in comparison to the Cisco 1700 Series routers while still providing compatibility with dozens of available WAN interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs (VWICs)-for data only). The 1841 router provides further enhancement of Virtual Private Network performance with an available VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system (IPS) and firewall functions; support for a broad array of interface needs, including support for integrated switch ports; and enough performance and expansion slot capacity for future network expansion and advanced applications.
Cisco 2800 Integrated Services Routers
Targeted at small to medium-sized organizations and corporate branch offices, the Cisco 2800 Series comprises four basic versions: the 2801 router, the Cisco 2811, the 2821, and the Cisco 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers offer substantial additional value in comparison to prior generations of Cisco routers at comparable price points by delivering up to a 5x performance increase, as much as a tenfold improvement in security and voice performance, built-in service features, and dramatically increased slot speed and density while maintaining compatibility with most of the over 90 existing expansion modules available today for the 1700, the Cisco 2600 Series, and Cisco's 3700 Series routers.
The Cisco 2800 Series provides an array of popular protection features such as a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IPsec VPN, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network, powerful application inspection and management, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol Version 2.0, and SNMPv3 in one protected solution. Also, by incorporating security functions directly into the router, Cisco can offer unique intelligent security solutions other security devices can't, such as network admissions control (NAC) for antivirus defense; V3PN for QoS enforcement when mixing voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; Dynamic Multipoint VPN; Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy VPN for enabling increasingly expandable and easier to manage VPN networks.
Companies can utilize the 2800 Series router to deploy an integrated IP telephony solution for up to 96 IP telephones, and can securely deploy data, voice, and IP telephony on one router for their small-to-medium sized branch offices.
The 2800 Series supports a built-in access point for wireless network connectivity, wireless Hotspot capability for shared public wireless networks, and infrastructure services for cordless wireless LAN telephony and for larger locations.
Cisco 3800 ISR Routers
The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and enterprise branch locations to offer businesses the highest degree of network versatility, performance, and intelligence. Cisco 3800 Series routers smoothly integrate advanced technologies, adaptive services, and secure enterprise communications into a single robust system. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 integrated services routers offer internal security intelligence, excellent throughput and high memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability necessary for scaling mission-critical protection, IP telephony, business video, network monitoring, and Web applications in the most demanding corporate environments. Built for speed, the Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple simultaneous services as fast as wired T3/E3 rates.
The integrated services routing architecture of the Cisco 3800 Series router is built to combine protection and voice processing with the latest wired and wireless support for fast installation of new services, including application layer functions, smart network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series router meets the bandwidth demands of multiple Fast Ethernet ports for every expansion slot, time-division multiplexing (TDM) connections, and fully integrated power sourcing to modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while still supporting the traditional portfolio of modular interfaces. This permits ongoing ROI by supporting network scaling or adapting to innovations in technology as new services are added. By integrating the functions of several separate appliances into one small unit, the 3800 Series router dramatically reduces the cost and hassle of administering remote networks.
Cisco's WAN Edge Routers and Service Provider Routers
Cisco’s midrange and carrier routers can provide enterprises with fast, secure head ends to manage satellite office and off-site data packets and to offer service providers economical wide area network edge routing. Cisco’s midrange and service provider router product line includes the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 ASR Routers, the ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.
Progent's national group of Cisco CCIE certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds working with enterprises and Internet service providers to design optimal deployments and seamless upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance experts offer unbiased, third-party network security vulnerability evaluations, penetration testing and comprehensive SIEM solutions to help enterprises with Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to meet industry guidelines and government regulations for network information security and incident reporting.
7600 Series Routers
The 7600 Series Integrated Services router takes advantage of the Catalyst 6500 Series architecture by using an NEBS-3 compliant chassis, 256-Gbps crossbar, and 30-Mpps switching speed. High availability is implemented via logical and physical redundancy plus IOS Software functions. In addition, the 7600 offers a rich array of high-touch IP network services at optical speed through a variety of Optical Services Modules enabled by Cisco proprietary PXF technology.
The 7609 router offers the choice to select a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps bus, which provide switching performance of 30 million packets per second or 15 million packets per second respectively. When the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the Cisco 7609 can in addition allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 Mpps by using the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet card, which is powered by the DFC Card and the SFM.
The Cisco 7603 Series router offers only the 32-Gbps bus option and delivers 15 million packets per second performance. The Cisco 7603 Series router does not offer Cisco's distributed switching technology.
Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services family of routers is designed to fill the middle of Cisco’s midrange routers that concentrate on acting as headends at the WAN edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers offer a small form factor, single-product answer for large businesses looking for satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet speeds. ASR 1000 Series routers introduce an innovative architecture that combines hardware acceleration with programmable flexibility in order to deliver a rich set of concurrent services while preserving dependable responsiveness.
ASR 1000 WAN Edge routers include Cisco’s new QuantumFlow Processor incorporating 40 purpose-built Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that in combination can support up to 160 simultaneous threads. This multi-processing structure, in conjunction with hardware acceleration for all services, allows the high-end ASR 1006 Aggregation Services router to expand up to 128 queues, 32K clients, 4,000 IPsec tunnels at 10K sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow records. This CPU capability allows ASR 1000 Series routers to support a broad range of advanced services concurrently in massive volume while avoiding throughput decay that could compromise compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these services include IOS Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, Flexible Packet Matching, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic control for applying multiple levels of QoS to a data packet in one pass, improving responsiveness for high-bandwidth voice, video, and conferencing applications.
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are designed as edge routers for carriers who are required to support the highest quality data, voice and video services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by offering continual operation, high performance, and application-aware intelligence. All models in Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Routers are powered by Cisco's IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed operating system designed for non-stop availability. Throughput of Cisco's ASR 9000 family of Routers can scale up to 96 Tbps per chassis. the ASR 9000 portfolio of Routers support Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 GE, and 100 GE and feature redundant fabric and power supply, power entry modules, and fan trays plus backup control planes.
The ASR 9001 model is a carrier-edge router in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of full-duplex fabric performance. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays which can support port adapters for 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet. The base chassis includes four 10 GE enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports and ports for GPS Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU chassis and provides line-rate 10 and 100 GE connectivity in space-constrained environments. The 4-slot router can support up to 4 Tbps of capacity in one box. The Cisco ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU chassis and includes 12 slots slots that can support 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The ASR 9912 has 2 route CPUs and 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.
The Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System
Cisco's Carrier Routing System product line, running Cisco's IOS XR self-healing, distributed software, gives carriers world-class capacity and uptime. The CRS product line was introduced in 2004, has been continuously enhanced, and now features the industry's most popular multishelf network core router. To protect past capital investments in infrastructure, new Carrier Routing System platforms are compatible with previous CRS versions.
Current product lines in Cisco's CRS family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series. Every CRS series includes single-chassis 4, 8, and 16 slot systems plus multiple-shelf models. Cisco's CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor technology and delivers as much as 92 Tbps of performance. Products in the CRS-3 Series use Cisco's QuantumFlow Array technology and offer up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Routers incorporate Cisco's CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to deliver an impressive 922 Tbps.
Cisco's CRS Multichassis platforms can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the capability to deliver 400-Gbps of continuous operations for each slot. CRS Multichassis platforms can support 1 to 8 fabric shelves. MSCs and physical layer interface modules (PLIMs) are compatible across the complete Carrier Routing System product line.
Older Cisco Routers Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants are familiar with legacy routers no longer offered by Cisco. Progent can help you to support these older routers and can in addition assist you to rationalize and carry out upgrades to newer models. Popular Cisco routers maintained by Progent include:
Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP Trunk Solutions
- Cisco 500 Series Routers
The Cisco 520 Secure Router, designed to handle up to 50 users, features a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and one IOS Software image. By supporting a simple yet effective array of IOS Software features, the Cisco 520 SR Router streamlines configuration, administration, and technical support, but still provides powerful security and performance alternatives to match the specific requirements of your business.
- Cisco 850 and 870 Model Unified Communications Routers
Cisco's discontinued 850 Series routers are designed for small networks, recommended for as many as 10 users or for telecommuter environments where secure and economical access is needed. 850 Series routers offer safe access with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IP security VPN support, a four-port 10/100 Ethernet switch, a protected wireless option with a fixed antenna, plus easy configuration and integration and off-site administration features through Web-enabled tools and IOS Software.
Cisco's legacy 870 Series routers are designed for small networks with up to 20 users or for telecommuter locations where high-quality voice/video over IP and resilient connectivity using standby Internet connections are required. Cisco 870 Series access routers offer high performance in small workgroups as well as enhanced security through services such as stateful Inspection Firewall, IP Security tunneling, Triple Data Encryption Standard or AES plus Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and GETVPN, an intrusion prevention system, antivirus support through NAC, and policing of secure access policies.
- Cisco 1700 Series Routers
Cisco 1700 Series routers are designed to deliver a cost-effective, integrated router solution for small and medium-sized companies. Cisco 1700 Series routers provide versatility and ease of administration to satisfy demanding e-business needs such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax integration, fast wire-rate Internet connection, and powerful security options. 1700 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 1800 Series of ISR routers and the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.
- 2600 Series Routers
The Cisco 2600 Series of routers is a line of modular multiservice access routers for branch sites, providing flexible LAN and WAN configurations, a wide array of protection capabilities, and a range of high-speed processors. Cisco 2600 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Integrated Services Generation 2 routers.
- 3700 Routers
The 3700 Series is a family of access solutions for mid-size and large office networks. Supported by over 70 modular interface add-in products, the Cisco 3700 family provides a resilient platform for data, voice video, Virtual Private Networks, and mixed-protocol routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 ISR G2 routers.
- Cisco 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 7200 VXR router offers speed, modularity, and scalability in a small form factor with a broad range of deployment profiles. With processing speeds up to 2 mega-packets / second, port and service adapters spanning from NxDS0 to GbE, and OC-3 along with a number of high-touch IP services, the Cisco 7200 VXR Series Integrated Services router is a solid broadband aggregation edge device for large corporations and service providers. The Cisco 7200 VXR Series router provides broadband aggregation by handling up to 16K Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions per device, mixed-media support via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR frame and voice port adapters, IP-to-IP gateway support, and IPsec virtual private networking scalable to 5K tunnels per device.
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is an SBC that allows SIP access to an IP PSTN service provider and enables outside-the-firewall capabilities such as SIP-based conferencing with rich media recording, SIP call center and IVR solutions, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and business-to-business telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in capability of IOS available via license to run on Cisco's ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many products within Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2 lines including the 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 and 2800 Series, and 1800 Series. For details about Progent's consulting support for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, see SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration Services.
Ways Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE qualified engineers can assist your company to design, setup, and manage a converged network infrastructure that can streamline processes, reduce costs, and speed time to productivity. By teaming Cisco integrated services routers with Catalyst switches support and Cisco Aironet wireless integration, Progent can significantly enhance the business value of your information network. Progent can provide on-premises and remote support and can provide data center support throughout Northern California and select cities nationwide.
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