As technology progresses, the difference between routers and switches has grown fuzzier. At heart, routers are Layer 3 devices designed to connect different networks. A typical scenario is connecting an office network to the Internet via DSL. Switches are instead L2 devices that interconnect various devices that share the same network. Basically, routers rely on processors to steer traffic based on sophisticated software, offering flexibility at the cost of throughput. Switches, by comparison, depend upon largely fixed hardware configurations to send traffic at the highest possible speed. Today's routers ordinarily come with Layer 2 switches, and many modern switches have some Layer 3 routing functionality. Routers offered by Cisco, the source of the vast majority of the world's routers, have advanced significantly in capability and speed and Cisco makes an extensive product line that includes routers engineered to handle the requirements of customers from households to the world's largest service providers.

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The latest Integrated Services Routers released by Cisco offer the speed and integrated functionality to support IP voice and video plus virtualization while at the same time offering high availability, remote management, seamless scalability, and enhanced security and compliance. Cisco's ISR routers allow your company to build a firm basis for an IT environment that can evolve seamlessly as you hire more employees, establish extra sites, activate additional functions, extend your system to customers and vendors, and support an an increasingly mobile workforce. Progent’s Cisco CCIE network engineers can provide fast and economical remote support to help you to plan, deploy, manage, update, and troubleshoot Cisco's most advanced routers and can help you to maintain your older routers or move efficiently to Cisco’s current router solutions.

Cisco Routers for Small Companies and Branch Offices
Cisco’s routers for smaller organizations and remote offices offer affordable and reliable entry-level alternatives that allow limited groups of users to share safe connectivity to the Internet. These fixed-configuration desktop routers include at least four 10/100 Ethernet switches with Wi-Fi options and built-in firewall for enhanced security. Designed for easy setup, management, and support, Cisco’s small business routers minimize ownership costs by lowering equipment and operational investments. Progent’s online support specialists have extensive experience providing fast and affordable IT assistance for small businesses to configure and maintain these routers, and Progent’s CCIE network engineers can assist your company to determine how these routers can increase the strategic value of your information network.

Cisco Small Business RV Series Routers
Cisco RV Series VPN Routers Remote SupportCisco's economical RV Series VPN Routers are designed to offer small organizations with VPN capability that allows remote users to access a network via secure tunneling. Devices in the RV Series Routers can handle up to 100 IPsec VPN tunnels, incorporate 4 to 16-port Ethernet switches, have built-in firewalls with advanced data encryption, and support browser-based configuration for remote set up and management. All models accommodate fast Ethernet and some support Gigabit Ethernet. Both wired and wireless models are offered. Cisco's RV Series VPN routers do not incorporate Cisco’s popular IOS control software.

Cisco RV Series VPN Routers ConsultantsCisco’s RV042 Dual WAN VPN Router includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and can safely handle up to 50 branch offices or online workers through IPsec or PPTP VPN. The G version can handle Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco's RV082 VPN Router includes an 8-port 10/100 switch and can manage 100 remote offices or off-site users via full IPsec VPN. Cisco's RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router includes 16 switched 10/100 Ethernet ports, accommodates up to 100 remote connections, and allows up to seven ports to be configured for load balancing or for ISP redundancy to provide zero downtime Internet connectivity.

Later models in Cisco's portfolio of Small Business RV Series Routers include the RV110W wired/Wireless-N VPN Firewall with a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and support for as many as four VLANs, the RV130W wired/Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 12000 Concurrent sessions, the RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and support for 25 VPN tunnels, and the Cisco 320 RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router that features a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Dual Gigabit WAN ports for load balancing and business continuity.

Cisco 800 Family of ISR Routers
Cisco 881 ISR Routers ConsultingCisco's extensive line of 800 Series ISR routers consists of desktop, fanless devices designed and priced for small organizations, branch locations, retail shops, telecommuters, and customers of broadband service providers. A wealth of models in the 800 Series family of routers have been released with various options over the course of many years. The 881 Series of ISR routers suggests the wide array of options offered within the Cisco 800 Series product family. Models in Cisco's 881 Series router portfolio can enable converged media environments by delivering IP voice and video, wireless and data in one integrated router and switch. Advanced data protection can include encryption, VPN, firewall, and URL filtering. For survivability, available options for Cisco 881 routers include duplicate wide area network connections or support for landline high-speed WAN links like DSL as well as multiple different 3G and 4G wireless WAN connections all built into one appliance.

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

The baseline Cisco 881 features a 4-port fast Ethernet managed switch with up to 15 Mbps throughput, the ability to handle up to 20 users, 2-port integrated Power over Ethernet, and IPv6 support. The Cisco 881W ISR 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 CUBE feature license, the Cisco 881 ISR router allows SIP trunking as a replacement for legacy PRI lines or foreign exchange-office (FXO) voice connectivity to a PSTN carrier. SIP trunks can also connect offsite agents in Cisco Call Center environments.

Cisco Integrated Services G2 Routers
Cisco's ISR G2 routers are designed to offer satellite offices of large businesses with advanced collaboration, virtualization, protection, and reliable connectivity. ISR Generation 2 routers introduce a design that preserves past investments in modules for older ISR routers and reduces down-the-line expenses by permitting field upgrades to new modules when they become available. Compared to previous Integrated Services Routers, Cisco's Integrated Services Generation 2 routers offer 2-7 times higher throughput, far greater expandability, and more affordable support. All ISR Generation 2 routers offer gigabit switching and incorporate multi-core processors and multigigabit fabric for higher performance. Integrated Services G2 routers also support intelligent power management for improved energy efficiency.

A major innovation with ISR Generation 2 routers is the Cisco IOS Software Universal image which contains all of the Cisco IOS feature sets so that your company can rapidly authorize and activate extra features as required without needing to download and transfer a different IOS image to yourrouter. Progent's group of CCIE network consultants can provide world-class skills to help your business to design, configure, and maintain multi-location installations of Cisco Integrated Services G2 routers that improve satellite office productivity and cut the price of expansion and support.

1900 ISR G2 Routers
1900 ISR G2 Routers Online Support1900 Series ISR G2 routers offer accelerated hardware encryption, optional Cisco IOS firewall, Cisco IOS intrusion prevention, and a maximum of 11 modular LAN switches. The 1941W router includes an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point that enables cordless connectivity to high-bandwidth data, voice, and video applications through MIMO support that expands coverage for existing 802.11a/b/g clients. Interface options for the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers include T1/E1, xDSL, 3G, and GbE.

In comparison to the older 1841 Integrated Services router which they are designed to replace, the 1900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers have 256 megabytes vs. 32 of CompactFlash storage as standard, and flash can be increased to 4 gigabytes compared to 128 megabytes. Standard dynamic RAM capacity is 256 megabytes compared to 128 MB and top DRAM capacity is 2.25 GB instead of 384 MB. In contrast to the 1841 router, the 1900 Series ISR G2 routers feature a USB console in place of the older DB-9 connector and has a slot for the new ISM module to replace the slot for the older and lower performance AIM module. In contrast to top-of-the-line ISR G2 routers, the Cisco 1941 and 1941W Integrated Services G2 routers do not allow redundant power or add-in slots for PVDM modules.

2900 ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 2900 Series ISR G2 Routers Online SupportCisco 2900 ISR G2 Routers are released in four versions which are intended as upgrades to the models in Cisco’s successful 2800 router series. Cisco’s 2901, 2911, 2921, and 2951 ISR G2 routers include on-board hardware encryption, 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 supports IPsec and SSL VPN for protected remote connections and is dramatically faster than the Advanced Integration Modules supported by Cisco 2800 routers. The high-end 2951 Series ISR G2 router supports 600 SIP sessions. Wired and wireless connectivity options include T1/E1, T3/E3, ADSL and SDSL, plus GE.

2900 ISR G2 routers accommodate the Cisco Enhanced EtherSwitch Service Modules, offering high-performance capability identical to Cisco’s Catalyst 2960 and Catalyst 3650-E Series Switches. In comparison to the older Cisco 2821 Integrated Services router which the 2921 ISR G2 router is intended to substitute for, the Cisco 2921 is shipped standard with 256 MB as opposed to 64 megabytes of CompactFlash storage and can be loaded with up to 4GB vs. 256 megabytes. Standard DRAM capacity is 512 MB vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 2.5 GB instead of 1 gigabytes.

Cisco 3900 Series ISR G2 Routers
Cisco 3900 ISR G2 Routers Online System Design and TroubleshootingCisco offers four models for the top-of-the-line 3900 Series ISR Generation 2 router, the 3925, 3945, 3925E, and 3945E. These models deliver the top throughput and add-in slot densities in Cisco’s Integrated Services G2 family and support fast DSPs for the most demanding multimedia applications, fast hardware encryption, a broad range of connectivity options, up to 98 modular LAN switches, and up to 2,500 SIP sessions. To safeguard your investment, the Cisco 3900 ISR G2 routers include Cisco’s Services Performance Engine, a modular motherboard that can be swapped out in the field to improve processing power without forcing your business to buy another device. As with other Cisco ISR G2 routers, the 3900 Series also protects previous network investments by supporting the majority of the modules from first-generation Cisco ISR routers. For improved availability, Cisco 3900 ISR G2 offer two integrated power supplies.

In comparison to the older 3825 Integrated Services router which the Cisco 2921 ISR G2 router is designed to replace, the 3925 router is offered standard with 256 MB as opposed to 64 MB of flash memory and can be expanded to 4 gigabytes instead of 256 megabytes. Default DRAM capacity is 1 GB vs. 256 MB and maximum dynamic RAM capacity is 4 gigabytes instead of 1 GB.

Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) are compact modular and scalable platforms intended for businesses with multiple branches and remote users who need direct access to private data centers and public clouds across VPN tunnels and the Internet. Cisco's 4000 series provides the throughput required for distributed enterprise sites to support mobile users, cloud services, and multimedia applications by using network optimization, deep packet inspection, and traffic-management technology. Models in Cisco's ISR 4000 product line run Cisco's IOS XE operating system, come in a 1-rack-unit (RU) or 2RU package, can handle as much as 2 Gbps of throughput, and can include up to 3 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 handle unified communications, Cisco's 400o ISR provides comprehensive edge support for session border control, telephony fault tolerance, and Time Division Multiplexing gateways.

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The main difference between Cisco's 4400 and 4300 Series Routers is dual power supply support in the 4400 Series, providing a higher degree of fault tolerance. Cisco's 4321 Integrated Services Router comes in a 1 RU desktop form factor and includes two network interface modules (NIMs), provides up to 100 Mbps performance, and supports 240 Digital Voice/Video Channels. Cisco's 4331 ISR Router comes in a 1 RU package with two NIMs, offers up to 300 Mbps throughput, and allows up to 360 Digital Voice and Video Channels. Cisco's 4351 router 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 dual power supply 4431 router has a 2 RU package with three network interface modules, provides as much as 1 Gbps throughput, and allows up to 720 Digital Voice and Video Channels. The fault-tolerant 4431 Integrated Services Router features a 2 RU form factor and includes three NIMs, delivers up to 2 Gbps performance, and supports 1200 Digital Voice/Video Channels.

Cisco's First Generation Integrated Service Routers
Cisco's original Integrated Services Routers, with more than 6M products deployed, are the world's most popular technology for small businesses and enterprises with branch offices to ensure fast, safe, and dependable access to strategic applications. Progent's CCIE network consultants are proven experts at providing online design, administrative, and troubleshooting services for Cisco 1800, 2800, and 3800 family Integrated Services Routers. Progent can help your company to upgrade to the latest version of Cisco IOS Software with the least possible service interruption to your network, evaluate the security profile of your existing router setup, and assist business to migrate cost effectively to the latest line of Cisco ISR G2 routers when it makes sense for your business.

Cisco 1800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers Consulting FirmThe modular Cisco 1800 Series of routers intelligently embed data and security into one robust system for fast, expandable delivery of strategic business programs. The Cisco 1800 Series router architecture has been especially developed to handle the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), small enterprise branch offices, and ISP-managed services applications for access to concurrent services at wire speed. The integrated services systems architecture of the Cisco 1800 Series offers maximum flexibility and investment protection.

The Cisco 1841 device provides substantial advantages compared to previous generations of Cisco 1700 Series devices by bringing more than a fivefold throughput improvement plus built-in hardware encryption enabled by an optional Cisco IOS Software security image. Cisco's 1841 router dramatically increases interface card slot throughput as well as capacity in comparison to Cisco's 1700 Series routers while still providing compatibility with over 30 existing WAN interface cards and multiflex trunk cards (voice/WICs-for data only on the 1841 router). The 1841 device offers additional improvement of Virtual Private Network performance via an optional VPN acceleration add-in; an intrusion prevention system and firewall functions; support for a broad array of interface needs, including support for optional integrated switch ports; plus sufficient speed and expansion slot capacity for future network expansion and advanced applications.

Cisco 2800 Series Routers
Cisco 2800 Series Router HelpTargeted at small to medium-sized businesses and corporate satellite offices, Cisco's 2800 Series routers comprises four platforms: the Cisco 2801 router, the Cisco 2811 route, the Cisco 2821, and the 2851. Cisco's 2800 routers provide significant added value compared to prior models of Cisco devices at similar price points by delivering up to a five times performance improvement, up to a tenfold increase in protection and voice performance, embedded service features, and radically increased slot speed and density while maintaining support for most of the more than 90 popular modules in use today for the 1700 Series, Cisco's 2600 Series, and the 3700 Series routers.

Cisco's 2800 offers a range of popular protection features including a Cisco IOS Software Firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), IPsec VPN, Secure Sockets Layer VPN, advanced application inspection and control, Secure Shell Protocol V 2.0, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv3) in one protected solution. Additionally, by incorporating security functions within the router, Cisco can offer special intelligent security solutions other security appliances can't, such as NAC for antivirus protection; Voice and Video Enabled VPN for quality-of-service support when combining voice, video, and Virtual Private Networks; Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN); Group Encrypted Transport (GET); and Easy Virtual Private Networks for supporting increasingly scalable and easier to manage VPN networks.

Companies can utilize the 2800 Series to create an integrated IP telephony solution for up to 96 IP phones, and can securely combine data, voice, and IP telephony on one platform for their small-to-medium sized satellite offices.

The 2800 Series supports an integrated wireless access point for wireless LAN connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for public wireless LANs, and network services for portable WLAN telephony and for larger sites.

Cisco 3800 Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 3800 Series Routers Help3800 Series routers are engineered for small and midsize businesses and enterprise satellite locations to offer companies the highest levels of network agility, performance, and intelligence. 3800 integrated services routers seamlessly integrate advanced technologies, adaptive services, and protected corporate communications into a single robust platform. The Cisco 3800 Series routers ease deployment and management, lower network cost and complexity, and provide investment protection. The Cisco 3800 Series routers offer internal security intelligence, fast performance and large memory capacity, and high-density interfaces that deliver the speed, availability, and dependability necessary for scaling business-critical security, IP telephony, high-volume video, network monitoring, and Web applications in even the most competitive corporate environments. Built for speed, the The Cisco 3800 Series integrated services routers provide multiple concurrent services as fast as wired T3/E3 data rates.

The integrated services routing technology of the Cisco 3800 router is engineered to combine security and voice handling with the latest wired and wireless support for fast installation of new applications, including application layer operations, smart network services, and unified communications. The 3800 Series router supports the bandwidth demands of multiple Fast Ethernet ports for every expansion slot, time-division multiplexing connections, and integrated power sourcing to modules compatible with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), while still accommodating the existing portfolio of modular interfaces. This enables ongoing return on investment by allowing network scaling or accommodating changes in technology as new applications are deployed. By combining the functions of multiple separate devices into a single 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 WAN edge and service provider routers offer larger businesses with high-performance, protected head ends to aggregate branch office and remote user data packets and to provide ISPs cost-optimized wide area network edge solutions. Cisco’s WAN aggregation and carrier router portfolio features the Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, the ASR 9000 ASR family, and the Cisco CRS-X System.

Cisco Edge and Service Provider Routers Consultants

Progent's nationwide group of Cisco CCIE certified network consultants have in-depth backgrounds working with enterprise businesses and ISPs to design efficient installations and seamless upgrades of Cisco's WAN edge routers. Progent's GIAC-certified information assurance consultants can provide unbiased, third-party network security vulnerability evaluations, penetration testing and comprehensive Security information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions to help enterprises that use Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to comply with business guidelines and government requirements for IT information protection and reporting.

Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services Routers Professional ServicesThe Cisco 7600 Series Integrated Services router benefits from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series infrastructure by using an NEBS-3 compliant box, 256-Gbps crossbar fabric, and 30-Mpps switching speed. High availability is provided via logic and hardware redundancy as well as IOS Software functions. Also, the 7600 provides a rich set of high-touch IP network services at optical speed via various Optical Services Modules enabled by Cisco patented Parallel Express Forwarding technology.

The Cisco 7609 router offers the choice to use a 256-Gbps SFM or the standard 32-Gbps bus, delivering switching performance of 30 Mpps or 15 million packets per second each. When the Switch Fabric Module is deployed, the 7609 Series can also allow distributed switching with throughput up to 168 million packets per second by running the Cisco Catalyst 6500 16-port Gbit Ethernet LAN card, which is controlled by the DFC Card and the Switch Fabric Module.

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

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
 Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers ConsultantsCisco’s ASR 1000 Series WAN Edge family of routers is positioned in the middle of Cisco’s midrange routers that focus on acting as headends at the wide area network edge. Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services routers provide a small form factor, multi-function solution for large businesses requiring satellite office aggregation at multigigabit Ethernet performance. ASR 1000 Series routers introduce a revolutionary architecture that combines hardware acceleration with software flexibility to deliver a rich set of concurrent services while preserving dependable performance.

Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers feature Cisco’s proprietary QuantumFlow Processor composed of 40 custom Packet Processing Engines (PPEs) that together can support up to 160 simultaneous threads. This parallel CPU architecture, in conjunction with on-board acceleration for all services, allows the high-end ASR 1006 WAN Edge router to scale up to 128K queues, 32,000 subscribers, 4,000 IP security VPN tunnels at 10,000 sessions per second, and 2 million Netflow log records. This CPU capability permits Cisco’s ASR 1000 Aggregation Services routers to deliver a broad range of advanced services concurrently in high volume without suffering performance degradation that might threaten compliance with service level agreements. Examples of these advanced services include Cisco Firewall, intrusion-detection services, Network Address Translation, FPM, and in-line deep packet inspection. The Cisco ASR 1000 also allows tiered traffic control for performing numerous levels of QoS to a data packet in a single operation, enhancing the user experience for next-generation IP voice and video applications.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers
Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers ConsultingCisco's ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers are intended as edge routers for service providers who need to support the highest quality HD multimedia services to residential, commercial, and mobile users by providing zero downtime availability, high speed, and application-aware intelligence. All models in the Cisco ASR 9000 portfolio of Aggregation Services Routers are powered by the IOS XR operating system, a self-healing, distributed OS built for non-stop uptime. Performance of the 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 support Gigabit Ethernet, 10 GE, and 100 GE and have fully redundant fabric and power modules, power entry modules, and fan trays plus redundant control planes.

The ASR 9001 platform is a provider-edge router that comes in a 6 RU form factor that delivers 120 Gbps of nonblocking fabric capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has two bays which can accept adapters for 1 GE, 10 GE, and 40 GE. The base chassis includes four 10 Gbit Ethernet SFP+ ports and ports for Stratum 1 clocking, building integrated timing supply (BITS), and management. The Cisco ASR 9904 Router has a 6 RU form factor and provides dense 10 and 100 GE connections in space-limited sites. The 4-slot router can scale up to 4 Tbps of capacity in a single chassis. The ASR 9912 Router has a 30 RU form factor and includes 12 slots slots able to provide up to 550 Gbps of switching capacity. The Cisco ASR 9912 incorporates 2 route CPUs as well as 6+1 Fabric Cards to provide N+1 redundancy.

The CRS Carrier Routing System for Core Networks
Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Carrier Routing System (CRS) family, powered by Cisco's IOS XR high-availability operating system, gives carriers world-class performance and uptime. The Carrier Routing System portfolio was introduced in 2004, has been steadily improved, and currently features the industry's most widely deployed multishelf network core router system. To protect past capital investments in network infrastructure, new Carrier Routing System models are backward compatible with earlier products.

Available product lines in Cisco's Carrier Routing System family are the CRS-1, CRS-3, and CRS-X Series Routers. Each Carrier Routing System series includes single-shelf 4-slot, 8-slot, and 16-slot units plus multi-shelf versions. The Cisco CRS-1 product line is built on Cisco's Silicon Packet Processor and offers as much as 92 Tbps throughput. Routers in the CRS-3 Series are based on QuantumFlow Array technology and are able to deliver up to 322 Tbps. Cisco's CRS-X Series Routers incorporate CMOS photonics CPAK technology and scale to deliver an impressive 922 Tbps.

The Cisco CRS Multichassis models can expand from 2 to 72 line-card shelves with the ability to provide 400-Gigabit per second of continuous performance for each slot. Carrier Routing System Multichassis models can accommodate 1 to 8 fabric shelves. Modular services cards (MSCs) and PLIMs are compatible across the complete Cisco CRS family.

Legacy Cisco Routers Maintained by Progent's Network Professionals
Progent's CCIE support experts are familiar with legacy routers that are no longer available from Cisco. Progent can show you how to manage these routers and can also assist you to rationalize and implement migrations to current models. Popular Cisco routers supported by Progent include:

  • Cisco 500 Line of Unified Communications Routers
    Cisco’s 520 model SR Router, designed to support up to 50 users, includes a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet managed switch and a single Cisco IOS Software image. By supporting a limited yet effective array of IOS Software services, the Cisco 520 SR Router streamlines configuration, administration, and technical support, but still delivers advanced security and performance alternatives to adapt to the specific requirements of your business.

  • Cisco 850 and 870 Routers
    Cisco's legacy 850 Series access routers are designed for small networks, recommended for as many as 10 workers or for telecommuter sites where protected and affordable connectivity is required. 850 Series routers deliver secure connectivity with Stateful Inspection Firewall and IPsec Virtual Private Network services, a four-port 10/100 Ethernet switch, a secure wireless option with a fixed antenna, plus simple configuration and deployment and remote administration capabilities through Web-based utilities and IOS Software.

    Cisco's discontinued 870 Series routers are targeted for small offices with up to 20 users or for telecommuter sites where advanced voice/video over IP and dependable access using standby WAN connections are needed. 870 Series access routers offer excellent throughput in small workgroups plus tight security through features such as Firewall, IPsec VPN, Triple Data Encryption Standard or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as well as DMVPN and Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport (GETVPN), IPS, antivirus support using NAC, and policing of secure access policies.

  • Cisco 1700 Routers
    Cisco 1700 Series routers are designed to provide a cost-effective, integrated router solution for small and midsize businesses. Cisco 1700 routers provide versatility and manageability to satisfy challenging e-business requirements such as multiservice data/voice/video/fax consolidation, high-speed broadband Internet access, and comprehensive protection solutions. Cisco 1700 routers have been replaced by Cisco's 1800 family of integrated services routers and the 1900 ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • 2600 Series Routers
    The 2600 Series is a family of modular multiservice access routers for branch sites, offering versatile LAN and WAN configurations, a wide array of protection capabilities, and a selection of high performance processors. 2600 Series routers have been superseded by Cisco's 2800 Series of ISR routers and the 2900 Series ISR Generation 2 routers.

  • 3700 Routers
    The Cisco 3700 Series is a family of modular, multiservice solutions for mid-size and large-sized office networks. Supported by over 70 interface add-in products, the 3700 family offers a robust solution for data, voice video, VPNs, and mixed-protocol data routing. Cisco 3700 routers have been superseded by Cisco's 3800 Series of integrated services routers and the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services G2 routers.

  • 7200 VXR Integrated Services Routers
    The 7200 VXR router delivers speed, flexibility, and expandability in a compact footprint with a wide range of deployment profiles. With processing throughput up to 2 million packets per second, adapters spanning from NxDS0 to Gigabit Ethernet, and OC-3 as well as a variety of high-touch IP services, the 7200 VXR Integrated Services router is a solid services aggregation edge device for large corporations and ISPs. The 7200 VXR router features broadband aggregation by supporting up to 16K PPP sessions per device, mixed-media support via time-division multiplexer-enabled VXR chassis and voice port adapters, direct IP-interconnections, and IPsec VPN expandable to 5K tunnels per device.
Cisco Unified Border Element and SIP Trunk Support
The Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a session border controller (SBC) that permits SIP-based connectivity to a SIP PSTN service provider and delivers outside-the-firewall collaboration functions such as SIP conferencing with rich media recording, SIP-based call center and IVR solutions, policy-based security monitoring of voice calls, and business-to-business immersive telepresence over SIP. CUBE is a built-in feature of IOS that can be licensed to run on ASR 1000 Series routers as well as many products in Cisco's ISR G2 router families such as Cisco's 4000 Series, 3900 Series, 3800 Series, 2900 Series, 2800 Series, 1800 Series and 881 Series. For details about Progent's consulting support for Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) and SIP trunks, see Cisco SIP Integration Solutions and Cisco CUBE Integration Services.

Ways Progent's Consultants Can Assist You to Support Cisco Routers
Progent's CCIE certified consultants can help your company to plan, setup, and manage an integrated network infrastructure that can streamline operations, lower expenses, and speed time to profitability. By combining Cisco integrated services routers with Cisco Catalyst switches support and Cisco wireless expertise, Progent can significantly enhance the business value of your integrated network. Progent offers on-premises and remote help and can provide data center support throughout Northern California and select locations nationally.

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