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Cisco 1100 Series Industrial Integrated Services routers, or the Cisco IR1101, are presented as compact, modular, and ruggedized, with a design that is optimal for mission-critical cases. It boasts stronger industrial router security and simplified management with SD-WAN architecture,…
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) provides a scalable, flexible foundation so you can quickly integrate leading IT initiatives like SD-WAN and edge compute, while meeting the explosive network performance need driven by cloud-based application adoption.
The Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) is a SD-WAN ready router.
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) provides software-defined WAN and integrated security features.
Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) are designed to supply data, security and wireless capabilities in a simple to use form.
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) are designed to support carrier edge networks.
Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Series offers industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation.
Cisco’s SD-WAN vEdge Routers are routing components of the architecture that delivers WAN, security and multi-cloud capability of the Cisco SD-WAN solution. Cisco SD-WAN vEdge routers are delivered as hardware, software, cloud or virtualized components that sit at the perimeter of…
The Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5000) is a router designed to support network function virtualization (NFV).
The Cisco 900 Series Industrial ISR (IR 900) series of routers are designed with an open platform to build a highly secure, reliable, and scalable field network infrastructure.
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) offers routing, security, and network management as cloud services with multitenancy. The series is infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN, WAN, and in the cloud.
The Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) is a high-density, small-form-factor MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation and MPLS-enabled data center networks. The Network Convergence System 5000 Series is designed to economically scale large enterprise, over-…
The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) are designed specifically for the harsh, rugged environments often found in the energy and utility industries.
The Cisco 6000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 6000) helps enable superior network agility, packet optical convergence, and petabits-per-second system scale.
The Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers.
The Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) are ruggedized routers for sub-stations, pole tops, and other harsh environments, for utilities providers.
Juniper Networks describes their MX series as a robust portfolio of SDN-enabled routing platforms that provide system capacity, density, security, and performance with longevity. MX Series routers support digital transformation for service providers, cloud operators, and enterprises.…
What is a Router?
A router is a network hardware device that manages network traffic between the Internet and a wide variety of client devices, both wired and wireless. A router forwards data packets between computer networks and performs the traffic directing functions on the Internet.
Routers are generally divided into three categories, consumer, business, and enterprise level. Consumer or home office routers primarily communicate between the internet and home computing devices. These routers typically integrate many network solutions into one device for the home user. Business and enterprise routers do not usually include integrated wireless access points but provide higher speed ports and higher pps (packet per second) speeds for data transfer. Enterprise routers also provide the most scalable, redundant solutions with most robust security features in addition to the highest speeds.
Features & Capabilities
Consumer router features
Wi-Fi access point - The router creates a WLAN by projecting a Wi-Fi signal to a designated area
Quality of Service (QoS) - This capability serves to prioritize network traffic from the router to a client
USB ports for printers or drives - Enable multiple users to share single resources, such as a printer or storage drive
Guest networks - Set up a separate access level for guests with a separate password and restricted access
Malware and spam protection - Having malware at the router level can help catch viruses and spam before it reaches the client computer
Business and enterprise router features
Enhanced security features
Virtual LANs and multiple SSIDs - Set up separate networks with varying permissions, dedicated ethernet channels, and separate SSIDs (service set identifier) for each VLAN
VPN Capabilities - A virtual private network (VPN) allows users to securely access your network while working remotely
Dual or backup WAN port - Allows you to have backup internet in case of a failure
Multiple ethernet or optical ports
PoE (Power over Ethernet) support
As with most pieces of hardware, there is a large price range depending on the amount of features and level of security required. Consumer routers can easily be purchased between $50 and $300. Business routers range from $400 to $2,000 while enterprise level routers can cost well over $50,000.