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Cisco Refocuses on Wireless Routers for Wi-Fi and Video

October 31 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News

Cisco's home Wi-Fi unit will keep its own brand but stop making devices as it creates a domestic super-router

 

Cisco1.jpgCisco Systems' Home Networking Business Unit will keep both its Linksys brand and its place in the parent company as Cisco pares down its business, but the unit is also sharpening its focus.

 

Linksys has stopped making devices that connect to networks and is strictly focused on the networks themselves, said Brett Wingo, general manager of the business unit, in an interview last week. Like Cisco itself, which discontinued the Flip video camera and the Umi consumer telepresence product earlier this year, the home networking unit is going back to what it's best known for: wireless routers.

 

However, those routers are taking on a larger role at the center of consumers' use of multimedia, particularly video, Wingo said. Users want to watch video from a variety of sources and on many different devices, but many home networks can't effectively link all those components, he said.

 

"What consumers want is, they want this problem solved," Wingo said.

 

Flip-Video-Camera.jpgLinksys routers are designed to deliver the best quality possible by detecting all the devices connected to a home wireless network, determining what their capabilities are for playing different types of content, and making sure the network is secure. The routers also can tell where the wireless signal is strong enough to deliver what's desired, Wingo said.

 

But Cisco wants those routers to take on an even bigger role, serving as the main meeting place between the home network and the Internet or service-provider network. Rather than have carrier gateway boxes, Internet-connected thermostats, smart TVs and other devices all linking to the outside world on their own, consumers can have one box that handles many connectivity functions.

 

Routers are "sitting idle and not doing things a lot of the time, and you can have them do more and you can run more services on them," Wingo said. "The hardware that's capable of moving video around the house or displaying software onto a screen ... those types of things can be done in the router in a lot of cases."

 

Through industry standards, Cisco plans to make its routers into hubs for devices from all vendors, so consumers aren't locked into just buying Linksys, he said.

 

Cisco has a strong faith in IEEE 802.11n wireless to deliver video around a home. In fact, it expects wireless to win out over all other types of home networks, partly because so many consumer electronics devices are equipped with wireless technologies. However, Linksys routers do include provisions for incorporating wired technologies such as powerline and coaxial cable.

 

What allows Cisco to become the center of home networks is the company's expertise in video across service provider, enterprise and home networks, Wingo said. The engineering teams at Linksys and Cisco's enterprise businesses now pass ideas back and forth, he said. It brings intelligence from that experience into the software in Linksys wireless routers, which are more than just routers or access points but video processing devices that can do part of the work of delivering video appropriately to TVs, tablets and other devices, Wingo said.

 

Some of these intelligent routers will be delivered and managed by service providers. But part of Cisco's strategy involves changing the way consumers buy home networking gear in stores. Routers and other gear are often sold on price, and consumers end up with networks and consumer electronics that don't work well together, Wingo said. The problems can be complex, involving wireless bandwidth, processor performance and broadband speed, but failures often just end in frustration.

 

Cisco thinks it can solve consumers' problems in one trip to the store and simultaneously rise above the price wars. It won't do this by building the Linksys or Cisco equivalent of Apple stores, but will instead train sales staff at retailers such as Best Buy, Wingo said. Sales representatives should start asking about a shopper's home network as soon as they start shopping for anything that might need the network, such as a game console, he said.

 

It shouldn't be too hard for Cisco to make its Linksys routers into the central device in a home network, even with multiple vendors' equipment, said Parks Associates analyst Kurt Scherf. But the key to doing so will be selling them as gateways through service providers, he said.

 

"Consumers are much more happy to allow their service providers to be the IT manager," Scherf said. "You will still buy products off the shelf and connect them to a home network, but gateways will be doing the managing and monitoring."

 

Scherf applauded Cisco's strategy of helping train retailers to sell networks and networked products, which he said was a key to the success of Linksys before it was acquired by Cisco in 2003.

 

But he wasn't so quick to dismiss wired networks in homes, citing the wide variety of types of homes and infrastructure around the world. "I don't think you can say that one networking technology is going to win," Scherf said.

 

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How to Set Port Security on a Cisco Catalyst Switch?

October 28 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

If you want to ensure that only a certain device—for example, a server—is plugged into a particular switch port, you can configure the MAC address of the server as a static entry associated with the switch port.Cisco-switches.jpg

 

Configure port security

Configuring the Port Security feature is relatively easy. In its simplest form, port security requires going to an already enabled switch port and entering the port-security Interface Mode command. Here’s an example:

Switch# config t

 

Switch(config)# int fa0/22

 

Switch(config-if)# switchport port-security ?

 

aging Port-security aging commands

mac-address Secure mac address

maximum Max secure addresses

violation Security violation mode

 

Switch(config-if)# switchport port-security

 

Switch(config-if)#^Z

 

By entering the most basic command to configure port security, we accepted the default settings of only allowing one MAC address, determining that MAC address from the first device that communicates on this switch port, and shutting down that switch port if another MAC address attempts to communicate via the port. But you don’t have to accept the defaults.

 

You can also configure port security on a range of ports. Here’s an example:

Switch)# config t

 

Switch(config)# int range fastEthernet 0/1 - 12

 

Switch(config-if)# switchport port-security

 

However, you need to be very careful with this option if you enter this command on an uplink port that goes to more than one device. As soon as the second device sends a packet, the entire port will shut down.

 

View the status of port security

 

Once you’ve configured port security and the Ethernet device on that port has sent traffic, the switch will record the MAC address and secure the port using that address. To find out the status of port security on the switch.

 

Switch# show port-security address

 

Disabling Port Security in Cisco Switch/Cisco Catalyst Switch

 

Now we will see an example how to disable port security in cisco security.We have configured fa0/22 for port security now if you want to disable port security follow these steps

Switch# config t

 

Switch(config)# int fa0/22

 

Switch(config-if)# no switchport port-security

 

Switch(config-if)# end

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Cisco on UC for SMBs

October 26 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking

Cisco is well known for its networking prowess and commitment to Unified Communications (UC) for the enterprise.  What may be less known is its equally deep commitment to UC for SMBs.  According to Cisco, SMBs can benefit from UC in several ways including;

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Business Process Integration
  • Increased Productivity

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Monday, Vice President and General Manager, Cisco’s Small Business Technology Group, to learn more about Cisco’s view of UC and the SMB market. 

TR: SMBs are often without technical specialists, so can you give us a plain English overview of UC?

Monday: Cisco has a small business technology group, and an effort around small business, is because we understand that they typically don’t have an IT professional on staff.  In fact, most of them go out of house for IT services in some way.  So they’re getting that IT professional service from a service provider or maybe even a local VAR in their community.  The question about UC for SMBs is really a combination of IP telephony and the ability to take that traffic, that IP phone call, and do something different with it than you might be able to do with a normal phone system.  For instance, capture voice mail and send it to your e-mail, thereby enabling you to use that information in multiple ways once it’s in your e-mail As examples, you might forward it or store it as text.  So, UC really brings together IP, telephony, and some of the applications used within the framework of the SMB all together into a solution.

 

TR: Where does Cisco fit in to this picture?

Monday: Cisco’s Small Business Technology Group primarily works with our channel partners who serve the customer.

Today, in the SMB sphere, we’re really seeing two primary methods used to get to UC.  They’re typically trading out an older phone system, usually a key system, which was probably acquired before the year 2000.  These systems have aged out in many ways such as expired warranties. Most SMBs are now moving to some sort of UC via either a service, operated by a service provider who offers them what might be defined as a hosted system, or a new premises-based UC system such as a Cisco UC 300 or UC 500.  While hosted services is a growing business it’s still a fraction of the premises-based implementations.

 

TR: UC is rapidly replacing POTS/PBXs at the enterprise level and you’ve stated that SMBs are moving to UC, but from my experience many seem reluctant.  What do you most often hear as their reasons for not implementing UC?

Monday: I haven’t really found a customer who doesn’t want to implement UC.  Then it’s a question of balancing the intensity of the requirement against the costs of acquisition, implementation and ongoing support. In these uncertain economic times, the value proposition has to be compelling.  I tend to see that everybody wants UC; the question is, when they move to it.

 

TR: Is there a generalized cost/benefit rule of thumb that SMBs can apply when evaluating UC?

Monday: Yes. There’s lots of that kind of material available on our own web-site and through our partners. Our partners tend to be able to walk in the customer’s door and walk them through a compelling ROI to move to a UC solution. A cost benefit example is that the new technologies use a different sort of trunking verses the older technology which required specific and specialized trunk for different features (e.g. separate phone lines and data lines).  Now all of that service can be supported on one single line so you can use your data connection for your phone through what’s called SIP trunking.  The immediate benefit is the cost saving from reducing your number and variety of trunks to one.

 

TR: I know that each implementation is different for a variety of factors so you can’t give us a blanket price, but what about benefits? What are the most common benefits received by SMBs who implement a UC solution?

Monday: One of the biggest benefits we see with our SMB customers is the ability to have an off-premises extension [OPX] to a home office at virtually no network cost because the home usually already has an Internet connection.  Although this may be possible with legacy telephone systems, implementation is generally difficult and prohibitively expensive. With UC today it’s possible today to take a phone home and connect it through a secure tunnel back to the office.  This way the phone at home behaves as though it’s your desktop phone at work, as a shared line, or a unique number at home.  So you can have someone working from home that needs to participate in the office business, but is unable to come into the office.  This same capability can be easily extended to temporary locations such as a vacation home.

  

TR: How do people find our more?

Monday: I encourage Cisco customers to connect with a service provider or local Cisco channel partner of ours.  Of course, people can visit http://www.cisco.com/go/smb to get a personal sense of what Cisco solutions can do for their business.

 

TR: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Monday: We truly want to encourage SMBs to take advantage of the technologies that are available. We recognize that there haven’t been a lot of purpose built solutions for SMBs in the past. At Cisco we’ve learned from our successes with enterprise systems and leveraged that knowledge to develop rock-solid, purpose-built SMB solutions. So we can take some of the pain away, if you will, and deliver enterprise like technology to SMBs

---Original sources from telecomreseller.com--Jeff Owen

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Guide to Set an IP through a Console Connection on a Cisco 2960 Switch

October 25 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch supports the assignment of IP addresses on all network interfaces. Adding an IP address to the Cisco Catalyst 2960 configuration is a necessary step to enable remote administration of the switch from any location on the network (which is preferred over the alternative administration method that requires physical connection to the serial console port on the switch). Configuring an IP address on the Cisco Catalyst 2960 using a serial console connection is a straightforward process that is the same for all interfaces on the switch.

 

Things you’ll need as follows:

a. Cisco Catalyst serial console cable

b. Windows XP computer with 9 pin serial port

c. Privileged exec password for the Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch

d. IP address and subnet mask for the switch

 

How to Set an IP through a Console Connection on a Cisco 2960 Switch

1. Run a Cisco serial console cable from the Cisco Catalyst 2960 serial console port to the to the serial port on a Windows XP computer.

 

2. Open the "Hyperterminal" program by selecting the "Start" button and click "Run" and type "hypertrm" in the "Run" box that appears, and then press the "Enter" key.

 

3. Type "Cisco 2960" in the "HyperTerminal" window "Name:" field that appears and press the "Enter" button.

 

4. Select the "Connect using:" drop down box and then in the menu that appears click the "Com port" that connects the Windows XP computer to the Cisco 2960 and press the "Enter" key.

 

5. Click the "Bits per second:" drop-down option and select the "9600" setting in the menu. Then click the "Flow Control" drop-down option and select "None" in the menu and press the "Enter" key.

 

6. Touch the "Enter" key a few times and the Cisco command prompt will display. Type "enable" and press the "Enter" key and then type the password and press "Enter" again if requested.

 

7. Type "config terminal" and tap the "Enter" key. Then type "interface Vlan1" and tap the "Enter" key and the command prompt will move into "Interface Configuration Mode".

 

8. Enter "ip address x.x.x.x y.y.y.y", substituting the "x.x.x.x y.y.y.y" with the assigned IP address and subnet mask for the switch and tap the "Enter" key. Then type "exit" and tap the "Enter" key to leave "Interface Configuration Mode" then type "ip default-gateway g.g.g.g", substituting "g.g.g.g" with the gateway IP address for the network and tap the "Enter" key.

 

9. Type "end" and tap the "Enter" key and then type "copy running-config startup-config" and tap the "Enter" key. Type "exit" and tap the "Enter" key.

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Cisco 1941 vs. Cisco 1921: Cisco 1900 Users Help You Find It Out

October 24 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Routers

For a business that depends on technology, Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) deliver high-performance, highly secure connectivity with multiservice integration that can transform the workplace with a broad set of services, rich-media support, and operational excellence.

 

There are several Cisco 1900 popular stars including Cisco 1921/K9, Cisco 1921-SEC/K9, Cisco 1941/K9, Cisco 1941-SEC-SRE/K9, Cisco 1941-SEC/K9, CISCO1941W-A/K9, etc. Maybe it is hard for you to decide which one is the most suitable?

 

Cisco 1941 router or Cisco 1921 router? Not that complicated, look at some discussion from Cisco 1900 users or buyers, you will be clear about it:Cisco-1941-vs.-Cisco-1921-Cisco-1900-Users-Help-You-Find-It.jpg

The Cisco 1921 Integrated Services Router (ISR) brings you extremely protected data, portability, and application services as whatever you’re expecting. The primary features includes 2 integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 2 enhanced High-Speed WAN Interface Card (EHWIC) slots, it has a ability to support 802.3af this power modules as well. if you concern the security it has a built in hardware encryption, together with this you can have extremely protected mutual communications.

 

Though you have mentioned two product with their series but let me tell you that there are multiple product with the same series, such as CISCO1941/K9 and C1941-SEC-SRE/K9 so still with the 1941 series you can have too many models, according to me you should first of make your own configuration and after that look for the model, after that you’ll be able to figure out which one would be better for yourself.

 

According to me you should prefer CISCO1941W-E/K9, it has a ability to support over 10 routing protocol such as OSPF, BGP, EIGRP, PIM-SM, IGMPv3, static IPv4 routing, static IPv6 routing and many more. The router is a evolutionary platform with multicore CPUs, if you have glance at the specification of this model, it will come to know that the hardware it has through which you can have very good performance, some of the features includes firewall protection, VPN support, Syslog support, IPv6 support, CBWFQ, WRED.

 

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Key features of Cisco 1900 series

Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers support:

  • Nonstop connectivity: High availability and increased business uptime through Cisco IOS Software, hardware redundancy, and failover capabilities.
  • Flexible services: Modular support for the broadest set of Cisco network and security services, as well as customizable "on demand" virtual services.
  • Best-in-Class security: Defends against malicious attacks and threats.
  • Secure mobility: High-speed wireless access enables employees to be more productive when they are away from their desks.
  • Flexible VPN support: Give remote staff and teleworkers secure access to company assets over a highly secure connection.

 

Cisco 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers offer a range of features including:

  • High-performance, nonstop connectivity with integrated services enables deployment in high-speed WAN environments
  • Modular design delivers optimal service flexibility
  • Available EtherSwitch modules enable integrated switching capabilities
  • Innovative Services-Ready Engine (SRE) enables deployment of services on demand
  • Optional integrated high-speed 802.11n wireless access point supports secure mobility
  • Best-in-class security—including firewall, intrusion prevention system, and content filtering—defends against malicious attacks and threats
  • VPN support enables secure collaborative communications with Group Encrypted Transport VPN (GETVPN), Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN), or Enhanced Easy VPN
  • Enhanced redundancy, including diagnostics and backup power supplies increase fault tolerance and business uptime
  • Operational simplicity, energy efficient design, and Green credentials deliver low total cost of ownership

 

If you need to get some info about Cisco 1900 series’ price and Cisco 1900 selling, you can visit Cisco 1900/Cisco 1941/Cisco 1921 at router-switch.com

 

 

Cisco 1900 series: Quite Simply the Best

Get on-demand services, rich-media capabilities, and unparalleled reliability.

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Guide to Set an IP through a Console Connection on a Cisco 2960 Switch

October 21 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

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Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch supports the assignment of IP addresses on all network interfaces. Adding an IP address to the Cisco Catalyst 2960 configuration is a necessary step to enable remote administration of the switch from any location on the network (which is preferred over the alternative administration method that requires physical connection to the serial console port on the switch). Configuring an IP address on the Cisco Catalyst 2960 using a serial console connection is a straightforward process that is the same for all interfaces on the switch.2960-8TT.jpg

 

Things you’ll need as follows:

a. Cisco Catalyst serial console cable

b. Windows XP computer with 9 pin serial port

c. Privileged exec password for the Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch

d. IP address and subnet mask for the switch

 

How to Set an IP through a Console Connection on a Cisco 2960 Switch

1. Run a Cisco serial console cable from the Cisco Catalyst 2960 serial console port to the to the serial port on a Windows XP computer.

 

2. Open the "Hyperterminal" program by selecting the "Start" button and click "Run" and type "hypertrm" in the "Run" box that appears, and then press the "Enter" key.

 

3. Type Cisco"Cisco 2960" in the "HyperTerminal" window "Name:" field that appears and press the "Enter" button.

 

4. Select the "Connect using:" drop down box and then in the menu that appears click the "Com port" that connects the Windows XP computer to the Cisco 2960 and press the "Enter" key.

 

5. Click the "Bits per second:" drop-down option and select the "9600" setting in the menu. Then click the "Flow Control" drop-down option and select "None" in the menu and press the "Enter" key.

 

6. Touch the "Enter" key a few times and the Cisco command prompt will display. Type "enable" and press the "Enter" key and then type the password and press "Enter" again if requested.

 

7. Type "config terminal" and tap the "Enter" key. Then type "interface Vlan1" and tap the "Enter" key and the command prompt will move into "Interface Configuration Mode".

 

8. Enter "ip address x.x.x.x y.y.y.y", substituting the "x.x.x.x y.y.y.y" with the assigned IP address and subnet mask for the switch and tap the "Enter" key. Then type "exit" and tap the "Enter" key to leave "Interface Configuration Mode" then type "ip default-gateway g.g.g.g", substituting "g.g.g.g" with the gateway IP address for the network and tap the "Enter" key.

 

9. Type "end" and tap the "Enter" key and then type "copy running-config startup-config" and tap the "Enter" key. Type "exit" and tap the "Enter" key.

 

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Cisco 1841 Modular Router: Q&A to Its Full Background and Features

October 19 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Routers

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Q. What are the Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers?

A. The Cisco 1800 Series is part of the Cisco Integrated Services Router product line. The Cisco 1800 Series consists of the Cisco 1800 Series fixed routers and the Cisco 1841 modular router.

 

Q. Why did Cisco Systems introduce the Cisco 1800 Series?

A. Cisco introduced the Cisco 1800 Series to allow the secure deployment of multiple, integrated services at wire-speed performance. In general, the integrated services router product line provides high performance while running simultaneous services such as data, security, and quality of service (QoS) in one integrated routing platform. The best-in-class Cisco 1800 Series architecture has been specifically designed to meet requirements of small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and small enterprise branch offices as well as service provider-managed services applications. The Cisco 1800 Series delivers secure concurrent services at wire-speed performance and allows for lower operational and capital expenditures because of the high degree of integration and ease of installation, management, and deployment.

 

Q. What is the Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Router?

A. The Cisco 1841 is a modular router that is designed to intelligently integrate data and security services into one single, resilient system for fast, scalable delivery of mission-critical business applications. It is specifically engineered for customers who want to securely deploy multiple, concurrent services at wire-speed performance with security and QoS features enabled. The Cisco 1841 comes in a desktop form factor with two modular WAN-interface-card (WIC) or high-speed WIC (HWIC) slots for data connectivity. It offers hardware-based encryption for Data Encryption Standard (DES), Triple DES (3DES), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN as well as Cisco IOS® Firewall and Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System, which can be enabled through an optional Cisco IOS Software security image. The Cisco 1841 router provides two integrated 10/100BASE-T Fast Ethernet ports onboard, an integrated USB port (1.1), as well as an internal advanced-integration-module (AIM) slot. The modular form factor of the Cisco 1841 helps ensure investment protection with WICs and HWICs that are compatible with the Cisco 2800 and Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers.

 

Q. With the introduction of the Cisco 1800 Series, what are the plans for the current Cisco 1700 Series Modular Access Routers?

A. The Cisco 1700 Series will reach end of sale on March 27, 2006. New feature development for the Cisco 1700 Series will be available through Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4T with bug-fix support through Cisco IOS Software Release 12.5 Mainline.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 offer a bundled security, data, and broadband solution similar to the Cisco 1700 Series?

A. Yes. Bundled security solutions with support for hardware-based encryption for DES, 3DES, AES, SSL VPN, Cisco IOS Firewall, and Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System are available for the Cisco 1841. Bundled data and DSL solutions are also available for the Cisco 1841.

 

Q. What is the performance of the Cisco 1841?

A. The Cisco 1841 is a new-generation, best-in-class router platform designed to deliver multiple concurrent services at wire-speed performance up to single T1/E1/xDSL speeds. Chassis performance has been increased up to five-fold, and security performance increased up to seven-fold compared to the Cisco 1700 Series. The single T1/E1/xDSL value quoted here represents IMIX packet sizes in higher-than-typical Cisco 1841 services configurations. In less service-heavy environments, actual WAN throughput
will be higher.

 

Q. How does the Cisco 1841 router compare to the Cisco 1721 router that is the current Cisco 1700 Series data-only version?

A. The Cisco 1841 router provides significant additional value compared to the Cisco 1721 router by offering more than a five-fold performance increase. It also integrates hardware-based encryption that can be enabled with an optional Cisco IOS Software security image while simultaneously supporting multiple services such as security, data, and QoS, and providing increased slot performance and density. Also, more than 30 existing Cisco 1700 Series WICs and multiflex trunk interface cards (voice WICs [VWICs]) (for data only) are supported. Further, both of the modular slots on the Cisco 1841 router are HWIC slots that offer greater speeds and higher port density.

 

Note: The WIC/HWIC/VWIC (in data mode only) slots on the Cisco 1841 router do not support Cisco product-based inline power,
or Power over Ethernet (PoE). This support is offered beginning with the Cisco 2801 Integrated Services Router as part of the Cisco 2800 Series.

 

Q. What are the basic specifications for the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Table 1 provides the specifications for the Cisco 1841 router:

 

Table 1.Product Specifications

Cisco 1800 Series Features

Cisco 1841

Target deployments

Secure data

Default memory-Uses external compact and synchronous dual inline memory module (DIMM) DRAM

Default/maximum:

32 MB/128 MB compact flash

128 MB/384 MB synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM)

Modular HWIC slots-total

These slots can accommodate new HWICs. They also support WICs, and multiflex trunk (VWIC) cards (for Cisco 1841 router in data mode only).

2

Modular slots for WAN access

2

Modular slots for voice support

None; Cisco 1841 does not support voice termination

Fixed LAN ports with an RJ-45 port

2 Fast Ethernet (10/100)

Fixed USB port (1.1)

1

AIM slots (internal)

1

Packet-voice-DSP-module (PVDM) slots for optional PVDM and fax DSP modules (PVDM2)

None; Cisco 1841 does not support voice termination

Onboard VPN encryption acceleration-IP Security (IPSec) DES, 3DES, AES 128, AES 192, and AES 256-can be enabled through a Cisco IOS Software security image

Yes

IP BASE Cisco IOS Software feature set by default

Yes

 

Q. How do the Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Routers differ from the Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Router?

A. Cisco 2800 Series is targeted at medium-sized businesses and small to medium-sized enterprise branch offices with even higher performance and interface density requirements. Further, the Cisco 2800 Series not only offers even higher security performance and support of network modules (except the Cisco 2801) but also voice support, including the optional integration of voicemail.

 

APPLICATIONS

Q. For what applications is the Cisco 1841 router designed?

A. The Cisco 1841 router offers a comprehensive feature set ideal for applications and solutions requiring the following:

Secure integrated services¾Using its new best-in-class, secure, high-performance architecture; the optional integration of an AIM module; a wide array of interface cards; and the rich Cisco IOS Software services capability, the Cisco 1841 router offers the ability to easily integrate the functions of standalone network appliances and components in an interface card or AIM and supports multiple services at wire-speed performance.

Secure network connectivity for data¾The Cisco 1841 router features leading advanced, integrated, end-to-end security for the delivery of converged services and applications. The integration of security functions directly onto the router provides optimal performance for security solutions such as Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) applications, Secure Sockets Layer VPN (SSL VPN), network admission control (NAC) for antivirus defense, inline intrusion prevention, and a transparent Cisco IOS Firewall.

 

WICs, VWICs, and HWICs

Q. What is an HWIC slot?

A. An HWIC slot supports HWICs. It is a newly architected, high-performance version of the current WIC slot. Both modular slots on the Cisco 1841 router support HWICs. The HWIC card can offer greater speeds and higher port density than the current WIC. In addition, the HWIC slots support Cisco product-based inline power and PoE. However, PoE is not offered on the HWIC slots of the Cisco 1841 router. The HWIC slots also support most of the more-than 30 existing WICs and VWICs (on the Cisco 1841 router in data-only mode).

 

Q. Is online insertion and removal (OIR) supported for cards in the HWIC slots?

A. No, OIR of modules in the HWIC slots on the Cisco 1841 router is not supported.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support all the current WICs?

A. Most existing modules are carried forward for the Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers. Refer to the Cisco 1841 data sheet for a detailed listing of all supported modules: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/routers/ps5853/product_data_sheet0900aecd8016a59b.html

 

Q. Are any WICs not supported on the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Table 2 lists the WICs that are not supported on the Cisco 1800 Series and also shows the replacement WICs that provide the same or enhanced functions.

 

Table 2.WICs Not Supported on Cisco 1841 Router

WICs Not Supported

Replacement WICs

WIC-1DSU-T1

WIC-1DSU-T1-V2

WIC-1B-S/T

WIC-1B-S/T-V3

WIC-1B-U

WIC-1B-U-V2

WIC-1SHDSL-V2

WIC-1SHDSL-V3

WIC-1ENET

Two integrated Fast Ethernet 10/100BASE-T ports

WIC-4ESW

HWIC-4ESW

HWIC-4T

WIC-2T (for higher density, consider the Cisco 2800 Series)

HWIC-16A

HWIC-8A (for higher density, consider the Cisco 2800 Series)

HWIC-1GE-SFP

None; the Cisco 1841 supports Fast Ethernet 10/100BASE-T ports

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support all the current multitflex trunk interface cards (VWICs)?

A. Yes, the Cisco 1841 router supports only data services on all the current VWICs.

 

Voice Interface Cards

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support VICs?

A. The Cisco 1841 router does not support voice; that is, it supports no VICs. Also, none of the multiflex trunk interface cards (VWICs) in voice mode are supported on the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Advanced Integration Modules

Q. What is an AIM?

A. An AIM is an advanced integration module that can be plugged into the internal AIM slot of the Cisco 1841, Cisco 2600 Series,
Cisco 2800 Series, Cisco 3700 Series, and Cisco 3800 Series routers. The AIM slot provides a way of integrating additional functions and offloading processor-intensive functions from the main CPU without reducing the LAN or WAN density of the Cisco platform by otherwise occupying an external modular slot. The encryption AIM (part number AIM-VPN/BPII-PLUS) and the SSL VPN AIM (AIM-VPN/SSL-1) are currently available for use in the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support all the current AIMs?

A. The Cisco 1841 router supports the encryption and SSLVPN AIMs (part number AIM-VPN/BPII-PLUS and AIM-VPN/SSL-1).

 

Note: The VPN module supported on the Cisco 1700 Series (part number MOD1700-VPN) is not supported on the Cisco 1841 router. Instead, the encryption AIM (part number AIM-VPN/BPII-PLUS) and SSL VPN AIM (part number AIM-VPN/SSL-1) are supported on the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Q. Are any AIMs not supported on the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Table 3 lists the AIMs that are not supported on the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Table 3.AIMs Not Supported on Cisco 1841 Router

Unsupported AIMs

AIM-COMPR2

AIM-VPN/BP

AIM-VPN/EP

AIM-VPN/HP

AIM-ATM-VOICE-30

AIM-VOICE-30

AIM-VPN-BPII

AIM-VPN-EPII

AIM-VPN-HPII

AIM-VPN-HPII-PLUS

AIM-COMPR2-V2

AIM-VPN-EPII-PLUS

AIM-VPN/SSL-2

AIM-VPN/SSL-3

 

Q. How many internal AIM slots are available on the Cisco 1841 router?

A. The Cisco 1841 router has one internal AIM slot.

Rack-Mount Support

 

Q. Is the Cisco 1841 rack-mountable?

A. The Cisco 1841 is now rack-mountable. In order to enable the rack-mount functionality, the optional Cisco 1841 rack-mount kit (ACS-1841-19-RM=) needs to be used.

 

Q. When was the rack-mount capability introduced on the Cisco 1841?

A. All Cisco 1841 chassis shipping since Q4FY06 are rack-mountable. Cisco 1841 chassis with the following starting serial numbers have the rack-mount screw holes: FTX1009W0Z3 (United States), FCZ100812UR (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and FHK100653JL (Asia Pacific).

 

Q. Are all Cisco 1841 chassis rack-mountable?

A. All Cisco 1841 chassis shipping since Q4FY06 are rack-mountable. Please refer to the serial numbers provided above to find out whether a specific chassis has the rack-mount screw holes to be rack-mountable with the optional rack-mount kit. All chassis currently shipping are rack-mountable with the optional Cisco 1841 rack-mount kit.

 

Universal Serial Bus

Q. What is the USB port for?

A. The Cisco 1841 router has an integrated USB port (1.1). The USB port is configurable to work with an optional USB token for secure configuration distribution and off-platform storage of VPN credentials.

 

Q. Can I use the USB port as a console port?

A. No, the USB port is not available for use as a console port. If your computer has only a USB interface, you need to use a USB-to-serial conversion cable to access the console port.

 

Power Supply

Q. What type of power supplies does the Cisco 1841 router use?

A. The Cisco 1841 router uses a universal internal standard power supply that is applicable for all countries. There are no country-specific power supplies. The AC input voltage of this universal standard power supply spans from 100 to 240V, the frequency
from 50 to 60 Hz, and the AC input current is 2.0A. The maximum power output is 50W for the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support 802.3af PoE?

A. Support for 802.3af PoE is not available on the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support a redundant power supply (RPS)?

A. No, the Cisco 1841 router does not support a RPS.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support DC power?

A. No, the Cisco 1841 router does not support DC power. Within the integrated services router product line, DC power support starts with the Cisco 2800 Series Integrated Services Routers, specifically with the Cisco 2811.

 

Memory

Q. What kind of DRAM memory does the Cisco 1841 router use?

A. The Cisco 1841 router uses SDRAM. The default DRAM for the Cisco 1841 router is 128 MB, which is fixed onboard. The Cisco 1841 has a DIMM slot onboard that can be populated with additional DRAM memory.

 

Q. What is the default and maximum DRAM memory in the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Table 4 shows default and maximum memory of the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Table 4.Default and Maximum Memory

Platform

Default SDRAM Memory

Maximum SDRAM Memory

Cisco 1841

128 MB

384 MB

 

Q. What kind of flash memory does the Cisco 1841 router use?

A. The Cisco 1841 Router has a single, external compact flash memory. This is the only flash memory for the system and should never be removed whenever ROM Monitor (ROMMON) is being updated with a new image or configurations or when the compact flash LED light "busy" is on.

 

Q. What is the flash memory used for?

A. Cisco IOS Software is stored in flash memory. In addition, configuration files can be saved in flash memory. Also, flash memory allows software upgrades to be downloaded over the WAN or LAN link and to be stored in the flash memory.

 

Q. What is the default and maximum compact flash memory in the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Table 5 shows default and maximum compact flash memory of the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Table 5.Default and Maximum Compact Flash Memory

Platform

Default Compact Flash Memory

Maximum Compact Flash Memory

Cisco 1841

32 MB

128 MB

 

Q. What is the ROM monitor?

A. The ROM monitor is a ROM-based program that is executed upon system power-up or reset. It performs various functions, including a power-on confidence test, hardware initialization, a system boot process, system failure debug, and file system support.

 

Q. What is required to upgrade the ROM monitor?

A. The boot flash device on the Cisco 1841 router is a 4-MB, fixed flash device that is not field-replaceable. The ROM monitor image can be upgraded by downloading new software. The first image in ROM is a read-only image that cannot be erased. The upgrade image is a read-write image that is stored in ROM flash memory as the second image. You can configure the router to boot ROM monitor from either of the two images, primary or secondary if it exists, in the flash memory. In order to upgrade the ROM monitor on the Cisco 1841 router, you need to have a ROM monitor image available to copy from a remote server or from the external compact flash memory.

 

LAN Interfaces

Q. What LAN interfaces are on the Cisco 1841 router?

A. The Cisco 1841 router has two onboard Fast Ethernet autosensing interfaces that support 10- or 100-Mbps connections.

System Architecture

 

Q. What is new about the architecture of the Cisco 1841 router?

A. The Cisco 1800 Series with the Cisco 1841 router was designed as a high-performance routing platform to integrate and support secure, concurrent multiple services. The entire architecture provides significant performance increases over the Cisco 1700 Series as well as security through the hardware-based encryption on the motherboard that can be enabled with an optional Cisco IOS Software security software image. Combining faster discrete components such as CPU and memory with a higher bus speed and custom silicon, the Cisco 1841 router can maintain high throughput levels while running a complex set of services.

 

Q. Does the architectural design of the Cisco 1841 router include a real-time clock?

A. Yes. The real-time clock keeps an accurate value of date and time for applications that require an accurate time stamp such as logging, debugging, and digital certificates.

SECURITY SUPPORT

 

Q. What security functions are available for the Cisco 1841 router?

A. The Cisco 1841 router integrates hardware-based encryption onboard that can be enabled with an optional Cisco IOS Software security software image that not only enables the encryption (DES/3DES/AES) but also provides Cisco IOS Firewall and Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System support. Other standard security features supported are access control lists (ACLs); authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) features such as Password Authentication Protocol (PAP) and Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP); TACACS+, RADIUS, and token authentication; and Lock & Key. Further, NAC for antivirus defense can be enabled on the Cisco 1841 router.

 

Q. Can I use the Cisco 1841 router as a firewall?

A. Yes. The Cisco IOS Firewall feature set is supported in the Cisco 1841 router. This feature set includes enhanced firewall functions such as context-based access control (CBAC), which enables securing a network on a per-application basis. Additional firewall security features include Java applet blocking, denial-of-service (DoS) detection and prevention, and more advanced logging capabilities.

 

Q. What is the difference in features and performance between the encryption and SSL VPN AIM and the onboard cryptographic engine?

A. The IPSec and SSL VPN AIM modules (AIM-VPN-BPII-PLUS and AIM-VPN/SSL-1) offer more than double the performance of the onboard cryptographic accelerator and more than five times the number of remote VPN tunnels. The AIM modules also offer IP Payload Compression Protocol support (IPPCP Layer 3 compression) in hardware. The AIM-VPN/SSL-1 additionally supports SSL VPN in hardware with two times the number of users supported when compared to the software-based SSL encryption feature in Cisco IOS Software.

 

Q. What Cisco IOS Software release and feature set are needed to use Cisco IOS SSL VPN on the Cisco 1841?

A. Cisco IOS WebVPN/SSL VPN is supported starting in Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4(6)T with the Advanced Security
and higher images.

 

Q. What is the maximum number of SSL VPN sessions that are supported on the 1841?

A. The Cisco 1841 supports up to 25 users when using software-based SSL encryption (without the AIM-VNP/SSL-1 module)
and 50 users when using the AIM-VPN/SSL-1 module.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 support Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol?

A. Yes. Starting with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4(1), SSH is supported in all images with the following exceptions: IP Base without Crypto and Enterprise Base without Crypto.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router work with the Cisco VPN client?

A. Yes.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router function with Cisco Easy VPN remote client-server mode?

A. Yes. The term Easy VPN server denotes any headend model that supports the Cisco Unity® voice messaging system workgroup specification for VPN server. The term Easy VPN client denotes any customer premises equipment (CPE) that receives IPsec configuration from an Easy VPN server. The Cisco 1841 router can serve as both an Easy VPN server and an Easy VPN client.
The Cisco 1841 router can push IPsec configurations to an Easy VPN client and can receive IPsec configurations from another Easy VPN server.

 

Q. Can the Cisco 1841 router perform software Lempel-Ziv-Stac (LZS) compression with the AIM VPN modules?

A. The IPSec and SSL VPN AIM modules (part number AIM-VPN-BPII-PLUS and AIM-VPN/SSL-1) perform IPPCP compression at Layer 3 in hardware prior to encryption, providing compression with security.

 

VOICE SUPPORT

Q. What voice features does the Cisco 1841 support?

A. The Cisco 1841 router does not support voice termination. However the Cisco 1841 supports voice over IP (VoIP) in
pass-through mode.

 

NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Q. How is the Cisco 1841 router managed?

A. Like all Cisco routers, the Cisco 1841 router can be managed with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), with a Telnet session, and through a directly connected terminal or PC running terminal emulator software.

 

Q. Does the Cisco 1841 router support CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME), CiscoWorks CiscoView, the CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS), and the Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC)?

A. Yes, the Cisco 1841 router supports CiscoWorks RME, CiscoWorks CiscoView, CiscoWorks VMS, and the Cisco ISC.

 

Q. Does the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager support the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Yes, starting with Cisco Router and Security Device Manager Version 2.0.

 

Q. Is Cisco Voice Manager supported on the Cisco 1841 router?

A. Cisco Voice Manager is not supported on the Cisco 1841 router because this router platform does not support voice.

For more information about the Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/1800 or contact your local account representative.

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What Does Cisco Attract You?

October 18 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News

Cisco provides a network that can securely and reliably handle all types of traffic, throughout the entire network, over virtually any media, while providing consistent service delivery to all users.What-Cisco-attract-you.jpeg

 

Cisco is proud of being a recognized worldwide leader in networking. Now, when the technology industry is going through a period of dramatic change, it remains the market leader in multiple areas, such as routing and switching, unified communications, mobility, and security. The company helped catalyze the industry's move toward IP, and, now that it is fully under way, Cisco is at the center of fundamental changes in the way the world communicates.

 

Innovation, something indispensable, helps Cisco and famous companies win customers’ praise. And this reputation is caused in part by the Cisco development strategy of "build, partner, and acquire." Beyond corporate innovation, Cisco also helps to shape innovation throughout the industry by actively participating in virtually every group concerned with networking standards.

 

To be simple, as a company whose own success depends on its network systems, Cisco fully understands this relationship. In today's environment of mergers, acquisitions, and global expansion, businesses now require network systems that enable technology innovation and business-critical services not only at the headquarters, but across geographically disparate corporate campuses, throughout the branches, and out to remote workers. Cisco can provide an end-to-end network, composed of systems specifically designed to address the unique needs of each place in the network, connected by a common infrastructure and a common operating system and manageable from a central location as a single, cohesive entity.

 

Because Cisco envisions the network as a whole, it designs and develops products, technologies, and solutions that provide business benefits across the entire network. Consider, for example, the enablement of advanced technologies. Advanced technologies, such as voice over IP (VoIP), require the support of intelligent network services. Although many networking vendors support these services, the level and methods of support often vary from one device to another and from one place in the network to another, making configuration and interoperation difficult. With Cisco network systems, intelligent network services, such as quality of service (QoS) and encryption, are consistently supported and preserved across the entire network, enabling the same secure and high-quality service delivery regardless of whether the user is at headquarters or in a local branch.


 

Cisco-copy-1.jpegCisco applies this same broad view to network management, providing tools to manage the network as a whole. For example, the Cisco integrated services routers use 802.1ag to provide end-to-end service manageability. Another example is the Cisco Network Application Analysis (NAPA) Solution, which also takes a holistic approach to management, providing an end-to-end view as it monitors and analyzes the entire network to optimize the relationship between application performance and network resources.

 

Moreover, Cisco understands the relationship between all elements of the network: that an improvement in management or security capabilities can often mean a decrease in performance. Cisco is constantly looking for innovative ways to eliminate these types of tradeoffs. One such innovation is the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 Programmable Intelligent Services Accelerator (PISA), which eliminates the tradeoff by providing hardware acceleration of intelligent services, such as stateful application intelligence and day-zero security services, at multigigabit speeds.

 

In most cases, the network of a company or organization is not a single island. It is likely made up of multiple networks, including one or more campuses, some number of branches, remote teleworkers, and one or more data centers, all connected through a WAN or MAN. These businesses and organizations require solutions that work across the entire network, throughout all "places in the network."

 

Cisco understands and addresses the unique requirements of each place in the network:

 

Campus: Market factors are causing a shift in corporate structures. Reduced time to market translates to a greater need for interaction throughout a company. And as these companies become more adept and more dependent on technologies for this interaction, the network must provide a platform that enables and promotes enhanced communication and collaboration.

Cisco provides a platform designed for collaboration with the Campus Communication Fabric, which enables application proficiency, secure multimedia communications, improved productivity and innovation, business continuity, and efficient operations over a flexible infrastructure.

 

Branch/WAN: Historically, branch users have not been given the same priority as users at headquarters, enduring less-than-optimal response times, receiving a subset of services, and experiencing downtimes that are not tolerated at headquarters. But this is changing. Because of the increased number of acquisitions and mergers, along with the focus on local presence and global expansion, remote office workers have gained significant importance in the equation for business success. Today's branch users require the same consistent delivery of services and applications as headquarters users.

 

Cisco gives branch users an equal status with the Empowered Branch, which integrates the widest set of services and applications while optimizing their interoperability and performance for a consistent branch experience. At the WAN headend, Cisco offers services aggregation solutions that combine virtualized services integration, bandwidth optimization, and application intelligence to provide secure, intelligent routing of applications across the enterprise WAN.

 

Data center: The rapid proliferation of new applications combined with the increased complexity of these applications mean that IT managers require data center architectures that are more resilient, more adaptable, more manageable, and capable of serving users across geographically dispersed locations.

 

Cisco data center solutions are built on the principles of consolidation, virtualization, and automation to provide the security, availability, manageability, and optimized application delivery that enable superior service delivery and application performance.

 

 

Network Systems Components You Need to Know

When you look closer into each of these network systems, you find components that are industry leaders in their own right. Cisco provides one of the most robust, intelligent lines of integrated services routers, along with one of the most comprehensive, feature-rich portfolios of network switches.

 

Routing

Cisco routers allow organizations to build a foundation for an intelligent, self-defending network, featuring best-in-class security services and routing technologies for a low total cost of ownership and a high return on investment. These routers offer:

• Industry-leading services densities, bandwidth, availability, and performance options for maximum configuration flexibility and scalability for the most demanding networking environments

• Superior services performance and investment protection

• An integrated systems approach to embedded services that speeds application deployment and reduces operating costs and complexity

 

For the branch, Cisco provides a portfolio of routers designed for secure wire-speed delivery of concurrent wireless, data, voice, and video services with superior investment protection. Cisco integrated services routers embed security, mobility, LAN switching, and voice services inside the router as a single resilient system for ease of deployment, simplified management, and lower operating costs. They also support leading-edge WAN technologies, such as:

Optimized Edge Routing (OER), which helps enable intelligent network-traffic load distribution and dynamic failure detection of data paths at the WAN edge

• Group Encrypted Transport (GET) VPNs, a highly-scalable, tunnelless form of virtual private networking

• Wide-Area Application Services (WAAS), which combine application acceleration technologies with WAN optimization techniques

 

In addition to convenience, the Cisco integrated services routers provide investment protection. The integrated design enables a 70 percent reduction in operational expenses when compared to deploying multiple overlaid components in a branch to achieve the same services. Additionally, the modular design of the Cisco integrated services routers allows for easy integration of new services as well as the expansion of existing ones.

 

At the headend, Cisco offers an extensive WAN and MAN aggregation platform portfolio, which also provides a comprehensive set of highly secure, concurrent, and integrated services. Cisco services aggregation routers provide exceptional performance with aggregation speeds of up to 2 Mpps and support for as many as 16,000 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) sessions and 5000 VPN sessions per chassis. For optimization, these routers also support Network-Based Application Recognition for application optimization and OER. To help ensure the security of your network, these routers include support for IP Security (IPsec) encryption, an integrated stateful firewall, and support for identity-based access control.

 

Switching

Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent network switches, with a continuously expanding suite of intelligent services and advanced technologies to strengthen, simplify, and extend the value of the network infrastructure. As a leader in switching technology innovation, Cisco is constantly developing new ways to enable its customers to get more from their network infrastructure. Many Cisco innovations have evolved into industry standards, including Cisco EtherChannel (now the 802.3AD standard), Power over Ethernet (now the 802.3af standard), Multiple Instance Spanning Tree (now the 802.1s standard), and Interswitch Link (now the 802.1q standard).

 

Cisco Catalyst switches are based on a superior design that employs a centralized architecture, which simplifies expansion and upgrades. They also use application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology, which is better suited than merchant silicon (used by many other switch vendors) for the delivery of advanced features.

 

Additionally, Cisco Catalyst switches provide:

Superior service delivery from the wiring closet to the core, from the data center to the WAN edge with 10/100/1000 to the desktop, Fast Ethernet through 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections, and predictable wire-rate switching performance (even with QoS enabled)

• High level of availability with In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and hot-swappable modules, which enable easy upgrades without service interruption, and nonstop forwarding with stateful switchover (NSF/SSO), which reduces the mean time to repair (MTTR) by allowing extremely fast supervisor switchover that is virtually transparent

• Exceptional scalability through options such as virtualization, which provides for the centralization of services and security policies while preserving the high-availability, manageability, security, and scalability benefits of the existing campus design (centralized management and security), and Power over Ethernet, which simplifies the addition of new endpoints

• Superior security with integrated support for identity-based access control and Cisco Catalyst integrated security features, as well as Cisco firewall and intrusion detection modules

• Industry-leading support for converged applications, including voice, video over IP, and mobility

 

For your business growth and success, this network should be a Cisco network. When you join the intelligent, resilient routing offered by the Cisco routing portfolio with the innovative high-performance switching offered by Cisco Catalyst switches; connect them through reliable, scalable Cisco IOS Software innovation; and manage them with the automated, integrated management offered by the Cisco network management portfolio, the result is a highly available, adaptable infrastructure that delivers secure, pervasive services through a cohesive network platform upon which you can deploy technology solutions that address today's business challenges and enable tomorrow's business success.

 

Having Cisco network systems throughout your network helps to accelerate deployment of new technologies, reduce the learning curve in your IT staff, protect the integrity of your network and the data that crosses it, and enables your users to achieve higher levels of productivity and responsiveness.

 

Add to this Cisco industry leadership, financial stability, commitment to innovation, and dedication to customers, and it is clear that Cisco is an excellent choice for your network systems: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

 

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Wanna Be Cisco Staff? Cisco HR Interview Questions

October 12 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News

Right, interview is so common for us, but the more important is some famous companies' special interview. If you need to finish a interview like CISCO'S, how will you answer these questions as follows:sunflower.jpg

 

1) What are the names of your technical round interviewers

2) Do you know my name?

3) Tell me about yourself, your family background... so on..

4) What are you looking for in Cisco” or what attracts you or why do you want to join cisco.

5) Tell me a situation/ issue where you identified a problem on your own, and drove to resolve it.

6) Tell about most difficult team project u have worked on.

7) What type of work environment is suitable and which environment you hate/is frustrating?

8) Tell about the mistake you learned from

9) Tell about accomplishment you are proud of...

10) what have you learnt in 4 years of your BTech.

11) Give an example of biggest/most demanding team leading or you have talked about something to a group like given a presentation or seminar etc..

12) Describe a situation where you and your partner/professor had a conflicting view, but you were still able to get across your point or how did u get around obstacles that prevented you from completing the task/project.

13) Tell a situation in which you took the lead without being asked to do so and why? or you saw some opportunity which came suddenly and how did u react? or you found some your results or your work which were not up to the mark, what did u do to rectify? or done more than what was required? Or situations in which you found the job could be done much easier and others weren’t following it..? Or did some job which doesn’t come under your job role/description but was beneficial?

14) Tell me about your values in your life.

15) Tell us what you know about our company.

16) Tell me some of your strengths and weaknesses..

17) Interested in doing MS?

 

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Is the Next Cisco Systems Really Here?

October 11 2011 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

And so it begins. After a bleak summer that included 6,500 job cuts, Cisco Systems (CSCO) is working hard to raise its voice and rally partners. Channel Chief Edison Peres has issued a video blog to crystallize the company’s partner strategy. Andrew Sage, Cisco’s VP, Partner Led, is set to provide strategy updates soon. And CEO John Chambers (pictured) recently rallied the Cisco sales force to further support partners. All of the chatter includes Cisco executives talking about the “Next Cisco.” But has the Next Cisco really arrived?Cisco-Here.jpg

 

In the video blog, Peres reinforces the fact that 80 percent of sales involve partners:

As expected, Cisco has also simplified its messaging. Instead of focusing on roughly 50 markets, Cisco is zeroing in on five opportunities:

  1. Core (routing and switching)/Cisco Routers & Cisco Switches
  2. Collaboration
  3. Data center/virtualization
  4. Video
  5. Architectures for business transformation

Some folks on Wall Street are embracing Cisco’s streamlined focus. Auriga USA, an institutional broker, predicts that Cisco can grow faster than rivals over the next years while taking market share from Hewlett-Packard and Juniper Networks, according to Tech Trader Daily,

 

Still, let’s not forget that Cisco stumbled badly only a few months ago. First, the company essentially said “all is well” during Cisco Partner Summit (Feb. 28-March 3, 2011). But by April, Chambers conceded that Cisco had lost its focus. Cisco soon killed the Flip video camera. And by August 2011, Cisco cut roughly 6,500 positions.Cisco-right-here.jpg

 

But here’s where things get extra interesting. Sometime around the time Cisco started layoffs, Wall Street began to think that Cisco was in better shape than some of its rivals. And more recently, Hewlett-Packard’s decision to potentially sell or spin-off its PC division may have triggered some distractions within the halls of HP… potentially helping Cisco to gain some ground in the server market (though servers are not part of HP’s potential PC spin-off plan).

 

Yes, Cisco still has massive market share in switching and routing. And folks like Peres and Sage have the channel’s respect. But here’s one remaining riddle: How exactly does Sage’s role differ from Peres’s role? The VAR Guy expects to gain more answers and insights within the next few days…

 

 

 

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