News Release

Cisco Expands 1000 and 4000 Router Series for Increased Performance, Additional Access Alternatives

Low-End Introductions Include ISDN Router With Integrated NT1, High-Speed Synchronous Serial Router

Mid-Range Router Optimized for ATM Backbone Access and SNA/NetBIOS Internetworking

Sep 11, 1995

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 11, 1995 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced threenew routers: the Cisco 1004 and Cisco 1005, both part of the low-end Cisco1000 series of multiprotocol access products and the Cisco 4700, a new router in theCisco 4000 series of mid-range router products. All three new routers will be unveiled at Cisco's booth atNetworld+InterOp in Atlanta on September 25-29, 1995.

The Cisco 1004 is an ISDN router that connects small, remote Ethernetlocal-area networks (LANs) to wide-area networks (WANs) using IntegratedServices Digital Network (ISDN). This new router features an ISDNBasicRate Interface (BRI) with an integrated Network Termination 1 (NT1) device,which reduces the number of devices required to connect to ISDN in NorthAmerica. The Cisco 1005 is a synchronous serial router that connectssmall, remote Ethernet LANs to WANs using leased lines, Frame Relay,Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS), Switched-56, and X.25.

The Cisco 1004 and Cisco 1005 routers are ideal for small remote offices thatrequire cost-effective solutions for part- or full-time connectivity toheadquarters and other central site locations. The routers are also amodel solution for transparent, inexpensive Internet access. With theintroduction of the Cisco 1004 and Cisco 1005, companies have more choicesfor connecting their small, remote sites inexpensively without sacrificingease of use, said Kevin Kennedy, product management director of Cisco'sRemote Access Products. Plus, these two new products take advantage of theCisco InternetworkOperating System (Cisco IOS), making them extremelyflexible and simple to manage. This introduction reinforces Cisco'sleadership in small branch and remote office internetworking.

The RISC-based Cisco 4700, when used in combination with Cisco's ATMNetwork Processor Module announced in July 1995, is optimized forAsynchronous TransferMode (ATM) backbone access, reliable IBMData-Link Switching(DLSw) internetworking and routing of native Advanced Peer-to-Peer (APPN) traffic.

The Cisco 4700 is also ideally suited as a central site or backbonerouter to handle SNA networking or other multiprotocol traffic when used asa DLSw router or border peer or as an APPN network node. Using Cisco'sDownstream PU Concentration function, the 4700 can also be used as a concentrator for hundreds of SNA devices.

The Cisco 4000 series of router products, which includes the high-performanceCisco 4700 router, features the industry's broadest set of connectivityoptions and are the industry's most widely used routers with more than80,000 units installed worldwide. Cisco Network Processor Modules availablefor this series include Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, ATM, serial, ISDN BRI,and ISDN PRI interfaces.

"We have many customers who are building large SNA/NetBIOS internetworks withhundreds of remote sites," said Kennedy. "The 4700 is highly optimized tolink remote sites to a central data center. The Cisco 4700 also provideslow-cost ATM connectivity and asserts Cisco's leadership in providinghigh-performance ATM access."

The introduction of these three new routers follows the recent agreementfor Cisco to acquire Combinet, Inc., a leading maker of ISDNremote-accessnetworking products. Cisco plans to employ Combinet technology (softwareapplications and platforms) to increase its leadership position in thefast-growing telecommuting arena. The Cisco 1000 series, because of itsvariety of WAN alternatives, sophisticated software features and managementcapabilities, will continue to provide Cisco customers with flexible,low-cost corporate branch office connectivity, small-office connectivityand corporate telecommuter solutions. Customers can expect to see the firstCisco-labeled Combinet products in the fourth quarter of 1995.


The Cisco 1004 will be available in North America beginning September 1995.The Cisco 1005 router will begin shipping in October 1995 to North Americaand Europe; worldwide availability will occur by December 1995.

The Cisco 4700 router is available immediately.

Cisco Systems, Inc.,headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is the leading globalsupplier of enterprisenetworks, including routers, LAN and ATM switches,dial-up access servers, and network management software. These products,integrated by Cisco's InternetworkOperating System (IOS), linkgeographically dispersed LANs, WANs and IBM networks. Cisco is traded underthe NASDAQ symbol CSCO.

For more information about Cisco, please contact Cisco's headquarters in SanJose at (408) 526-4000 or (800) 553-NETS (6387).

Posted: Sep 11 14:22:04 1995