News Release

Cisco Expands ISDN Router Solutions with Introduction of Low-Cost ISDN Router Series for Enterprise Telecommuters

Extends the Enterprise to the Home Through Cisco 750 Series' Affordable, High-Speed Access to Enterprise Networks, Internet
Nov 20, 1995

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- November 20, 1995 -- Cisco Systems, Inc., the leadingglobal supplier of internetworking solutions, today announced a low-costfamily of easy-to-use and install Integrated Services Digital Network(ISDN) router solutions that lead the industry in providingtelecommuterswith around-the-clock, high-speed remote access to enterprise networks andthe Internet. The Cisco 750 series of ISDN solutions is a direct result ofCisco's August 1995 acquisition ofCombinet, Inc., a leading supplier of ISDN connectivity solutions.

The new 750 series rounds out Cisco's Access Business Unit (ABU) accesssolutions by addressing key enterprise requirements including: supportfor multiprotocol routing and bridging, complete interoperability with theindustry-leading Cisco Internetwork Operating System (CiscoIOS(tm)),advanced security to protect sensitive data, bandwidth optimizationcapabilities to decrease connection costs, scalability for investmentprotection, and fully integrated network management for simplifiedmanagement. Moreover, the 750 series is offered at one of the industry'slowest price points for enterprise routers, enabling companies to deployhundreds -- or even thousands -- of Cisco 750 series devices to increaseemployee productivity.

"The Cisco 750 series breaks new ground in ISDN router affordability andease of use," said Tom Williams, vice president of Cisco's ProfessionalOffice Division in the company's Access Business Unit. "Companies that wantto increase employee productivity by offering telecommuter access will findthe 750 series to be the industry's best solution. For the first time,based on the 750 series low price, a company can easily provide hundreds oftelecommuters transparent and cost-effective access to complex enterprisenetworks. This makes significant strides in bringing affordable enterpriseaccess to remote users."

The Cisco 750 series provides an ISDN access solution that is complementaryto the Cisco 1000 series. While theCisco 1000 series is idealfor small branch office connectivity, the Cisco 750 series is tailored fortelecommuters and small professional offices that require IP and IPXrouting over ISDN.

In addition to offering ISDN remote access, the Cisco 750 series offers amodel with an external analog telephone interface to enable analog devices,such as plain old telephones (POTs), facsimile machines and modems, toshare a single ISDN Basic Rate Interface (BRI) line. As a result, users caneliminate the recurring cost of a separate analog telephone line. Somemodels also feature a built-in network termination 1 (NT1) device in theISDN port, providing an all-in-one solution for ISDN users in NorthAmerica. The Cisco 750 series also includes Cisco ConnectPro, Cisco'sMicrosoft Windows-based application that simplifies installation,configuration and administration, so that even a novice user can manage anISDN router.

Driving Powerful, Easy-to-Use, Affordable Access Down the Enterprise

Through support of IP and IPX routing and transparent bridging, the Cisco750 series enables enterprise telecommuters to connect easily andinexpensively to enterprise networks. The series' IP routing functionalityenables transparent access to the Internet for applications such aselectronic mail, file transfers, and World Wide Web browsing. In addition,because the 750 Series is affordable and relies on high-speed ISDNcommunications, a company can lower the initial and recurring coststypically associated with telecommuting programs.

The first new products in the Cisco 750 series include the Cisco 751, theCisco 752 and the Cisco 753 routers. The Cisco 751 multiprotocol ISDNrouter is Cisco's most affordable router option for connectingtelecommuters to the enterprise. The Cisco 752 router includes a built-inNT1 device and features an external S/T port to support additional ISDNdevices to eliminate the need for a separate ISDN line for voice orvideoconferencing applications. The Cisco 753 router includes both anexternal analog telephone interface and a built-in NT1.

Each router can be managed through an attached console, a Telnet session orthe Simple Network Management Protocol(SNMP) using SNMP management tools,eliminating the need for network management expertise at remote sites. TheCisco 750 series supports the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) to ensurecompatibility with multivendor products and services, while the RoutingInformation Protocol (RIP) provides dynamic routing updates and minimizessetup and support costs.


The Cisco 750 series is available immediately. The basic configuration ofthe Cisco 750 series supports up to four LAN devices. A Remote Office (RO)option supports an unrestricted number of LAN devices. The Cisco 751 routeris available worldwide. The Cisco 752 and the Cisco 753 are available inthe U.S. and Canada only.

CiscoPro versions of the 750 series routers, which are tailored to thesmall office/home office (SOHO) environment, are also available throughCisco's two-tier distribution channel.

Cisco's Access Business Unit is the market leader in providing dedicatedand dial-up access solutions for remote LAN and single-user connectivity.Today, Cisco ships more than 30,000 access units a month, more than allvendors combined.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the leading global supplier ofenterprise networks, includingrouters, LAN and ATM switches, dial-upaccess servers, and network management software. These products, integratedby the Cisco IOS software, linkgeographically dispersed LANs, WANs and IBMnetworks. Cisco Systems news and product/service information are availableat World Wide Web site. Cisco Systems isheadquartered in San Jose, Calif.

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Posted: Tue Nov 21 06:58:17 PST 1995