SAN JOSE, Calif. -- March 3, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced a new WAN interface card for its modular Cisco 1600 and 3600 series routers. The new interface card incorporates a fully managed, T1 Data Service Unit/Channel Service Unit (DSU/CSU) that simplifies the deployment and management of Internet and intranet connectivity. It enables customers to deploy integrated high-speed branch office or small office connectivity solutions that can be centrally managed as single devices.
This cost-effective integrated DSU/CSU solution eliminates the need for external DSU/CSUs and can be managed both locally and remotely as a single entity using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or via a Telnet session using the Cisco command-line interface.
"With Cisco's integrated DSU/CSU solution, we can spend more time improving communications, productivity and banking center services and less time deploying, configuring and managing products from different vendors," said Bill Bennett, vice president of network engineering at NationsBank. "We can manage the solution as a single entity and rely on Cisco for service and support."
Simple Configuration and Management
The T1 DSU/CSU WAN interface card supports T1 and fractional T1 service in increments of 56 kbps or 64 kbps. The interface card is simple to configure using the Cisco Initial SETUP utility that prompts basic configuration questions upon router startup or via ClickStart, Cisco's Web browser-based configuration tool. Comprehensive management and troubleshooting capabilities range from extensive DSU/CSU statistics such as a 24-hour history to advanced troubleshooting features such as loopbacks, bit error rate tester (BERT) pattern tests, self-tests and alarm counters.
"With the addition of the T1 DSU/CSU WAN interface card, the award-winning modular Cisco 1600 series becomes one of the most flexible small office routers available today," said Brian Tan, 1600 series product manager at Cisco Systems. "As an integrated router-DSU/CSU solution, customers will realize reduced deployment and management costs via simplified configuration and troubleshooting, flexibility and investment protection via modularity and the benefit of single-vendor support for the complete solution."
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