SAN JOSE, Calif., August 24, 1998 - Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced it has added several new enhancements to the Cisco 3600 and 2600 series of modular access routers that lower the cost of remote access for network managers and Internet service providers (ISPs). Two new modules with integrated analog modems offer solutions that scale from eight to 48 ports when installed in Cisco 3600 or 2600 series modular access routers. Eight new mixed-media modules for the Cisco 3600 series offer increased ISDN density and a lower entry price for hybrid ISDN/analog dial solutions. Additionally, Cisco announced that ISDN Primary Rate Interface (PRI) and Basic Rate Interface (BRI) modules, already available for the Cisco 3600 series, are now available for the Cisco 2600 series.
The new modules extend the range of applications that can be consolidated within a Cisco 3600 or Cisco 2600 series router. The wide array of modules available for both the Cisco 3600 and 2600 series routers accommodates a variety of network applications spanning dial services, Internet/intranet access, secure virtual private networks (VPNs) and multiservice data/voice/video integration.
Integrated Solutions; Lower Cost-of-OwnershipTwo new integrated analog modem modules - an eight-port and a 16-port - expand the role of the Cisco 3600 and 2600 series routers by enabling a wider variety of remote access applications in one product. The routers' modularity allows customers to upgrade network components incrementally as they migrate to new technologies, for example from ISDN to Frame Relay or from analog dial to ISDN. The integration of the analog modems into the Cisco 3600 and 2600 series enables consolidation of branch office equipment and eases installation, while lowering the cost-of-ownership through streamlined management. The analog modem solutions include the award-winning Cisco Fast Step. configuration tool for simplified product configuration.
Increased Versatility; Lower Entry Price for Hybrid Dial AccessEight new mixed-media modules offer network managers and ISPs greater versatility and cost efficiency by combining two of the most popular interfaces offered on the 3600 series - 10/100-Mbps Ethernet and ISDN PRI - onto a single module. Combining the two separate modules into one enables increased PRI interface density on all Cisco 3600 routers and lowers the entry price for hybrid ISDN/analog dial access applications for branch office connectivity.
"Used in combination with digital modems, the new mixed-media network modules for the 3600 series provide my users with faster connect times and greater performance - with the added benefit of a lower price per port," said Jim Williams, President of NTRnet, an ISP in Durham, N.C.
Similarly, the new ISDN PRI and BRI modules for the Cisco 2600 series routers bring increased versatility and cost-effectiveness to network managers planning to deploy ISDN in small branch offices. The Cisco 2600 series can now support up to two PRI and 10 BRI connections per chassis, increasing router efficiency and lowering entry prices for ISDN dial access.
Pricing and AvailabilitySolutions based on the new integrated analog modems for the Cisco 3600 and Cisco 2600 series routers are priced from $400 per port and are immediately available.
The eight new mixed-media modules for the Cisco 3600 series routers are priced between $4,450 and $6,450 and provide a cost-effective, sub-$500 per port price for V.90 capable digital modems. The mixed-media modules will be available worldwide in September 1998.
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