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Cisco 800 series Integrated Services Routers now support 802.11n

Cisco is planning to release the 860 and 880 routers with on board 802.11n this coming June. This is "really good news" for wireless network administrators dealing with remote branch and home offices. Finally; a business grade, multi-purpose, 802.11n device that is affordable.

Cisco is planning to release the 860 and 880 routers with on board 802.11n this coming June. This is "really good news" for wireless network administrators dealing with remote branch and home offices. Finally; a business grade, multi-purpose, 802.11n device that is affordable.

Just what are Integrated Services Routers?

Quite simply, the ISR family is a product line where a single device has multiple functions. This approach is not new but becomes significant because Cisco an industry leader is doing it. Just wait, this new tack by Cisco becomes even more interesting. In what many would consider a smart move by the somewhat stodgy company, Cisco has asked third party developers to create centralized applications for the ISR family of routers. Larry Dignan-executive editor for ZDNet news and blogs-examines this very subject in his post "With new support for third party apps, Cisco routers start to look like servers."

800 ISR series specifically

The 800 series routers using 802.11b/g have been around for a while now, but the new 802.11n versions are somewhat different. I thought some pictures of the hardware might be useful. Credit for the images and my thanks go to Cisco.

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Features common to the 860 and 880

The new 860 and 880 routers (pdf) with 802.11n share the following traits. Even though the features are common to both, there are some configurations like those pertaining to security where the 880 series will have more advanced options:

Stateful inspection firewall

Content filtering

QoS for multiple applications

IPsec VPN with multiple encryption options

4 port 10/100 FE switch with VLAN support

802.11n Draft 2.0 (Wi-Fi Alliance certified)

Features specific to the 880

The 880 wireless router has a few additional features that could easily become requirements, especially if you are looking for redundancy in upstream network connections:

Dual WAN capabilities

3G option

Unified Wireless

PoE is available on two of the four ports

Final thoughts

I for one am pleased to see Cisco release an affordable business-class 802.11n router specifically for small organizations or remote branch offices. The price, Cisco's product reputation, 802.11n Draft 2 capabilities with an upgrade path to ratified form should make the 800 series a big winner.

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7 comments
ipcbcory
ipcbcory

Some good information of password recovery, break key sequence, IOS upgrade procedures and other notes on the Cisco 800 here Cisco 800

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Show us how it works.Strut your stuff.Don't just blow it apart with plastics.Let's see some software.More on Routing and Networking.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

The 800 series has been a solid performer. Is upgrading this series to 802.11n enough to convince you to make the leap?

ipcbcory
ipcbcory

Some good information of password recovery, break key sequence, IOS upgrade procedures and other notes on the Cisco 800 here Cisco 800

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I always appreciate these kinds of comments, it points me in the right direction. Thank you. Actually I am working on a mesh networking post that maybe of interest.

cwestwater
cwestwater

Where are the 10/100/1000 ports Cisco!?!?

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I was curious to learn if 1000 ports were a real concern of yours. I have asked about that myself.