Cisco ISR 800 Series vs Cisco ISR 900 Series

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In the integrated services routers family, both of the Cisco ISR 800 and Cisco ISR 900 are designed for the enterprise small branch offices.

As two series in the same application, which is better?

Cisco 800 integrated services routers were released earlier than the Cisco 900 ISR. It means that 800 ISR is going to be the EOS or EOL series, but we will still like it, because of its good performance after the checking of the market.

In this article, we will introduce the features of ISR 800 and ISR 900, to help you choose the right one for your needs.

  1. Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers

Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers support these features:

  • Concurrent services at broadband speed: Get the most from your broadband connection.
  • Strong security: Reduce business risks associated with viruses and other security threats.
  • VPN support: Give remote staff and teleworkers secure access to company assets over a highly secure connection.
  • Wireless networking: Enable employees to access applications and information even when they’re away from their desks.

Table 1 and Table 2 show the Cisco ISR 800 Compare Models.

Model 812 819 860VAE 881
Typical deployment Integrated wireless solutions (cellular plus Wi-Fi) for service providers and enterprises Machine to machine and ruggedized small form-factor cellular deployments Enterprise teleworker or service provider managed CPE Small branch, retail, or managed CPE
Performance positioning Up to 15 Mbps Up to 15 Mbps Up to 10 Mbps Up to 15 Mbps
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet 10/100
LAN Ports 4 5 4
802.11 wireless Dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi with DFS/CleanAir (Q4CY2012) Dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi with DFS/CleanAir (Q4CY2012) Dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi (Q1CY2013) 2.4 GHz 802.11n integrated antenna; dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi with DFS/CleanAir (Q4CY2012)
PoE 2 port integrated PoE
Fanless Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional hardened form factor No Yes No No

 

Model 880VA 888 880G
Typical deployment Small branch, retail, or managed CPE Small branch, retail, or managed CPE Small remote office or ATM with cellular backup WAN
Performance positioning Up to 15 Mbps Up to 15 Mbps Up to 15 Mbps
Ethernet Fast Ethernet 10/100
LAN Ports 4 4 4
802.11 wireless 2.4 GHz 802.11n integrated antenna; dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi with DFS/CleanAir (Q4CY2012) 2.4 GHz 802.11n integrated antenna Dual-band concurrent 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi  with DFS/CleanAir (Q4CY2012)
PoE 2-port integrated PoE 2-port integrated PoE 2-port integrated PoE
Fanless Yes Yes Yes
Optional hardened form factor No No No
  1. Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers support these features:

  • High availability and business continuity
  • Consistent, high application performance levels
  • Risk mitigation with multilevel security
  • Feature consolidation for real estate, Capital Expenditures (CapEx), and management savings
  • Unified control of wired and wireless networks from a common console for streamlined operations
  • Remote configuration and management to keep local IT staff lean

Table 3 shows the Cisco ISR 900 Compare Models.

Features ISR 921 ISR 926 ISR 927 ISR 931
LAN Ports 4 4 4 4
Internal Power Supply Yes No No Yes
VDSL2, ADSL2/2+ support No Yes Yes No
DRAM 1 Gbps 1 Gbps 1 Gbps 1 Gbps
Flash 2 Gbps 2 Gbps 2 Gbps 2 Gbps
GETVPN Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
DMVPN Yes Yes Yes Yes
FlexVPN Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stateful Firewall Yes Yes Yes Yes

Learn more from Cisco ISR 900 Series Datasheet.

  1. Cisco ISR 800 Series vs Cisco ISR 900 Series

We know that some models of ISR800 will be replaced by ISR900. It’s one big difference between them.

Table 4 shows the replacement.

EoS Model Existing Model New Model Description
CISCO881-K9

CISCO881-SEC-K9

CISCO881C-K9

CISCO881GC-K9

C881-K9

View More Cisco 800 Models

C921-4P

↓C921-4P Datasheet

2 x GE-WAN, 4 x GE-LAN managed switch,

1 GB DRAM and 2 GB Flash, Internal power supply,

Cisco IOS IP Base, Max 150 Mbps crypto throughput (Cisco IOS SEC License is required)

C931-4P

↓C931-4P Datasheet

2 x GE-WAN, 4 x GE-LAN managed switch,

1 GB DRAM and 2 GB Flash, Internal power supply,

Cisco IOS IP Base, Max 250 Mbps crypto throughput (Cisco IOS SEC License is required)

CISCO886-K9

CISCO886-SEC-K9

CISCO886VA-K9

CISCO886VA-SEC-K9

C886VA-K9 C886VAJ-K9 C926-4P

↓C926-4P Datasheet

1 x GE-WAN, 1 x VDSL/ADSL2+ (Annex B/J), 4 x GE-LAN managed switch,

1 GB DRAM and 2 GB Flash, External power supply,

Cisco IOS IP Base, Max 150 Mbps crypto throughput (Cisco IOS SEC License is required)

CISCO887-K9

CISCO887-SEC-K9

CISCO887V-K9

CISCO887V-SEC-K9

CISCO887VA-K9

CISCO887VA-SEC-K9

C887VA-K9 C927-4P

↓C927-4P Datasheet

1 x GE-WAN, 1 x VDSL/ADSL2+ (Annex A), 4 x GE-LAN managed switch,

1 GB DRAM and 2 GB Flash, External power supply,

Cisco IOS IP Base, Max 150 Mbps crypto throughput (Cisco IOS SEC License is required)

CISCO887M-K9

CISCO887VA-M-K9

C887VAM-K9 C927-4PM

↓C927-4PM Datasheet

1 x GE-WAN, 1 x VDSL/ADSL2+ (Annex M), 4 x GE-LAN managed switch,

1 GB DRAM and 2 GB Flash, External power supply,

Cisco IOS IP Base, Max 150 Mbps crypto throughput (Cisco IOS SEC License is required)

Does this blog help you select the right router? Welcome to leave your comments.

If you want to order these series, please visit our online shop:

Cisco ISR 800

Cisco ISR 900

Related Topics:

Cisco ISR 900 Series-Highlights, Platform Specs, Licenses, Transition Guide

Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers-Ordering Information

Cisco 900 Series ISRs-Chassis Views, Power Supply and Specs

The Cisco 900 Series ISR Migration

The Newest Cisco 800 Router-Models

Cisco 800 Series Router Migration Option

Reference:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en_my/solutions/small-business/products/routers-switches/800-series-integrated-services-routers.html

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/routers/800-series-routers/models-comparison.html

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