Network infrastructure wouldn’t be complete without routers; they are a vital part of the system. They allow you to interconnect with other networks for optimal information exchange. But picking which router to use is puzzling. This list will give a brief highlight of some of the routers different brands have to offer.
Avaya’s line of routers are called the “Secure Router” series which are composed of two models, the 2330 and the more advanced 4134. Both of these offer state-of-the-art technology that provides multiple routing protocols and options such as ipv4, ipv6, BGP4, RIP2, OSPF3, DVMRP, and many more.
Gigabit Ethernet and multiple WAN options are also available in both models but the 4134 has optional slots for more GbE and 10/100 ports and the T3 WAN capability that the 2330 does not have. Both have SIP voice services and integrated security features that make them really great devices.
The NetIron 2000 Series is Brocade’s compact line of routers best suited for data center or campus environments that have limited space. But don’t be fooled by size alone, these devices pack a punch! They offer superb ipv4/ipv6 routing and SDN support. They are capable of multiple routing protocols from OSFP3 to IS-IS and even ECMP.
Security, advanced QoS, up to 128000 mac addresses, and massive multicast support are only a few of the features about this series. IGMP and MPLS are a few of the multicast capabilities of these devices.
Cisco is the current leading provider of networking services and devices today. They have three divisions for their router market namely: Branch, Network Edge, and Service Provider line of products. The branch line is suited for a branch or WAN network. They give you enough power and scalability to optimize your network on a single platform with maximum efficiency.
The Network Edge division is designed to cater to more complex infrastructure that require interconnection between different branches, campuses, or data centers. They deliver a higher level of performance and reliability to produce maximum results; the ASR 1000 and Catalyst 6500 series are part of this division. The last and the most high-end division is the Service Provider section. They cater to ISPs that need to distribute services to large amounts of subscribers throughout a nation. They need highly scalable devices with no room for error. The ASR 9000 and the XR12000 lines are part of this elite group.
D-Link divides its router between home, business, and service provider use. The home line is comprised of portable home devices which offer cheap network coverage for a home or small office. The business devices are more advanced and deliver cutting edge features such as QoS, higher VPN security, data storage, NAT, and more high speed ports. More routing options are also available. The service provider devices are technologically superior to the rest. Some of the products are LTE, wireless modem, and multi-WAN capable.
Like the other companies, HP also has three categories for their network routing devices. The categories are: branch, campus, and data center devices. The branch are useful for a single branch or office. These devices have fixed port or modular port options but both have a limited number of advanced routing features. The MSR900 and MSR-20 line is part of this category.
The modular devices are different from the branch product because they offer a host of more advanced features and all models are capable of expansion slots when more ports are needed. More routing services support like ipv6 capability are included together with higher-end security VPN settings. They are suitable for a single campus infrastructure.
The data center area is most suited to large-scale campus and data center environments. These are the very high-end, high-performance devices that offer almost all features and are capable of multiple port slots. These are designed to be very scalable. The 8800 line is one of the top-of-the-line products of this category.
Meraki has recently been acquired by Cisco and their products is now labeled as Cisco Meraki. The merger of technology and knowledge by these two companies has given birth to better and more efficient devices for us consumers.
A range of devices are available depending on your needs. From home up to data center routing devices are available. They even offer wireless data storage and USB ports to connect devices such as printers for wireless connectivity. The MX400 is one of the more advance products capable of advanced route protocols and features. It has a storage capacity of 1TB, multiple GbE ports, and has a Firewall throughput of up to 1Gbps.
Ubiquiti EdgeMAX technology has given birth to their 1 Million packets per second throughput routers, the EdgeRouter. There are four models of the series namely: the LITE, POE, the base model, and the PRO. The LITE and POE models are great for small offices and homes because they are cheap and compact but still offer 1 Million packets per second speed. The Power over Ethernet model can be powered by Ethernet cables, this makes them very economic and efficient. They don’t need messy power cables to be powered up.
All the models feature EdgeOS software which makes managing the router very easy and user-friendly. The ports vary from 3 up to 8 ports depending on the model. The base and the PRO models are capable of reaching an outstanding 2 Million packets per second throughput.