Cisco 2621 Modular Access Routers
Branch office networking requirements are dramatically evolving, driven by web and e-commerce applications to enhance productivity and converging the voice and data infrastructure to reduce costs. The Cisco 2621 modular multi-service router offers versatility, integration, and security to branch offices. With over 70 network modules and interfaces, the modular architecture of the Cisco router easily allows interfaces to be upgraded to accommodate network expansion. The Cisco 2621 provides a scalable, secure, manageable remote access server that meets FIPS 140-1 Level 2 requirements. This section describes the general features and functionality provided by the Cisco 2621 router. Section 3 provides further details on how the router addresses FIPS 140-1 requirements.
The 2621 Cryptographic Module
The metal casing that fully encloses the module establishes the cryptographic boundary for the router, all the functionality discussed in this document is provided by components within the casing. Cisco IOS features such as tunneling, data encryption, and termination of Remote Access WANs via IPSec, Layer 2 Forwarding (L2F) and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocols (L2TP) make the Cisco 2600 an ideal platform for building virtual private networks or outsourced dial solutions. Cisco 2600`s RISC-based processor provides the power needed for the dynamic requirements of the remote branch office, achieving wire speed Ethernet to Ethernet routing with up to 25 thousand packets per second (Kpps) throughput capacity
The Cisco 2600 series features single or dual fixed LAN interfaces, a network module slot, two Cisco WAN interface card (WIC) slots, and a new Advanced Integration Module (AIM) slot. LAN support includes single and dual Ethernet options; 10/100 Mbps auto-sensing Ethernet; mixed Token-Ring and Ethernet; and single Token Ring chassis versions. WAN interface cards support a variety of serial, ISDN BRI, and integrated CSU/DSU options for primary and backup WAN connectivity, while available network modules support multi-service voice/data/fax integration, departmental dial concentration, and high-density serial options. The AIM slot supports integration of advanced services such as hardware-assisted data compression and encryption. All Cisco 2600 series routers include an auxiliary port supporting 115Kbps Dial On Demand Routing, ideal for back-up WAN connectivity.
The physical interfaces include power plug for the power supply and a power switch. The router has two Fast Ethernet (10/100 RJ-45) connectors for data transfers in and out. The module also has two other RJ-45 connectors on the back panel for a console terminal for local system access and an auxiliary port for remote system access or dial backup using a modem. The 10/100Base-T LAN ports have Link/Activity, 10/100Mbps, and half/full duplex LEDs.