Why buy a Cisco ASR router? Whether it is the Cisco ASR 1001, 1002, 1002-X,1004, 1006, 1006-X, 1009-X, and 1013 router. 

The answer is simple, do more with less. The primary goal of the ASR 1000 Series Routers, especially for businesses looking to scale and consolidate data centres and devices. With the firewall, deep-packet inspection, and session border control capabilities built into the router. The Cisco ASR router offers a wealth of capabilities without requiring additional hardware.

It’s not uncommon to get overwhelmed with all the options that the ASR has to offer. Ultimately, it’s important to understand what’s right for your network. That’s why our team of expert sales engineers are here to configure your ASR’s three components, chassis capacity, and fixed. Call the team on 01992 576 522.

The ASR 1000 is Cisco’s mid-range router line, capable of anywhere from 2.5Gbps to 100Gbps of throughput, depending on the model and installed cards. The platform is targeted towards applications such as BGP border router, broadband aggregation, IPSec aggregation, large-scale NAT gateway, or high-capacity session border controller. The ASR 1000 provides a hardware forwarding engine to ensure consistent throughput regardless of the system’s configuration.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers transform the service provider and enterprise network edge by delivering industry-leading performance, instant-on service capabilities, and high availability in a compact form factor.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers deliver:

  • Highly secure, high-performance, and integrated software-enabled services
  • A new price class for high-performance edge routers
  • High resiliency with convenient and cost-saving, in-service software upgrades
  • Software redundancy on nonredundant hardware

For service providers, the Cisco ASR 1000 Series facilitates more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of complex consumer and business services. And for enterprises, it delivers a highly reliable, high-performance WAN edge solution where information, communication, collaboration, and commerce converge.


All ASR 1000 Series models use the innovative and powerful Cisco QuantumFlow Processor, which provides a huge leap in performance and resiliency for network processors. This processor helps enable advanced services to operate at high speeds without the need for additional hardware or blades.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series includes Cisco IOS XE Software, a flexible OS designed to provide modular packaging, feature velocity, and powerful resiliency. The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers are equipped with:

  • Separation of the control and data planes
  • Software redundancy on the Cisco ASR 1001, 1002, 1002-X, and 1004 Routers
  • Hardware redundancy on the Cisco ASR 1006, 1006-X, 1009-X, and 1013 Routers
  • Modular Cisco IOS XE Software to facilitate In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Scalable services embedded in the Cisco QuantumFlow Processor at wire speeds from 2.5 Gbps to 200 Gbps
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The ASR 1000 line consists of a variety of chassis — some with fixed components like the ASR 1001, ASR 1002 and ASR 1002-X — while other systems are fully modular, like the ASR 1004, 1006, and 1013. The chassis capacity and fixed hardware are detailed in simplicity here:

ASR 1001
ASR 1002
ASR 1002-X
ASR 1004
ASR 1006
ASR 1013
1 SPA card slot 3 SPA card slots 3 SPA card slots 1x RP slot 2x RP slots 2x RP slots
4x SFP slots onboard 4x SFP slots onboard 6x SFP slots onboard 1x ESP slot 2x ESP slots 2x ESP slots
Integrated RP2 Integrated RP1 Integrated RP2 2x SIP card slots 3x SIP card slots 6x SIP card slots
  Integrated SIP10 Integrated SIP40 Option of RP1 or RP2 Option of RP1 or RP2 Can take an RP2
Fixed ESP (2.5Gbps base, license upgradeable to 5Gbps) Option of ESP5 or ESP10 Fixed ESP (5Gbps base, license upgradeable to 10, 20 or 36Gbps) Option of ESP10, ESP20 or ESP40 Option of ESP10, ESP20, ESP40 or ESP100 Option of ESP40 or ESP100

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