Cisco Adds to SMB Product Portfolio

New wireless access point, routers, switches, unified communications and managed service offerings.

Cisco Systems Inc. said last week that it has added to its product portfolio tailored to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with new networking and communications offerings, including wireless access points, routers, switches, unified communications systems and managed services.

The vendor said that the additions are intended to help SMBs boost productivity and growth and take advantage of newer technologies such as smartphones, tablets, cloud applications and cloud services.

For channel partners, Cisco’s new SMB products and services add to what the vendor calls its portfolio of “purpose-built products and solutions” for creating the right networks for customers.

“The updated suite of our small business solutions and services provides customers with highly secure, reliable network technologies that are easy to deploy and manage,” said David Tucker, Cisco senior vice president and general manager, Small Business Business Unit.

Cisco’s new WAP121 and WAP321 wireless access points are intended to support increased traffic, particularly from handsets and tablets while protecting sensitive data. The WAP121 is priced at $173 and the WAP321 at $310. Both are available now.

The vendor also unveiled two new wireless N VPN routers, the RV180 and the RV180W specifically to address the increasing connectivity needs of SMBs, the company said.

The units feature a browser-based configuration, along with Gigabit Ethernet WAN and 4-port Gigabit Ethernet and up to 10 concurrent VPN connections. The RV180W can be deployed either as a router, wireless access point, bridge or repeater.

The RV180W Wireless-N router can be deployed as a router, wireless access point, bridge or repeater. Cisco RV180 and RV180W Wireless-N routers are available now, with the former priced at $182 and the latter at $246.

Cisco’s new 500 Eeries Stackable Managed Switches, offered in models ranging from 24 to 52 ports, feature automated management of redundant broadband connections through Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) to support the need for always-on connectivity to cloud services and are IPv6 compatible.

Cisco 500 series stackable managed switches are available now and range in price from $590 to $5,556.

The vendor also is offering a number of new UC systems, including the UC320W, which includes an integrated wireless access point, Gigabit WAN connectivity, an integrated four-port switch and an analog phone/fax port. The system supports up to 24 phones with voicemail, auto-attendant, hunt groups, call forwarding and email notification of new messages, is currently available and priced at $995.

The SPA512G and SPA514G single-line and four-line IP phones provide high-definition voice and data communications, are available now and priced, respectively, at $194 and $219.

Cisco also introduced two telephone adapters to connect analog phones and fax machines to IP voice and UC solutions and the WBPN Wireless N-Bridge to convert a wired IP desk phone into wireless IP phone.

The vendor also added to its OnPlus Service with the OnPlus ON100 appliance that automatically discovers all devices connected to the network. In addition, the new OnPlus wireless managed services add-on provides solution providers with extensive reporting on wireless devices and traffic.

List price is $250 for a three-year service subscription, including the ON100 appliance.

Cisco said that SMBs can finance the new gear through its Cisco Capital financing arm.

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