Replacement for Cisco ISR 2900 out of band management

If you have a need for a high-density terminal server, and you’ve always relied on the Cisco Integrated Services Router ISR 2900 series, take a look at the Opengear CM7196A – a 96 port console server, with integrated SFP, 1U form factor, and integrated Cisco pin-outs.

This unit, featuring Smart OOBTM management, can be seamlessly integrated into your new or existing data center. Eliminate patch panels that take up valuable rack space with straightforward wiring. Opengear products are designed specifically to work with Cisco equipment. That’s why we’re honored to be a Cisco Preferred Solutions Partner, and continue to engineer and build advanced out-of-band solutions to support a wide range of devices.

Cisco ISR 2900 EOL Alternatives

Cisco recommends the ISR4xxx series as an alternative to the ISR2911 combined with NIM modules, which connects up to 48 devices for out-of-band management, or 32 devices if a PSTN modem is required. For higher-density applications, a single Opengear unit may be a more effective solution, offering 32, 48 or 96 ports.

Cisco ISR 2900EoL Part Numbers: ISR 2901, 2911, 2921, 2951, 3925, 3945, 3925E, 3945E

Spec Comparison

Spec Cisco
ISR4321/4331/4351/4431/4451
Opengear
CM7100
Opengear
CM7196A
Form Factor 1U – 2U 1U 1U
WAN Ports 1 -2 GbE/SFP PoE available 2 GbE 2 GbE/SFP
OOB Console Ports 4-48 (Module addons) 16-48 96
Cabling Proprietary Straight Cables Straight Cables
Power Options PoE, AC and DC SAC and DAC DAC
Environmental Monitoring No Yes Yes
Out-of-Band Basic Smart OOB Smart OOB
USB Ports 1-2 2 2
Routing Router N/A N/A

The Opengear CM7100 Console Server offers straight-through cabling to Cisco-style serial consoles, and unified power management of PDU and UPS equipment from 100+ vendors. For more advanced applications, all Opengear products are equipped with Zero-Touch Provisioning and LLDP protocols, facilitating advanced automation and orchestration across the installation.

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