IRM-1100 Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router Expansion Modules


The Cisco® Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router or IR1101, is Cisco’s most compact, FirstNet Ready™ industrial router. Designed in a highly modular form factor makes it an ideal solution for remote asset management across multiple industrial vertical markets.
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The IR1101 has an integrated 9.6 to 60V DC power input and is designed to withstand hostile environments, including shock, vibration, dust, humidity and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). The IR1101 also supports a wide temperature range: –40 to 60°C standard operation, –40 to 75°C in a forced air enclosure with 200 LFM of air, and type-tested at 85°C for 16 hours. This durability makes it ideal for harsh industrial and distributed IoT deployments such as transportation, oil and gas, distribution substations, industrial automation, and financial institutions.

The Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router offers a broad range of features for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Modularity and investment protection.

A single form factor with multiple WAN (LTE, LTE-Advanced, SFP Ethernet) and storage options enable flexibility to add or upgrade modules as technologies evolve.

Dual active LTE-capable.

With two LTE modules (LTE and LTE-Advanced with carrier aggregation), the IR1101 enables concurrent connectivity to two cellular networks for WAN redundancy, enhanced data throughputs, load balancing, and differentiated services, making it a highly reliable and high-performance platform.

Cisco IOS XE Software.

IOS XE is a highly secure, standards-based and flexible operating system for a new era of IoT deployment. It’s an enterprise-class OS with advanced routing and security.

Software Defined WAN (SDWAN) capable.

For high WAN availability and simplicity for large-scale distributed networks.

Industrial security.

With Cisco Trust Anchor Technology ensuring authenticity of hardware and software, hardware-accelerated Next Generation Encryption and Quantum Computer Resistant algorithms, firewall and VPN services, and alerts and notifications enabling physical and cyber security, the IR1101 offers a multi-layer security for mission-critical deployments.

Edge computing.

Speed up awareness and response to events and conserve network bandwidth by analyzing the most time-sensitive data at the network edge, close to where it is generated. A highly secure, extensible environment for hosting applications ensures authenticity of applications. An optional mSATA SSD field-replaceable unit on the expansion module enables storage of application data for recording and analysis.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Supports migration of data from legacy control systems in an industrial environment to an IP-based network using DNP3 serial–to–DNP3/IP and IEC 60870 T101–to–T104 protocol translations.

Smart grid-compliant.

Designed for installation in harsh secondary substation environments. Complies with IEEE 1613 and IEC 61850-3 for distribution automation.


Location-based services for tracking assets and protecting from theft and intrusion.

Ease of management.

On-premises and cloud-based network management solutions cater to businesses across multiple industry verticals. Tools such as Cisco DNA Center, Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard, Cisco IoT Field Network Director (FND), Cisco Plug and Play (PnP), and Cisco Prime® simplify deployment and offer the breadth of cross-network management and the depth of multi-layer visibility.

Multiple Packet Data Network (PDN).

Gain connectivity to different Access Point Names (APNs) for traffic segregation over a cellular link. For example, public Internet traffic can be kept separate from mission-critical traffic emerging from the sensors and devices connected to the router.

4G LTE multiple-bearer QoS.

Differentiated treatment of traffic with multiple simultaneous bearers as per 3GPP standards for an enhanced user experience. Multi-bearer QoS depends on the cellular carrier’s ability to support the service in their network.

Network Segmentation.

Multi-VRF, VLAN, and VPN enable businesses to configure and maintain more than one instance of a routing and forwarding table within the same customer edge device, enabling dynamic changes in the network with a minimal maintenance window. Service providers can enable this feature to support two or more VPNs with IP addresses that overlap across the VPNs.

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