At $1,400 to $6,500, the low price point of the 1800, 2800 and 3800 routers--combined with new high-speed ASIC-based processing power--may be enough to get many tire-kickers to hitch a ride, regardless of any integrated features. But if you're expecting to buy the new boxes and rock 'n' roll with the integrated apps, you may be disappointed. Cisco's claims of fast ROI and low TCO on the new devices may be overstated for organizations that don't have a Cisco environment to support them.
As SWAN, AVVID, Self-Defending Networks and other Cisco strategies become more widely implemented, integrated access routers like the 1800, 2800 and 3800 just might prove to be strong plug-and-play devices for small and midsize networks. In the near term, however, each box should carry a label, "More Cisco May Be Required."