Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router Data Sheet

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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.

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.

Product highlights

Product highlights

Figure 1.            

Product highlights

Figures 2, 3, and 4 offer visual views of product components and expansion modules.

Cisco IR1101 base platform front view

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Cisco IR1101 base platform front view

The IR1101 offers even more flexibility to add or upgrade WAN and storage components through an expansion module.

Expansion Modules

Figure 3.            

Expansion Modules

 IR1101 with expansion module offering more flexibility

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IR1101 with expansion module offering more flexibility

Product overview

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

Table 1.        Key features and benefits



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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.

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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.

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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.

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Software Defined WAN (SDWAN) capable. For high WAN availability and simplicity for large-scale distributed networks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Business benefits and application examples

Industrial customers are looking for real-time monitoring and control of industrial assets to help increase operation efficiency.


Utilities are seeking the capability to monitor tens of thousands of miles of electric distribution lines or water infrastructure often located in harsh environments over cellular networks to provide remote assets monitoring and reliable and secure SCADA traffic backhauling. In many cases, these are power-constrained and space-constrained environments. Devices that enable this connectivity need to be highly reliable and able to be remotely monitored and configured. They also need to support traditional serial interfaces to interconnect with existing monitoring devices and fiber overlay for long-distance, intra-network connectivity. Needless to say, the device is expected to have a long lifetime to support such a massive scale of deployment.

Oil and gas

Oil and gas companies need to monitor pipeline infrastructure across wide geographic areas and remote locations using 3G and 4G cellular networks to collect data from remote terminal units and securely transport SCADA traffic to a Network Operations Center (NOC).


Highways and transportation agencies require reliable, always-on communication between speed cameras, monitoring cameras, ticket terminals, and so on. Wireless devices to support such continuous communication need to support 3G and 4G networks to help ensure good, wide coverage; continuous operation in very harsh environments; compact form factor for deployment in roadside cabinets and ticketing machines; local decision-making for a rapid response time; and serial interfaces to existing traditional devices.

Additional features and benefits

Table 2.        Additional features and benefits of the Cisco IR1101



IoT enablement

Lightweight, compact, modular, and ruggedized form factor

Designed for tight installation inside cabinets. All the Input/Output (I/O) ports and connectors are located on the front panel for easy wiring inside cabinets.

No additional power supply for the expansion module

Easily add an expansion module without requiring an additional power input.

Raw socket transport and SCADA

The raw socket can be used to transport SCADA data from RTUs. This method is an alternative to the Block Serial Tunnel (BSTUN) protocol. The Cisco IR1101 also supports DNP3 serial–to–DNP3/IP and IEC 60870 T101–to–IEC 60870 T104 protocol translations, serving as a SCADA gateway.

Multiple mounting options

Floor or wall mounting and DIN rail mounting in horizontal or vertical orientations.

Increased performance to run concurrent services

The multi-core processor architecture allows businesses to take advantage of network-supported speeds.

Multiple WAN and LAN connections

Four fast Ethernet interfaces

  Allows multiple Ethernet devices (sensors, Remote Terminal Unit [RTU], PLCs) in an industrial environment to connect for visibility and management of assets
  IEEE 802.1Q VLANs
  Layer 3 support through VLAN interfaces
  4KV isolation for Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection

WAN diversity

  Multiple WAN links for high reliability: Gigabit Ethernet layer 3 SFP (copper and fiber) and 4G LTE provides WAN diversity and business continuity
  Gigabit Ethernet WAN interface can be configured for layer 3 routing or layer 2 switching

Dual active LTE interfaces

Concurrent connectivity to two cellular networks for high reliability, load balancing, and differentiated services.

Serial interface

A RS-232 asynchronous serial interface (RJ45 DTE) can be used with raw socket, protocol translation, and connections to locate Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), sensors, and PLCs for SCADA transport and management.

Transparent roaming between wireless networks

Dual Subscriber-Identity-Module (SIM) over cellular

Provides active and backup connectivity for high reliability over LTE and HSPA networks.

Cisco IOS® mobile IP

  Transparent roaming for mobile networks, enabling mission-critical applications to stay connected, even when moving between networks
  The assigned IP addresses to the home network are maintained in private and public networks
  Supports Proxy Mobile IP (PMIPv6) and Network Mobility (NEMO)

Cellular fallback

Multiple technologies (4G LTE, 3G, and 2G) are available to support connectivity to the best one available. 2G fallback is not supported in North America.


Cisco IOS XE

Designed to enable businesses to deploy services more quickly with lower TCO and complexity.

  Openness and programmability: Standards-based programmable interfaces enable process and workflow automation. NETCONF, RESTCONF, IETF YANG, Python scripting, and custom libraries enable automation of event-based workflows
  Secure: Multi-level, end-to-end security and trust are built in. The built-in Cisco Next Generation Encryption and Quantum Computing Resistant algorithms are expected to meet security and scalability requirements for the next two decades
  Modular: Enables patching of software bug fixes and graceful insertion and removal of software modules for ease of maintenance
  Common software stack: Reduces business and network complexity while managing an array of Cisco devices

Table 3.        Network management solutions

Operational phase



Device staging and configuration for a few routers

Cisco WebUI

A GUI-based device-management tool that simplifies provisioning of devices for a small-scale deployment through easy-to-use wizards.

Deploy, manage, monitor, and maintain IoT gateways and assets at scale

Cisco IoT Field Network Director (FND) for hosting on premises

Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard

  Rapid scaling - zero-touch deployment and secure enrollment for tens of thousands of gateways
  Enhanced security – role-based access and user audit trail and secure communications for data transport across networks, VPN tunnels, geo-fencing, alerts, and notifications for data and physical security
  Increased reliability – reliable communications over cellular or Ethernet networks, lifecycle management, and 24/7 real-time monitoring and alerts

Extend your enterprise network to configure, monitor, and manage industrial assets

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA1) with APIC-EM

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) with SDWAN

  Cisco DNA offers a network infrastructure that is not only fully programmable and open to third–party innovation, but can also fully and seamlessly integrate the cloud as an infrastructure component
  Simplifies and automates processes and workflow by bringing the notion of user-aware and application–aware policies into the foreground of network operations
  With Cisco DNA, the network can provide continuous feedback to simplify and optimize network operations
  Enables automation of network configuration and APIC-EM is a central part of Cisco Digital Network Architecture. It delivers software-defined networking to extend the enterprise network to harsh industrial and outdoor environments
  Single management dashboard for configuration and management of WAN.
  Cisco SD-WAN automates application flexibility over multiple connections, such as the Internet, MPLS, and wireless 4G LTE.

Manage devices over a cellular network

Cisco IoT Control Center

Cisco IoT Control Center minimizes the complexity and cost of managing connected devices on a cellular network by taking control with actionable insights. For instance, tracking and managing data usage overages can result in a significant reduction in operational expenses.

Table 4.        Embedded management capabilities



Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager (EEM)

A distributed and customized approach to event detection and recovery.

Provides the ability to monitor events and take corrective or any other desired action when the monitored events, such as a high or low threshold, occur.

Cisco IOS XE IP Service-Level Agreements (IP SLA)

Helps assure the performance of new, business-critical IP applications as well as IP services by actively monitoring and reliably reporting traffic statistics such as jitter, response time, packet loss, and connectivity.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Syslog, NetFlow

Open-standards-based network monitoring and accounting tools, such as SNMP for 3G, 4G and, provide a common management platform for many different devices.

LTE network management and diagnostics

A dedicated diagnostic port on a cellular module enables logging of data during debugging sessions that can be analyzed by industry-standard tools such as Qualcomm CDMA Air Interface Tester (CAIT) and Spirent Universal Diagnostic Monitor (UDM).

Product specifications

Table 5.        Cisco IOS XE Software Features on the IR1101



Cisco IOS Software requirements

  Cisco IOS XE Software: Universal Cisco IOS Software image
  Cisco IOS XE Software Release 16.10.1 or later

IPv4 and IPv6 services features

  Routing Information Protocol Versions 1 and 2 (RIPv1 and RIPv2)
  Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) and Multipoint GRE (MGRE)
  Standard 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  Network Address Translation (NAT)
  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, relay, and client
  Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  DNS proxy
  DNS spoofing
  Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  IPv4 and IPv6 multicast
  IP Service-Level Agreement (IP SLA)
  Open Shortest Path First (OSPFv2 and OSPFv3)
  Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF) Lite
  Next-Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP)
  Serial data encapsulation and relay
  L2TPv3 over sub-interfaces and VLAN

Security features

Secure connectivity

  Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN for secure remote access
  Hardware-accelerated encryption with minimal impact to system performance
  Next Generation Encryption (NGE) and Quantum Computing Resistant (QCR) algorithms such as AES-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512
  Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI) support
  20 IPsec tunnels
  NAT transparency
  Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)
  Tunnel-less Group Encrypted Transport VPN
  Flex VPN
  IPsec stateful failover
  VRF-aware IPsec
  IPsec over IPv6

Cisco IOS Firewall

  Zone-based policy firewall
  VRF-aware stateful inspection routing firewall
  Stateful inspection transparent firewall
  Advanced application inspection and control
  Secure HTTP (HTTPS), FTP, and Telnet Authentication Proxy
  Dynamic and static port security
  Firewall stateful failover
  VRF-aware firewall

Integrated Threat Control

  Control-Plane Policing (CoPP)
  Flexible packet matching
  Network foundation protection

QoS features

  Provides LTE QoS with support for up to 8 concurrent bearers on each cellular WAN interface for traffic classification and prioritization
  Provides traffic precedence to delay-sensitive and mission-critical services
  Facilitates low-latency routing of delay-sensitive industrial applications
  Supported on all LAN and WAN interfaces, including cellular
  Low Latency Queuing (LLQ)
  Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ)
  Class-Based WFQ (CBWFQ)
  Class-Based Traffic Shaping (CBTS)
  Class-Based Traffic Policing (CBTP)
  Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  Class-Based QoS MIB
  Class of Service (CoS) to Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) mapping
  Class-Based Weighted Random Early Detection (CBWRED)
  Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) header compression (cRTP)
  Differentiated Services (DiffServ)
  QoS pre-classify and pre-fragmentation
  Hierarchical QoS (HQoS)

High-availability features

  Dual active LTE backhaul with expansion module
  Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) (RFC 2338)
  Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  Dual SIM support on the LTE module for cellular failover

IPv6 features

  IPv6 addressing architecture
  IPv6 unicast and multicast forwarding
  IPv6 ACLs
  IPv6 over cellular
  IPv6 routing
  IPv6 domain name resolution

Software licensing

The IR1101 offers two software tiers - network Essential and Network Advantage. The Network Essential license offers the essential elements of routing and security necessary for typical IoT deployments. The Network Advantage license enables advanced features, including Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) for a highly scalable and cost-effective solution; mobile IP for seamless migration between networks; and application-aware QoS policies for built-in intelligence.

A single Cisco IOS XE universal image encompassing all functions gets delivered with the product. Software feature licenses are pre-installed in the factory depending on the selection made at the time of purchase, thereby simplifying software delivery and decreasing operational costs of the deployment. Licenses can be upgraded after deployment by going through the Cisco Smart License activation process. For a more detailed overview on Cisco Licensing, go to

Cisco IOS XE software features and benefits

Figure 5.            

Cisco IOS XE software features and benefits

Table 6.        System specifications for Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router




Default and maximum DRAM

4 GB

Default and maximum Flash memory

8 GB (physical) / 4 GB (usable)

Ingress protection rating


Physical characteristics

Physical dimensions (H x W x D)


Expansion Module (IRM-1100-SP or IRM-1100-SPMI)

Expansion Module (IRM-1100-4A2T)

2.36 in. x 5.22 in. x 4.92 in. (60 x 132.5 x 124.9 mm)


1.3 in. x 5.2 in. x 4.9 in. (33 x 132 x 124 mm)

0.9 in. x 5.2 in. x 4.9 in. (23 x 132 x 124 mm)



Expansion Module



2.25 lbs (1.02 kg)


1.65 lbs (0.75 kg)

1.45 lbs (0.66 kg)

0.94 lbs (0.43 kg)

Mounting options

Panel, wall, and din rail (vertical and horizontal) mount

Power specifications

Nominal voltage: +/-12V to +/-48V DC

Minimum and maximum input voltage: 9.6-60V DC

Maximum and minimum input current: 1.24A (9.6V DC) and 0.26A (60V DC)

Power consumption

At idle: 6.6W

Typical: 9.8W

Maximum: 12W

Additional 10W (typical) with expansion module and 2nd cellular

Interfaces on the base platform


Mini type-B USB

WAN interfaces

  Combo 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ45 and SFP) on the base platform
  An additional 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet SFP on the expansion module. Refer to Table 8 for supported SFPs
  LTE: Modular with options for single and dual active LTE and LTE-Advanced

LAN interfaces

  Four 10/100BASE-T Fast Ethernet ports

Input and output

  ALARM input port

Interfaces on Serial and Ethernet Expansion Module

Serial Interfaces

  4 x Isolated asynchronous serial ports (RS232/RS485/RS422)(DCE)​

Ethernet Interfaces

  2 x GE RJ45 LAN ports


  System OK
  Link for Ethernet WAN ports
  Tricolor user-configurable LED

Serial interface

  Isolated RS-232 RJ45 DTE port
  Support for asynchronous mode with speeds up to 115,200 baud

Serial protocols

SCADA, DNP3, T101-104, Raw Socket TCP, and UDP

Environmental characteristics

Environmental operating temperature range

–40 to 140°F (–40 to 60°C) in a sealed NEMA cabinet with no airflow

–40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C) in a vented cabinet with 40 Linear Feet per Minute (LFM) of air

–40 to 167°F (–40 to 75°C) in a forced air enclosure with 200 LFM of air

Type tested at 85°C for 16 hours

Operating altitude

40°C up to 13,800 ft (operating) per IEC 68-2-41

Non-operating shock and vibration

  50-60G (3.76 m/s minimum)
  3-500Hz at 1.12 GRMS (BP at 10 and 100 Hz)

Standard safety certifications

  UL 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  EN 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  CB to IEC 60950-1, 2 nd edition with all group differences and national deviations

Hazardous locations standards

  ANSI/ISA 12.12.01 (Class 1, Div 2 A-D)
  CSA 213 (Class 1, Div 2 A-D)
  IEC 60079-0 and -15 IECEx test report (Class I, Zone 2, gas groups IIC)
  EN 60079-0 and -15 ATEX certification (Class I, Zone 2, gas groups IIC)

Industry standards

Public Safety:

● FirstNet Ready
  Verizon Frontline

Smart Grid:

  IEC 61850-3
  IEEE 1613


  FIPS 140-2
  Common Criteria

Department of Defense




EMC emissions CLASS A

  47 CFR Part 15 B
  EN 55032:2015
  CISPR 32 Edition 2
  CNS13438: 2006
  EN 300 386 V1.6.1
  ICES-003 Issue 6: 2016
  KN 32: 2015
  TCVN 7189: 2009

EMC immunity

  EN 61000-4-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, and 29
  CISPR24: 2010 + A1: 2015
  EN 300 386 V1.6.1
  EN 55024: 2010 + A1: 2015
  EN 55035:2017
  KN35: 2015
  TCVN 7317:2003
  QCVN 18:2014

Cellular modules

Table 7.        LTE (3GPP Category 4) modules available with the IR1101

Region theaters





LTE bands

LTE bands 2,4,5,12,13,14,17,66

FDD LTE 1700 MHz and 2100 Mhz (band 66 Ext AWS), 700 Mhz (band 17, 14, 13,12), 850 Mhz (band 5 CLR), 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz (band 4 AWS), 1900 Mhz (band 2)

LTE bands 4, 13

FDD LTE 700 MHz (band 13), 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz (band 4 AWS)

LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12

FDD LTE 700 MHz (band 17), 700 MHz (band 12), 850 MHz (band 5 CLR), 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz (band 4 AWS)

LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28

FDD LTE 700 MHz (band 28), 800 MHz (band 20), 900 MHz (band 8), 1800 MHz (band 3), 2100 MHz (band 1), and 2600 MHz (band 7)

Backward compatibility

UMTS, HSPA+ (band 2,4,5)


HSPA+ (band 2, 4, 5)

UMTS, HSPA+ (band 1, 8), EDGE, GSM, GPRS (900/1800)

Theoretical download and upload speeds1

150 and 50 Mbps

150 and 50 Mbps

150 and 50 Mbps

150 and 50 Mbps

United States

Multicarrier (AT&T and Verizon)









Band 14





FirstNet Ready

Approved by AT&T FirstNet




Table 8.        LTE (3GPP Category 4) modules available with the IR1101

Region theaters



LTE bands

LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 40, 41*

FDD LTE 2100 MHz (band 1), 1800MHz (band 3), 850MHz (band 5), 900MHz (band 8)

TDD LTE 2300 MHz (band 40), 2500MHz (band 41).

*B41 supported frequency range: (2535–2655 MHz)

LTE bands 1, 3, 8, 11, 18, 19, 21

FDD LTE 2100 MHz (band 1), 1800MHz (band 3), 900Mhz (band 8), 1500MHz (band 11), 850MHz (band 18 and band 19), 1500MHz (band 21)

Backward compatibility

HSPA+, UMTS (band 1, 8)

HSPA+, UMTS (band 1, 6, 19)

Theoretical download and upload speeds3

150 and 50 Mbps

150 and 50 Mbps






Yes (NTT Docomo, KDDI, Softbank)

Table 9.        LTE Advanced (3GPP Category 6) modules available with the IR1101

Region theaters



LTE bands

LTE bands 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, and 41

FDD LTE 700 MHz (band 12), 700 MHz (band 29), 800 MHz (band 20), 850 MHz (band 5 CLR), 850 MHz (band 26 Low), 900 MHz (band 8), 1800 MHz (band 3), 1900 MHz (band 2), 1900 MHz (PCS band 25), 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz (band 4 AWS), 2100 MHz (band 1), 2300 MHz (band 30), or 2600 MHz (band 7)

TDD LTE 2500 MHz (band 41)

Carrier aggregation band combinations:

1+8; 2+(2,5,12,13,29); 3+(7,20); 4+(4,5,12,13,29); 7+(7,20); 12+30, 5+30, and 41+41

LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 28, 38, 39, 40, and 41

FDD LTE 700 MHz (band 28), 850 MHz (band 5 CLR), 850 MHz (bands 18 and 19 Low), 900 MHz (band 8), 1500 MHz (band 21), 1800 MHz (band 3), 2100 MHz (band 1), or 2600 MHz (band 7)

TDD LTE 1900 MHz (band 39), 2300 MHz (band 40), 2500 MHz (band 41), or 2600 MHz (band 38)

Carrier aggregation band combinations:

1+(8,18,19,21); 3+(5,7,19,28); 7+(5,7,28); 19+21, 38+38, 39+39,40+40, and 41+41

Theoretical download and upload speeds3

300 and 50 Mbps

300 and 50 Mbps

United States

Verizon, AT&T








Australia and New Zealand


Yes (Approved by Telstra)



Yes (NTT Docomo, KDDI, Softbank)

India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand



United Arab Emirates



Table 10.     LTE Advanced Pro (3GPP Category 18) module available with the IR1101

Region theaters


LTE bands

LTE bands 1-5, 7, 8, 12-14, 17, 18-20, 25, 26, 28-30, 32, 38-43, 46, 48, 66, and 71.

FDD LTE 600 MHz (band 71), 700 MHz (bands 12, 13, 14, 17, 28, and 29), 800 MHz (band 20), 850 MHz (bands 5, 18, 19, and 26), 900 MHz (band 8), 1500 MHz (band 32), 1700 MHz (bands 4 and 66), 1800 MHz (band 3), 1900 MHz (bands 2 and 25), 2100 MHz (band 1), 2300 MHz (band 30), 2600 MHz (band 7).

TDD LTE 1900 MHz (band 39), 2300 MHz (band 40), 2500 MHz (band 41), 2600 MHz (band 38), 3500 MHz (bands 42 and 48), 3700 MHz (band 43), 5200 MHz (band 46).

Theoretical download and upload speeds2

1.2 Gbps/200 Mbps

United States

Multicarrier (AT&T and Verizon)




Yes (Bell)





Band 14


FirstNet Ready

Approved by AT&T FirstNet

Band 48 (CBRS)


Table 11.     5G Sub 6 GHZmodule available with the IR1101

Region theaters


RF Bands

5G FR1 - n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79

LTE bands 1-5, 7-8, 12-14, 17-20, 25, 26, 28-30, 32, 34, 38-43, 46(LAA), 48(CBRS), 66 and 71

Theoretical download and upload speeds

3.3 Gbps/400 Mbps

United States

Multicarrier (AT&T, Verizon6, T-mobile6)




Yes (Bell7, Telus7, Rogers7)


Yes (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India)


Yes (NTT Docomo, KDDI6)





Band 14, Band 48 (CBRS)


450MHz LTE module

Extending connectivity to remote sites can be challenging, especially when connectivity requirements differ depending on location and use case. As organizations are automating and establishing remote operations, Cisco is expanding the capabilities of the Catalyst IR1100 Rugged Series Router (1101-A-K9 only) to meet the connectivity requirements of businesses wherever they operate. Network Advantage license is required.

Cellular communications in the 400-450MHz band, also called 450MHz LTE, have a longer wavelength, lower frequency and lower energy requirements compared to the traditional LTE and 5G. Due to the physical properties of the frequencies, it has benefits of covering a larger geographical area. It has been employed across several parts of Europe for connecting utility grids, maritime and other mission critical networks.

Cisco has partnered with Intelliport, a Hungary based technology provider in developing a module for the IR1101 to meet the market needs. The 450MHz LTE band provides high resiliency and deep indoor signal penetration to connect the Catalyst IR1101 anywhere onsite. Datasheet for the module is available here -

LoRaWAN modules

LoRa is an unlicensed RF physical layer modulation technology that offers long-distance wireless connectivity, excellent power efficiency, very high receiver sensitivity, robust spectrum spreading, and securely encrypted transmissions. LoRaWAN is a MAC (Media Access Control) protocol specification defined by the LoRa Alliance that complements the LoRa physical layer. It is supported by an established ecosystem of LoRaWAN compliant devices that are available from multiple vendors, and which can be certified for interoperability by the LoRa Alliance. The technology is used for a variety of use cases such as water and gas meters, asset trackers, parking sensors and environmental sensors.

Note:     The LoRaWAN module, in combination with the IR1101, enables LoRaWAN gateway functionality (not endpoint functionality). The LoRaWAN module is compatible with IOS XE release 17.10 and later.

Table 12.     900 and 800 MHz LoRaWAN modules available with the IR1101



ISM Band Support

  900 MHz ISM band: subset of 902 – 928 MHz, depending on country/region
  800 MHz ISM band: subset of 863 – 870 MHz, depending on country/region
  8 uplink channels

LoRa Technology

  Based on Semtech “Corecell” reference design

LoRaWAN Specification

  LoRaWAN specification 1.0.x and 1.1 release compliant
  US915, EU868, AU915, AS923-x, IN865
  Support for Class A, B (Roadmap for Common Packet Forwarder), and C endpoints

Radio Spectrum Sniffer

  Online scanning of the interference noise on the RF channel

LTE Coexistence

  900 MHz Module: More than 40 dB rejection of LTE/NR Band 5/26 uplinks (814 – 849 MHz)
  800 MHz Module: More than 40 dB rejection of LTE/NR Band 20 (832 – 853 MHz) and Band 8 (884 – 915 MHz) uplinks

Antenna Connectors

  RF Antenna Connector: One external SMA (f) connector
  GPS Antenna Connector: One external SMA (f) connector

Power Consumption

  Typical, radio in receive mode: 1.2 W
  Maximum, transmitting at 27 dBm: 3.3 W

Built-In GPS

  High-sensitivity GNSS module
  Time pulse accuracy < 30 ns RMS, < 60 ns 99% of the time (clear sky)
  NMEA 0183, Version 4.0


Power LED

  Off: Device not powered on
  Amber solid: Device power-up is in progress
  Green solid: Power on

Status LED

  Off: Device not fully configured
  Red solid: Interface error or configuration error encountered
  Green solid: Device fully configured; LoRa interface operational


Cisco Anti-Counterfeit Technology, 2nd Generation

Receiver Sensitivity

Receiver sensitivity at 10% PER, 125 kHz bandwidth:

Spreading Factor

Typical (dBm)

Maximum (dBm)



















Tx Power (max)

27    dBm;

Note: The maximum power will vary according to individual country regulations

Cisco Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFPs) modules

The IR1101 Ethernet SFP module provides connections to other devices. These field-replaceable transceiver modules provide the uplink interfaces. Local connectors provide the fiber-optic connection. RJ-45 connectors allow for copper connections.

Table 13.     Supported Ethernet SFP modules






220-550 m


Industrial (-40C to +85C)


550m / 10 km


Industrial (-40C to +85C)


70 km


Industrial (-40C to +85C)




Extended (-5C to +85C)


550m / 10 km


Extended (-5C to +85C)


70 km


Extended (-5C to +85C)


10 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


10 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


550m / 10km


Extended (-5C to +85C)


40 km


Extended (-5C to +85C)


2 km


Industrial (-40C to +85C)


10 km


Industrial (-40C to +85C)


2 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


10 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


40 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


80 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


10 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)


10 km


Commercial (0C to +70C)



NA (RJ45)

Extended (-5C to +85C)

Note:     The IR1101 is designed to operate in the industrial temperature range (-40C to +85C internal component temperature range) and therefore, using a non-industrial or commercial-rated SFP modules could bring down the temperature profile of the system.

Ordering information

The IR1101 is a Smart License-enabled product. Cisco Smart Accounts and Virtual Accounts are required to order the product. For more information how to order the IR1101 and Cisco Smart Accounts, visit the
Cisco Smart Account user guide.

Table 14.     Ordering information for Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Router





Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router with SL-IR1101-NE software license



Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router with SL-IR1101-NA software license






Cisco IoT Field Network Director (FND) for hosting on premises



FND Top Level Subscription

IoT FND License for Managing IR1101 Router


Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard


IR1101 and IoT Operations Dashboard bundle


Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) with SDWAN for cloud or on premises hosting



Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router with Cisco DNA Essentials subscription for SDWAN

Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router with Cisco DNA Advantage subscription for SDWAN


Cisco Digital Network Architecture Central (Cisco DNAC) for on premises hosting


Cisco IoT DNA-C Subscription License for IR1101


FirstNet Bundle

Hardware PID

Cloud manager (subscription PID)








FirstNet Ready LTE Module


RF band information



3GPP Category 4 LTE supporting AT&T commercial, FirstNet and Verizon networks in the U.S

LTE bands: 2,4,5,12,13,14,17,66

FDD LTE 1700 MHz and 2100 Mhz (band 66 Ext AWS), 700 Mhz (band 17, 14, 13,12), 850 Mhz (band 5 CLR), 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz
(band 4 AWS), 1900 Mhz (band 2)

UMTS, HSPA+ bands: 2,4, 5


FND Ordering Guide:


Expansion Module




Expansion module for dual active LTE, local storage for applications, SFP and input/output ports



Expansion module for dual active LTE and SFP



Serial and Ethernet Expansion Module for Asynchronous Serial and GE interfaces


Software license




Network Essentials for core routing and security features



Network Advantage for advanced routing and app-based policy management



Network Essentials tied for No Payload Encryption software



Network Advantage for No Payload Encryption software


Cellular module




5G Sub 6 GHZ module for North America, Europe and Asia Pacific



Category 18 LTE module for North America, Europe and Asia Pacific



Category 6 LTE module for North America, Europe and Middle East



Category 6 LTE module for Asia Pacific and Latin America



Category 4 LTE module for AT&T, FirstNet Ready and Verizon, US



Category 4 LTE module for AT&T, U.S



Category 4 LTE module for Verizon, U.S



Category 4 LTE module for Europe



Category 4 LTE module for India



Category 4 LTE module for Japan


LoRaWAN modules




Cisco Interface Module for LoRaWAN operating on the frequency subset of 902 – 928 MHz ISM band, applicable to LoRaWAN regional profile for Americas, Asia, and Pacific



Cisco Interface Module for LoRaWAN operating on the frequency subset of 863 – 870 MHz ISM band, applicable to LoRaWAN regional profile for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India


Note: Network Advantage license required for use of LoRaWAN modules

Refer to Cisco LoRaWAN Ordering Guide for deployment options





Din-rail clip for vertical or horizontal mounting


Wall-mount kit


Din-rail kit for Expansion Module

Power supply



AC power adapter for 110/220V AC and 88-300V DC input
(temperature profile: -40C to 60C)


Expansion power module: Input AC 100-240V/1.25A or DC 125-250V/1A,
Output DC 24V/2.1A, DIN-Rail Mount.


Power Module supporting input AC 100-240V/1.25A 50-60Hz,
Output DC 24V/2.1A, IEC Plug, DIN-Rail Mount

Antenna and lightening arrestors


Refer to the Cisco Antenna and Options Guide

Note: Antennas and other accessories are not included automatically with the IR1101.

Warranty coverage and technical service options

The IR1101 comes with the Cisco 5-year limited hardware warranty. Adding a contract for a technical service offering, such as Cisco SMARTnet® Service, provides benefits not available with the warranty, including access to OS updates, online resources, and Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support services. Table 10 shows the available technical services.

Find more information about Cisco product warranties.

Learn more about Cisco Technical Services.

Table 15.     Cisco technical services for the Cisco IR1101

Technical Services

Cisco SMARTnet Service

  Global access to the Cisco TAC 24 hours daily
  Unrestricted access to the extensive resources, communities, and tools
  Next-Business-Day (NBD), 8 x 5 x 4, 24 x 7 x 4, and 24 x 7 x 2 advance hardware replacement and onsite parts replacement and installation available 4
  Ongoing operating system software updates within the licensed feature set 5
  Proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on Cisco Smart Call Home-enabled devices

Cisco Smart Foundation Service

  NBD advance hardware replacement, as available
  Business-hours access to Small and Medium-sized Business (SMB) Cisco TAC (access levels vary by region)
  Access to SMB knowledge base
  Online technical resources through the Cisco Smart Foundation portal
  OS software bug fixes and patches

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability Topic


Information on product-material-content laws and regulations


Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries and packaging

WEEE Compliance

Reference links to product-specific environmental sustainability information that is mentioned in relevant sections of this data sheet are provided in the following table:

Sustainability Topic



Power specifications and consumption

Table 6: System Specifications for Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router

Environmental Characteristics

Operating temperature, industry standards, EMC emissions

Table 6: System Specifications for Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router


Unit Weight

Table 6: System Specifications for Cisco Catalyst IR1101 Rugged Series Router

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Footnotes and Document history

1 Throughput degradation may be observed at a high temperature.
2 P-LTEAP18-GL can only be used in the main IR1101 chassis. It is not supported on the IR1101 expansion modules.
2P-LTEAP18-GL does not support GPS.
2P-LTEAP18-GL: Conforms to IEC 61850 reliability Class 1.
2P-LTEAP18-GL: Throughput degradation may be observed at high temperature. Uplink communication range may be temporarily reduced at the highest temperatures supported.
4 Advance hardware replacement is available in various service-level combinations. For example, 8 x 5 x NBD indicates that shipment is initiated during the standard 8-hour business day, 5 days a week (the generally accepted business days within the relevant region), with NBD delivery. Where NBD is not available, same-day shipment is provided. Restrictions apply. Review the appropriate service descriptions for details.
5 Cisco OS updates include maintenance releases, minor updates, and major updates in the licensed feature set.
6 Certification in progress. Approval expected in 1H CY22.
7 Certification under planning.
8The ethernet ports of IRM-1100-4A2T will work only when the module is attached on the top side (expansion module) of IR1101.
9P-5GS6-GL can only be used in the main IR1101 chassis. It is not supported on the IR1101 expansion modules.

New or Revised Topic

Described in


Added new certifications

Added new LTE Pluggables: P-LTEAP18-GL, P-LTE-IN and P-LTE-JN

Table 6

Table 7 and Table 10

May, 2020

Added information on FirstNet approval

Product highlights, Table 6 Table 7 and Table 12

September, 2020

Added 5G pluggable and IRM-1100-4A2T expansion module

Table 6 and Table 11

Jan 2022

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