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By TobeJ ·
Hi There,

I was told that our company will be wanting connectivity between our main site and 2 remote sites in the next few months. Problem, I never worked with "Networks" like this before.

Our current setup is dial-up through 2 VPN connections on a term server. This is not working to the users satisfaction.

My question is what do I need to have a live connection between the 3 sites? 1 site is about 7-8 miles away, and the other would be about 12-13.
So I do know that Iwill have some type of leased lines etc, but what exactly would I need DSL / Frame Relay etc, and what hardware goes with each type? So Frame Relay = Layer 3 Switch or router, DSL Layer 3 Swithch or router etc?

What we will be running are a couple of apps delivered from the main site IP connectivity only, and I would like to also have these external sites all connect back through our main site for e-mail / internet. connections to.

Thanks for the help.

Toby

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by Mike Jones In reply to Connection between 3 site ...

First question is why is the current setup not working to the customers satisfaction.

Is it just down to bandwidth or the way the VPN is setup?

You can get a hardware VPN router which can handle more than one connection.

Therefore all threesites can be connected to each other at the same time on different subnets.

As this is hardware based, there is no need to special software on any of the PC's. Along as TCP/IP is installed ok, there should be no problems.

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by TobeJ In reply to Connection between 3 site ...

Well the reason for the upgrade is because we are adding more users to the external sites, and the users are kind of complaining as it is, so when they add another 10 - 15 users, there will be more grumblings.... So my boss wants another solution.

I have been looking at a VPN solution "Main site" / DSL connection from the external sites, but I just found out that
there is no DSL avalible to the external sites. Sooo now I am kind of looking at a leased Frame relay private line between all 3 sites... Using a couple of 800 Cisco series router which have VPN / Firewall etc avalible with them and routing everything back through the main site and out for internet / E-mail.

What does that sound like?

Is there any other hardware that would work for me other than Cisco, someone told me about linksys routers and firewall hardware. Cisco are great, but they are quite expensive.

Again I don't have a huge amount of expierence with this, sowhat I said might be way out there. What do you think?

Thanks for the help.

Toby

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by Tink56 In reply to Connection between 3 site ...

I have a similar situation. Main office with one remote location down the street and one 50 miles away. Our primary application is browser based. Here is what I ended up with:

Frame relay from each remote location to the main office. Each office has a Cisco 1700 router. Intel switches at all three locations. I also have a T1 to the internet which uses a Cisco 1700 router. The firewall at the main office provides security for the network.

Talk to people like AT&T, WorldCom, Sprint and others. They are happy to educate you and provide you all kinds of solutions and equipment pricing. Their prices for the Cisco routers were heavily discounted for us because it was a brand new network.

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by wlbowers In reply to Connection between 3 site ...

You are going to need partial Frame connections at all of the sites.

You will need routers at all locations. The Router at the main site will require multiple wic cards.

Examples is the cisco line are 1700 or 1750 at the remote sites and a 2600 at the main site. The site connections as well as internet can be brought in to the main site over the frame and redistributed to the remotes back through the frame.

The speed of the frame connection will depend on the number of computers andthe applications being utilized. The vendor will also talk about a guaranteed bandwith. Say your frame connection is at a remote site is 128k. Unless you specify a constant guaranteed 128k, you will have a guarantee of say 64k. This means that up to64k is guaranteed with out interruption. Anything above the 64k could be broken up or delayed depending on the vendors load factor along the backbone they have you running.

With a frame connection the speed can be increased just by requesting more bandwith from the vendor. The vendor can at request provide you with reports of the percent of frame speed used.

The configuration ability of Cisco as well as the technicial support that is avaible is worth it in the long run.

I know Cisco will help you design the system. With these specifications you can shop vendors.

Good Luck

Lee

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by TobeJ In reply to Connection between 3 site ...

Thansk helped me...

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