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Is a Router Overkill?

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Is a Router Overkill?

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Hi all,

I am doing a network install along with T1 installers. I will be
setting up a router/switch and client/server network for about 20 or
so users. The one T1 line will be shared for voice and data.
They will be supplying on their side a adtran 612 csu/dsu(with
built-in router) that will connect via ethernet to their 12/24 port
switch.

From their, I will plug in to a port on their switch and connect to my
router of firewall. From their connecting to my own 24 port switch.
What would be the reason to go with a Router like a cisco 1841 sec/k9
as opposed to a Cisco Pix appliance (506E). I'm sort of split between
the two. VPN capability will be important among other things like DHCP.

Thanks,
Ben
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    The firewall - I would not use unless you specifically need a firewall. First of all, the interfaces are completely different on a firewall, and routing is much better using a router. The FW was not designed to be just a router, and with the security settings on a FW interface, you have to use ACLs to get from the low security interface through to the higher interface, so it's a little burdensome to manage. If you just need routing, just get a router. It can do VPN as well.

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    info

    I'm not an expert on T1, so please bare with me, I might have some elementary questions.

    So, if they are supplying a csu/dsu with a built in router, do I need my own router and if I do what would be it's purpose?

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    jmgarvin

    It depends on exactly what's going on with it and how's it's managed.

    I'd go with a PIX, for security, and if you need a router, you can always buy a cheapy one (you only have 20 users).

    Good luck.

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    -Q-240248

    If they are supplying the router, you wouldn't need another one unless you're planning on some internal subnetting. If this T1 is connected to the Internet, a pix would be a good idea.

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    If I am to go with a router, does anyone have recommendations on a model. I prefer to go with cisco products, but I would be willing to take other suggestions.

    This router would basically be used for NAT, DHCP, VPN, firewall. The office will have 15 computers, server running 2003 server & shared printer.

    Thanks

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    Brooklyns Finest

    I recommend the Astaro Security appliances for all security purposes. check out their website
    www.astaro.com
    the 120 or 220 is ideal for NAT, DHCP, VPN, firewall, different subnets, multiple ports, etc...

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    -Q-240248

    The firewall - I would not use unless you specifically need a firewall. First of all, the interfaces are completely different on a firewall, and routing is much better using a router. The FW was not designed to be just a router, and with the security settings on a FW interface, you have to use ACLs to get from the low security interface through to the higher interface, so it's a little burdensome to manage. If you just need routing, just get a router. It can do VPN as well.

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    info

    I'm not an expert on T1, so please bare with me, I might have some elementary questions.

    So, if they are supplying a csu/dsu with a built in router, do I need my own router and if I do what would be it's purpose?

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    jmgarvin

    It depends on exactly what's going on with it and how's it's managed.

    I'd go with a PIX, for security, and if you need a router, you can always buy a cheapy one (you only have 20 users).

    Good luck.

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    -Q-240248

    If they are supplying the router, you wouldn't need another one unless you're planning on some internal subnetting. If this T1 is connected to the Internet, a pix would be a good idea.

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    info

    If I am to go with a router, does anyone have recommendations on a model. I prefer to go with cisco products, but I would be willing to take other suggestions.

    This router would basically be used for NAT, DHCP, VPN, firewall. The office will have 15 computers, server running 2003 server & shared printer.

    Thanks

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    Brooklyns Finest

    I recommend the Astaro Security appliances for all security purposes. check out their website
    www.astaro.com
    the 120 or 220 is ideal for NAT, DHCP, VPN, firewall, different subnets, multiple ports, etc...