Router pricing and setup fees

By imonroe ·
I'm completly new to this industry, and have no formal training so please forgive my ignorance.

My question is:
I work for a small company with a branch office. The branch office has had an ISDN line that has proved to be way to slow. We are in the process of intalling a T1 line from the branch office to the main office. It will be routed through our firewall to access our server, but will also need internet access through our DSL connection. Should these required routers cost $2,500 each and should the setup fees charged by the tech cost $750 for each router?

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well that's a little pricey unless their Cisco equipment

by CG IT In reply to Router pricing and setup ...

the Sonicwall will handle a T1 which costs considerably less than Cisco, 3Comm, equipment.

The labor costs again reflect the techs ability to configure Cisco equipment which does require expertise.

The real question is why a T1 line which costs considerably more than a business DSL line. Further a business DSL line can use substantially less costly equipment and doesn't require specialized skills to configure.

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Cisco equipment

by imonroe In reply to well that's a little pri ...

The quote is for Cisco equipment. The T1 line is due to the fact that our firewall, server etc are all located at the main office. We were told that a DSL line at the branch would require another firewall, security software etc. Is this true? We have a substantial amount of security features and don't want to have to duplicate them at the branh office. Is there an alternative?

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Reason for two gateways

by Michael Kassner Contributor In reply to Cisco equipment

It appears that there is a need for a high level of security between the remote office and yours. That is why they separated Internet access from access to their network. The T1 is for all intents and purposes a direct link between the two locations.

It also appears that the remote office does not want your Internet traffic to pass through their location, hence the need for the DSL line.

Not understanding all the details makes it hard to determine if this is the best approach or not. In most cases similar to yours, this is handled be using a VPN tunnel and just one method of Internet access.

All traffic for the remote location is sent through the VPN tunnel and all Internet traffic is routed through the local ISP gateway. This would only require one split tunnel router/VPN server at each location.

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As Mike mentioned

by CG IT In reply to Cisco equipment

a dedicated T1 line is basically a private link between the 2 offices. This dedicated link is why a T1 costs a bundle.

If you don't want to have to setup security at the branch office then a dedicated T1 line between the HQ and branch is the way to go. It's a private line.

An alternative is also what Mike suggested, a VPN into the main office which in effect is a private, encrypted link using the internet.

Cisco equipment is costly and requires someone who knows how to configure it and if there are problems, fix it. That's also costly. There are other business solutions where the hardware is less costly and can be configured without having an expert do it. However one can not suggest alternatives without knowing what all the requirements are.

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by imonroe In reply to As Mike mentioned

Thank you guys for your help and verification for what we are doing.

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