The new Cisco Integrated Services Routers - recommendations?

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
For growth and reliability, I am looking at Cisco products for a small company.  The corporate site has 30-40 users, a T1 and existing Netopia router, but needs a VPN solution and a decent firewall for incoming public traffic for their own customer's web use.  There are three other small branch offices with 2-10 computers, each with a smaller DSL connection which need VPN access to corporate.  Initially I had thought of using a 515E pix with VPN support and the smaller pix's at the remote sites, but now am looking at the newer Cisco Integrated Services Router, like 2821 at corporate.   I believe VPN is included (obviously supported) , but I can't figure out the best package.   First, anyone with experience on the product?  And second, what package has VPN services included?  (will also need a T1 WIC, but won't need the voice services).   Suggestions on which Cisco products to use?
Question by:thefumbler
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    I don’t have first hand experience with the 2821 yet, but I have been looking to replace some 2600, and 3600 routers and it is one of the routers at the top of the list. It’s got a lot of power in a relatively small package, and for your intended use a lot of growth potential. You will want to get the advanced security bundle with it which from what I understand comes with VPN and firewall features, and to connect the T1 to it a WIC-1DSU-T1-V2 which has a built in CSU/DSU.  
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    Hi thefumbler,
    I haven't used these new routers. If you dont need the voice services then the 1841 may be a cheaper alternative to the 2800 series router. See
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    Both comments were helpful - ie
    1 - need advanced security bundle and
    2 - if no voice needed look at 1841 as an alternative.

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