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Cisco Hardware Recomendation

We need some help defining some Cisco equipment needed to perform the following functions with a T1 and a DSL line:
1. Failover
2. Load Balancing
3. Ability to prioritize voIP traffic
4. Wireless 802.1X alternative to linksys WAP
5. Wireless Bridging capabilities between buildings
6. What if any additional equipment needed for a VPN conection.
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zerogravity
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simkissCommented:
(800)553-6387
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pseudocyberCommented:
You'd probably get a better response to this question at the higher level "networking" forum or the "routers/switches" forum.
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lrmooreCommented:
We're OK in this Topic Area, but if you want to post a Question in Community Support area and ask a moderator to move this to the "routers and switches" topic area, that would be fine with me.

This is a very tall order for a simple text-based forum like this. Most any Cisco gear will give you all of those capabilities.
Some questions back to you. These are just for starters.
1. What is your budget?
2. What are your security requirements?
3. How many users to you have at each location (each building)
4. How many voip lines do you have?
5. Do you already have PoE to support the VoIP/ wireless?
6. How many connection closets to do you have? Just one in each building?
7. What kind of equipment do you have now? Any?
8. How far apart are the two buildings that you want to bridge across? Do you have full line of sight between them? What is your bandwidth requirement between them?
9. How many VPN connections will you need to support? Roving clients, or site-to-site?
10. What kind of LAN switches do you have now? How many data ports need to be "hot"?
11. Do you have an authentication infrastructure in place to enable features like 802.1x?
12. How much in-house expertise do you have to put this all together?

Cisco has a product for almost every need. It's going to be expensive.
Cisco does not have the "best" product for every need, and there are less expensive alternatives if budget is an issue.
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simkissCommented:
I really recommend a phone conversation.  They will guide you through what you will need to accomplish your desired tasks.  Give them a call:  800.553.6387
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simkissCommented:
good point.  i'm not soliciting business.  i work for a small family business.  i don't own anything cisco myself.


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simkissCommented:
:o)
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zerogravityAuthor Commented:
lrmoor: Here are your answered questions

1. What is your budget?
Depends on the the cost range.
2. What are your security requirements?
Nothing special, keep the bad guys out basically.
3. How many users to you have at each location (each building)
17 one 6 at the other second building is 20 feet away
4. How many voip lines do you have?
Currently 3 with a need to ramp up to another 10 or more
5. Do you already have PoE to support the VoIP/ wireless?
Currently using a linksys wireless bridge in the main building with a linksys wap on the second tied to a 8port linksys switch.
6. How many connection closets to do you have? Just one in each building?
Two in the main 1 in the second (Condo)
7. What kind of equipment do you have now? Any?
Yes I have a diagram I have created I can email if I cant' postit some how.
8. How far apart are the two buildings that you want to bridge across? Do you have full line of sight between them? What is your bandwidth requirement between them?
20 feet and yes.
9. How many VPN connections will you need to support? Roving clients, or site-to-site?
I mainly just wanted look into this as a cost option.  I wouldn'd think more than a couple connections at any given time.
10. What kind of LAN switches do you have now? How many data ports need to be "hot"?
Linksys 3-4 data ports.
11. Do you have an authentication infrastructure in place to enable features like 802.1x?
wep 64
12. How much in-house expertise do you have to put this all together?
I'm a Unix guy. We would hire an expert in this case. to configure it all.

Cisco has a product for almost every need. It's going to be expensive.
Cisco does not have the "best" product for every need, and there are less expensive alternatives if budget is an issue.
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lrmooreCommented:
>1. What is your budget?
Depends on the the cost range.

Sorry, but that does not help much... Do you want a Cadillac, Rolls Royce, or Marbach?

Here goes nothing...
For failover and load-balancing between a DSL and a T1
  Cisco 2811 router with T1 DSU   http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5881/index.html
   Lower-end models like the 1841 do not support VoIP
Connected to Cisco PIX 515e firewall   http://www.cisco.com/go/pix
  515e is *way* overkill, but the only one that supports QoS for voice
Pair of Cisco 1400 wireless bridges    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps5279/ps5285/index.html
Two Cisco 2940 switches   http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps5213/index.html
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