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Good and Cost-effective solution

What would be a good and cost-effective solution for this situation.

Situation 1:
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I need to get a T3 line coming to a central location and from there I need to provide certain bandwidth to 4 or 5 different locations. Lets say Location 1 needs 10Mbps, Location 2 needs 10Mbps, Location 3 needs 5 Mbps and Location 4 needs 10 Mbps. I am thinking of using a CISCO 3000 series router and make the bandwidth limitation on that. I donot want to buy CISCO 3000 if I donot have to.


-------T3 line ------->  CISCO 3000 (this would be in the central location)
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                                L1    L2   L3  L4  (each are different locations)                          

Situation 2:
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At the same time since I already have a CISCO 7206 at a different location , Can I make use of it and then somekind of a switch to do the bandwidth limiting on that..

--- T3 line ----> CISCO 7206 -------T3 line -------> An equipment in central location and L1 - L4 connected to this central location.

I think I would have to have a router with a DS3 card to plug in the T3 line. Is there any other option ?

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lrmooreCommented:
>I think I would have to have a router with a DS3 card to plug in the T3 line. Is there any other option ?
You are absolutely correct on this one.

Is this new T3 and internet connection to compliment the one you have on the 7206, or a new one just to support the remotes?

I would highly suggest a 3700 series:  3700 Series, 2-Slot, 2 FE, Multiservice Router  32F/256D (Cisco part #: CISCO3725) $8,500.00
with (One port T3/E3 network module (Cisco part #: NM-1T3/E3=) $8,500.00

Prices shown are list..


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sunray_2003Author Commented:
lrmoore,

It is a new T3 line to support the remote sites .. I was thinking if i can use the 7206 as it has got few more T3 cards in it and use some kind of a switch on the central location to do the bandwidth splitting..
But may be I answered my own question in the sense that If I get a T3 line to the central location then I have to have a router in this case would be a 3700 as you had recommended..
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Dr-IPCommented:
If it was me and I was looking for the cheapest solution I’d use the 7206 you have, and use rate limiting to control band width usage. If you are going to get another router, I’d recommend buying a used 7507 router. They are pretty cheep now; I got a quote of 3.5K for a fully redundant one with two fast Ethernet cards and 8 E1 interfaces. Also you can use the same cards in it as the 7206, so if you yank out the T3 card from the 7206 you could probably get one for 2K like the one I got quoted without the 8 E1 interface card and use your T3 interface card in it.  
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sunray_2003Author Commented:
Dr-IP,

the 7206 is in a totally different location than the central location..  The central location is the one that is going to be connected to 4 or 5 different locations each wanting a certain bandwidth.. If I use 7206 , what type of a line I would be getting from it to the central location other than a T3 line..  
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Dr-IPCommented:
It depends on how much bandwidth you are talking about, if you are talking about 7.5 megs or less you can use T1’s, but above that a T3 or better is really the only practical solution.
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Dr-IPCommented:
One thing you can do if T1’s for the remote location will provide enough bandwidth is have the T1’s delivered in the central location on another T3, and use a multi channel T3 interface to break out the T1’s to the remote locations. It’s a lot cleaner than wiring up a dozen or more T1’s, and generally cheaper than having them delivered individually.  
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