WAN NETWORKING

COMPANY IS EXPANDING
MAIN OFFICE HAS 30 OR SO PEOPLE
BRANCH OFFICES WILL HAVE BETWEEEN 5 TO 7.
I WAS THINKING T1 AT MAIN WITH BACKUP ISDN, USING CISCO 2801 INTEGRATED SERVICES ROUTER SECURITY BUNDLE.
AT BRANCH OFFICES I WOULD LIKE TO USE CISCO 1841 INTEGRATED SERVICES ROUTER.
NOT SURE WHAT TYPE OF CONNECTION I SOULD USE AT BRANCH OFFICES.
DSL WITH VPN, POINT TO POINT T1 *THIS COULD BE TOO COSTLY* WITH BACKUP ISDN.

OUR WAN MUST BE SECURE, REDUNDANT, GOOD PERFORMANCE, EASY TO MANAGE, AND EASY TO ADD ON TOO.

PLEASE GRANT ME YOUR WISDOM O'H GURUS OF EE.

ROUTERS WITH MODULES YOU RECOMMEND AND CONNECTION TYPES.
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victornegriCommented:
What data is going to be transmitted over the WAN links? Do you need high bandwidth? Do the remote offices need internet connectivity? Is everything (including internet) going to go through the main office?
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marine7275Commented:
I would definatley check into ssl vpns. The technology is great for remote offices. DSL connections would be sufficient for most remote traffic and lower monthly expenses over ISDN or T1.
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derek4017Author Commented:
EVERYTHING INCLUDING INTERNET WILL GO THROUGH MAIN OFFICE EVERYONE NEEDS INTERNET.
I WANT FAST, BUT NOT AT AN OUTRAGEOUS COST. MY BOSS IS CHEAP.
SECURE, RELIABLE, REDUNDANT, GOOD PERFORMANCE.

THIS APP IS NOT A BANDWITH HOG, ITS ACTUALLY A PROGRAM RUNNING OFF OF AN EMULATION
SOFTWARE PACKAGE CALLED REFLECTIONS, WHICH CONNECTS TO AN OFFSITE IP ADDRESS OVER THE NET.
BUT ON OUR SIDE WE HAVE TO HAVE AN DTE DEVICE IN ORDER TO CONNECT AND IT IS LOCATED AT THE MAIN OFFICE.
SORRY IF THAT IS UNCLEAR BUT ITS MY SECOND WEEK AND IM NOT SO SURE EITHER.

WE HAVE OTHER APPS BUT THEY ARE NOT HEAVILY USED SO NOT MUCH BANDWITH NEEDED
OTHER TRAFFICE WOULD INCLUDE LOGON TRAFFIC AND EXCHANGE SERVER.
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victornegriCommented:
Your company should get the fastest connection they can afford. Permanent VPNs can be established if you decide to go with DSL (or any Frame Relay). Just find out how much data they will be pushing upstream.

Also, have you thought about Citrix or Terminal Services? This will use less bandwidth and also decrease latency for your remote users. Then you don't need to worry about upstream/downstream limitations.
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derek4017Author Commented:
what routers should I use at main offices and remote sites ?
what if DSL is not availabe at remote sites ?
what about redundancy if main connection goes down at main and remote sites ?
why do they have a problem with caps lock, easier to read for me.....
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sypderCommented:
Netgear offers a series of VPN routers, which directly setup VPN connections between each other.

It is a fairly simply, low-end solution. But it works well for me.

http://www.netgear.com/products/business/prod_vpnrouter_wired_security_sb.php
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