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Remote Office Conections

What options are available for connecting a remote office to our main office? We currently have a T1 in our main office used for internet traffic and a couple of software VPN's to vendors. I am told the remote office has internet connectivity above and beyond a T1, but I don't know what it is yet. The remote office will have approx 20 work stations... mostly thin clients with a few fat clients and some network printers. We are a healthcare clinic so HIPPA must be addressed. What are the pros' and cons of "point to Point" t1's... VPN's... MPLS.. etc   I'm afraid I don't fully understand what is available and which would be the most suitable in my situation.
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
There are a lot of options what type of network gear is at each office and do you have a budget to spend?  I understand HIPPA and the concerns with addressing security.  In that event a point to point T1 is the best most secure way to transmit the data although not the most cost effective, deppending on hardware that you have or may need.

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scott
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
There is no hardware at the remote office yet. At the main office we have a Cisco 1700 series router and a stack of 3Com switches. As for a budget, that is what we are working on at this point so we can present it to the board. The best case scenario would be to use the T1 that we presently have so we wouldn't incur more expenses. It would be best if I had a few options to present with pro's and con's of each and potential cost's so we could make an informed decision. I am guessing a PIX at each end for a VPN may be the way to go for us, but because I don't have a good grasp on what's available and the cost's involved, I am not sure.
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
Ok so you need another router at the remote office ... if you are running ANY data over the internet you need to run K9 cisco code and use 3des encryption.  So you will probably have to upgrade your current router code as well.  

you mention PIXes.... you could use that and it would probably work for less than the router option I know that Cisco 506e's are less than 1k each and with no reoccuring cost this would save you a great deal of money in the long run.

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Scott
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Scott.  One quick question...

If using a PIX at both ends will I also need a router at the remote site as well?

<main office> --- <router> --- <PIX> --- {Internet} --- <PIX> --- <router> --- <remote office>  ????
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
no a pix will solve the problem and should route through the 3des IPSEC tunnel traffic to the main office and the rest out to the world.  You may be able to use your existing router with the right code on it for the VPN tunnel but that is licensing and you would need to check in to that.

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Scott
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comteksoAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.
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