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Which router is best for me?

Posted on 2009-04-15
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Our office is moving and our internet service is moving from fiber back to copper.  I'm get a 6mb bonded T1, which I'm told consists of 5 actual T1 circuits.  For this config I need a new router.  My telecom guy has quoted me $2k for a used Cisco 2620.  I found another vendor who will sell it to me for $375???  I don't know routers so I'm lost.  I need to get a router that will handle the 5 T1's to get internet to my firewall.  I don't care about bells and whistles or built in this or that.  I just need it to give me internet access reliably.  Can anyone assist?  I've had Cisco routers before and trust the name whether I should or not.  Thanks in advance.
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So, your T1 provider is handing you 5 physical T1's (7.5Mbps - 4 T1's would be 6Mb)? or they are bonding them and handing you one serial or ethernet connection?

If you need a router that supports 4 physical T1's (6Mbps), the 2620XM (get an XM version) will work but you'll need to populate it with a couple VWIC-2MFT-T1 which will handle 4 T1's.  If you need 5, you'll also need to add a NM-2W and then an additional VWIC-2MFT-T1.

The 2620 is end of life/end of sale which is why they are used and mostly found on eBay.  The difference in price may be an XM and non-XM version and perhaps the telecom quote include WIC's?  that may be a difference in price also.

If you have the budget, I would suggest getting a 2811 instead.  You still need to get 2 or 3 VWIC-2MFT-T1 depending on the number of T1's.
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Your count makes more sense.  There are 5 total, one is voice.  So the router will only be taking care of the 4 T1's to give me 6mbs.  Thanks for that clarification.
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One last point, instead of a 2620, I would go with a 2621XM if going the 2600 series line.  This provides you with two ethernet interfaces instead of one.
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