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Need to connect router to traditional T1

We've lots of experience with routers, firewalls, etc. - but always when they are connected on the backside of a WAN device (cable modem, DSL modem, bridge, etc).  We're installing a new rural office that will have a traditional T1 circuit.  Ultimately this will be a typical 802.11 wireless setup with some wired LAN ports.  We're drawing a blank. Should we buy a self-contained router/firewall with the T1 connection built in? Which one?  Or should we buy a T1 connection gizmo that gets us converted to a WAN port and plug it into a simple wireless firewall/router?  Please aim us, oh wise ones.
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GWitek
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OriNetworksCommented:
If It were my network I would go with a cisco router and attach that to my gateway security appliance if needed, then I would go to my main switch and wireless devices. What device you pick and its capabilities is really up to the scale of the network and the scalability you want to offer.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Call your T1 service provider.  They may require you to use a specific device.  Setup in a specific way.  If you don't they may refuse to help you with problems.
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lanboyoCommented:
is this site going to be a point to point T1 or will the remote site be connected to the internet? If your provider is going to hand you a T1 you should probabally get a cisco on general principles, providers are very good with helping you if you have a cisco. The provider may be managing their own router, and will hand you ethernet, in which case use whatever router you are comfortable with.
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lrmooreCommented:
Cisco 1841 T1 Bundle is a very common solution, and really easy to set up.
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=cisco+1841+t1+bundle&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=JuS_S6fYEYP78AburuH-Bg&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CCEQrQQwAg

Adtran NetVanta 2300 with T1 module is cheaper than the cisco, but not as easy to set up (IMHO)
http://www.amazon.com/ADTRAN-4200862L1-NetVanta-Modular-Access/dp/B00006HXNQ

Your Telco may install an Adtran T1 router and hand you off the Ethernet side.
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GWitekAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the ideas folks, especially you lrmoore, for the exact links.  What do you think of the Cisco SR 520-T1... http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/routers/ps9305/data_sheet_c78-549906.pdf ?  And to answer some of the above questions, this is a raw T1 line from an Internet Provider w/o any hardware (they only offer monthly lease).
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lrmooreCommented:
The SR520 looks good. I don't have experience with the Cisco small business products. I generally find them difficult to work with compared to the "enterprise" products.
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GWitekAuthor Commented:
fast responses - got me going in the right direction.
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GWitekAuthor Commented:
Hey lrmoore and/or lanboyo!  Are you still there?  The T1 vendor likes (and manages) the Cisco 1721.  Any comments?  TIA.
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lrmooreCommented:
Cisco 1721 has been end-of-lifed for many years now. They stopped selling them in 2007. If your ISP doesn't know that.... oops....
The 1841 appears to be the ISP favorite today. From a management perspective it is almost identical.
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