Wide Area Network

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Mar 11th, 2009

I want to setup a WAN network for my company. What type of router is good and reliable for WAN connectivity?

Pls. advice.


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aafolabi_2 Thu, 03/12/2009 - 01:42

Integrationg of data, voice and video streaming. To support 150 users in each location. Application to run varies... mostly graphics.

Giuseppe Larosa Thu, 03/12/2009 - 01:56

Hello Abiodun,

probably at least 10 Mbps of BW are needed.

I would look for a C3825 / C3845 and for a T3 service.

How far are the two locations ?

Hope to help


aafolabi_2 Thu, 03/12/2009 - 02:35

i have 4 sites including the head office.

From the head office, below are the distant of branch office from head office...

243.74 km

360 km

676.92 km

1042.45 km

Giuseppe Larosa Thu, 03/12/2009 - 03:06

Hello Abiodun,

if available I would go for ATM service or MPLS services that should be cheaper then leased lines

Pricing vary from zone to zone so you should verify with the providers what are their offers

I would think of a C3845 or C7204VXR for the central site because the remote sites are 3 not only one and you need space to grow.

Hope to help


Joseph W. Doherty Thu, 03/12/2009 - 12:04

From your statement, initial question and later information you've provided, and inferring a possible lack of expertise(?), your project appears it might benefit from external consultation if you're unable to obtain the necessary expertise internally.

There's a bit more to setting up a WAN, especially one that meets the goals you set for it, then just selecting a suitable WAN router. For example, suitable for what? Data, voice, video streaming, and graphic applications (etc.) all might have unique requirements beyond just a user count.

For just the question "What type of router is good and reliable for WAN connectivity?", I've found Cisco's brand to generally both be "good" and "reliable" for WAN conectivity. Also often true with their L2 and L3 switches too. The latter, L3 switches, could also be of interest even for a WAN. (NB: Disclaimer: I don't generally sell any software/hardware, nor do I have now, or in the past, any special relationship with Cisco.)


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