I have attached a network diagram showing a proposal from our vendor to setup HSRP between our 2 sites. I have one clarification is it required to have a direct connection between the 2 routers. From my understanding HSRP would be running over the interfaces connected to the switches. The interfaces from the routers connected to the switches will be placed in there own VLAN on the switches.
Our vendor says the direct connection is for HSRP heartbeat. If someone can help me out I would appreciate it.
As Jon said you are not require to connect routers directly on your LAN segment.
And for the Wan failover you need to track Wan interface under HSRP
I can't read visio files but from what you have described it sounds like the vendor is proposing a physical direct connection between the routers ?
HSRP only requires that the interfaces are L2 adjacent. So if you have 2 routers and their fa0/0 interfaces are connected into a switch, and both ports on the switch are in the same vlan then HSRP will function correctly. You don't actually need a direct connection between the routers.