We are looking to add a second 7606 router to our current configuration (we are currently running a single 7606 router) so that we will have some redundancy at our core. I have been putting together an implementation plan for the insertion of the new 7606 and I just had a question about the connection (which looks like a crossover cable) between the two routers. I have seen a number of diagrams that show a cable/connection between the two routers and I have seen the same number of different drawings that don't show any connection directly between the routers. My question(s) is the following: With respect to HSRP, is the connection directly between routers needed (or can all communication take place via the interfaces in the HSRP config). If the connection is needed, does anyone know what kind of connection it is supposed to be configured as (trunk, switchport, ?)? The only thing I have been able to find after two days of Internet searching was a statement that is can be a trunk connection. I guess I would like to know what the "best practice" is for HSRP. Okay, thank you in advance for your assistance and guidance!