I am currently building a small lab network for my job. We are connecting to various points on our contracting service provider's network, with the ultimate goal of being able to define requirements / parameters / baselines (jitter, latency, etc...) by using network emulation from any point to any point of our choosing from the locations that we have connections from on our service provider's network.
My local network has a primary and redundant path, both identical and sitting in their respective racks, with the network emulation equipment crossing over to be used on whatever path is active at the time. The redundant path is inactive unless the primary path fails.
I have a Cisco 871 router on my primary path, and that is connecting to my primary path AND secondary path Cisco 2950 switches on respective fast ethernet ports. The same is true for my secondary path --- I have a Secondary Cisco 871 router, connected to my primary and secondary Cisco 2950 switches on respective fast ethernet ports. Completly identical set-up.
The Primary path Cisco 2950 switch has 13 connections that go into a patch panel, and then go out to 13 different points on our service provider's PRIMARY path network. The secondary path Cisco 2950 also has 13 connections that go into a patch panel, and then go out to the same points, but on our service provider's SECONDARY path network. Both paths are identical in architecture and set-up.
Here's the issue:
We have been discussing different methods of establishing fail-over resiliency between these 13 different connection points, and it seems like HSRP would be best implemented given what we have to work with here. Now, our service provider told me that I will need to give him a Primary IP, Secondary IP and a Virtual IP address for each of the 13 connections, and they will all need to be on seperate networks.
So for example:
Connection 1 of 13:
Service Provider's Primary Router (Location A) - 18.104.22.168
------------------22.214.171.124--------- - Virtual IP Address / Gateway
Service Provider's Secondary Router (Location A) - 126.96.36.199
Connection 2 of 13:
Service Provider's Primary Router (Location B) - 188.8.131.52
--------------------------184.108.40.206----------- - Virtual IP Address / Gateway
Service Provider's Secondary Router (Location B) - 220.127.116.11
And so on..... (Basically the 3rd octet is incrementing, to put each connection point on a separate network).
So if this is the case, then I am trying to understand this:
1. What I need to do on my local network in terms of configuration. It is my understanding that all I would need to do is assign a Primary IP address on a new trunked-off space on my local network IP Schema (i.e. 192.168.1.3) on the fast ethernet port on my Cisco 871 router, facing my Cisco 2950 switch. Assign a secondary IP address (i.e. 192.168.1.4) on the fast ethernet port of my secondary Cisco 871 router facing that same Cisco 2950 switch, and set the standby IP address to (for example) 192.168.0.1, which would also be the default gateway for the HSRP configuration, and the address I peer with my service provider on, correct? Once I provide them the available IP space they requested for each of the 13 connection points, it should theoretically be up to them to configure HSRP on their side and instruct their devices to peer with whatever HSRP schema I've created on my local network, Right? The rest of the routing should be able to be handled when I build my routing table, correct?
Any help would be most appreciated on this matter.