- Cisco Employee,
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.
I am helping my daughter's school replace their old network hardware. One element needing replacement is their primary router and I'm considering a Cisco 18xx, 19xx, 28xx, or 29xx router. The characteristics of their school and network are are follows:
- 2 incoming feeds
- primary ~60-80Mb/sec (uwave dish) [coming next month. Current is 10Mb]
- backup ~3 Mb/sec (DSL)
- Connected to the router are 4 old LinkSys 48-port 10/100 switches, fully populated. They provide connectivity throughout the school and connect 6 consumer grade wireless APs/routers.
- total students in the school 250
- total administrators 30-40
- active wired users between 100 and 150
- active wireless users between 150 and 250
- most traffic is currently to/from the internet (current connection is 10Mb)
- they would like stream video within their network in the future
- The router runs NAT and its DHCP server provides all IPs
The current wireless infrastrucure is poor but this will be addressed separately (probably via Meraki). Since this is a school, there is quite a bit of BYOD and their router even with their current limited wireless has run out of their max of 256 IPs.
As they upgrade from 10 -> 80Mb/sec on their WAN and add wireless coverage across the school, this will place increased demands on the router-to-be because things will work better inside.
I'm somewhat familiar with the 18xx product from a purchase I did long ago for a smaller setup (50 users) but so far I'm unable to answer the following questions:
1. Given 400+ IPs, does this push me towards a specific family being 19xx, 29xx?
2. With an 80Mb/sec gateway, what family is more appropriate (although I suspect decision is limited by #1 above)?
3. Given I'll want Fe0/Fe1, does failover to a back-up link work well on modern Cisco routers? In the past, at least for me on a 18xx it was "not so much."
4. Is the management SW on the newer G2 routers modernized or will their staff still be managing by running IOS commands on the CLI? They do not have an IT professional, but they do have people familiar with networking.
With a solution like Meraki, Aerohive, and Ubituiti being consider for the wireless, I don't belive I need a lot of intelligence in the router for management of the wireless network.