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Hello All

which will be an ideal model of router to support VPN

  • connectivity to 35 branch office
  • Bandwidth 10MB
  • GRE over IPSEC
  • 2 Internet Provider Connection

which will be ideal model of access switch to support

  • QOS
  • 40 users connectivity
  • POE


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Hi Joseph,

Cisco routers ISR G2 can be a good option for your requirements such as 2921 or 2951

however the best option ( but more expensive ) is Cisco ASR1000 as ASR can provide hardware and/or software redundancy aka inbox redundancy and in your case you are terminating two Internet links and connecting to 35 remote site to this router making high availability important eleemnt

unless you use two ISRs instead of one as edge routers and each Internet link terminate to one ISR and they can work in active/standby for VPN


you can use any of the options below:

2960 ( stackable )


3750 ( stackable )

please note that you could use Cisco ISR G2 with etherswitch model in the router itself as an option as well ! that provide:

16, 24, and 48 ports of GE or FE LAN, Local line-rate, Layer 2/3 switching, Same  feature set and roadmap as the latest Catalyst 3560-X/2960-S switches ( no POE+ "30w")

hope this help

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For 10 Mbps router, 890 or 1921 should do although beside two Provider Connections, you didn't mention what media to support or what's needed for inside facing.

For a switch, 10/100 or 10/100/1000?  Uplinks?  How much POE per port and total?

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Cisco 2921 router can be used for GRE over IPSec for accomadating 10 MB dual links

3560E-48PD-SF (PoE) can be used as an access switch
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