Please I need help on understanding the type of VPN to use for my network remote connection.
We are planning to setup all our branch offices to use the HQ network and share resources. We plan to deploy a unified communication of BE3000 from HQ over Cisco ADVSNF network design.
We will be using ISR2951 in HQ and ISR1941 routers in remote offices. In addition to these, we are using SPA8800 as our VoIP gateway device to integrate PSTN to our VoIP network. We want the call management and database to be hosted in HQ only because we don't have IT staffs in the remote branches.
We realised that we need to buy SSL VPN licenses for all users (up to 150) connecting to HQ from remote offices, and this is not cheap for us at all.
1. Must we use a purchased SSL VPN to achieve our goals? Would IPsec on windows OS achieve this goals for us?
2. Is there a cheaper cisco gateway module we can add to the ISR routers instead of using the external SPA8800 cisco gateway device to integrate PSTN to our network?
3. Is there a better option to the VoIP solution we have choosen?
I will really appreciate any helpful advice on this issue.
Must the IPsec licenses be from cisco? Can I use openVPN licenses? The design will be hub and spoke because the be5000 will seat in HQ but the operation will be a mesh operation where the branches can also call each other using VoIP.
There will be 20 SIP6941 IP Phones in HQ and 6 each in all the six branches.
The PSTN connectivity if via FXO in all sites. 8 PSTN lines via FXO in HQ, 4 each in branches via FXO
I have looked at be5000 and it fits my application more than be3000. the total number of IP Phones is 56. I think using 2900 series ISR makes things less cumbersome at the branches.
Please I need to know if i am limited to using cisco ipsec vpn or i can use openVPN (my choice).
Many thanks for your help and timely advice. I appreciate it.
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