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Need help selecting a router and features

Here's the criteria:

I've got one circuit from Comcast 100 down/20 up. On this circuit I've got about a dozen ipsec site-to-site vpn's.

For my 2nd WAN circuit Google fiber is due to be installed with a 1gb down/1gb up circuit by the end of jan. I'd like to be able to take full advantage of the gigabit speed.

I'd also like to be able have some flexibility to add cards/features.

What would be the best router for the above scenario? Its very confusing when you are first learning because of all the different bundles & feature adds.

2 of the VPN endpoints are friends/relatives. Would you recommend getting an older Cisco off of ebay to replace their consumer grade routers? If so what model. (no circuits at the far end are better than the 100/20 Comcast.

Why am I considering used cisco's for friends/relatives. I've completed my CCNA and will do the CCNP 1st qtr next year. Having a real world wan infrastructure to play/work with has always been invaluable to learn.

Thanks for your advice/recommendations.

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Re: Need help selecting a router and features


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For 100/20, you'll probably want a 29xx.  The 2921 is recommended for 50 Mbps (duplex) and the 2951 for 75 Mbps (duplex).

For gig, you'll want either a 4451-X or an entry model ASR 1K.  Depending on your feature needs, you might look at L3 switches, espeically the MetroE variants.