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How choose


How choose a router?

Have any calc for know the required performance to a solution?

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Re: How choose

It depends on where you want to use it.


Re: How choose

Cisco tends to produce equipment for defined roles.

For example, a workgroup switch versus a core switch or Small Office, Home Office (SOHO) routers versus a core router.

The specs are published, and you certainly could use a smaller router in the core of a small network (putting in a 7513 for a 30 person ofice would *usually* be massive overkill).

Many times it boils down to how many of what kind of interfaces are necessary now, and for the foreseeable future. This also tends to help define the role; a SOHO router usually needs at least one Ethernet/Fast Ethernet, and a serial port capable of T1/E1 connection.

If you look at Cisco's smaller routers they'll tend to have one or two Ethernet interfaces and a serial interface. Some don't have serial, instead they'll have port for DSL or ISDN. Smaller offices frequently go with DSL or commercial cable modem for WAN / Internet connectivity.

Some (like the 1800s) might even have options for built-in wireless, firewall software, VPN software or other function commonly desired for a small office or home office.

If you post what your need is, I'm sure you'll get some opinions on what equipment would be suitable.

If this is an ongoing thing you'll need to do, then it might be a good idea to begin a conversition with a reseller; someone that will do some flavor of needs analysis and make an educated recommendation.

After a while, you will understand the association of which equipment is appropriate for a given situation.

Good Luck