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Suggestion for VPN-setup against a Cisco 1720


I have zero experience of CIsco equipment (as of yet.. :)) and would like to have some some advice on one item.

I have been asked by a client to set up a VPN between us and them. They have a (I quote) "Cisco router 1720 with 3DES hardware encryption engine", supporting "IKE - 3DES, SHA, group2/5, IPSEC - 3DES, SHA, group 2/5".

So, I need to purchase some router-thingie that can talk to this box. It doesn't (shouldn't) be anything fancy. As simple as possible, as long as it works. Both ends are on T1's, so no ISDN/DSL-stuff.

Maybe this is not the perfect place to ask this question, so my apologies for that, but if anyone can give me some kind of advice it would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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Re: Suggestion for VPN-setup against a Cisco 1720

If you're after Cisco gear specifically, then a 1720 is probably a good low-cost option. You may or may not need a hardware encryption card, it really depends on how much traffic you're planning on pushing between these sites. It's probably a good idea to get one cause you can bet that your traffic load will always increase over time, so easier to put one in now at the beginning.

Other than that, IPSec is a standard that we conform to, so any number of low-cost routers with IPSec support should be able to build a tunnel to the 1720.

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