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Cisco asa or router for site to site tunnel

Hi all

I have a requirement to build a site to site tunnel to my head office from a remote office. My question is, should I use an asa the other end, or should I install a router with a zoned firewall and use a vti tunnel.

Can I create a vti tunnel on a router to the asa in my hq?

You cant run routing protocols over the asa site to site tunnel so I thought a router would be better.

Your thoughts please


Re: Cisco asa or router for site to site tunnel

You could certainly use a router to terminate the VPN tunnel.  You'll use an IPSec over GRE tunnel for your routing protocols:


Do you have a private circuit (MPLS, etc..), or just a local Internet circuit at the remote site?  If you have both (Internet used as backup for the MPLS), you could terminate the VPN tunnel on an ASA, and then have a primary GRE tunnel over the MPLS, and a secondary (higher cost) GRE tunnel over the backup Internet path.



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I haven't worked with ASA tunnels, but site-to-site router tunnels work fine, including routing across them.  One trick to improve tunnel performance across Internet, don't use link for other than tunnel traffic so that you "know" and can manage the tunnel bandwidth.  (If site needs general Internet access, ideally, use another interface.)  Also, for an Internet tunnel, you don't need firewall features to secure the tunneling router just for site-to-site tunnels.

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