Originally Posted by My arms stuck
Hey, I've got kind of a vague question due to ignorance, but I'll try to be as direct as possible. My main goal is to hook up a Cisco 2600 series router to my home network to replace my linksys WRT54G. This is solely because I have it and I want to use it/learn on it.
The only thing is, I want it to actually work, and also be somewhat secure at the least lol. I'm trying to seek advice as far as my topology goes..I've got this 2600 series router, as well as four 2500 series routers that I will be willing to use as well if they don't limit me speed wise (I believe I'm really proving my ignorance here lol, but my worry is that my transceivers are only 10BaseT and I don't know how else to add these to my network).
I also have an 8 port Gigabit unmanaged switch I will be using along with 1000 feet of Cat6. I also have a Dell Poweredge 2650 with Netware installed (learning that too lol), but I'd rather not leave that on 24/7 just because of the noise/power. I have three other Windows machines, a laptop with Linux installed (I will turn off DHCP on my linksys router and use it as a wireless access point for this), and I have another extra computer I will use for my workstation to configure the routers.
Right now I'm installing Windows XP on it just for ease of use, I may upgrade this later to be a file server/router config machine though. This computer is silent so I won't mind always having it on in the future.
I do not even know what IOS these routers are running yet, but I'm thinking my basic starting topology will go something like Modem -> Cisco 2600 -> Netgear 8 port switch -> Wireless Access Point. Anyone have any other ideas or suggestions? Even if it involves picking up another cheap piece of hardware or telling me that I'm flat out wrong, let me know lol.
I'm gonna add a few pictures just for reference (I didn't realize my phone was set to 400x240 instead of 1600x1200 until after it was uploaded, sorry lol). The ports on the back of the 2600 are: T1 DSU/CSU, Ethernet 0/0, Console, AUX.
The ports on the back of the 2514 are: AUI 0, AUI 1, Serial 0, Serial 1, Console, AUX.
The ports on the back of the 2503's are: AUI, Serial 0, Serial 1, BRI, Console, AUX.
I have two DCE/DTE cables and two Ethernet to Serial Console cables.
I feel bad you are getting all this crazy info from people and some seem to be very confused. I work for Cisco and have for over 10 years so let me see if I can help you.
2500's are pretty old, about 12 - 15 years old. I learned on those and then they were replaced by 2600's, then 2800's, and very recently 2900's. The big change moving to the 2600's and beyond was support for more WIC cards and Network Modules and 10/100 ports.
First issue is the speed you are worried about. What type of Internet connection do you have? If it is faster than 10mbps then those 2500's are going to be your weakest link. The T1 CSU/DSU modules run at 1.5mbps (speed of a T1 line) and obvously the 10 base T is 10 mbps. Other than learning how to configure signaling on a T1 circuit and learning different router protocols, those 2500's are not worth putting into your network.
The 2600 can handle much higher speeds than the 2500's. The 2610 did 15k packets per second or 180 Mbps in fast switching. But, the 2610 has only a fixed 10 base T as well. So unless you grab a 10/100 HWIC you are still locked at your 10Mbps.
Finally, you have no wireless in any of this, so in replacing your Linksys you would lose this.
You said you have an "ethernet to console" cable? The console cable is a rollover cable meaning pins 1-8 are 8-1 on the other side. Typically a blue cable shipped with every router. Old school has the com port plug with a RJ-45 jack but you don't plug in a standard ethernet cable. Those cables are straight through meaning pins 1-8 are 1-8 on the other side and won't work. Get or make a rollover cable and then 9600 baud, 8, none, 1 for your connection.
Unless you have another WIC T1 that module is useless without another one to link too with a crossover. Your serial connections can be crossedover with the DTE/DCE cables. You said you have two of them, then you can make two WAN links.
Basically not only is your gear old and really old, you don't have enough cables to do much. Set up 3 of your 2500's with your two DTE/DCE cables between them (router--><--router--><--router) and learn EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, even IS-IS if you want. You could do a trunk port and VLAN routing out that 2610, but I can't remember if the 25xx support VLAN trunking on the E0.
In the end, I wouldn't put any of that in your home loop if your Internet connection is faster than 10Mb.Edited by RatDog - 10/4/10 at 3:32pm