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    Improve the switched network on a customer site

    Hi guys,
    I am trying to improve the switched network on a customer site. I aim to install a router in order to split the switched network into 7 broadcast domains.
    So far, they have been using a very old Catalyst 4000 switch as core switch to connect together the 7 offices and many 3500 series as access switches.
    I have found the router ASR1002-5G/K9 that seems to me a good deal. At a first sight it seems just necessary to buy an extension module that supports 4 additional SFP and nothing more. The SFP connector I need is MGBSX1.
    Could you guys please let me know if I am mistaking and if you know better solutions? The budget is limited to about $10K - $12K.
    Thanks a lot

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    Well, I'd use a WS-C3750X-48T-L (in fact, I use a WS-C3750X-48T-S), but as long as you don't need to stack additional switches (the 3560 doesn't support stacking), then that'll work fine - the NM-1G module has 4 SFP ports which you can populate with fibre SFP's for your fibre links, and there's plenty of ports for your copper.
    I reckon, though, based on what you've said, that if you bought the WS-C3560X-48T-S model (IP base software) you could do away with the requirement for the ASR completely - as long as you don't need anything really fancy in the way of routing protocols (Static routes, OSPF, EIGRP, RIP are all included in IP Base - BGP is not), then you don;t need a dedicated router - the switch will do it for you.
    Cheers.

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    Thanks a lot GuoJames. I really appreciate your help.
    I have analyzed the devices and they look exactly what I need. Tomorrow I am going to discuss with the customer about the hardware you suggested.

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    Thanks for your reply

    Thanks a lot GuoJames. I really appreciate your help.
    I have analyzed the devices and they look exactly what I need. Tomorrow I am going to discuss with the customer about the hardware you suggested.

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    You're welcome. Hope it works out.

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