> I'm in the process of buying a Cisco 7206 Router for our shop and, frankly,
> it looks like it's going to cost me much more than I originally imagined. I
> was hoping that someone who knows something about Cisco products could look
> over the pricing and features I have been quoted and let me know if it all
> smells right. I'm really wondering if I need everything here and if there
> are any ways to lower the overall price.
> I was quoted by Solunet for the following:
> Cisco 7206 Chassis (CISCO7206) - $3,550
> 7200 Network Processing Engine, 150Mhz (NPE-150) - $3,550
> 7200 Fast Ethernet Input/Output Controller (C7200-I/O-FE-MII) - $2,130
> 7200 Series IOS IP Only Feature Set (SF72C-11.2.2) - $2,130
> 32MB RAM Upgrade (Generic) - $245
> 7200 I/O PCMCIA Flash Memory, 16MB Option (MEM-I/O-FLC16M) - $781
> 4-Port Serial Port Adapter (PA-4T) - $3,550
> 7200 Series InterDomain Routing License (FR-IR72) - $2,414
> 7200 Series NetFlow License (FR-NF72) - $2,414
> 7206 Modular Router Base, 6-Slot, SMARTNet M (CON-SNT-7206) - $3,000
> ATM CES Port Adapter; 4T1 CES Ports and 1 T3 ATM Port (PA-A2-4T1C-T3ATM) -
> Total: $32,284
> I have particular questions about whether I need the Fast Ethernet version
> of the I/O controller, the extra flash memory, the inter-domain routing
> license (we're doing BGP), and NetFlow (Can it do anything that MRTG
The discountable items all seem to be at 29% off which is good for
cisco unless you buy a $$LOT$$.
Some general comments:
Buy your OWN pair of generic 32meg 60ns PARITY SIMMs and then you can
add them to the pair of 16s in there now giving you 96meg - lots of
You MUST put the larger pair in the first 2 slots - move the smaller
ones to the 2nd pair of slots or use them in 2501s.
Adding 2 more 16 meg simms is silly because it fills all your
slots and you only then have 64 meg.
The FLASH is generic Intel PCMCIA FLASH and so get the smallest
you can from cisco and buy MORE elsewhere. You have 2 slots, anyway.
The I/O controller without ethernet is $1000 rather than $3000 with
100 meg etherent. This is the LEAST expensive 100meg you ever will get
from $cisco$ and doesn't eat an extra slot!
From your config, you are going DS3 into 4 T1s. Perhaps all your
traffic is really in and out all over ATM and you have no local
LAN needs, but normally you NEED that port for any other colocated
routers. It can be run 10 or 100 meg full or half duplex. **DO**
get the Canary rather than the ATI MII tranceiver as it 1) fits
without savage surgery or a needless MII cable, and 2) makes
running 10 meg easier, too.
A router without an ethernet port is likely to need one in the future,
and this one can't be added later without creating a surplus
I/O controller you probably won't then want.
If you want slot economy, use the PA-8T rather than the PA-4T.
If you do go with the PA-4T, look for the + version (or am
I getting confused with some 4000 adapter?).
You don't "need" NETFLOW at this speed, and if you want to spend
money, consider the 200meg CPU instead.
You *DO* need the "INTERDOMAIN" license becaue you are running BGP
presumably to other ASes.
You probably also need the WAN Packet license, too, for ATM.
Perhaps this is the one they meant to quote.