I work for a Sprint dealer. A customer of ours has sites where the only available internet connectivity is a Sprint cellular signal. They've been using a Cisco ASA5505 firewall. To give it WAN connectivity, they've been using a cheap Linksys router that has a PCMICA card slot, plugging in a Sprint card, and passing the connection via the Linksys LAN to the Cisco.
That solution is no longer available (the Linksys is going off the market), and frankly I thought it was awkward anyway. I'm trying to help them find a single Cisco device that will do everything for them. (Cisco is their preferred brand.)
I talked with Cisco and they suggested an 881G-S-K9.
- Has anyone used this or a similar solution? Thoughts?
- To activate a Sprint data card, we essentially go into the accound and say "phone number 555-555-5555 should now have data card serial number xxxxxxxxx attached." Would this router have some kind of serial number that we could activate on a line?
The customer has said that they use a 10-user license and need support for 3 VLAN, whatever that means.
Sorry for any ignorance I may display by asking this question - I confess that I don't know a switch from a router from a firewall at this point in my career. The consumer-grade "router" I have at home may be all 3, for all I know. But hey, at least I'm trying to learn. :)