[c-nsp] Recommendation for small GBit router

Mark Tinka mtinka at globaltransit.net
Sun Dec 18 08:28:10 EST 2011

On Sunday, December 18, 2011 03:06:18 AM Andrew Miehs wrote:

> Apart from running something like running lots of E1s,
> x21 interfaces I would no longer purchase a new 7200. As
> for second hand boxes - if you can get a service
> contract for them, ok.


If we're buying for small-to-medium Ethernet requirements, 
the ASR1000's are the platform to pick on the Cisco side of 

If we need low-speed non-Ethernet, the 7200 is hard to beat, 
even today.

> I still remember a friend of mine buying 4x 7500s filled
> with VIPs and ?Supervisors?… Every card, and even the
> chassis all had problems! But it was not that the cards
> didn't work - they booted, came on line, and then
> crashed after 2 days, etc. He spent 6 months debugging
> the issues with these boxes due to that and EVERY single
> piece needed replacing. Needless to say, it ended up
> costing the company more than it would have to buy new.

I don't think it would be fair to compare the 7500 to the 
7200. They may share port adapters, but that's about it.

The NPE-G1 and NPE-G2 on SRE are pretty modern if you're not 
looking at pushing lots of bandwidth. It's a shame the 
platform has been discontinued in the long-term, but it's 
still has miles to run in the short-to-medium term.

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