One of my customers is a retail store with 200 or so locations. They removed the MPLS they had and now just use internet like cable or DSL and have Cisco 1800 routers that do VPN back to head office. It’s a phased project, and I can’t speak for all locations yet as we’re working on just 10 for now. From what I understand so far it seems like all traffic goes through the VPN including internet from in store kiosks. I want to try and move them to a Peplink solution and am still learning all of this, but wanted to see if I could get some advice first before meeting with them.
The main reason we would be doing this is because some locations can only do 15Mbps DSL or even 6Mbps which is too slow for them, so they wanted to bond 2 together for more speed. The problem I see with that is that from what I understand, their VPN would only work on one connection not both.
Moving all sites to Peplink would be nice, but they all can’t change so anything I put at these 10 sites must work with the existing network. Does the Cisco 1800 use different types of VPN or would there be one they are most likely on? If so would a Peplink Balance be able to create a VPN back to their head office similar to what they have toady, or is Cisco proprietary? What I’m thinking would be to use a Balance device and get 2 of the 15Mbps DSL connections, dedicating one to the VPN which is for point of sale and in store kiosks, and then the other to public wifi. The problem is they have these in store kiosks to check online items, but they run through the VPN as it’s an intranet version of their public website but also a browser. So many customers would be on public wifi, but lots would still be on the kiosks. I’ll need to get more of an idea from them as to what their breakdown of traffic is, but assume the majority of their traffic is over the VPN.
Would love any feedback as to what others might do in this case as the main goal is really more bandwidth to support mainly web browsing and other tasks customers do on their phones while shopping plus the in store systems like the point of sale and the kiosks. The obvious answer is bringing in multiple WAN connections, but it’s the VPN back to head office that handles most the traffic that’s tripping me up. Thanks so much!