6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2016 10:50 AM by eugroshev

    Supported VPN routers


      Hello everybody,


      We plan to start using Sandbox Collaboration labs shortly and are now choosing a VPN router for connecting our devices.

      This page (https://developer.cisco.com/site/devnet/sandbox/available-labs/comm-collab) refers to that page (https://developer.cisco.com/site/devnet/sandbox/index.gsp#connection) for information about supported VPN routers but there is no information. The FAQs page (https://developer.cisco.com/site/devnet/sandbox/documents/faqs) does not provide specific details either.


      I wonder if the router should support any specific features besides being capable of establishing IPSec-based site-to-site tunnels.
      One particular models we’re considering is Cisco 881 Ethernet Security.


      And this is a bit offtopic, but does anyone know if 800 Series routers support concurrent VPN connections? We would like to maintain VPN connections to sandboxes from other companies too.



        • 1. Re: Supported VPN routers

          Hello Eugene!


          Thanks for your question! Thanks for bringing the pages to our attention! We can now update them with the proper information for future users! At this point in time, we currently support 800 series routers in the sandbox using an EZvpn tunnel.


          We have a loaner program to allow users to connect HW routers to the sandbox lab. Through this program, we will loan you a Cisco 881w router. We will send it with a configuration pre-built out to allow you to connect to the labs, at the time of reservation you will just need to input VPN address and credentials supplied by email. If you are interested in this program, please let us know and we will contact you directly!


          As for your final question, I believe the 881w only supports one VPN connection at a time. Since I can't give you a definitive answer to that question, I will try to find someone who can answer that question for you.


          Please let us know if you have any additional questions!




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          • 2. Re: Supported VPN routers

            Hello Jacob and thank you for being helpful, I feel welcome at this forum


            Right now we are planning to go with an own router but out of curiosity - how long would delivery of a loan router take (we are in Sweden)? Also, what are the costs?


            My only other question is if anyone knows which of the 800 Series models supports 2 or more concurrent site-to-site tunnels.

            • 3. Re: Supported VPN routers

              That is great to hear, Eugene!


              For a loaner router, it is free for us to loan it out to you. The only cost are the shipping charges to return the router back to our Cisco office! Delivery to Sweden normally wouldn't take longer than 5 days.


              As for multiple tunnels, there's a few options you can go with. I have to connect to two VPN's all of the time and I think the best way to do it is to use a Software and a Hardware VPN. For example, your PC would be connected directly through the 881 which would have a tunnel to network A. With a split tunnel, only traffic intended for Network would be routed through the HW tunnel. Then, to connect to Network B, you would use a software VPN with AnyConnect or another VPN client. Traffic intended for Network B would be packetized and tunneled to Network B. Even if the Network B Traffic was routed down Tunnel A, it would still make it to it's final destination. This solution is simple and works without too much overhead, I use it everyday!


              [Edit: Removed information about Dual Tunnels as it is not supported by EzVPN.]


              On a different note, I saw this documentation which states that the 881w can support up to 20 IPsec tunnels, and this is referring to the number of SW VPN tunnels that the router will support, as documented here:



              Please let me know if you have any other questions, and if this has answered your questions!




              • 4. Re: Supported VPN routers



                Just to add to remarks, EzVPN does support dual tunnels. Virtual interfaces need to be used in that case.



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                • 5. Re: Supported VPN routers

                  on the c8xx you should be able to build multiple IPSec tunnels using something like the snippet of config below. The ACL defined within each crypto-map clause will decide which of the IPSec peers to forward the packet towards.  In the example below anything from the local subnet destined for will be sent to crypto-peer but if it is destined to then will be sent to peer


                  crypto map CPE-Crypto-Map 1 ipsec-isakmp

                  set peer

                  set transform-set Pompey

                  match address 101

                  crypto map CPE-Crypto-Map 10 ipsec-isakmp

                  set peer

                  set transform-set Pompey

                  match address 102


                  access-list 101 permit ip

                  access-list 102 permit ip

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                  • 6. Re: Supported VPN routers

                    Thanks jokearns and jawicks Your replies were very helpful.


                    jacoadam, thanks for the posted example.

                    I think I have a basic grip of configuring Easy VPN and I will try connecting to sandbox soon.