VOIP HOME LAB - Part 1.9 Cisco 2621XM and Belkin N+ Router Configuration

This is another tutorial from the series of VOIP tutorials that describe building VOIP home lab based on Cisco Unified Communications Manager. A network topology is here.

So far we have finished configuration all of network devices, servers, Cisco IP phones and end-stations located in the Branch office LAN network. As a result, we can make phone call from Cisco IP Communicator - CIPC (extension 3000) to Cisco IP phone 7961G (extension 3001) and vice versa. Now it is time to connect the Branch office to Headquarters in order to perform phone calls between two remote sites. But first Headquarters network infrastructure and all devices connected to this network has to be configured. Fortunately this configuration is very similar to the configuration that we previously done for Branch office. So we will only discuss things which are new or slightly different and need further explanation. When we finish Headquarters configuration we will later focus on connecting Branch and Headquarters sites.

Let's assume that we successfully installed VMware Workstation on Fedora Linux, installed Windows 7 on virtual machines and Cisco IP Communicators on Windows. After that we continued with Open vSwitch installation and configuration and created new VM network interfaces. We paired assigned these interfaces with particular virtual machines according Headquarters network topology. Basically these are the same configuration tasks we did for Branch office but reflecting specific Headquarterss configuration.

From now Headquarters configuration is different as we are going to use Cisco router 2621XM instead of Cisco Catalyst 3550 switch to connect Headquarters to the rest of our network. Cisco 2621XM is connected to the laptop with installed Fedora Linux via its FastEthernet 0/1 interface. To allow routing between traffic from different VLANs router must be configured as what is called router-on-the-stick configuration. We have not done yet such as as configuration so the tutorial discuss it.

At the end of tutorial we will configure static routing on Belkin N+ router in order to teach Belkin how to reach Headquarters networks.

Cisco 2621XM Configuration

1. Restore Router to Factory Default Settings

a) Start a terminal emulation program - Minicom

$ sudo minicom

b) Erase startup-configuration file

Router#erase startup-config

Reboot the router


2. Secure Switch Management

As we configure a network device that is part of our home lab network we will use a dictionary username admin and password cisco. Likewise we will set session timeout 0 for console and vty lines so session timeout never expires.

a) Configure the Hostname, enable secret password and create a new user

Router#conf t
Router(config)#hostname 2621XM
2621XM(config)#enable secret cisco
2621XM(config)#username admin secret cisco

b) Restrict access to console port

2621XM(config)#line console 0
2621XM(config-line)#login local
2621XM(config-line)#exec-timeout 0
2621XM(config-line)#logging synchronous

c) Configure ssh version and generate RSA public and private keys

2621XM(config)#ip ssh version 2
2621XM(config)#ip domain-name homelab.net
2621XM(config)#crypto key generate rsa

d) Configure secure access to vty lines

2621XM(config)#line vty 0 15
2621XM(config-line)#login local
2621XM(config-line)#transport input ssh
2621XM(config-line)#exec-timeout 0
2621XM(config-line)#logging synchronous

3. Router-on-the-stick

a) Create virtual sub interfaces

22621XM(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/1
2621XM(config-if)#no shutdown

2621XM(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/1.10
2621XM(config-subif)#description Link to Open vSwitch VLAN 110
2621XM(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1Q 110
2621XM(config-subif)#ip address
2621XM(config-subif)#no shutdown

2621XM(config-subif)#interface fa 0/1.11
2621XM(config-subif)#description Link to Open vSwitch VLAN 111
2621XM(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1Q 111
2621XM(config-subif)#ip address
2621XM(config-subif)#no shutdown

2621XM(config-subif)#interface fa 0/1.20
2621XM(config-subif)#description Link to Open vSwitch VLAN 200
2621XM(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1Q 200
2621XM(config-subif)#ip address
2621XM(config-subif)#no shutdown

b) Configure uplink interface to Belkin router

2621XM(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/0
2621XM(config-if)#description Link to Belkin
2621XM(config-if)#ip address
2621XM(config-if)#no shutdown

4. Static default route, Name server, NTP server and DHCP server

a) Add a static default route to the router routing table

2621XM(config)#ip route

b) Configure router to use Belkin router as DNS server

2621XM(config)#ip name-server

c) Configure public NTP server

2621XM(config)#ntp server 0.sk.pool.ntp.org

d) Create a new timezone and configure offset

2621XM(config)#clock timezone UTC+1 -23

e) Create a new DHCP pool for voice subnet

2621XM(config)#ip dhcp pool Voice
2621XM(dhcp-config)#network /24
2621XM(dhcp-config)#option 150 ip

f) Create a new DHCP pool for data subnet

2621XM(config)#ip dhcp pool Data
2621XM(dhcp-config)#network /24

g) Create a new DHCP pool for management subnet

2621XM(config)#ip dhcp pool Management
2621XM(dhcp-config)#network /24
2621XM(dhcp-config)#do write

h) Configure IP address excluded ranges

The following IP address subnets will be excluded from DHCP offer.

2621XM(config)#ip dhcp excluded-address
2621XM(config)#ip dhcp excluded-address
2621XM(config)#ip dhcp excluded-address
2621XM(config)#do write

Belkin N+ Router Configuration

To make Headquarters subnets, and reachable from the subnet the static routes pointing to these subnets must be added to Belkin routing table.  The subnets will be reachable via IP address configured on router 2621XM interface FastEthernet 0/0. Subnets and can be summarized with one  subnet and added to Belkin routing table.

Below is the complete Belkin static routes configuration. This configuration ensures full connectivity between Headquarters and Branch office networks.


Picture 1 - Static Routes Configured on Belkin Router


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