Do Branch Routers Support OSPF? Using BRs on a private ethernet WAN?

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Background:

The branch routers work great in conjunction with the VA VPN gateway. OSPF is being sent out by the VA and redistributed by my Cisco router to the rest of my network. It's working great for remote site connections that use the public internet to get to the company network.

For connections over our private ethernet WAN links I currently have a bunch cisco routers doing our internal routing. I'd like to replace the cisco routers with the branch routers, but I don't see the option to enable OSPF in at least the BR100 config options.

Is OSFP supported? If not, how would I be able to leverage the BR100 or BR200 to replace the cisco routers?
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Sorry, no, only the CVG supports OSPF at this time.

The original rationale for the BR product line was as teleworker devices, that eventually morphed into branch router functionality. As a teleworker device or as we envisioned branch router scenarios, they would always establish a tunnel back to a central site tunnel terminator (our CVG) and would only need to know the supernet encompassing the enterprise address structure to decide what goes into the tunnel or what gets passed in clear to the branch site's internet-facing WAN router.

There are probably several ways you could make the BR replace your Cisco WAN routers, but I am sure they would all be fairly brittle solutions and suggest that since you already have something that works, you leave well enough alone.
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Hi Mike,
My problem is that I have to buy new routers this year and I was really hoping to end up with a one vendor solution.

The other problem I see is with leveraging the CVG for failover at my sites. If the BR supported OSPF, this would be a piece of cake. Either the BR or the CVG would advertise the route to the network.

With the cisco/aerohive solution, this becomes way more complicated. The only way I've come up with is to put the SR switch into router mode and use a bunch of trackers and route-maps. It will work, but there could be an easier way.

Are there any plans to add OSPF to the BR series?

What about the line of switches? Having a proper layer 3 switch with routing and CVG failover would be an awesome product.
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Will,
Any plans we have regarding beefing up the functionality for the BR product line (and the SRs when acting as branch routers) are going to be realized next year, not this calendar year.

If you have immediate needs for new routers then I hate to send you to someone else, but that's the best advice I can give you. I hope that when you are up for your NEXT refresh cycle that we will have products and functionality that will suit your needs.
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