It's been a long time since I've used any Cisco routers (>10 years) and I'm very rusty on the nomenclature, etc.. Anyway, I'm thinking of buying a 1841 for use at home as my main router between my in-house network and the Internet in general (via my ISP).. To that end, I've got a few questions for you :1) Can I use the FastEthernet ports built into this router as my 100Mb port to my ISP (via a cable modem) or must I use a HWIC,WIC, etc for that purpose? Based on what I've read, it seems like I can get away w/ doing this but wanted to confirm.
2) If I want to get support enabled (for getting firmware updates) for one of these, is it going to cost and arm & leg or are there other possibilities?3) Anyone have any ideas on when the 1841 will be end-of-life'd? It appears to still be a current product, but just curious on this mostly..