> I spoke to a sprint salesperson about 2 weeks ago and was told that I
> could not get any kind of BGP4 peering with Sprint unless I had a
> Cisco 7000 series router.
This is my experience also, althought I was able to get my sales
weasel to say that they might except a 45xx series if it had
sufficient memory, as some "exceptions" had been granted on a "case
by case" basis.
As a reseller of IP services they will not manage my router for me,
but said I still had to have a Cisco(tm) router, even if I'm not
I won't say there's "no way they can know", but basically they really
shouldn't. If you disable incoming telnet to your Bay box and tell
them it's a cisco with "cdp disabled", they shouldn't be able to
tell the difference.
Of course, you'd best know how the hell to configure the bay box
if you want to go this route.