My ideal would depend upon the platform/resources available.
I have seen a 60 for Juniper M-series. I dont think similar sized Cisco should have any problems as well.
The maximum number of routers per area depends on several factors, including the following:
What kind of area do you have?
What kind of CPU power do you have in that area?
What kind of media?
Will you be running OSPF in NBMA mode?
Is your NBMA network meshed?
Do you have a lot of external LSAs in the network?
Are other areas well summarized?
For this reason, it's difficult to specify a maximum number of routers per area. Consult your local sales or system engineer for specific network design help.
As per the Self-Study book, the optimal number of routers per area varies based on factors like network stability, but Cisco recommends no more than 50-100 routers per area.
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If you had an OSPF area with 100 routers where every router was a 2501 with one LAN interface and two serial interfaces and the area is configured as totally stubby area and you also had another OSPF area with 50 routers and every router had a dozen LAN interfaces and the area is a normal area with several ASBRs, which OSPF area would have a problem of potentially being overloaded?
Counting routers and specifying a maximum number of routers is quite simplistic. You really do need to consider the complexity of the area as a factor in the maximum size.
I am aware that there is a huge difference between 50 and 100 routers. The upper limit of 50 to 100 routers depends on the factors stated above in my last post.
I dont think anybody designs the network without taking network traffic types, stabilty and other factors into consideration.