I work on a iOS based software house and we recently moved office. We now have 10 iMacs, a couple of time-machines and 15 between iPhones/iPads.
The requirements we have are the following: - Wired gigabit network for iMacs and backup-devices. We need to transfer a lot of data between iMacs as quickly as possible, but not constantly. Usually there will be 2-4 computers transferring data between each others for a short period of time; - Wireless network, separated from the wired one (for mobile devices and clients) but on the same internet connection; - Scalable up to 30 wired devices; - Accessible from outside: it would be nice, perhaps not in the first months to be able to set up a vpn to access some iMacs from home. Mac compatible client for the vpn is a must.
Right now we are using a wireless network attached to a netgear cheap-router. I guess I'd need at least a better router, a firewall and a switch. I'm quite lost among all the options for these devices.
Any advice will be appreciated. Just speak your mind and tell me what you would do in my situation. Budget is not tight but I'd hate to spend money for equipment I would not really use.
I've seen a couple of questions on the same topic but none of them have requirement for giga-bit and/or are related to macs.