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1answer
49 views

Serving public IP-adresses through two ethernet ports with public subnets, while protecting some interfaces for remote access

Done a lot of research and it's all kind of confusing. Some switches are also firewalls, most firewalls seems to be routers, with or without their own switches, but they're all different depending on ...
3
votes
2answers
685 views

What are the trade-offs between software VPNs (like Hamachi) and dedicated hardware (like SonicWall)?

I support a small office (15 users, ActiveDirectory, Windows 2008 and Windows 7). We've been using LogMeIn Hamachi for VPN, to enable our remote users to get to the file shares from home. It's been ...
1
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1answer
142 views

Network Design For small office [closed]

First time network designer needing some help with practicing with designs. Here is what I'm trying to implement to help me work out how to do others down the road. The ISP will provide a public /27 ...
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votes
4answers
158 views

What is good software to do basic network administration with windows computers [closed]

I manage IT for a small business with a couple locations (about 10-15 computers each). Mostly users just use online services but there are a couple desktop applications they need and at each site ...
-1
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1answer
185 views

Router/Firewall/WiFi for Medium Sized Network (~30 wired, ~20 wifi) [closed]

I'm looking for product recommendations for a wired router/firewall for a Medium sized company. We have a couple of 48 port GbE switches, so all I need is the router/firewall to connect to our ...
1
vote
4answers
587 views

How to setup a small office network with a VPN client and a shared Internet gateway

I manage a small-office network but have very little actual networking knowledge / understanding. The network has a consumer grade wifi router (Netgear DG834G), several PCs/Macs, some iPads connected ...
-1
votes
4answers
259 views

Small office network, heavy data transfers

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
613 views

Connect and Configure 3 Powerconnect 5424 Switches with existing Powerconnect 2342 Switches

I have zero experience with managed switches and want to make sure I understand how I need to proceed with our upgrade. I have been doing a ton of research and reading trying to get up to speed. I ...
0
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3answers
205 views

Setting up a network for 16 users

I've been asked to research into providing networking links for around 16 machines, which will be providing access for a group of small companies which will become part of a co-working space. I have ...
6
votes
4answers
782 views

Setting up a small office network

I'm the de-facto system administrator for a small law office. I'm looking for help to setup the network in a good way. Here's the basic layout/requirements: Windows based. The Server: A headless ...
7
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6answers
860 views

Getting rid of your server in a small business environment

In a small business environment, is it still necessary to have a central server? Speaking for my own company (a small charity with about 12 employees) we use our server (Windows Server 2003) for the ...
0
votes
1answer
116 views

Suggestions for SOHO networking gear [closed]

I'm a software developer as me day job but have landed a contract position to spec out and install the computer equipment for a small office. Ease of use (easy installation, low maintenance and good ...
11
votes
7answers
28k views

Best way to connect multiple switches together

We currently have five 24 port 3com unmanaged switches. Four of them are 100Mb switches with no gigabit port (MDI Uplink port is 100Mb). The fifth is a full gigabit switch which we use for all of ...
5
votes
8answers
234 views

How can I network with other small-business sysadmins?

I work for a small to mid-sized business (150 people across 6 locations). There are two of us in the IT department. How can I connect with the other small-business admins in my rural community? ...
0
votes
4answers
715 views

Small Business Network Hardware

I'm looking for advice on setting up a small business network for a start-up retail company. We're a five-man outfit. We need email, file sharing, printing, scanning etc. We have a bespoke ...
4
votes
5answers
833 views

UPS suitable for small-business network and server infrastructure

I've tried a number of UPS units for numerous small business installations, as well as my own home systems and have yet to find a reliable brand. Some units last for years, other units of the same ...
11
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13answers
1k views

What decent small-office level routers are there [closed]

So let's say I have a network of less than 20 computers including a server that needs to be accessed externally. What router/firewall solutions would you recommend? It can be either hardware or ...