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Recommendations for my new network design

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by rwilloug, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. rwilloug

    rwilloug Guest

    All,

    I've just moved into a new home and am trying to plan out a new network design. I work as a network engineer, so I'm familiar with network design but am new to the Linksys third party firmware scene, as well as to this forum.

    Right now, I have a Win2K3 domain controller, two XP workstations, and one XP notebook, all running through a NetGear FM114P router (4 port 802.11b firewall/router), connected to the Internet with a 5MB Sprint DSL connection.

    Here's what I'd like to accomplish with my upgrade:
    1. Upgrade my wireless connection to use 802.11g and WPA-PSK.
    2. Upgrade to gigabit connectivity between my wired machines.
    3. Seperate the network into at least three VLANs:
    - A wired VLAN (perhaps further divided into workstation and server VLANs)
    - A secured wireless VLAN with full network access for my own notebook
    - A hotspot-style wireless VLAN with Internet only access for visitors

    I have some ideas of my own, but I'd be interested in hearing other people's ideas on the best hardware and firmware to use for this scenario.

    Thanks in advance for your input,

    rwilloug
     
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Well your hardware choices are basically the WRT54G or the WRT54GS. The GS gives you Speed Booster as well as twice the ROM & RAM in the router. (Make sure to take a look at the "WRT54G/GS Autopsy" on the home page here under Popular Content for more details if you're interested.)

    Also make sure to check the serial number on the router when you buy it so you know which version you are getting and that the firmware you want to use is compatible. (Not all hardware versions are supported by all firmware.) link

    As far as firmware goes I'd suggest DD-WRT since it is by far the most feature rich, rapidly developed, and (in my experience) stable. Also the fact that BrainSlayer (DD-WRT author) is active in these forums almost daily and responds to bug reports and feature requests personally is huge for me. DD-WRT also has some of the most broad hardware support. The current stable release v22 should support everything except for the latest WRT54G v4.0+ and the WRT54GS v3.0+ hardware. Additionally, v23 (currently in prebeta) will include support for the newer hardware before its final release. :thumbup:

    Regarding the VLAN configuration you propose, the WRT can assign each LAN port to its own VLAN with different subnets and then be configured to route between them, but this is definitely a more advanced configuration and must be done from the command line. Linux knowledge would definitely be a plus.

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
  3. jon124

    jon124 LI Guru Member

    I probably wouldn't go with dd-wrt, as when just using it for a couple computers with heavy traffic it can bog down a whole lot. Id suggest Tomato. extremely lightweight and feature rich. thats just me though. as for gigabit connectivity, your best bet would be to pick up a gigabit switch and connect all your pcs to it, then just run a line from the switch to the router so all the pcs can have internet access, dhcp, etc etc. but as a network engineer I'm sure you already knew that! :)
     

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