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By mc33 ·
I need to set up a small office network with 10 users and 3 printers. It will need cable internet access and possibly some internal e-mail system. Should I have a server or not (domain or workgroup)? What should I use for switch/firewall/router?Low/no maintenance is important. Is there a combo 24 port switch/firewall/router? Cost is a moderate factor.

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by rapidad In reply to Small office network.

Yes ther are switches as described, but it may be cheaper to put a physical firewall/router behind the cable modem, and then use a cheaper set of switches. 24 ports on one switch is expensive.
first you need to inventory your network connections, do you have all 100 mips?? if you have a mixed environment (10mips and 100mips, maybe gigabit? fiber?) that will change your options. please let us know what you have and we can make better recomendations.

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by rapidad In reply to Small office network.

Do you know the make of the network cards, some older 10/100's, dont recognize late 100 mips switches. It would be nice if they were all the same. The server is optional with a good firewall, but would make your sys admins job easier. the major costthere would be for Advanced Server or an admin who is familiar with Linux. Do you still want to shoot for a 24 port switch??

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by rapidad In reply to Small office network.

By the way, if you are paying for cat6 make sure you get it, see below, and at the end of your wiring job you should get a cabling impedance check to verify.

http://www.cablesamerica.com/product.asp?cat%5Fid=1502&sku=27132

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by rapidad In reply to Small office network.

http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PROFRAME&PROD_ID=43472

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by rapidad In reply to Small office network.

Ok, just go with a switch for now, use the NETBEUI protocol for now. Look at the switches on overstock.com in the computers/network section. then also check pricewatch.com and pricegrabber.com. that address was supposed to be for a 24 port switch for 400.00 which is not bad. since you have only 12 devices right now I think you can get away with a 16 port which they also offer on overstock. (I do a lot of business with them because of the shipping and return policy.) When using the netbuei protocol, you will have to populate your hosts files. When you get that far I'll tell you how. In the mean time. you can find a spare machine and see if you can scrounge a copy of (or buy to cover corp policy) Win2K server/Advanced Server and learn how toset up an active directory (domain), we can help with this also. Let us know...............

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by mc33 In reply to Small office network.

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by mc33 In reply to Small office network.

All machines have 10/100 cards and all the cable runs will be new cat6 runs.

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by mc33 In reply to Small office network.

I don't know the make of the cards so some may have to be replaced. I was thinking of the 24 port switch for future expansion, but I guess I could stack later on if needed. This site currently is running a peer to peer and I think they have outgrown that. Also, there will be no admin on site so it needs to be fairly self sufficient.

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by montesa247 In reply to Small office network.

With 10 users, you have reached the point of needing a real server. For small offices, it is hard to beat Dell servers. You can get a PowerEdge 1500sc for less than $6000 with Raid 5, tape backup, and Windows 2000. Their 2124 switch handles 10/100 and doesn't care whether the cable is straight or crossover. For firewall, I like WatchGuard products. Their SOHO/tc comes in 10,25, and 50 user versions with upgrades possible if you start with the smaller ones.

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