Broadband to wired LAN
Posted on 2003-03-05
My question is geared more towards how to get our small office LAN hooked up with broadband access.
Presently, our network consists of a Compaq Proliant 5500 server running Windows 2000 Server 5 user license. The clients are a mix of WinXP Pro and Win2k Pro boxes connected through a Linksys Etherfast 10/100 8 port hub.
What would be the best route to incorporate a cable modem internet access setup to our LAN? Should I have the cable modem connected to a firewall then to the server? Or, could I go from firewall directly to the hub? Would that work or do I have to replace the hub with a router/switch?
I have been looking at different hardware firewalls, specifically, Cisco PIX 500 series and Sonic Wall SOHO3. They seem to offer all that we need as we would like to possibly host our website. The VPN capabilities are also a plus.
If anyone could help clear this up for me it would be greatly appreciated.