How to setup a small office network

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
I have a specific question about setting up a secure wireless network. I currently know how, but I have a project coming up thats a little specific and I would like to know my best options of handling it. Here it is.

5 computers will be full-time connected, either wireless or wired.
3 of 5 computer will be restriced from browsing certian websites (i.e. porn) and download.
2 of 5 computer will have full rights.

Also, I would like to allow "other" computers access to the internet, but restriced from downloading and etc.

The five computer will be connected to a network that provides file and printer resources. However, the "other" computers I would like for them to have only internet access.

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Question by:Intruder_3
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    Do you have a server?
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    you need a hardware firewall that supports url filtering. choose a good password for local admin accounts for all workstations. Give the local users only "User permissions, or maybe Power User". Edit Internet Explorer Content Advisor settings to block porn and what not (set supervisor password).
    If it will be wireless, be sure to use encryption. maybe I'll come up with more later :o)
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    I'd make a layout first. More to come !
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    For the network infrastructure, try this web based design tool from Cisco.  It's for small businesses:

    And another SMB tool from Cisco:

    For your server needs, check Microsoft Small Business Server 2003:


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    Right now i don't have a server setup... What I plan to do is setup five computers on the network and internet. 3 of 5 will be restriced and then 2 of 5 will not be restriced. And then, I will be having customers come into the office with laptops and I would like for them to hookup to the internet, but be restricted from download and browsing unwanted sites.

    How can I do this with a Netgear wireless router ?
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    Dependent upon the type of Netgear router you have, some have web browsing filtering that limits the type of sites a user can access based on keyword filtering.  Your filitering is basically as good as the key words you define.  This feature is available in the Netgear hard wired FVS328 and FVS318 Firewalls.  You may also be able to find it in the Wireless Router WGM124. The point is this, keyword filtering provides some protection for unwanted sites however it no a means to all.  I would try to incorportate both keyword filtering and on those PC which are non wireless, Internet Exployer's content advisor.

    Hope this helps:)

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