Cisco router/ VLAN question
Posted on 2006-04-03
Our network is currently contained in one subnet, 192.168.1.0/24, across one site. We have an ISP managed Cisco 2500 router, then a PIX 506e Firewall, then 4 3Com 4228G switches which are connected to the patch panel/servers.
We have contractors and visitors to the office who sometimes need access to a printer and the internet (e.g. to check their OWA). We need to replace some of the 3Com switches anyway, so I was thinking of purchasing some Cisco 2950 switches and creating a seperate VLAN on 192.168.2.0/24 for these contractors. Couple of questions -
i) If I wanted to enable inter-VLAN routing, are there any recommendations to what router I should purchased? We have only about 40 workstations in the office, so it wouldn't need to be heavy use.
ii) For visitors' printing, I could either add a printer to the visitors VLAN or allow them access to the print server on 192.168.1.1. If I went with the second option and enabled inter-VLAN routing, to deny access to all other machines I was thinking of using access lists on the inter-VLAN router to allow only communications to the print server. Can you use access lists between VLAN's, or only between networks?
iii)We'll still keep about 2 of our existing 3Com switches for the time being. All hosts on the visitors VLAN will be connected to one 2950 only, so all ports on the 3Coms will be in the same (default) VLAN. But, are there any known issues between 3Com/ Cisco switches (autonegotiation etc)?
Many thanks in advance.