Questions about a small peer to peer and a managed switch.

A local business asked me to re install their network.

THey have a WIFI connect to the ineter net.  It goes to a pc with the wifi card then they have antoher nic that has a line out to a switch.

From there it is a mess .ines going all over the building to othert switches and hubs etc.

The pc has ICS enabled.  I want them to replace this PC with an Cisco 350 Air Bridge that goes to a brodband routter... then from that router to a managed SWITCH.

How hard is it to set up a managed swith?  I would like to have the ability to log into the switch to see what port is sending HELLA traffic help down the road for trouble shooting.

Are they easy to get going right out of the box, or is it a pain in the ass to "program" them?
Any recomendations for a managed one?  The network will have about 15-20 PC's.

There will be a sub network with 3 computers....but it is not to see the out side world for security reasons.
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wtbservicesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Rather than a seperate router and wireless bridge, have you considered using a Cisco 851W?

Most of the managed switches I have installed are all pretty simple to configure by using a web interface. They all come in a default configuration so if you just plug it up it works like any switch. Some of the new Cisco's have a button that you press, that flashes one of the port lights that you then plug into to configure it. If you are going to implement a VLAN then it can get confusing if you have never set one up.

Cisco is one option, a bit pricey but it has some features that may appeal to you. I have also had good luck with the HP ProCurve switches. Be aware however that managed means different things to different companies. Some of the low end managed switches only allow you to turn ports off and on.
Keith AlabasterConnect With a Mentor Enterprise ArchitectCommented:
In answer to your question, they are pretty much good-to-go out of the box. The switch ports are layer-2 so you are not talking to them directly; you are just using their functionality to pass traffic. However, you can add an IP address to the switch itself and from there can monitor the status etc of the ports.

Cisco 2950 is still a sure bet.

Just my opinion but sounds like you might want to consider rationalising the equipment you already have and using VLAN's to segment the traffic rather than adding yet another box just for three devices.

mrchaos101Author Commented:

What I am looking for here....

I want to have a switch that I can log into form a pc to VIEW the traffic.  IF I see that port 7 is sending 80Gigs of traffic a week I will know that something is up =)

I plan on replacing the whole network.

Not sure if this can be done or not... but

Can I have:

Network A  contain 3 peer to peer PC's that NEVER see the out side world and no matter what happens the out side world can NEVER see or hack into network A

Network B  contain 9 pc's  All have ineternet connections.  I would love to allow `1-2 of these pc be able to see and share files with network A.  Not sure how I can do this with out some sort of security risk of network A.
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:

i use Cisco 2950-24 and -48 switches for my access layer devices. These are managed devices and i enable SNMP traps on them. i use PRTG software that captures the SNMP traffic and shows me, in a graph, exactly how much traffic is entering and leaving those ports.

Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Thank you :)
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