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Implementing VLANs on our network

Hello, we want to implement VLANs into our current network. I know how to create them and whatnot within our PFsense firewall, but it's the hardware side I don't quite understand yet. Currently, we have 3 24 port 3com baseline switched that do not support 802.1q. Were thinking of buying a 10 port managed switch that supports 802.1q. Could I then assign VLAN 1 to port 1 on the switch, then connect a switch that doesn't support 802.1q to that port and still have all computers connecting to this second switch have access and work on VLAN 1? And have the same go for VLAN 2 - VLAN 10? Let me know if I'm not explaining this thoroughly. Thanks!!
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chuckyhCommented:
Yes you can do that, if port 1 is on VLAN 1 then a switch connected to it will be on VLAN 1 and every computer on that switch is on VLAN1, if you add port 2 to VLAN 1 then connect a switch to port 2, then every computer on that switch will also be on VLAN 1.

I'm not sure if that's the best way to use VLANS however depending on your network needs.
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knox203Author Commented:
Thanks for the response chuckyh. Could you by any chance go into a little detail about the best way for us to implement VLANs into our current network? Thanks!
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chuckyhCommented:
That's a very tough question to answer, it really depends on what your goals are, what the business needs are, and what your physical layout is.
What's the main driving force behind the need to create vlans?
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knox203Author Commented:
We have about 6 departments within the business. We would like them all to be on their own complete separate network. Doing this mainly for security. We want to go with VLANs to save us some cash.
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chuckyhCommented:
perfect, that is a good reason to use VLANS. Everyone on the same floor? Your plan should work fine.
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knox203Author Commented:
No, it's a two story building, but all wires are coming back to the same server room.
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