Proper way to connect multiple switches, firewall, modem, and server on LAN?
Posted on 2008-10-30
Recently installed new server and LAN rack. I have two Linksys/Cisco 24 port GHZ switches - one Sonicwall TZ170 firewall - DSL modem and one Poweredge T605 DHCP/DNS/file server. The switches are unmanaged, firewall has multiple ports out, dsl has one port out.
We have just retrofitted an unsused office into a server/ computer maint. room. All new cat5e cable connecting 35 user desktops. Windows 2003 server Enterprise R2 & Xp Pro machines...
I finally have a nice place and good equipment to work with. As I am not a full time IT pro (Ag Engineer) I do however have over 20 years Network and Desktop install / maintenace experience. Yet, I have never known exactly what the best way is to cable the switches, server, firewall, and modem together.
Currently I have desktops cabled into each switch - server into one switch - one switch jumpered to the other switch - firewall connected to one switch and of course the DSL modem into the firewall.
Is this the proper method for connecting these devices? I tried conecting the Firewall (4 outputs) to each switch but this seemed to create a loop as the lights on the switches began to flash very fast.
I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!!