Managed switches

Posted on 2008-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I have been asked by a friend to help him set up a network for his new coffee shop. It will consist of 5 bedrooms upstairs and a coffee shop downstairs. the 5 bedrooms will be used for student accommodation which all have a network point in for them to access the ADSL broadband. I want to keep all of the networks separate for security reasons, while downstairs in the coffee shop there will be free WiFi available, again on a separate network. So am i right in thinking i need to use a managed switch for this type of set-up. Also is there any type of switch that i should avoid and what sort of spec should i be aiming at. Many Thanks.
Question by:hchosting
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    actually, you can take linksys wrt54gl (or newer), install dd-wrt on it and you will get vlans, traffic limiting and a lot of other options.
    so you will be able to separate wifi from wired networks.
    Then if you need additional wired ports, you can take cheapest unmanaged switch and uplink it to linksys.

    Otherwise, you will need switch with vlans and some device(like adsl router) with vlan support in order to separate networks.

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    Will the WRT54GL control the ports on the unmanaged switch aswell because all 5 wired ports in each of the rooms need to be separate, or would i just be better off going for your other suggestion of managed switch with vlans and vlan compatable router.

    Many thanks
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    in this case you can go to other solution, sorry...
    however, if you still think about wifi router as well, you can get the same wrt54gl + cheap switch with vlans, like smart switches from d-link

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    Many Thanks

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