Should I get a router?

jenniferbillington
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We have a new HP 5406zl Core switch we just purchased and we're starting to configure for our network.  We also have learned we can get a new 100mb Fiber connection for internet to our building.  Can this be configured on this HP 5406 or do we need to purchase a separate routing device?  If we can config, please explain.  If we have to purchase another device, please recommend.  
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Yes technically you could use the switch as a router, but better practices would be to use a Firewall/router to handle the internet bandwidth for internal security.  

As for the router or firewall there are tons to choose from... Me personally I like the Cisco ASA's but I know they aren;t the end all be all as the company I came into was already using sonicwalls, so that is what I work with now.

I agree with the Hutch_77 you must separate your network from Internet with a firewall. But on the inside is the 5406 capable at doing the internal routing if you have or are planning to use separated networks. As a firewall I would recommend two ASA (5510? how many users do you have?) with active/passive failover.

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The switch can be configured to perform routing functions as long as it's layer 3 capable.  Like the others have already stated, best practice is to purchase a separate router to handle public connections.

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Hutch - Just out of curiousity, what would you use if you were to purchase a Sonicwall Router?

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For us I use the NSA240 which is more than adequate for our size, but with your environment it may not be enough.  If you go to Sonicwalls website there is a walkthrough you can pinpoint your needs and get what is right for you.  The NSA would probably be the series you need but you may need the 2400 or another model in the line.  You may even just need a TZ.

http://www.sonicwall.com/us/products/1954.html

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