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Network design, gigabit managed/unmaned switch

We are upgrading our network.

Current network :
- router linksys wrv200 (sometimes hangs)
- asus gigabit switch (10 port)

Plans:
- VPN from other separeted office (not confirmed yet)
- separeted lan for costumers (VLANs?)
- Ip telephons (qos)
- current: 9 used ports, plan: 15 used ports

All above options are supported in linksys wrv200 but it is not so reliable so I was thinking about getting a managed 24 port gigabit switch and replacing the old one from asus with Cisco SLM2024. Am I doing something wrong ?

What are your suggestions for such a small office considering a limited budget?  Should we replace a router too?


Thank you

 
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Just want to backup what Jake said, with the confirmation that replacing the Linksys would be my plan and using a small firewall as he mentioned. I'm kind of partial to the Zone Alarm firewalls.
Please don't consider this response for points, just wanted to confirm Jake's answer, and haven't given you any new info.
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I would question setasoujiro comment about VLANNING.

If you are running IP phones, it's worth considering putting the phones onto a seperate VLAN away from your core networ.
yes for the phones that is correct, although for such a small user count a vlan is not mandatory for voip.
you could even use the phones second interface to connect your pc's that way
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the same cable and Frame-Tagging cable devices on the opposite end

Typo.  Meant:
....the same cable and Frame-Tagging capable devices on the opposite end ....
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For now we will probably stay with the old wrv200 and a new switch. If there will be any problem with the router (slowdowns, hangs) I was thinking about setting up a pfsense  box? The last option will be to  buy a new router. Any racomandations less than 15,000$ ? :) I am pointing here at prices less than 1000$..

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If I resume you comment.  One thing are ip phones which will be on the same network segment but priotirized by qos, the other thing are two separated networks using vlans, right?

I have never configured a vlan on that router before.. Like I understand it I will have to make a new interface on the switch and bind some ports to that interface.. Is that enough or I will have to make some config on the router too? We will not need to comunicate between these two vlans so I suppose that making a trunk will not be necessary. I just want to make them separate and that routing will work,  one vlan for internal network, one for costumers..

scheme : modem <-> wrv200 <->SLM2024 (two vlans)

If I am not wrong options for vlans in wrv200 are meaningul just if I would use it at the end of the network as access point for tagging the four routers port right?

 

 



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