advice on small business network infrastructure
Posted on 2011-09-21
I have just inherited a new network. The layout seems to be poorly designed so I figured I'd run this by some experts for advice.
We have about 30 workstations, right now they are connected by two unmanaged 24 port switches in a wiring closet. The server room is on the other end of the building. There are four servers, they are plugged into a 16 port unmanaged switch which is connected to the main switches in the wiring closet by one cat 5 cable.
I have two new unopened managed switches, dell power connect 2824 and 2848, and a new watchguard xtm 510 firewall. It seems to me that the bottleneck is the connection to the server room. Does anyone have any advise on this layout and how to best utilize the new networking hardware? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.