Wireless Networks and Small Business network

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Hi there, I have a customer who wants to able to use his notebooks on wirelessly on his SBS network. Also he wants to use his smart phones on the internet to save 3g costs.

The current wired network runs through the SBS server then through a fire wall. The way I see it, for the note books etc using the network, I would connect a wireless access point to the network switch that sits behind the firewall but in front of the server. This would give access to the network and the attached devices would run through the proxy as they currently do on the wired network.

As far as the iPhones and other smart phones, should they go on a 2nd wireless access point that connects directly to the modem which is infront of the firewall or can I run the smart phones from the WAP sitting inside the fire wall?
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Commented:
Are you asking if the phones would have communication issues due to being "inside" the LAN? If that's your concern, then no, they should work the same as they do outside. Now if you're worried about what users can do with their phones by allowing those phones past the firewall, then that's another story. Which was your concern?

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HI Kinecys, I guess its both but primarily communication is the main focus. Internet and email via hosted exchange.

Regards Jason.
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Functionality should not suffer. I usually have 2 WAPs at small networks, one at the modem for visitors and one behind the firewall for users. I put all their phones on the inside WAP and I've never even noticed a difference in behavior for email or anything else.

Security-wise, they could definitely bring a virus inside or break something on purpose if they want to, but these are the same people who have workstations with internet access inside the network, so any damage possible through a phone is definitely possible through their computer, so I'd just let the darn phones past the firewall.

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ha ha... Darn phones.

This all makes good sence. I will take your advice, thanks for your help.

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