Hey guys... bear with me here, I'm very green at this.
I am in the process of moving several machines I had co-located with a company in San Francisco to my own cabinet at a data center here in Las Vegas.
I wanted my hardware close to home so that I could access it and I figured I should bite the bullet and just get my own space... now I'm a little confused at bringing everything online properly with all of the options this place offers.
The datacenter here offered a few ways at connectivity (single drop, BGP, and HSRP). I went ahead and chose HSRP. I was presented with some diagrams illustrating potential configuration layouts:
(switch + router)
The networking hardware I have on hand:
- NETGEAR FS726T
- LINKSYS RV016
If I go with option #1 it appears that I don't need to use the linksys router.
What I'm stumped about is how I actually set up the switch. There will be 2 drops that I plug into the WAN ports and I see in the diagram they have a "customer's default gateway" IP address.
What confuses me is that I also have a a "default gateway" address provided in the netblock. Which gateway am I supposed to use?
Might as well ask, is there any benefit to using the router? Would it allow me a way to see bandwidth consumption by port or can the switch do that?