Home network setup

Posted on 2014-02-22
Last Modified: 2014-04-25
Hi guys,

So this is my first attempt at creating a home network. Its designed for two purposes -

1. To allow me to experiment and learn new things by having a VLAN segmentation
2. To allow me to still use day-to-day internet on things like Mobile devices, Xbox etc,

So far I have the following setup:

1. Cisco 2970 switch (24 port)
2. HP Microserver- I'll be using VMWare ESXi on this so that I can run multiple servers/OSs when necessary
3. Virgin Media SuperHub - I will most probably be setting this to Modem mode as I want DHCP from my own server instead of the router.

My plan is to get another router which allows VLANS and the create 2 VLANS. One for the stuff I'm testing and the other for Xbox etc as I doubt it will work in my current setup under a domain (I may be wrong in this assumption).

I am thinking of getting a PIX firewall router, and then creating the VLANS on that. If there are better devices, then please list them.

my question is:

How simple would it then be to define a set of ports of on the Cisco switch and bind that to the VLAN created on the router. I want to use 2 ports of whichever router I buy so that I can have straight internet and also domain based internet...

Any other thoughts and ideas would be appreciated too.
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I think you should be able to accomplish all of your requirements on the 2970 directly.  

You can then uplink to the modem for the Internet.

That switch is capable of a lot, so vlans with ACLs should keep things in order.

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Agreed, but given I'm not too hot and savvy with VLANs, and switches - I was hoping for some guidance. I'm basically going to segment 6 ports for my domain stuff, and the rest can remain as normal.

Would that be something easy enough to do with the Cisco 2970?

I didn't think I could do it as the VirginMedia Superhub only allows 1 uplink in modem-mode. If I leave it as normal mode, then it would mean some devices may class and not work...
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Do you have the switch in front of you?  Are you consoled in or connected to the network ports?

You need to first give the switch an IP address so you can attach to it.
Then you need to create 2 vlans.
After this, you add ports to the vlans.
After that, you need a trunk port to the modem.

I can attempt to give you commands, but it may take a few posts.

If you can post the config, perhaps I can modify it to do it in one shot.
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Happy for you to give me commands and yes I have the switch in front of me - at the moment its connected via another machine using a console cable...

So lets say we do the above, then how do I create DHCP, or would that need to be done per VLAN. As I'd like to keep on using Windows server VLAN when possible.
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As long as we can enable inter-vlan routing, then the server can be masked in such a way so that it lives in both vlan subnets and can give out IPs to either as long as the scopes are created properly.

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How would/do you enable InterVlan routing...?
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Simple command:

ip routing

From enable.

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