Sometimes I hate these questions, because I end up giving points to all. There is no right or wrong answer to some degree.
I am moving from SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2016 Standard R2 hosting Windows Server 2016 Essentials.
I have been using the Cisco (Linksys) RV042 router with a Linksys srw2024P switch. I did have a Cisco PIX-501, which I loved.
I have nine client computers running Win 7 Pro over a Gb network. Now that I am upgrading the server to a Dell T430 and new OS, I am trying to decide if I should upgrade the hardware. The router is about four years old. The switch, however, is over ten years old. It is a 24-port PoE switch.
I recently had an issue with speed on one of my computers -- still do. After much troubleshooting, I was worried if the switch was going bad. But, I have been told that switches tend to last a long time. I mean this one did cost $700 (not that this should insure how long it will last).
The person installing the server is recommending
Mikrotik Rackmount Router/Switch: http://amzn.to/2oEqJ8X
He is high on Mikrotik routers now. I am not sure he would recommend that combination had I not been interested.
I know I shouldn't just go by cost, but while I don't want to spend a fortune, I do want quality hardware. The Linksys switch was $700 and the Pix was around $500. The RV042 is certainly inexpensive. And, switches get better and prices come down.
With all that said, my questions are:
1. Do experts prefer standalone hardware?
2. Do you think the model above is good enough for a medium-sized business?
3. Do you recommend other routers and switches instead (again, that's a personal preference, but I am still interested)
FYI: I have a Cisco switch just for my VoIP phones. It has PoE, so I probably don't need that.