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Kind of hard to tell what you really want. If you're going to hard wire everything and need WiFi and have $600 to burn I would just build an unTangle box with a WiFi NIC and a switch. If you want to go all out you can use all of the budget and spring for a managed L2 switch like the D-Link DGS-1224T. you could do both for under $700 maybe even under $600 depending on features.

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mrossco

How crowded is the neighborhood when it comes to WiFi? If you open up your laptop and see a lot of networks, then you might want to invest in a good consumer wifi. I recently swapped out my D-Link for a Cisco E3200. It's a good dual-band N router and it handles everything I need. I'd stay away from the RV220. I've had similar Small Business units, and it seems like they are so incredibly crippled so as not to compete with larger business offerings.

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PCEddie

Wow, I did not think I would get this many responses :rolleyes: . I really appreciate everyone's advise. PCDoc, I did not think of building a untangle box until you mentioned it. I would like to have a wired and wireless access on my network. I have a iPhone and iPad. The reason for my suggested choices is due to I want to segment my network into 3 or 4 parts. One part will be my main network, another network is for working on computers/laptops, another network is for testing, and another network is for something that I have not thought of yet :D . My future plans are to build a VM box to play around with different software and setups (this will be a future post). That is one reason I was leaning towards the Cisco router to use the vlans to create separate networks to suit my needs.

 

If I decide to build a untangle box, I will need a network card for each vlan?

 

Thanks for the feedback.

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ikon

I've used UT as my UTM/firewall for several years and love it, but I'm not aware of it being able to create VLANs. I think a good switch is your best option for that.

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mrossco

The reason for my suggested choices is due to I want to segment my network into 3 or 4 parts.

 

If it helps, I used the consumer wifi router above as my main network. That's where most of the pcs and devices live in my house. Then I created a UT router off of that for my lab work. I like it because I can muck with stuff and not get the wife angry when the network goes down because I'm "playing".

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pcdoc

Wow, I did not think I would get this many responses :rolleyes: . I really appreciate everyone's advise. PCDoc, I did not think of building a untangle box until you mentioned it. I would like to have a wired and wireless access on my network. I have a iPhone and iPad. The reason for my suggested choices is due to I want to segment my network into 3 or 4 parts. One part will be my main network, another network is for working on computers/laptops, another network is for testing, and another network is for something that I have not thought of yet :D . My future plans are to build a VM box to play around with different software and setups (this will be a future post). That is one reason I was leaning towards the Cisco router to use the vlans to create separate networks to suit my needs.

 

If I decide to build a untangle box, I will need a network card for each vlan?

 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

One caution. I love my untangle but because it will not support UpNP, you will not get WiFi syncing to work on iTunes.

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yodafett

For a Switch check out HP V1910 line 16, 24 and 48 port. Layer 3 so you can have it do all of your routing but segment out what you don't like.

on the router front check out a WNDR4500 from netgear.

 

Me I use a Cisco 5505 for my router with a HP V1910 16 port and a Netgear prosafe 16port Gigabit. I use a Linksys WAP610N for my WAP then. I prefer to keep the AP away from the router as my WHS act as DNS and DHCP

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PCEddie

Hey All,

 

I am sorry for following up so late on my router and switch decision. I decided on a Netgear N900 router and Cisco SG200-26 24 10/100/10000 switch (SLM2024TNA). I have setup the N900 router and wireless distance is very nice. I have not done much other than set up the router and had Time Warner help me bridge their router. Once I move into my town home and unpack, I will be able to setup the switch. I did unbox the switch like a kid on Christmas and the switch looks nice. I am looking forward to see what's under the hood and what I can do with the switch.

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ikon

Good luck with the new gear.

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