11 Nov 11 20:28
I recently took on a new job as a programmer in a small office (7 users) environment. On my first day, I noticed what a complete mess everything was and started a cleanup effort. Now I'm THE guy that's going to fix their network.
They're currently running on a ridiculous number of home switches and hubs with a Netgear ProVPN firewall before everything. They have a number of servers internally, but nothing external-facing. They also have a cabinet to house this equipment. In an effort to speed up internal file transfers (We deal with multi-gig files), I am removing EVERYTHING related to the networking and we're going to build it from scratch. This means new cabling and new network hardware, preferably rack mounted (To take advantage of the space)
I'd like to have 2 runs to each office, which makes a total of 22 cable runs. We do have an IP phone system in the office, so that will need to be able to reach the outside still. They utilize wireless currently, but it's through a crappy D-link access point.
Here is what I'm thinking:
New small office router with wireless networking built-in. Since we have no externally facing machines, a dedicated firewall device is unnecessary.
New 48 port GigE switch, to allow for future expansion.
Lots of Cat 6.
Does my tentative plan sound alright? Do you have any hardware recommendations (Please assume < $1,000 for these changes...we already have the cable)