Network Setup For Small Office With Peer Or Server Based
Apr 13, 2011
XYZ Corporation currently employs eight people but plans to hire 10 more in the next four months. Users will work on multiple projects, and only those users assigned to a project should have access to the project files. You’re instructed to set up the network to make it easy to manage and back up. Would you choose a peer-to-peer network, a server-based network, or a combination of both?
I have been tasked with the technology update of our office and have have MAJOR questions which I hope can be answered here, so here goes;
First a little history, I have an electronics degree and a certificate in computer technology, so computers are not something new to me, however networking IS.I have a VERY LIMITED budget to work with, which I'm sure is not unheard of before, with the following equipment already available:
1 MFP currently on lease connected via network 3 totally junk PCs running 3 different versions of Windows from XP to 7 A DSL internet connection A wireless router A wired 8 port switch
What I would like to do is begin with a basic server, 7 clients, shared internet on all machines (including external via login), An MFP, at least 1 NAS for data storage, 1 NAS for backup of all drives.
What are the best network engineering practises for a small/medium sized office?Currently I have set it up like this:The top floor has all the sales people, each desk has a hub underneath which connects all computers at that desk together, and the hum is connected to a switch under the floor. There are about about 8 desks each with about 4 computers, so 8 hubs.They all go into a 10/100 switch, which is then connected to an 1gb switch on the bottom floor via a 1gb port on the top floor switch, via a cat6 cable.We then have internet > modem > router > the 1gb switch. Our main server is also connected to that switch along with all the computers for the ground floor, except these computers have 1gb switches under the desks instead of hubs. The main server is the DHCP, DC, DNS and file server. We have also setup another server which acts as a backup DC and is also a DNS server.Is there anything wrong with this configuration? We have been having problems with the router losing connection to the internet and warnings on the main DNS server.
i'm trying to setup a local DNS server to manage small office local-only domain names for our servers. i have the DNS working properly (resolving local machines and using the ISP dns if it can't). so i put the DNS server ip into the "Static DNS 1" field of the router settings. the other 2 static dns fields are empty.the problem is that the router is still using the ISP dns server as the primary and my local dns server as the secondary. i verify this in two places. first, if i go to the "status" tab, DNS 1 shows the ISP server while DNS 2 shows my local DNS server. secondly, if i connect to the wireless device with a linux-based machine, the /etc/resolv.conf file shows the nameserver ips in the same incorrect order.
I was into IBM iSeries all these years (15 years) and just got into Microsoft Programming(.NET) I have done a program in csharp.net which gets input from the users and dump it into a database. 50 users are going to do the data entry with just one database. As I dont have much knowledge on sharing/accessing applications/database in a network environment (PC based).
One of the schools whose networks I administer has a peer to peer network running about 30 xp machines. DHCP is achieved and DNS settings distributed via a basic Linksys router; is there any way of distributing proxy server address and port short of entering manually in LAN settings of IE on every terminal - there is no budget to install a server.
I can't seem to figure out which one I should go for. I'm thinking Kaspersky would have greater security but I'm not familiar with AVG's server level security.I don't need all the bells and whistles such as file encryption or password storage. I'm simply after a really strong AV for the server. Another one is VIPRE although I've heard it can take a while to configure it unlike Kaspersky which is pretty straight forward.
My current set-up is: my laptop connects to the coaxial outlet with a cable so I can access the internet. So I can't really bring it somewhere else since the cable is short.
Now, I am planning to buy 2 more computers and a printer. The printer will be shared by all 3 computers. what else I need to buy (modem?? wireless router??) and what type. I also request that you let me know how to set it up. Of course, I will follow the manufacturer's instructions.
I would like to connect my three pcs together so that they can all make use of the printers, scanners, internet etc in my office space. i also need to be able to access this lot from a remote laptop so that i can continue to work from home. i would like to store all my data in one place that was easily accessible from every PC and my laptop.
My office just moved to a bigger location, and we are having trouble with network connectivity.
Current layout: Modem --- Wired-----> 2wire 5012NV ------wired/wireless----> PCs
The 2wire is at one end of the office, and PCs at the other end experience poor wireless connectivity.I'm thinking of using a spare WRT54G2 in "bridged" mode, to extend the Ethernet, and wireless of the main router.
For wired bridging, I understand that that the WRT54G2 will do, is act as a "port multipler", where 1 port from the 2wire can be multiplied into 4. I also want the wrt54g2's wireless to extend the Ethernet connection (not extend the wireless connection).
I have a cable modem in the basement and ethernet lines to two offices upstairs.I have a 4-port wireless router and a 5-port switch. I have a computer in each office and a NAS in one of the two offices.There is no direct wiring between the offices. I want to have internet access and access to the NAS from both offices. Will the following configuration work without having to go to Static IPs? 1) Modem01-> Router01->Switch01->Computer01; 2) Modem01->Router01->Switch01->NAS01; 3) Modem01->Router01->Computer02. If not, what needs to change?
I have to setup what seems to be a very basic configuration, but it doesn't work. In our lab there is a cluster of switches with a 3550 that does all the routing for vlans. I need to simulate a sort of a small branch office that has one connection to the outside world (the lab network). [code] From the router I can ping any host on vlan 230 and other vlans,I can also ping the pc connected to e0/1.However from the PC I can only ping 192.168.1.1(e0/1) and 172.26.230.150 (e0/0) [code]
I'm trying to network a small office and have the following devices:
SMCD3G Cable Modem Belkin Play N600 Router Digi Mil-H1130 8 Port Ethernet SOHO Hub Hubbel Cat5 Patch Panel (goes up to 12)
We're replacing our DSL line with a Cable line. Our DSL was a one piece wireless router/modem. When it was installed, it was inside our office, next to the server, and plugged into Wall Jack 1 for all the other computers to connect to. Our server plugged into this modem/router. We didn't have the Belkin Router at the time. The Patch Panel wires went into the Hub behind our office and everything was fine.
The cable modem is now next to the Hub and Patch Panel. I bought the router since we didn't have the wireless feature that the DSL had and everyone I spoke to said I need a router to set up the office. I ran one of the LAN lines from the modem into the Router where it says Modem (WAN). From the Router, I ran the line 1 (LAN) into the Hub. (Does the number matter if nothing is plugged into it in our office?) No computer is able to connect to the internet except my laptop which connects wireless. It works fine.
Another problem. We have a server computer that's Unix based. In order for anyone to connect to the server to access the office software used, the IP address of the router must be 18.104.22.168 or the computer your using won't connect via Multiview 2000 Terminal Emulator. I can't connect to the server because the IP address of the router is still 192.168.2.1. I don't know where I have to go in the router settings to change it. I've tried a few spots and it tells me the IP address is invalid. The settings I had with the DSL modem/router were:
Modem IP address - 22.214.171.124 Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0 DHCP Start Address - 126.96.36.199 DHCP End Address - 188.8.131.52
It's not like I need to run wires. Everything is set. If something is plugged into a wrong spot, I can switch it.
Additional info: There are 4 computers in the office and 8 numbered wall jacks. Server computer - Wall jack 8 (IP address of this machine - 184.108.40.206) XP Machine 1 - Wall jack 4 (can't connect to server! No internet.) XP Machine 2 - Wall jack 1 (Is able to connect to the server! No internet.) Win CE Machine - Wall jack 9 -
I assume. I have a wire that goes through the wall on this machine and it isn't marked. (Rarely used so not sure about server connection)
Wireless Windows7 laptop - connects to the internet fine since it bypasses all these wires. Can't connect to server.
Under the DHCP client list, only 2 computers are listed. The one that has internet is my computer. The other computer listed is wall jack 4 and that has internet now.
my computer - 220.127.116.11 wall jack 4 - 18.104.22.168
The router IP is 192.168.2.1 and the Cable Modem is 10.1.10.11. If I type either number into my web browser it will take me to the router setup page. I don't know where/how to check if it's only one device acting as DHCP. What I want to do is be able to get online with all the computers as well as have access to the software on the server through the office wall jacks. In order to do that I need the router IP address to be 22.214.171.124 and then I'd be able to connect to it.
Right now, one computer is able to connect to the server via hard wire but can't connect to the internet.Another computer is able to connect to the internet via hard wire but can't connect to the server.My laptop can connect wireless to the internet but not the server. In a perferct world, all the computers should be able to connect to both the internet and the server. Right now, it's one or the other with both hard wired machines and I don't know why. Is there a wire not in the hub right? Is a patch panel wire plugged into the wrong port of the hub? I don't know what's supposed to go where. tell me "wire X from the modem goes to Port Z of the router, and Wire Y from the the router goes to number V on the Hub, and that wire goes to number T on the patch panel for the Port number R in the office to work..." I'll try it.
Then I think all I need to do is change the router's IP address to 126.96.36.199 and everyone should be able to connect to the server through the Multiview 2000 Terminal Emulator.When I tried to change the IP address on the router it's telling me it's not valid. Under LAN settings it says 192.168.2.1 - when I try to change it to 188.8.131.52 it tells me LAN IP address is invalid. I clicked on More Info below that in the router page and a pop up gives me info. It says:
The "IP address" is the Internal IP address of the Router. To access the advanced setupinterface, type this IP address into the address bar of your browser. This address can be changed if needed. To Change the IP address, type in the new IP address and click "ApplyChanges". The IP address you choose should be a non-routable IP. Examples of a non-routable IP are:
192.168.y.x (where y is anything between 0 and 255, and x is anything between 1 and 254.)
10.y.y.x (where y is anything between 0 and 255, and x is anything between 1 and 254.)
172.z.y.x (where z is anything from 16 to 31, and y is anything between 0 and 255, and x is anything between 1 and 254.)
I'm setting up a wireless network for a small office with 25 people with approx. 15 on wireless at any time. The office is very long and skinny so I'm looking at a cluster of WAP321's. I'm hoping these will save a ton of money versus buying a controller and more expensive access points.
How do these work for roaming? I tried a search but I've found descriptions of them not roaming at all and descriptions of them roaming but you have to do some kind of pre-authorization right up to they roam with no user interaction, they just roam.
I need the users to be able to roam around the office with no interruption. I don't want to install these and have to rip them out later and put in new ones and a controller. How to find out if the WAP321's will work for roaming.
I would like to setup a simple VPN on a small network, nothing special, just to provide access to some simple resources on the network from anywhere. Since I'm not a Cisco expert, I was advised to user a 861 router, but I just can't seem to get the VPN working on this device.
I've placed the router behind a modem and did some basic configuration. Hosts who are connected to the modem (on the Vlan side) can access the internet and can setup a VPN connection to the router. A VPN connection from inside the network is worthless, but I just can't get the VPN working on the FastEthernet4 connection.
Any VPN config for a 861 router for this situation? Or how to configure this device as a VPN server?
I am working on wi-fi networks (ISP), So I need to block the peer to peer on my network.My network involves cisco switch 2950/2960, cisco 2800 routers and Access Points, config for peer to peer blocking, for this where I need to config either switches or router.My network basic setup is, The internet will pass from router to switch and then Access Points.
I would like to setup a small home network with an ASA firewall and an 871 router for testing purpose so I can get familar with the ASA commands and concepts. Is there sample config I can be pointed to?
for your recmmendation, on what type of equipment should I use in a Small Office probably around 50-100 users.Feature sets that I would want are: VPN - 5 VPN Peers for L2L connectivity and 50 SSL VPN connections, Firewall, Active-Standby Fail-over.
I'm on a limited budget, ASA 5510 with Security Plus License can give me this but its a bit expensive.Is there something else that you guys can recommend. ISR maybe?
I presently have a fiber internet connection to my office with about 40 wireless users on a single AP. The connection keeps dropping. Probably due to too many users on a single AP?
1. My question is similar to aniketchitale's, can get another wireless router, create a different SSID (eg. router1 and router2), but both wireless routers still connected to the same fiber connection. In other words, I would like to segregate the first 20 users to router 1 and the next 20 users to router 2.
2. By having 2 wireless routers each with their unique SSID, will all the users still be able to access to the same printer in the office?
Right now every computer is connected through a workgroup and some computers are sharing files to everyone and some need a login to share other files. I want to run a main server where all the files are on that computer and have it share all the files to everyone else on the network. I'm not too familiar with Windows workgroup networking and file sharing.I want to have certain files accessible to certain computers and certain files accessible to everyone on the network. I'm under the impression that I have to have the main server with all the business documents. Then create separate accounts on the server and hand them out to each individual computer. After, go to each document and specify who can access what with read/write. Can I share some files to everyone and have certain files limited to other computers at the same time? How would someone access the shared files when you need a login and will this login conflict with files shared to everyone and files shared to certain people. I remember on my small business network I need a login for certain computers because it is shared to only certain people then how would I access the files shared to everyone when I have to login to see the server files to begin with?
At my office we have a dell server running windows small business server 2003, there are around 15 computers on our network running mostly windows 7 (a few with XP). I am wondering how difficult it is to add a computer to the network so it can log into our domain and all that.I just had to reformat one of the computers and would normally wait for our network guy to do it remotely but If i could do it myself it would save time (and money). I am already an administrator and basically i just need to make it so the log in prompt when windows starts has our office network listed as the domain instead of jus the local log in. It is a dell running windows 7 64 bit.
I want to connect to the Internet small office where docsis (internet over tv cable) is used as WAN.For similar tasks but other WANs (adsl, dial-up) I used 800 series. But now I can't find anything in this series to solve my issue. There is 815 but it has no wi-fi.
I can use cable modem that my ISP gave to me: this modem acts as bridge so I can use router with FE-based WAN but it is better to have one device instead of two.