[olug] OT: Networking for Home Office

Matthew Goeres mgoeres at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 12:56:41 CST 2021

I mainly run Fortinet (APs, firewall and switches) but that is what I do
during my day job and I wouldn't exactly recommend it to someone without
Fortinet or Fortigate experience.

That said, I would look into the Ubiquiti for atleast the switches and APs.
I had UAP access points or years and they were nice. You could also do a
nice point to point wireless to the shed.

On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 12:33 PM Scott Jensen <fkadriver at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> I know that this is slightly off topic and I think that this has been
> discussed before here, but I can't seem to find the emails.
> I'm currently building a separate office (technically an 8x10 shed) next to
> my home.  Because of this, I'm redoing all my inhouse network wiring.  I
> also get a chance to upgrade my networking hardware to get it all to a
> single provider.  Since it is technically a home network I'm not looking to
> spend a ton.
> So here is what I already have
>    - Windstream 100MB internet (The fastest that I have access to)
>       - This probably will not change
>    - Netgear Orbi RB40 and 2 RBS20
>       - Currently providing the WiFi
>       - Like the Circle and Bitdefender controls
>    - Various NetGear and TP-Link unmanaged switches only 1 with gig
>    - Xbox One S
>    - 3 TV that are used exclusively for streaming and movies
> Looking to build:
>    - 16-24 port Core switch
>       - Needs VLAN support
>       - Needs SFP (going to run fiber between main and office)
>    - 5-8 Port Edge switch
>       - Will use multiple VLAN trunks from the main switch
>       - PoE would be nice, but not necessary at this time
> Once I settle on a brand, I might upgrade or replace the Orbi with WiFi 6
> mess, but waiting till 6e is completely flushed and cheaper.
> Currently looking at either:
>    - TP-Link (T2600G-18TS and T2500G-10TS)
>    - Netgear (GS324T and GS310TP)
> But 1 am open to other brands.  (Will need to stay under $500 for the Core,
> Edge, Fibre)
> --
> Scott Jensen
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