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General Questions / Switch purchase advise
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:43:33 am »
Hi,

This past spring I decided I'd outgrown my ASUS AC68U home router/access point.
Research led me to decide to use pfSense. I read the forums for a while and decided
to build a QOTOM i5. Since then I have swapped out the ASUS for the QOTOM and at the
advise of some of the senior members here added a UniFi AC-Pro access point.
 
I feel I now have a level of familiarity with pfSense and the UniFi AC-Pro to take
the next step. I wish to replace my old Cisco SLM2008 switches with current technology.
While I'm told these switches can do the job they are going on 11 years old and are
far beyond being supported by Cisco. I've read thse forums and the UniFi forums until
my eyes bleed.

I'm asking for advise on 8 port smart switches with at least one POE port per switch
preferably 4. I will need the firmware to be somewhat "idiot" proof when setting up
VLANS and such. After all this reading I've done I realize I probably qualify for
this requirement. I'm  leaning towards Cisco SG200-08P or the Ubiquiti US-8-60W.
Both of these are within my price range and I can implement then one at time rather
than purchase all at once.

Thank you for your advise.


Doug

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General Questions / Network design advise sought
« on: April 06, 2017, 07:29:47 am »
Hi Everyone,

I have been doing a lot of reading and research here on the forum and in my first post I'm going to plead
to those more knowledgeable for advise.

I currently have a stable home network with Time Warner/Spectrum 250/25 WAN. My current router/AP
is an ASUS AC68U running DD-WRT. I have 3 Cisco SLM2008 Smart Switches which I'm using in "dumb" mode.
To these Router/switches/AP I'm connecting a variety of wired and wireless. Everything from desktop, laptops
tablets, TV's, Wireless IP cameras, Amazon ECHO and wireless micro-controllers.

My goal is to replace the ASUS AC68U with a home built 4 port box with pfSense 2.3.3 installed.
An i5, 5250u version of this https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=114202.0
Based on recommendations of the forum I have ordered a Ubiquiti AC-Pro to use as an AP so I believe
I will have all the needed hardware soon.

Given the above I am looking for advise on how best to setup my network so as to maximize usability
among all the above devices while also maintaining or increasing security.

Thank you for any assistance you can offer.


Doug

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