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Network Build: VLANs, Shared Internet, Bandwidth Usage History

Discussion in 'Switches, NICs and cabling' started by NoClueToo, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. NoClueToo

    NoClueToo New Around Here

    Sep 14, 2010
    Hello All,

    Happy to have discovered SNB - extremely useful.

    I'm trying to create a network with some specific functionality in an apartment building where I provide internet:

    The goal: have 3 (wireless & wired) networks that don't see each other, share one internet connection and whose bandwidth consumption can be monitored (to identify those who go over bandwidth limits). VOIP prioritization would be gravy.

    What I believe I need to do:
    - 3 VLANs (one per apartment)
    - the 3 VLANs will each have a WAP/switch connected with a unique SSID
    - Possibly 1 additional VLAN to prioritize VOIP traffic

    I've asked this question elsewhere and have received a range of answers. I've concluded I need a managed/smart switch and... router / DHCP functionality. Bandwidth monitoring sounds like it can be done either at the switch or via a "Security Appliance". At this point my brain starts trying to flee.

    (Other info: 30mbs internet, probably 4 machines per VLAN on average. Standard internet usage - games, surfing, etc.)

    What would you suggest to create the above network so that it is easily managed and reasonably affordable?

    Thanks for any suggestions. If you'd like more info about anything, please let me know.


  2. tchr

    tchr New Around Here

    Sep 2, 2010
    If you need strong bandwith monitoring and control it definetly shall be appliance with software like Kerio Kontrol.

    But if you need very basic functionality then in can be done with SOHO/SMB router like Drytek Vigor 3300 or Netgear SRX5308.

    Regard switches - the best way to choose your solution is to take one from the same vendor that router. Like Netgear GS716 (or 724) or Drytek VigorSwitch G2240.

    Then you can build your schema as you like.

    But I don't understand why do you need to have three switches? Is it possible to build as many cables to each appartment as needed? If it's possible than you shall do this, because increasing quantity of devices in a network isn't good solution.

    But first of all I think you have to create a scheme of future network.
  3. NoClueToo

    NoClueToo New Around Here

    Sep 14, 2010
    Hi Tchr,

    Thanks for the reply. The 3 switches was to use cheaply available hardware to provide 3 distinct Wireless Access Points. (Basically, 3 wireless routers running as switches, not routers).

    I'm really not sure if my needs qualify as "strong bandwidth monitoring". Daily usage rates of the WAN by each VLAN seemed very simple to me - it's just proving to be rather tricky ;)

    Thanks again for the reply and the hardware suggestions - I'll look into them to see if they'll work.



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