Patch Panel to firewall

March 19, 2011 at 13:43:56
So here is my question.

I have DSL, a firewall, patch panel and hubs.
The network was already in place by three previous techs. I am not sure how the current setup is done there is no configuration map.

The users in office 1 are all connected to a patch panel that then connects to hubs The second office users connect to a hub that then connects to the patch panel then connects to another hub.

The internet is connected to a router that will be replaced with a firewall.

Should it be setup like this

dsl modem > firewall > patch panel > hubs > Nodes

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March 19, 2011 at 14:05:12
Do you mean switches, not hubs? What firewall is there & what firewall do you plan to install? Is the router a separate device from what you call the DSL modem?

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March 19, 2011 at 16:19:32
No I mean hubs. The setup is old and nonprofit we can't afford the switch and firewall replacememt. Hubs are still working fine. We are going with watchguard xtm series. I figured we don't need a router we can just hook the modem to the firewall.

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March 19, 2011 at 16:54:12

A router is necessary to allow internet to be shared. It can and probably should be used to do your DHCP. otherwise each system must be manually configured.

Connect Modem> Firewall>Router>Downstream client switches/hubs

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