CurtR where is post #1 do you see subnets mentioned?
I don't see it.
I guess I'm making assumptions again. I assumed (yeah, I'm cringing as I say that) that the OP would want to use separate subnets as well as separate VLAN's in order to ensure clear separation between the discrete portions of their network.
As per the OP's original question:
4. There must be network separation so that:
- all points have Internet access
- there are three separate groups – one for the office, one for staff (wired) and one for guests (the wireless points), the purpose being to ensure that no user in one group can access any user’s device in the other 2 groups. I’m assuming VLAN is the method for this.
To me, the above means separate subnets as well as VLAN's.
Having never worked with multiple VLAN's and a single subnet I have to wonder about interconnecting the switches.
I'm not sure how you'd configure the uplink ports on the switches. If the router is not VLAN capable, you can't create a "trunk" port on the switches. Even if the router is VLAN capable, if you can't assign a LAN port on it (the router) as a trunk port, how could you set the switch ports to "trunk" and have it work?
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