what's the best configuration for a Router Sw

March 1, 2011 at 12:15:06
Specs: Windows 2003
Need to reconfigure for optimum performance.
Have one Server running Windows 2003, 11 PC's with a mix of XP Pro and W7 Enterprise.
Need to link in a Wireless Router as well. Basic configuration requires Roaming Profiles to be stored on the Server and the existing configuration has DNS and DHCP administered by the server.
Now should we wire the (Cable) Modem direct to the router or via the switch likewise with the server

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#1
March 1, 2011 at 14:21:51
Wireless for a business is a bad idea. Security aside (which has alot of reasons) wireless has issues with packet loss. Other signals interfere with WiFi, metal in the walls cause week signals and on and on.

With security, WPA2 with a Preshared Key has issues if some one loses a laptop then you have to assume the key has been compromised and rest it for all of your devices. Second, Certificate Server WPA2 is slow. Third, you are sending data over the air which can be captured stored and decrypted at any time no matter how long it takes.


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#2
March 1, 2011 at 15:36:54
In our situation security isn't really a problem. All the Pc's are in one room along with the server etc. the system is used mainly for educational purposes and Wireless is important so people can bring their own laptops in and we can show them how to configure them correctly.
No confidential information is ever passed via the wireless link.

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#3
March 1, 2011 at 17:01:28
you wire the modem to the router never the switch.

it would be your dhcp server for the network. Of course you server is static

you would need to properly config dns to point to the server and the server forward the requests to the isps dns server.

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#4
March 2, 2011 at 00:55:20
Thanks Wanderer that's just what I needed to know.

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