I'm planning the network for my company's new office space. I'm not an expert so I'd like to present my plan and ask y'all nice folk to tell me if and where I'm making mistakes.
- Office is 300 sq meters on a single floor with mostly drywall walls.
- We currently have 18 workers.
- Due to expected growth, the office should support 50 workstations people comfortably.
- We are a mobile app company so between our dev team and our testers we need wireless support for 200+ devices mostly smart phones.
- Most of our traffic is to and from the internet rather than internal
- Need multiple wireless networks (internal & guest at minimum)
- No on site servers (other than developers running some locally for dev & testing).
- All code, documentation, production servers, etc is cloud. (We use Dropbox for backup, Atlassian for JIRA & confluence, BitBucket for repos, S3 for servers, etc)
- The ISP can provide 30MBps d/l and either 2 or 4 u/l
- workstations are all Apple (network cards all 10/100/1000)
My current plan:
- 2 LAN drops per workstation, CAT5e wiring to a patch panel, should be around 100 terminations.
- Modem - Cisco 887. This is included in the ISP's package.
- Router / Firewall - Soekris 6501 running pfSense (http://soekris.com/products/net6501.html)
- Switch (wired) - HP 2510-48G, L2 fully managed, Gigabit. I'll start with one and only hook up the workstations in use. If I need more, I can add more.
- Wireless controller with a few wireless access points.
- Set up all LANs on the router.
- Trunk the wired switch to the router and use the wired switch as a dumb switch
- Connect the wireless controller to the router so it is physically separate from the main LAN.
- Set up 2 wireless networks with wireless authentication with WPA2
- For the Soekris, there are a bunch of options (RAM, CPU). Can I go with the basic or do I need to get the high end options?
- For the wireless setup, I don't fully understand the differences between and when to use a wireless controller and a wireless access point. Do I need both, one, none? I've spent a lot of hours reading and talking to folks and I still don't know what to get.
- My best guess for the above question is to get either the either the Cisco CT-2504-5 wireless controller or Netgear ProSafe 16-AP Wireless Management System along with either the Cisco or Netgear access points. Both controllers are around $1000 and seem to do the same stuff. Are there important diferences?
- As to the Access points, I'm also confused. Netgear has WNDAP350 and WNDAP360. Again, I can't understand the difference here.
- Do I really gain by trunking the switch to the router?
- Am I going overboard here? Did I plan a backhoe when all I need is a spade?