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Setting up a Network for Small Business

Hello

I have to set up a Network for a Small business of about 5 users. Can you please tell me what routers, switches and Firewall features I should be looking for ? I am not sure about the various features associated with these hardware and do not know what to look for ecxactly. Thank you in advance for all your help.

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VIP Purple

Re: Setting up a Network for Small Business

Hello,

it depends on what the network is supposed to do. If you just want the 5 users to be able to talk to each other, you don't even need a router. If you need external connectivity (e.g. to the Internet), an 800 Series router would probably be sufficient, together with a small switch (does not necessarily have to be a Cisco switch, of course).

Cisco has a section on their website fro small and medium sized businesses that might be a good starting point:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns339/networking_solutions_small_medium_sized_business_home.html

Regards,

GP

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Re: Setting up a Network for Small Business

Hello gpauwen

I do need external connectivity. My network will be having 3 servers -a file server, a web server and a mail server. I was thinking of a switch, firewall and router. I was not sure what features I shud be looking for in the these hardwares. Any suggestions?

Thank you

meena

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Re: Setting up a Network for Small Business

Are you going to want a DMZ? What services will you be running on the servers?

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Re: Setting up a Network for Small Business

I am going to need a File/print server, mail server (Running MS Exchange) and a Web server (running Apache)

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