I'm working on my thesis and was wondering what you guys would choose when searching for these things (even if you could only find one thing for me, I'd be more than happy!)
Case: a small company with 15 employees needs to have a server in their office, I need to find a few things to make it all happen. Some employees will use their laptop to be connected via WiFi -- I've found most things but I'm wondering for a few things and that's why I would like your input.
- What modem?
- What router? (RACK-model if possible)
- What firewall?
- What switch? (Rack model if possible)
- What network server? (should fit in the rack)
- Where can I find a choice for patch panels, cables, TCP/IP boxes etc?
Are there other things I shouldn't forget?
Thanks in advance everybody for helping me!
I know one thing that companies are concerned with, and that's monitoring for security leaks such as open ports and employees accessing external sites such as FB when they should be working.
Also, wireless access needs to be secure. Managers love their laptops, so they require wireless access I think. Otherwise you need switches in every meeting room with lots of spare cables.
And when staff get deployed overseas, they need to connect securely to the home server via some highly secure virtual network connection. My company used to give me a USB dongle to plug into the laptop, and the key was always updating.
A reliable backup solution is also important, and RAID.
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Thanks a lot! I'm going to start working again on this tomorrow and will let you guys know if I need some more help
Something like this: Draytek Vigor 2820n Wireless-N Router BT ADSL (V2820N) - dabs.com combined with a switch if you need more LAN ports would be good.
Having a USB printer port can be very useful, so everyone can share a laser printer.