IT/Network setup for our 15-20 person office?
January 29, 2014 8:11 PM Subscribe
Any networking experts here? My company of 15-20 people is about to move into a new office from old, shared space where all IT was taken care of. I've been put in charge of the phone and networking in the new place.
posted by jenmcee to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The office is primarily developers and will have a fiber connection with plenty of bandwidth. The electrician we've hired will take care of the actual ethernet wiring.
I'm a developer, and am somewhat familiar with networking but at a smaller scale. Can anyone provide some advice about what the best setup for this is along with recommended vendors/models without spending a fortune? I don't mind learning how to configure them.
My assumption is that the network will basically look like this, but please feel free to correct me (we don't have any on-site servers; just computers and mobile devices):
Incoming ISP-> Router -> Firewall (?) --> Switch --> Cat5 to computers and SIP phones
Will most routers (or switches?) take care of the wireless connection or should we use a separate device (attached to the switch?)? Do we need both? Are there generally good manufacturers and product lines that we should look at? I assume my usual household choices aren't right for this. I have heard that PoE is helpful; any other features I need to be looking for?
Also, we're planning on using a SaaS hosted VoIP system with phones purchased online so will need to set QoS for that. We don't have any on-site servers or authentication in our office so don't need LDAP or AD.
Thanks in advance!
(I saw a few similar threads but some were fairly old, and others had some differences in the setup).