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Wireless router recommendation for small business

Hi,

 

I am setting up a server, five workstations, and two wi-fi connected laptops in a small business. What switch/wi-fi router combo would you recommend? I also want the ability to set up a guest wi-fi network in the future. Most important features required for the switch/wi-fi router are security and simplicity in set-up. I bought several Netgear consumer routers before. Should I just use a nighthawk or some combination of prosafe products?

 

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Alan

Model: WAC730|3x3 Wireless-AC Access Points
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Hello akwin, 

 

Welcome to the community! 

 

A Nighthawk router along with a gigabit switch should do the job, it can definitely fill the needs of your small network. It also has a guest network setting and very easy to setup. If you think that the network will be bigger, you may also consider getting a ProSafe Firewall and Access Point. They are more secure and has features like VPN that you can use to manage your network remotely. 

 

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JohnRo
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John,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

Should I choose unmanaged or managed switch?

 

How would I connect the switches and router? I assume I would connect the switch to modem and connect Nighthawk to gigabit switch.

 

Alan

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Hi Alan, 

 

If you plan to have VLANs in the future, I would suggest a manageable or smart switch (But be aware that the router also needs to support VLAN for routing purposes). The setup will be, Modem>Router/Firewall>Switch(es)>Clients

 

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JohnRo
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Hi Alan, 

 

We’d greatly appreciate hearing your feedback letting us know if the information we provided has helped resolve your issue or if you need further assistance.
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