Work Router Question

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    Work Router Question

    Our office Netgear router has 24 ports. I am about to fill the last 3 empty ports. Is it dangerous to use all ports? How can I add more? Can I buy another router or hub and plug in to an empty port on the netgear router? What if I added a wireless router? For security I assume that since it would be behind our firebox that a person would have to have our network domain login in order to jump on the wireless network? Is this a pretty simple thing I am asking or should I consult a professional?


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    Just plugin an extra switch into a spare port. You only have to start worrying above 250 ports or it seems really slow.

    With 24 ports I would guess your device is a switch and not a router. By Firebox I also presume you have a Watchguard firewall/router that connects to a DSL modem to an internet provider.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMoo
    Just plugin an extra switch into a spare port. You only have to start worrying above 250 ports or it seems really slow.

    With 24 ports I would guess your device is a switch and not a router. By Firebox I also presume you have a Watchguard firewall/router that connects to a DSL modem to an internet provider.
    Why does he have to worry above 250 ports? On a catalyst 6509 384 ports without an issue?

    He should put the wireless lan front of the firewall though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk.com
    Why does he have to worry above 250 ports? On a catalyst 6509 384 ports without an issue?
    Above that many the DHCP server will need reconfiguring to class B networking. I would guess its only class C currently, or alternatively setup appropriate VLAN's, etc. Some extra work is required.
    Last edited by MrMoo; 26-10-2006 at 06:26 PM.