Hi guys. I’m not having any problems per se with my network, I’m just looking for some advice on how to improve the network.
Currently here is my setup
Comcast router —> pfsense protectli --> Dlink managed switch
------> Airport Extreme (Downstairs)
------> Various ethernet plugs in house
… (one ethernet port) -> Unmanged switch -> AirEx(upstairs)
… (another etherner port -> (Um switch) -> FreeNas and PS4
…(another ethernet port -> (Um switch) -> TV and apple TV)
I have various wireless devices (smarth switches, nest thermostats, ipads, phones etc) connecting wirelessly, with wired TV, various computers, Xbox, etc
I’m not running out of IP addresses – I’ve allocated probably (50) or so - so this isn’t the problem.
I want however to kind of divide and separate the various devices, for example
(All home automation stuff), (Wireless Computer, ipads, phones), (Game Consoles), (Wired Computers and Freenas). Some of the wireless computers need to talk to Freenas as well for backup purposes.
The house is wired Cat 5 with central hub in the basement and distributed to about 8 rooms in the house. The Comcast router, protectli, and managed switch are in the hub in the basement, and the various unmanaged switches are located within the various rooms to in effect act as a splitter for the rooms to connect various devices within each room. There is one wireless network. The two Airport Extremes (one both upstairs and downstairs) act as Access Points. One Airport connects directly to the Managed Switch, whereas the other connects to Unmanaged Switch which goes to Managed Switch.
I’m willing to buy new hardware minus the protectli/pfsense box, however I’m just not sure if and what I need. I’ve read a lot about VLANs which if I go this route, I’m either going to need new access points or managed switches in front of the Airport extremes since these devices don’t specifically work with VLANs. I’m sure there may exist other solutions that I haven’t thought about.
I’m just wondering what the pros would say. Thanks.