I know this is a very basic question for most on this forum but I really need some advice.
At the moment I’m using an Edgemax X 5 (I think that is correct name) as my router and I’m quite happy with that for now, but my current network is just a basic switched network. For security reasons I understand that I should be using VLANS but I really don’t know how to segment my network.
The first issue seems to be replacing my dumb switches around the house with managed switches. Some people say to use Ubiquiti (like the 5 port Flex mini) and others say these do not follow standards. If I understand it correctly Ubiquiti switches can only be managed by Ubquiti software whereas other switches (like Netgear) can be managed by other free software using SNMP etc. What are peoples views?
The next issue is how to use VLANS? I have a number of Squeezebox Touch players with an LMS server and a number of OSMC players with a video server. Are there any advantages of putting the Squeezebox players and the OSMC players on different V:ANS?
All of the media players need access to the Internet to play Internet radio and video podcasts. The servers also need access to the Internet to download media info.
I know this is a very basic question, but if my media players are in a different VLAN to my main PC how do I manage the media players from my PC?
My video server records TV which I then edit on my main PC before returning to the media server and watching on the OSMC players. I don’t understand how I do this if they are on different VLANS? Do I define rules on the VLANS that allow my PC (with a fixed IP address?) access to the VLANS or something.
My main PC has two network ports so I can connect to both VLANS but does this mean my PC will then act as a router?
I have a similar situation for VOIP phones where I want to be able to take calls on my main PC as well as on the phones.
At some point I want to build a homelab to play with stuff and do some development work. I have an old managed switch that I have never used, so I plan to use that as the backbone for the lab. My question is how to connect this to the main network? I’d like to be able to run virtual machines on my main PC (Windows 10) that connect to the homelab.
Lastly, can I ask what IP address ranges do people use and why? At the moment I’m just using basic 192.168.0.xxx range but I’m wondering what people use for their VLANS? Are their any conventions for using IP address ranges for particular things? For example, are VOIP phones usually put into a particular range to make it clear they are VOIP phones?
Sorry, I did say it was basic!! Any advice much appreciated.