Hi forum dwellers!
I’ve moved into a new home and am trying to figure out my network situation (also need furniture, but that can wait).
Please provide suggestions on network hardware and structure to accomplish the following goals
- Take full advantage of the symmetrical 1Gbps connection, and remove most/all internal bottlenecks
- Run any higher risk devices (IoT, mobile phones, work computer, etc) on a separate/isolated network than my core devices (NAS, desktops, notebooks, etc.)
- Get solid wifi coverage across 2 stories, 2500 sq ft home
I’m currently setup in the following manner:
Note 1: The Google Fiber network box is a corner of the garage, far from any outputs. There is a Cat5e cable that they managed to get to a patch panel in an almost inaccessible spot of the house, which then connects it to an upstairs room of the house. I have the PoE injector in this top room, with the router providing WiFi to the house, and it works OK, not great.
Note 2: I tried running all of the mobile devices & IoT on the Guest Network of the Netgear XR500, but I couldn’t set up a single device on it. It’s like the devices couldn’t communicate with each other.
Note 3: I have a couple of Google Wifi router/aps, and also set up the same config but using its Router + AP/mesh setup. The wifi coverage was awesome, but also couldn’t use the Guest network to put the IoT & mobile devices on, same issue persisted where they can’t seem to communicate with each other.
Trying to keep this under $700.
I’m going to be preparing the CCNA next year, and will likely be practicing labs on GN3 or other virtualized setups (trying my best not to become a Homelabber!)… however… if there’s specific HW that is not complete overkill and helps get more acquainted with the concepts, interfaces, terminology, or best practices, I’m would much rather buy ‘that’ hardware (even if a bit over budget).
Thanks in advance and happy to provide extra details if needed!