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Not sure if somthing similar has been asked and answered yet, but here goes.

Okay, basically it boils down to this: I am building a home network using a spare tower to host Server 08r2. This tower has AD DS, Web server, File Service, WDS, and WSUS currently. This week sometime my second NIC will arrive and my plan is to install DHCP and insert the tower between my cable modem and existing network. For the time being I have 1 TL-WR1043ND gigabit router and 2 netgear 10\100 wireless routers set up as switches for my video game consoles and HTPC.

Where I am confused is do I ignore the WAN port when I configure the TP-Link as an AP\Switch with DHCP turned off and plug the cat5 into a lan port, or do I use the WAN port for the main connection between server and home network on the TP-Link router.

My plan is to buy a single 16 port unmanaged switch next month, but would like to get my home network up and running by this weekend.

My Proposed network topology is this:

SWITCH2-> HTPC \ PS3
MODEM->SERVER-> AP\SWITCH ---<
PC's 1 and 2
SWITCH3-> PC3 \ Xbox360

I apologize if this sounds all jumbled together, working with too few hours sleep here lol.

thank you in advance for comments and advice.
Edited by HardheadedMurphy - 9/4/13 at 3:23pm
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Running a full fledged domain controller with Active Directory domain services is almost always unnecessary in a home situation, but if you're doing it to pilot/experiment, then why the heck not? smile.gif
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do I ignore the WAN port when I configure the TP-Link as an AP\Switch with DHCP turned off and plug the cat5 into a lan port, or do I use the WAN port for the main connection between server and home network on the TP-Link router?

With most of the Netgear equipment I deal with, you want to NOT plug them into the WAN port. Use one of the (probably) 4 other ports that it has and set it to AP mode, if so included. This device is consumer grade and most of them freak out when anything other than ISP---> Modem ---> Router is the system.

Plug into the LAN port. Don't use the WAN port. Set the router to AP mode, or, if that's not present, disable DHCP, configure WPA2 Personal (or Enterprise if your router supports it, considering you're running AD) and cross your fingers.
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While I recognize that "MOST" people would not have a home domain... I came to the conclusion that I need to have a central location for backup jobs of home pc's, Centralized location of the 2+ Tb's of media data, As well as a place to store back-up's of user folder data.
The benifit of having one PC download Microsoft updates and deploy as needed, with the growing trend of residential data cap's ... it all adds up lol.

and yeah, I have the towers lying around, why not put em to some use other than a door-stop lol.

Thank you for clarifying what I originally thought though biggrin.gif
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If your router supports WPA2 Enterprise, you'll need to point it at your RADIUS server which, in this case I'm assuming, would be your domain controller on Win2k8. You're going to need to configure NPS on that server if you want to go totally Microsoft on this.
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I am thinking untangled in the future for a firewall on another machine, but the single server will have to do for now until the home domain idea settles in with the wife who considers it pointless lol...
I am still working through my MCITP certification as well as a Network+ certification so all the practice I can get with this implimentation will help in the long run. y'know?
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I am thinking untangled in the future for a firewall on another machine, but the single server will have to do for now until the home domain idea settles in with the wife who considers it pointless lol...
I am still working through my MCITP certification as well as a Network+ certification so all the practice I can get with this implimentation will help in the long run. y'know?

Net+ is not very valuable. I have it and my A+ cert for CompTIA. You've got to be smart and have to have done your studying to pass 2012 A+. Net+ on the other hand isn't nearly as in depth. Personally, I don't find Net+ to be worth much.

MCITP is an awesome cert. Highly recommend at least reading the information included in its learning materials. It's really top notch stuff.

What sort of threats are you looking to block with your proposed firewall?
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Sounds like an awesome plan you got going on here. I love projects like this. I installed DD-WRT on all of my routers and it just allows for much better configurations. I find it funny, my wife rearranges the living room from time to time as well as bedrooms when she is bored. When I get bored, I bust out my old PC's and PXE Network boot them using my main rig as the server or I just make a few virtual machines on the main rig and remote into them with the old pentiums for the fun of it. If remote desktop could just support gaming over the network. 1gbps is just not enough bandwidth for anything other than light games and standard definition video streaming. Good luck man and have fun with it!
    
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I like untangled for the web-blocking ability ... I have a 12 year old son, and it's not that I do not trust him, it is the possibility of his friends coming over and looking up stuff in appropriate for their nature. Also the ability to minimize the intrusion into my home network works for me.

As for the cert's I just recently took my A+ cert, last month to be exact, and My MCITP is scheduled for december. Net+ and Linux + are next, then cisco in the spring... these are part of the course scheduling for my A.A.S in Networking Techonolgy.

With the malicious nature of the internet these day's I do not want to risk intrusion, of hijacking of my internet...
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