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Hello all. I am making a home network with all of my PCs and I think I have it laid out. I need all of my computers to be hard wired and connected to my NAS that I am currently building. I also need my server to be attached to a small terminal (repurposed broken netbook), as the server is headless. Any suggestions on how I could make it more efficient or anything I could change? Thanks.

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post #2 of 14
That looks fine. I don't really see the need for a separate computer to manage your headless server, since you should be able to do that over the network from any other of your PCs.
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I know, I just had a laptop that I wasn't using, so I might as well use it as a dedicated terminal.
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post #4 of 14
What you listed should be fine. You would just end up with a basic, single subnet type of network where everything is within the same broadcast domain. All of your PCs should get IPs from the same DHCP server on the router and everything is reachable from everything else.

I agree that the dedicated terminal is a waste of resources though tongue.gif
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post #5 of 14
Looks fine, though I would personally get a larger switch just in case you want to expand later on!
post #6 of 14
I would connect the dedicated terminal laptop to the switch, then aggregate the 2 connections from the server to the switch for double bandwidth to/from the server. If you're looking for network separation for the terminal, you can either put your terminal and a management IP on the server on a vlan and do it that way, or simply firewall off everything but the terminal on the server.

After all, it's a bit of a waste of a good ethernet connection to only be using a dedicated terminal.
post #7 of 14
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Yeah, that's actually a really good idea. I'll do that instead.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by jangley View Post

I would connect the dedicated terminal laptop to the switch, then aggregate the 2 connections from the server to the switch for double bandwidth to/from the server. If you're looking for network separation for the terminal, you can either put your terminal and a management IP on the server on a vlan and do it that way, or simply firewall off everything but the terminal on the server.

After all, it's a bit of a waste of a good ethernet connection to only be using a dedicated terminal.

It requires your switch to support trunking if you want to be able to literally have 2x 1gbit smile.gif
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post #9 of 14
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It requires your switch to support trunking if you want to be able to literally have 2x 1gbit smile.gif

You mean etherchannel (port channeling), not trunking.
post #10 of 14
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All of your PCs should get IPs from the same DHCP server on the router and everything is reachable from everything else.

Well, I would advise against using DHCP on local network. I would go with fixed IPs, because that way I can forward ports when need. DHCP pretty much kill that possibility.
And it is dead simple to setup router as 192.168.0.1 machine and then from first PC (192.168.0.2) to the last one (192.168.0.8) give the IP adresses.

Also that means that DHCP service aren't need to be running biggrin.gif
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