I help manage a small office network. It is for personal internet access that employees use on their breaks. What is the most efficient way to set up our network? We are ready to purchase some new equipment.
We currently have an Actiontec GT701D DSL modem with routing capabilities. Connected to the modem is a switch. Connected to the switch are two routers. One is independent. The other router (we’ll call it the ‘main router’) has four other routers connected to it. The four routers use a static IP address with DHCP turned off. They and the ‘main router’ share the same WiFi SSID and password. The result is that, with the exception of the independent router, people can move from one router to the other with only one SSID profile, retaining the same local IP address.
There are 3 separate DHCP servers. One on the modem, and one on each of the routers connected to the switch. Every router is a different brand. This setup works ok, but not very elegantly. My preference would be to have everything under one network so I can access all the routers and modem from any access point. My hope is that this would also increase network performance and reliability.
Which option should we look into?
1. Connect all the routers to the switch with static IPs, using the modem as the DHCP server. My concern here would be the capability of the modem to handle everything.
2. Connect a wired router with extra ports to act as the DHCP server and then connect all routers to it.
3. Connect a router to the modem using the router’s DHCP server. Connect a switch to the router and the remaining routers (with static IPs) to the switch.
4. Something else…
I think #3 would be the best, but would love some input. Thanks for your help!