Meetinghouse firewalls have a limited number of local area network (LAN) ports that devices can be connected to. A network switch can be used to increase the number of available network ports. In most cases, facility management groups are responsible for purchasing and installing network switches.
A network switch is installed by connecting it to one of the LAN ports on the firewall using a network cable as shown below. For a per port firewall configuration visit the “Meetinghouse Firewall Overview” MHTech article. See the instructions that came with the network switch for further information.
Expensive managed switches are not required in meetinghouses. A Cisco SG110 16 port unmanaged switch (shown above) is available for facility management groups to purchase on LDS eMarket. Purchasing the Cisco SG110 is not required. If an alternative switch is purchased, ensure it provides the following:
- Speeds – 10/100/1000
- Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Ports - required if the switch will provide power for wireless access points and other PoE enabled devices.
- Port Density – varies depending on local needs.
- Type - Unmanaged