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I have recently moved in to a new office and its part of a shared building.
My office has several network points which are connected to my own switch down stairs, which is then connected to what I assume is a (ADSL)router with a built in firewall, this firewall protects the entire building from suspicious activity.
However, I do need a firewall between my switch and and the buildings network.
Is this something I could use?
or do I need a dedicated firewall box?
Or perhaps a software firewall will do on our windows 2003 server?
ANy advice and recommendations would be greatly apprecaited.
[edited by: rogerd at 10:36 am (utc) on Sep. 28, 2004]
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I guess it all depends on who is in/on your building's network and whether or not they are trusted. Perhaps you want to use a router/firewall rather than just a switch? Then, however, you have the whole physical security layer in that if you have access to the "lower-level" then who else in your building does?
You know, another option may be to use a single connection upstairs in your office for internet access and at that point install a wireless router/firewall. This may help overcome some of the physical security issues.
Some of us are ex network guys.
We are in a serviced offce space, which bascially means we are sharing with loads of other companies.
We are connected via UNIX server which has a built in firewall, which in-turn is connected to the switch in the server room.
This switch is then connected to the primary firewall and the ADSL/DSL router and then the INTERNET.
Our problem is that we do not have the technical knowledge to maintain the server, so we are going to get a windows server... this then makes the software firewall redundant.
We need some bit of kit to go between our computers and the rest of the building?