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Old 04-16-2022, 12:45 PM
KeithAbbott KeithAbbott is offline
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VLAN Questions

Hello, I'm hoping that some networking guru can answer a few questions about setting up VLANs in my home environment. I currently have a wired Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and an unmanaged switch, along with a Netgear Orbi wireless router set up as a wireless access point (connected to my unmanaged switch). Right now, it's just one big happy network. However, I would like to split it up via VLANs so that I have a completely separate guest wifi network, and a completely separate IOT network, with none of those devices being able to get to devices outside of their VLAN. My questions:
  • Can I set up the VLANs entirely within a managed switch, or will I need to also configure the router?
  • I see that you can configure the VLANs by switch port (all devices connected to that port are included on that VLAN), or by individual MAC addresses. For the guest wifi, I am thinking that I would need to connect an additional WAP to a port on the switch, and define that port as a VLAN. Is that the best way, or is there a better way to do it?
  • Once I get the VLANs set up, is there a way that a "master" workstation could have access to all devices, whether they are isolated on a VLAN or not?
  • Does each VLAN require it's own IP address range or subnet, or can all devices have IP addresses within the same subnet?
  • Does the switch only require one wired connection to the router, or does each VLAN require it's own wired connection between the switch and the router?
  • If only one wired connection to the router is required, wouldn't the router resolve connections between different VLANs? In other words, wouldn't the router ruin the isolation between VLANs?
I've tried to find some sort of "VLANs for Dummies" guide out on the internet, but I haven't been able to find anything out there yet that does a good job connecting the dots for a VLAN beginner like me.
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