I want to upgrade our dlink switch and router to a new system because we are moving to a new office. Security, reliability, remote access friendly (I'd rather be manageable and controllable.), and if possible to have an offsite computer (from home) connected to the network. I managed them all myself and I have a QNAPNAS repository also attached to the network at the present.

I am wondering if someone can send me;

1- The best brands to purchase

2- and a general layout map on how to organize them. I would like to restructure the network and if possible set the QNAPNAS to be the domain controller.

Thank you for your help in advance

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I have successfully ran a small office network using a MikroTik Hex. It's a decent router, with good software, good management solutions and support for VPNs. We recently switched to a bigger one mostly because we needed more ports. The downside to MikroTik is their high learning curve - the first time it took me the whole day to set up.

If you want something which is easier to set up but still has good quality I heard a lot of good things about Ubiquity. Although I don't have personal experience with them.

As for network topology, that's a question for another site (SuperUser or Networking). In general go as close as possible to a star.

  • @Farsh I forgot to mention: the Hex doesn't have WiFi.
    – jaskij
    Jan 20, 2020 at 22:39

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