Following on from my filtering post a few days ago, I am in the market for a device to function as a DHCP server. We currently have no servers of any description - all storage etc is cloud based.
I am a teacher at this school, and really only finding a solution as a favour as we don’t have a regular networking company and budgets are stretched. I also run an IT company on the side where my focus is on cloud services, iPads, chromebooks and training. I do a few very basic networking tasks where it overlaps with something else. I’m confident I have the required skill set to set up the DHCP server without support.
I have looked to see if we have any existing devices that could fulfil this function, but believe we only have unmanaged switched. The router is provided by our ISP and entirely managed by them.
I am looking for something rack mountable and on a budget. Where my experience is limited is to what switch I should be looking for. I have ruled out unmanaged, but whether I should be looking at those marketed as ‘smart’ or whether I need to go fully managed I’m not sure.
Looking through the racks today, they all look at capacity. So I am looking to replace an existing 16 port switch, and most likely am not looking for POE. All of the existing switches I have seen are Netgear (everything IT is done on a shoestring.)
I’m happy to take suggestions of models, but also equally happy to do the legwork myself if someone can nudge me in the right direction e.g. a way of narrowing down my search.