Home Network Advice Please: Firewall/Router, WiFi Access Points/Multiple SSIDs, Switches and VLANs?
I need to replace my home network. I have had enough of Sophos and their free UTM (for home users).
WHAT I HAVE:
I have a direct Ethernet bridge (cable modem) with DHCP to the internet. I get one public IPv4 address and a typical IPv6 (/64?) home connection. Ethernet cables go between the office closet and all rooms in the house. There are switches in some rooms that have multiple devices. There are four WiFi access points in various rooms to yield full coverage of the house and backyard.
WHAT I NEED:
- Firewall / Router that supports the network. I have an 8 port "SG135" Sophos appliance, but do not mind wiping it and installing other software on that same hardware.
- Four WiFi access points that support multiple SSIDs. I want to isolate home appliances and devices from the primary LAN that personal computers use. That requires multiple SSIDs. A "guest network" is not sufficient. I assume it would use a separate VLAN for each SSID.
- Small VLAN-capable switches in a few of the rooms.
- A VLAN-capable switch in the office closet.
- The access points and VLAN switches must be reasonably easy to manage and configure. I understand that it is complex, but some models of access points and VLAN switches make the problem much harder.
I bought some very cheap TP-Link switches. Not only are they not secure, but they are nearly impossible to configure. It becomes a real "bootstrap" nightmare trying to configure access points with SSIDs on VLANs, then the TP-Link cheap switches, and then the office closet equipment without cutting something off accidentally. It is a nightmarish bootstrap process. The TP-Link switches run HTTP with open passwords on the network. No more of that, please.
This is a home network, not a business. I do not want to spend excessive amounts, nor do I want any license "subscriptions" or "renewals".
-> What would you recommend? I need access points, smart switches, and a good firewall/router to put it all together.