Network Design – Share Internet In a Condo Building

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Internet Sharing
Network Configuration
Network design
I am helping to setup a network in our condo building to share a new AT&T Fiber internet line. The condo building has 28 units, each with a single CAT5 to the building's communication closet. Objectives are to share the internet line but not allow the condos to see each other on the network. There are no routing requirements between condos.


  • AT&T Router which we can't touch other than WAN port
  • (2) Dell PowerConnect 3548 level 2 switches
  • Various old Linksys and Netgear routers
Since each unit has only one CAT5, my plan is to label each CAT5 with the unit number and an assgined port. That port would then be part of a static (port based) VLAN. EXAMPLE: Condo #201 is plugged into Port 1. Port 1 has a PVID of 201 and belongs to VLAN 201. The ports are currently setup as type GENERAL and Untagged

Then I hit a snag. I had planned to use a trunk from the switch to the router and use SubNet/VLAN assignments in the Router. But the routers I have do not support VLANs and our HOA budget is limited.

So, here is what I am thinking. Create another static VLAN called "NETWORK" assigned to the gigabit port G4. All of the Condos will be part of their own VLAN <and> part of the "NETWORK" VLAN. Everything set to Untagged. I believe this should share the internet, puts everyone on the same Subnet, and I can use the Router for DHCP assignment.

QUESTION: Because the Condos are in their own VLAN, I don't think they will be able able to see other Condos even though they are on the same subnet. Correct?

QUESTION: Many of the Condo owners will hang their own personal router off of the CAT 5 in their condo. I expect they are all SoHo routers in the 192.168.#.# range. Any issues with this? Wondering if the single subnet will cause an issue.

Other ideas???

Software/Hardware used:
dell powerconnect 3548

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I’ve done lots of google research and it appears the most common recommendation is to purchase a router for use in a “router on a stick” configuration.

Can anyone make a recommendation for a low cost / cheap router than can do this? I’ve looked at the RVL200 and a few others, but if I am correctly reading the specs they will not support the number of active 802.1Q trunked VLANs that I need. I need 28.

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  • RGunther
    Another option is to get a layer3 switch. If your budget is low I would look at some hardward resellers and purchase a recertified switch or router for this. You can also try to go through ebay but make sure you buy from soneone with history as someone might try to sell some defective equipment. Ryan Gunther
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  • Matt Mather
    You need a router which will perform .1q encapsulation. Router on a stick would be a recommended way to go. Depending on your through put a low end ISR from Cisco would be a good bet, say 2811 or look on eBay for a 2621XM.
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