Ask general networking questions here.... home setups, relatively simple work configurations, that sort of thing.
Things we may need to know:
- What your goals are.
- Your budget.
- How much time you're willing to invest.
- If money or time are unusually important. It's quite common to be able to save a lot of cash if you're willing to put in some hours learning and configuring. Alternately, you can sometimes just buy a solution, if you don't want to think about it much.
- If applicable, what's not working now.
- How fast your external network connection is. This one is important for sizing hardware recommendations.
- Whether you're running (or planning to run) any internal services. If you know about things like DHCP, DNS, Samba, and Apache, talk in those terms. If not, talk about goals instead, and we can usually translate that into necessary services.
- If you're planning to share any of those services with the outside world.
- Your approximate skill level with computers in general, and Linux in particular. This applies back to the time/money tradeoff: Linux is often an extremely powerful and free solution to many network problems, but it takes time to learn and configure.
- If you have any strong brand or OS preferences we should know about.