How many VLANs can I create? I need ~70 VLANs.
Hi - I maintain a network for a hotel and they would like to offer internet access to each room. Some rooms have multiple ports which will be on the same VLAN. There will be approximately 70 Vlans.
I know the SonicWall PRO 4060 can support up to 200 VLANS. It is a legacy device that can be picked up for about $2,500 - but that's still too expensive. Because of PFSense's price, it's looking very tempting compared to a $2,500 - 5,000 firewall.
What challenges might I run into? Has anyone done this? What type of hardware should I use to ensure quality.
My budget for hardware is $500-1,000. It does not even need to fit a rack. A tower would suffice.
Technically you could have 4093 VLAN's.
So 70 VLAN's wouldnt be a problem.
However, if you have such a lot of interfaces the gui can become a bit clogged.
About what hardware:
It basically comes down to how much bandwidth you want to push and if you want to use packages.
I did once a bit more than 50 VLAN's and didnt have much of a problem.
Depending on what traffic you expect you could split the VLAN's on multiple real interfaces.
(I had 5x 1Gbit)
Here are some interesting news regarding Sonicwall: http://blog.pfsense.org/?p=301
Thanks for the information! The article re SonicWall is crazy. I love open source :-)