[NAS542] Network config / best practice?

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JockeSve
JockeSve Posts: 80  Ally Member
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What's the recommended way to configure the network ports on NAS542/NAS540?

  1. Both ports with same IP connected to same GB switch?
  2. Unique IP's per port on same switch?
  3. One static / one DHCP on same switch?
  4. …?

Any thoughts? Pros / cons?

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  • Mijzelf
    Mijzelf Posts: 2,645  Guru Member
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    The ports can be trunked, but then your switch has to trunk it's ports either. A simple switch cannot do that, you need a managed one, which supports trunking. In that case both 1Gbit ports are combined to a single 2Gbit port.

    Without having such a switch it doesn't make sense to connect both ports to the same subnet. While it works, it will effectively use only one port.

    You can, however, connect each port to a different network, for instance your 'main' LAN and an IOT LAN. In that case your IOT devices can use the NAS to store/read data, but still cannot reach the LAN devices which use the same NAS via the other port.

    In most cases I think it's wise to keep it simple and use only one port.

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  • Mijzelf
    Mijzelf Posts: 2,645  Guru Member
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    The ports can be trunked, but then your switch has to trunk it's ports either. A simple switch cannot do that, you need a managed one, which supports trunking. In that case both 1Gbit ports are combined to a single 2Gbit port.

    Without having such a switch it doesn't make sense to connect both ports to the same subnet. While it works, it will effectively use only one port.

    You can, however, connect each port to a different network, for instance your 'main' LAN and an IOT LAN. In that case your IOT devices can use the NAS to store/read data, but still cannot reach the LAN devices which use the same NAS via the other port.

    In most cases I think it's wise to keep it simple and use only one port.

  • JockeSve
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    @Mijzelf Thanks! Appreciate Your explanation.

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