Solved Small Business Network Topology Tags: Firewalls Routers Internet Networking Last response: June 18, 2012 12:27 PM in Networking Share beezdat June 7, 2012 6:51:26 PM Not sure which sub category this belongs, so admin's try not to be too harsh. I was talking to a co worker of mine about our network topology at one of our branch offices. basically the system goes like this: internet > modem > firewall > router > internal network (switches nodes servers etc) I was explaining to him that I think it's in reverse order, that it should be internet > modem > router > firewall > internal network he said no, think of the firewall was protecting everything inside the network. I didn't have a rebuttal because i do not completely understand why the router should be before the firewall, I've just always known it to be that way from diagrams seen / read in articles. So I propose this question to everyone here, what is truly the best router / firewall small business network setup and why? More about : small business network topology Best solution PhilFrisbie June 7, 2012 11:41:43 PM Your coworker is correct; installing the firewall just outside the router allows it to easily inspect and filter all data streams. It also helps to protect your router from hacking. beezdat June 18, 2012 12:27:35 PM Best answer selected by beezdat. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumNeed Topology advice for Network Forumbest gigabit switch and topology for SMB ForumCustom Built Firewall using PfSense in a Small Business Environment ForumSmall Business LAN ForumAdding a computer to a windows small business server network ForumOur wireless topology ForumSmall Business Network Router ForumFeedback on Small Business Network (with diagram) ForumSmall business network ForumSetting Up Home / Small Business Network Using Server 2008 R2 ForumExample of small-business insecure network configuration ForumReview my small business network layout ForumSmall Business Network Advice ForumSmall business network ForumI would like some help with my small business network . ForumSmall Business Network Trouble ForumRouter Setup ForumLow speed network Forum[Solved] How to test the network speed? ForumNetwork Throuput help? More resources Read discussions in other Networking categories Routers Gateways VPN LAN WAN Firewalls Cisco Netgear !