The Church is introducing a new Meetinghouse Firewall configuration that provides faster firewall data throughput, and creates a large DHCP address pool in the Public Network space. The configuration upgrade creates two network zones: Public Network (with 990 DHCP and 31 static addresses in the 192.168.x.x space) and Facilities Zone (with 13 static addresses for heating/cooling, sprinkler, alarm systems, etc. in the 10.x.x.x space).
Firewall ports are dedicated to network zones: Public Network (881W Ports 0 and 1) and Facilities Zone (881W Port 3). The second-to-last port (881W Port 2) is reserved for Special Purpose network (like a co-located Family History Center).
The firewall upgrade is performed by the Technology Manager (TM) tool. Initially only the Global Service Center can upgrade existing Meetinghouse Firewalls, but later Facilities Managers (FMs) and Stake Technology Specialists (STSs) will be granted permissions in the TM Tool to perform the upgrade.
Before performing the upgrade:
1. FMs/STSs must ensure that network devices are connected to the correct firewall ports. For example: access points, clerk PCs, etc. should only be connected to the Public Network firewall ports (881W Ports 0 & 1). The Facilities Zone is not designed for USER traffic, so any USER-based devices must be connected to the Public Network ports.
2. If the meetinghouse contains an official Family History, before doing the firewall upgrade you must contact the Global Service Center (+1 855-537-4357) for additional information.
3. You must identify devices assigned static IP addresses in the building. Where the meetinghouse network addresses are changing, these devices will need to be assigned new addresses in the new IP address space.
This is an exciting change for Church meetinghouses. It will enable existing Meetinghouse Firewalls to perform better, and allow users to better connect to the meetinghouse network.