Balance One + AP mini + Smart Switch


I recently purchased a Balance One and an AP mini in large part to create VLANs for network isolation between work/home computers, kids computers, etc.

So far setup has been a snap and everything is working well.

Our house basically has 2 separate physical zones which are “WIFI” isolated from each other. They are connected via a single ethernet wire. With the AP mini I can get WIFI to bridge the zones.

I would like to be able to do a wired connection in both zones. To maintain the VLANs and network isolation, would I need a smart switch? If so, any recommendations on a brand? I see that peplink has one, but it is a bit expensive for my use case.

Thank you!