|Isaac Bennetch on 27 Jan 2013 08:09:32 -0800|
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|Re: [PLUG] dual networking question|
On 1/27/13 10:50 AM, Eric at Lucii.org wrote:
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I'm meeting Monday morning with an IT consultant to discuss setting up dual wireless networks in our church. One will be staff only and will have access to the network resources (printer, shared drives, etc. as well as the Internet.) The other will be public access and only have access to the Internet. The consultant has said that we'll need a second connection to the Internet (currently we have Comcast.) I think he's wrong. I think we can have two separate networks with different ip address ranges and the server (Windows Server 2008) will only allow one of those ranges to have access to the network resources. Everybody would have access to the Internet. My idea is that the staff network would be 192.168.1.x and the public network would be 192.168.100.x. The staff wireless network would be the same ip range as the Ethernet network in the office. Am I right? Can this be done this way? Maybe we'll need two routers connected to the Comcast modem or configure the existing router (Linksys IIRC) to handle two network ip ranges?
I suppose it depends on the specifics of your routing and configuration, but my Asus RT-N12 router can handle this, in fact I believe this is a common feature with Tomato/DD-WRT/OpenWRT firmware as well. In my case, the router WAN port connects to the cable modem. The router gets the DHCP lease from the cable modem. Then I plug in whatever I want to the wired ports and can configure multiple wifi access points -- and they can be restricted to only the WAN or to also access the LAN side. Basically it is the implementation of your idea mentioned above.
I'm having trouble fathoming why you'd need a second internet connection. ___________________________________________________________________________ Philadelphia Linux Users Group -- http://www.phillylinux.org Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce General Discussion -- http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug