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Old 05-13-2007, 10:59 PM   #1
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Professional Network Setup

Seeking some advice on a network setup....

I have prepared you a rough diagram... There is more to it but here is the basics.

I was wondering how a professional would set this network up. This network is currently built and running fine for its requirements but i would like to learn so i thought i would ask for you opinions.

Site A is running on a gigabit switch for each node then to the linksys router/gateway

Site B is approx 15 miles from Site A

Its all cat 5e cable internal and external sheilded cat 5e.

The link works as a bridge and has no routing fucntions. It always annoyed me that both had the same ip address doesnt seem right to me...

If you have knowledge of the Routers how would you have set them up? Dynamic or Static Routing?

Would you have used a different IP setup or broken it into 2 subnets?

What would you have done different?

Would you have gotten different equipment?

Would Rip help this network out any?

Basically i am looking for a gerneral discussion about this to help learn a more professional way of doing things, maybe a more redundant or even faster way.

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Old 05-14-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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What are the functions of the 2 sites? How the users / machines at each site need to interact with each other will affect possible setups.

Personally, I would definitely put them on different networks 192.168.1.x and 192.168.2.x for example, and route between them, using DNS where appropriate to save having to remember IP addresses etc.

If the WiFi link is working and performing satisfactorily, then I don't see any reason why you should change it. Perhaps replacing the Linksys routers with a Linux box would allow finer control and logging etc for management purposes. Something like Endian firewall distribution would do I think, or a similar distro (IPCop etc)


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