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Two Network Scenario - Use a Router?

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I am a networking novice, so bear with me...

Here is the scenario I am trying to create:

Broadband Connection -> Router -> 2 separate networks

The purpose of this is to provide internet access and file sharing to two offices, but I want each office to be totally separate from the other on the network.  Is there a piece of hardware (i.e. router) that can accomplish this easily?

Thank You.
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by:meb_santoso
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well,
there are NUMEROUS kind of router or router/switch you can choose from. Add some details please :
. does security plays a role here ? Yes ? How big?
. How should you have the connection ? a good / best connection reliability ? "just have them connected to the net" ?
. Does database connection involved here ?

I'm not an expert in this kind of case, but i've deal with it for sometime now :'( :'(

regards,
Marcel
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by:Cajual
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Hmmm... it won't let me edit the question.

Here are some more details:

- Yes, security is important (In the case that each group of computers should be separate)

- The main focus is getting them all on the 'net, but each group will share files and printers within their group.

- No Database or client/server setup involved.  Simple peer to peer setup.  

- I want the Router to dynamically assign the IP addresses to each network.  Is there a router with this capability?
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by:rrhunt28
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I would look at the small 800 series cisco routers. Like the 831.  It looks like it will do what you want, and they are not too expensive.
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I'm numbering your second posting's point as 1 to 4 :
First no. 4, combined with the rest: Yes, there are numerous models of routers available in the market with dynamic IP assignments; called DHCP-capable.  

I'm myself now maintaining 2 Cisco 2650; you can read the documentation at Cisco's web; it does the security issue well, you can split the number of locals up till the available number of RJ-45 ports in your router, or just split them to 2, or whatever you prefer / need. It's all in the Cisco documentation though. If you have (had) CCNA either the training or the certification, it will helps you a lot.

ANYHOW, by default, (I think) all routers can assign IP to the clients dynamically. Even Sweex Broadband router + 4 switch port - http://www.sweex.com/product.asp?pid=144 - (it's in Dutch) can do the dyn-IP assignments. I think it's not an appropriate product, but I'm just giving an example that even a €50 stuff can do it.

The security: it's how you tweak and set-up the router, any router, no specific brand. You can also have a PC-router to do the set-up, but then it must be a 24/7 PC (if you cwant the network avaiable 24/7).

Since Database nor client/server is involved, i believe it will cut the budget way lower... because then you can have a lower class router; I can't reccomend any specific brand, but I'm satisfied with Cisco. You can try to compare with your needs the following :
-. Cisco SOHO 70
-. Cisco SOHO 90
-. Cisco 806
-. Cisco DSL router

Those products above are supplied with internal web server for Cisco Router Web Setup Tool so what I mentioned above about CCNA is somehow no longer valid (it will help you a lot though, no matter what the tool is provided in the router).

Hope this helps.
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ERRATA :

ANYHOW, by default, (I think) all routers can assign IP to the clients dynamically. Even Sweex Broadband router + 4 switch port - http://www.sweex.com/product.asp?pid=144 - (it's in Dutch) can do the dyn-IP assignments. I think it's not an appropriate product, but I'm just giving an example that even a 50 stuff can do it.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I mean "50 euro" :-)
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by:meb_santoso
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err.... allright :P
i wonder what's the dude is doing :D

meb_santoso
forced to accept the points :D :D
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