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I need to convert a NT machine to router with four vlan is it possible?
How it can be done and how the gatway should be given?
Please let me know.
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by:icemaster
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Hi,

Wow you've got a job a head of you.  Are you going to be using Network cards that are VLAN ready?  There are not so many out on the market.  Either way you will need more than one network card.  You'd might be better to find a cheap router to do the job instead of NT. (just a thought).

-VLAN Network cards...The amount is depending on the Vlan configuration and if you are supporting ISL or 802.10 (802.1q the IEEE now standard, 802.10 was the father of dot1q).  Usually from what you described you could get by with 2 network cards.

Using four network cards, each a separate network ip address. (you can work with secondary address and also use 2 cards but I am not so fond of secondary addresses on NT.)

The only problem I will see is using a default gateway, one can either define one for each VLAN, the ip of the NT machine.  Or depending of the card where HSRP,VRRP, or a type of Tag-Team operation where there is a virtual address that the cards share and this virtual address talks with the physical MAC from the cards.

I hope this helps if you have any questions just ask.

Regards,
Corey
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by:plnet
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with four network cards how is it possible.
I have four 10/100 cards how to give the ip address
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by:jgarr
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I'm not clear here. Why do you need four vlans instead of a primary IP and 3 secondary IPs?

Are you bridging any protocols on the segments?

If you want to make a router with an NT machine, you could add the three secondary addresses and turn on IP forwarding. Be sure to have the latest service pack for NT.

How is this device connected to the network? switch/hub??

Also, be aware that this server won't do as good a job as a router.
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