connecting two buildings for broadband
Posted on 2008-02-06
We have a building with 2 office PCs. One has to be moved to another building 100 feet away.
They currently share broadband through a Lynksys router and share printers, folders etc.
Both buildings use the same telephone line but broadband on a different number.
There is a car park between the two, but no trees, so line of site is okay.
How can I get both machines onto the internet?
If I had 2 wireless access points, I worry about loss of signal due to distance and weather.
They share the same electricity meter, so how about ethernet over mains; never tried it.
Too expensive to dig and lay a network cable and no existing overhead cables to use.
Silly additional question, if I got broadband connected on the telephone line that exists in the new office and it had its own router, could that machine still connect to head office and access the same Outlook account as the other machine in the other building? Currently the the two machines share a Sonicwall software client to get access to to our domain. I am aware I would have to create another Sonicwall account for the 2nd machine as it would be coming in through a different IP.
Can anyone think of an easier way? Besides access points of which I worry about signal strength, how can I get this 2nd machine onto the internet, bearing in mind it would be better to keep it tied in with the first machine so they can have shared folders, printers etc.