Connecting two networks together locally
Posted on 2008-06-26
Hi there. I have a networking (connectivity) question and not too sure which route to take
I have 2 large clients that are part of the same PLC group. They both have 1 X Small Business Server, 2 X Windows 2003 application Servers and about 40 client (XP Pro) workstations. They are currently 4 miles apart and are connected via secure VPN tunnels via Draytek Vigor 2820 Dual WAN Routers. All of the workstations on both ends of the VPN can see the all of the PCs, Servers, Print Server and cameras on the other end of the VPN tunnels. They use these connections to access the SAGE Line 500 Servers for entries, reports and stock levels via a GUI Client
Company 1 is now moving into the same building as company 2. They want to keep the networks SEPARATE but as company 2 has just had a state of the art IP phone system installed, company 1 wants to use the desktop dialing tools from company 2's network as well as keep access to the SAGE Line 500 Servers and print servers. We have 2 large 47U cabinets to keep the Servers separate.
Sorry for going on a bit but what i am trying to achieve is a local connection between the 2 networks, just like the VPN provided when they were apart.
What i want to know, is there a sort of network bridge or router to twin the networks together or is there a better route to go ?
In the new office, they both have separate broadband connections so i could still use VPN solution but seeing as the cabinets are 4 feet apart, what is the best solution ??
network 1 is 192.168.10.x
netword 2 is 192.168.0.x
Any help is greatly aprediated !
PS - someone suggested a NetGear GS 724T Managed/Routed Switch ? - Expert guidance required !!!