Help Setting Up Subnets
Posted on 2009-12-17
I have an office with 15 separate networks. Each network may only have a couple computers, but they are leased spaces, so we need to keep the works separate. Right now, they are using s separate router for each office, which works, but it really makes a mess of the server room, and we would like to start bandwidth management to improve QoS. So, I ordered an Linksys RV042, which I have used in the past and love it. I am able to setup subnetworks, so each office will have it's own IP addresses, and will not be able to see other offices. However, I did realize that the RV042, will not allow bandwidth management outside of it's main network. So I started thinking about subnets. I am not familiar with them and I am not ever sure if they will solve our issue. How would I go about setting them up. Right now our main network is 192.168.2.*. Can I setup other network on the same address 192.168.2.*, but change the subnet mask to keep the network separate. I am hoping with this will allow the RV042 to control the bandwidth, but the RV042 would be on subnet 255.255.255.0. Thoughts? Also, I thinking I could just move a wireless router into each office, so the tenant has wireless access to their individual network, and then I could set a static IP address on the router in the office to connect to the RV042 on the same 255.255.255.0 subnet and then I could bandwidth throttle the entire office suite. Does any of this make sense to anyone?