Best way to connect two networks?
Posted on 2009-12-29
I have two clients in the same building. They both have their own networks. Each network has an internet connection, its own network switch, and its own MS small business server.
They want to connect the networks together so that they can share their network fax/copier/scanner machine and access a cctv system which has a network interface.
Im trying to work out what the best way is of connecting the two networks. It is important to note that I cant just plug a wire in to connect the two switches, because then the DHCP server from one network might give IP addresses to the other network. Also, Microsoft SBS shuts down if it detects another SBS server on the network.
I was thinking about connecting the two switches together, and then set all the sockets on Network Switch 1 to VLAN1, and all the sockets on Network Switch 2 to VLAN2. Then set the sockets for the CCTV and Copier/printer to VLAN1+2.
Would that prevent the DHCP from issueing IPs to computers on the other network?
Would that prevent the SBS servers from "seeing" each other?
There is one SBS on each switch.
I dont want to VPN the two networks together over the internet. The CCTV uses a high level of bandwidth and i'm worried because one client uses VOIP which may be affected by the CCTV application's bandwidth usage.
Your advice is greatly appreciated.