Dual-Router, Single Network...
Posted on 2011-03-09
Not sure exactly how to explain this, but I'm about to move into a new office where the powers that be claim we need two separate broadband lines in the same room - one for general use and servers (WAN) and one for downloading images/files/content from the web as well as testing bandwidth heavy solutions before fine tuning.
I keep going over this in my head and I can't figure it out. We have two separate broadband lines coming into the room with two separate routers. A person, at any given time, must be able to access the servers attached to router 1.
I'm thinking of simply connecting the two by switch so both networks are essentially one network, but I would then need to manually assign IP/Gateway information when switching from router 1 to router 2.
Is there an easy way to do this (yes, I have made a small batch to switch between two IPs) short of doing said batch file? I would PREFER that x amount of network points automatically go to router 2 (ie- mini network for just that) but then that is isolated from the server's network.
Perhaps I'm digging into it too much and I should just stick to the batch file?
Thoughts please. How would you do this?
1. Two networks (two broadband connections) need to be seen as one network to share a server... (now that I've typed this, the server does have two network ports). Accessing other user machines remotely (ie- shares) is necessary as well.
2. A user needs to be able to switch from NW1 (general) to NW2 (testing) easily. Assume my users are dumb and lazy, if possible.
3. The networked printer needs to be accessible from both networks (it has a static IP assigned and is currently deployed by the print server).
The more I think about it, the more I think a batch is the only way.