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Smoothwall Network Routing

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Hi, I'm joining 2 networks together using Smoothwall (Linux PC based routers). How do i link up the network cards and set the routing? Our network is as follows:

Smoothwall 1                 Smoothwall 2
10.10.10.1 ---------- Fibre ----------10.10.10.200
 |                                                10.10.11.200
 |                                                        |
 |                                                        |
10.10.10.99                                           Servers/Clients on
   (Me)                                                 10.10.11.x

I can zone bridge the 2 interfaces on Smoothwall 2 so 10.10.11.x clients can talk to the 10.10.10.x network. My question is the other way around. My PC (10.10.10.99) on Smoothwall 1 needs access to the 10.10.11.x network. How would i setup the routing here? Would i physically connect the switch on the 10.10.10.0 side to the 10.10.10.200 network card on Smoothwall 2 and setup a route from 10.10.10.0/24 pointing to 10.10.11.0 using the gateway 10.10.10.200?
or, would i connect the switch on the 10.10.10.0 side to the 10.10.11.x switch and setup a route from 10.10.10.0/24 pointing to 10.10.11.0 using the gateway 10.10.11.0? Basically, which inteface do i connect to? All help appreciated.
Thank you.
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Most of time when I've seen a topology similar to this, Smoothwall 1 would have a second NIC in it.  Bascially, each SmoothWall will have a dedicated nic connected to the fiber, with it's own IP address scheme (10.10.3.0/24 ?).

Then, set up zone bridging on Smoothwall 1 between 10.10.3.0/24 and 10.10.10.0/24, and on SmoothWall 2 between 10.10.3.0/24 nad 10.10.11.0/24.  The zone bridging should be bi-directional.

Hope this helps
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That makes a lot of sense. When starting out in routing it's easy to tie yourself up in knots! Thanks for a clear and concise reply.
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