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We have one comcast gateway modem that we are going to put into bridge mode (so it acts like a cable modem only).

We have two offices and two routers.

How should we set them up so they are independent of one another and we can RDP into both networks (one has a computer on it that needs to be accessed from home and one has cameras that need to be viewable from the outside)?

The cable modem does have a static IP address so that will not be an issue.
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You either need a router that supports multiple LAN networks or you need two off the shelf routers like a Netgear, etc. A single router is your best option but YMMV.

If you need to go the two router path, you will need more than one IP assigned from the ISP and each router will have a different WAN IP.

To allow for RDP into both you also should have an separate IP assigned to the router(s) controlling each LAN so you do not have to change the required RDP port number for one of the two LANs.
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Can you give me a recommendation of a single router that will do this?
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I tend to use Mikrotik because they are inexpensive, has all of the same features that Cisco has and do not require a degreed professional to configure. Nothing against Degreed Professionals, as I am one but you get it... www.mikrotik,com

You can use a single router for both the wired, wireless, RDP, and most any other configuration sharing tou can think up.
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What model do you like based on my needs?
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need a rack mount or desktop style?
Also does each company have their own switch for all of their respective devices or do they all come into a single switch?
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Desktop style and each company has their own switch
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I typically use the RB433AH series board with an aluminum enclosure. You can choose the power supply and whether you need/want wireless or not and assemble it yourself very inexpensively or for simplicity sake, I have been using the RB2011UiAS-2HnD-IN that includes built in wireless and has a cool LCD panel that can show various operating statuses at the router. It is not as sturdy as the RB433xxx series product but does a good job none the less.
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