A local company has offered Fiber connections - we signed up and they offered a free Dark Fiber Connection (i know, its shouldn't be called dark fiber), it is just a fiber connection that has been split off their normal fiber and connected at both of my locations to Netgear switches. There is no service or system running between this fiber connection. My problem is I can't seem to communicate across the fiber connection.
My first office is setup with a x.x.108.x setup and my second office is setup with a x.x.109.x both with 255.255.255.0. My default gateway on the PCs are set to my third party firewalls which originally were hooked to the Internet via Time Warner 35/5 connection with a VPN tunnel from the firewall. This was way to slow so I was hoping the fiber connection would help. I had the firewall company put in a route to say when traffic from one branch is sent to not go through the VPN tunnel but send the traffic back to the switch x.x.108.127 and they have verified that the traffic is flowing in this way now. Unfortunately once this route was put in place the traffic doesn't go anywhere once it hits the switches - I get Timed Out when trying to ping or tracert the traffic.
My switch is a Negear GS752TS and I know very little about what settings I need to put in place so that it will talk to my other Netgear switch at the other office. I tried putting in a route in my Routing Table saying x.x.109.0 go to my other switch at x.x.109.251 but I still get timed out when I try to communicate with the other office. I can see that port 48 where the Fiber is connected has traffic flowing across it but it doesn't seem to allow me to direct the correct traffic to it. What settings do I need to put in place to make this work. Currently neither office can talk to the other office.
Please let me know if I need to provide further information and I appreciate your patience reading through all of the information I have provided so far. Thank you.