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#1 jack handy

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 01:09 PM

I am wondering what the best way to go about this is. I will lay out my setup of equipment below:
 
SIDE A
1 - Netgear router (Side A)
1 - Spectrum modem only (Serving internet to the other side of the business) (Side A)
1 - 16 port switch on 1 side of business (Side A)
3 - computers (and various printers) on one side of business (Side A)
1 - Server computer (really just another computer with multiple large drives for file storage) All computers should access this computer (Side A)
SIDE B
1 - Spectrum Router/Modem/Gateway (Serving Internet to 1 side of business) (Side B)
1 - 16 port switch on other side of business (Side B)
5 - computers (and various printers) on other side of business (Side B)
 
* Various other switches for many printers. All devices are 1GB in speed.
 
I am basically trying to have have 1 of the internet providers serve internet to Side A and the other internet provider (both are Spectrum) to serve Side B. I also need to have all computers in both buildings to be able to access files from the server. I had this all set up fine until we brought another router/modem/gateway into the mix. Before we were all sharing internet off of the one Spectrum modem but now the other company has purchased internet and so that's where the new router/modem/gateway comes in the mix. So I am trying to find out the best way to achieve all of this.
 
Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
 


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 01:34 PM

i have been in networking for many years and am a bit confused by your description,

 

how far apart are the "sides"?



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Posted 23 May 2018 - 03:31 PM

It is one 4000sq ft. building split into 2 businesses. Everything is able to be connected via cat6 as both sides are accessible through the ceiling. Sorry about not being a good descriptive post but it makes sense in my head. I will try to work on a visual topology.



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Posted 23 May 2018 - 05:13 PM

then just run all cat 6 cables back to one central location.....put your server there along with your switches modems and routers,

 

im not understanding what the problem is



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:15 PM

Well, the problem is: There are 2 routers in this network. The way I understand it is that one router has to have DHCP server on and one off. Now, if I set all computers/printers to DHCP then they will all be running off of the router that is serving IP addresses out and thus running through the internet that that particular router is running. I am looking to split off the internet and not sure how to do that. I wish I could explain it better. I am still working on a visual topology that I can upload when ready.



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:23 PM

Well, the problem is: There are 2 routers in this network.

 

what is the reasoning for this?



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:53 PM

The reason is because one of the routers is serving internet and the other router is serving another internet. 



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 01:16 PM

The reason is because one of the routers is serving internet and the other router is serving another internet. 

 

why do you have two seperate ISPs?



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 01:26 PM

Well, for years both businesses were using the same ISP but recently one of the businesses purchased their own internet (ISP) so I am trying to incorporate their internet into the network.



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 01:32 PM

so these are two seperate companies?



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 01:51 PM

Yes, 2 separate companies but one building. The 2 separate businesses are family owned.



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 02:01 PM

sorry but im still not understanding the need for two seperate ISPs...does each company want their own?


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 02:08 PM

Yes that is correct. Each company wants their own due to the large file sizes each company downloads.



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 02:19 PM

I am attaching a very crude topology that might make it more visual. 

 

I also wanted to add that the reason I cannot keep these companies totally separate is due to the fact that both companies need to get files from the server computer and there are also multiple printers on both sides that both companies need to be able to print to. I omitted the printers and multiple small switches to keep it clean and try to avoid confusion as I didn't find them relevant. I appreciate your time on this.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 03:20 PM

two issues i see right away....

 

the Cat 6 going between the two "sides" should not be going from router to router.....it should be going from switch to switch

 

also....the server should not be plugging into the router....it should be plugging into the switch


Edited by mikey11, 24 May 2018 - 03:23 PM.





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