Solved Connecting multiple computers through multiple networks?

January 11, 2012 at 07:39:14
Specs: os10.6.8 and Windows7
I have 3 Macs (OS 10.6.8) and one PC (Windows 7) at work. They are all connected to the company network for internet and access to shared network drives.

The computers are used for media (mostly video) production and we need to move large files between the computers easily and quickly. The current network (company wide) is slow and unreliable, so I would like to create a separate network for these four computers and have them connected to both the company network and the office room network. Each computer already has two network ports and I have a router I can use. What's the easiest way to do this? Thanks.


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#1
January 11, 2012 at 08:15:28
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You would not use a router but a switch. It would be a gigabit switch assuming all the macs/pc support gigabit. You would only use a single port on them.

Topology would look like this

corp net<>gig switch<>mac/pc
mac to pc and pc to mac transfers would never leave the switch or hit the corp net.

adding a router would only add more latancy to the corp net access.

question is are you authorized to do this and do you have access to the wiring closet.

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#2
January 12, 2012 at 14:04:50
Unfortunately I don't have access to the wiring closet and don't have much faith in the competence of our IT department...

I could see how adding a router between the incoming corp net and each computer could add latency, but if it the corp net was connected to each computer directly and a second ethernet cable was run from each computer to a separate router, that too, would add latency to the corp net?


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#3
January 12, 2012 at 14:53:51
if you don't have access to the wiring closet how do you expect to add a router?
run wires on the floor in the office? You would do the same with a switch

"the corp net was connected to each computer directly and a second ethernet cable was run from each computer to a separate router, that too, would add latency to the corp net?"

No it would not add latency to the corp network since the second nic and router is a separate network.

Again you have no need for routing. What would you be connecting the routers wan port to? The corp network?
You need your pc/macs on the same lan BEFORE it connects to the corp network.
By putting in a switch you get all the benefits of the corp network AND the gigabit speeds you need between the pc and macs.

If you like complex with its more prone to failure add a router. It would have to be a gigabit router or you accomplish nothing. Putting in a router may also prevent you from getting corp updates and in my company would be against corp policy.

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