Could use help setting up renderfarm network

April 9, 2011 at 07:57:29
Specs: Windows 7
Hey folks,

I was wondering if you could help me out with the following situatiion:

I'd like to add several pc's to my network as a renderfarm
I need to be able to acces these pc's from my workstation at my home(network), as well as over the internet, so I can drop my jobs on the farm whereever I am.

Security is somewhat of an issue, I'd prefer the renderfarm network seperated from (but still accessible by) the home network.

Internet comes through an ADSL router and I have a linksys WRT54GC and a linksys WRT54GL router, the latter is preferred for my homenetwork.

I've read a number of articles on chaining the routers, bypassing the WAN port of the downstream router. But physicaly the most convenient way for me would be to plug both linksys routers into the ADSL, because of my worksation and renderfarm being in opposite rooms. If that won't work it's not a problem, I can extend some cables.

I was thinking about this configuration:

ADSL - WAN adress from ISP through DHCP, LAN
WRT54GL (home) WAN LAN DHCPscope
WRT54GC (farm) WAN LAN DHCPscope

If I set it up this way, can the two networks still see each other?
How do I configure the Linksys, as router or gateway?
Do I need to add static routing tables, on either the linksys or the ADSL?
I realise I need port-forwarding, but I'll get to that when I get this setup to work at home first ;)

And if this is a completely bonkers idea, I'd love to hear how it should work.

Thanks in advance,


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April 9, 2011 at 16:29:39
Not sure if it's proper to not wait for a reply first, but I've read andbeen tinkering.

ADSL router now plugs into the WAN of the WRT54GL (home) set as gateway

The workstation gets it's IP from DHCP on the WRT54GL, can ping the renderpc and access the internet.

And the ADSL router also plugs into a LAN port of the WRT54GC (farm), set as router.

The renderpc has a static ipadress within the 192.168.1.x range and the DNS adress as provided by my ISP. It can't ping anything on the 192.168.0.x range, but it can access internet.

Now I'm tempted to feel pretty full of myself, because it looks to me like I got it working the way I want it.

But will this setup allow me to access the pc's on the 192.168.0.x (farm) range from my laptop across the internet?
Is it now (just) a matter of setting up the port forwarding on the ADSL router?

Answers are much appreciated,


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