connecting 2 routers and PCs to 1 switch

July 5, 2010 at 06:16:49
Specs: Windows 7
Can I connect 2 broadband modem/routers and PC 's to 1 switch?

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#1
July 5, 2010 at 06:21:40
You can but to what purpose. Any computers that are connected to the switch can only use one of the routers at any one time to connect to the Internet, not both.

Stuart


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#2
July 5, 2010 at 08:28:35
Or you can put in a dual wan port router and allow it to control the bandwidth for the lan.

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#3
July 5, 2010 at 16:31:43
@Stuarts - the purpose? To allow me to get/lease broadband connections from 2 different service providers. I want and need to have 2 connections from 2 different service providers for my Internet Cafe.

I need at least (2) two because I want to:

a) have at least 2 mbps for my bandwidth - but the highest connection one can get here is 1 mbps :-( :-(

b) have some sort of redundancy - even if one service provider fails I may still have a working Internet connection from the other

Now the questions are:

1) do we connect the routers to the switch's LAN ports same as where we connect the PC's?

2) how do we provide the addresses for the modem/routers and the PC's? we disable the DHCP features of the modem/routers and hard code it's IP config same as with the PC's? This way we are able to assign to the PC the router it should use to connect to the Internet.

@wanderer - will definitely consider that option.

Thanks for your responses!


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