I need to set up two networks

January 28, 2015 at 20:28:14
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, 3.5ghz I5
I need to set up two networks to be accessed from the same computer one for wireless access to the internet and one for streaming video. I have multiple wireless routers available but want to be able to access both from the same computer not necessarily at the same time how can I accomplish this???

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#1
January 29, 2015 at 00:41:32
Will the two routers share the same broadband/dsl service?

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#2
January 29, 2015 at 07:23:08
You'll need two interfaces, one wireless, one wired.

For this to work decently, I would have the two different networks to be completely different subnets.

ex:
LAN 1 = 192.168.1.0/24
LAN 2 = 192.168.2.0/24

Windows desktop OS's frequently have issues with multiple interfaces and can be a pain in the you-know-what when you try to multihome it like this. At least, I've encountered issues when trying to have two different connections that both have gateway IP's. Windows gets confused, doesn't know where to send what and gives up. Unlike Linux/UNIX which can handle umpteen interfaces at once without blowing a gasket..........lol

I suggest if your video streaming is on the local LAN, then do not put a default gateway address on the adapter connecting to it. Do so on the one connecting to the internet (or else you won't..........period).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#3
January 29, 2015 at 09:31:35
I missed the following the first time through:

not necessarily at the same time

If you're not looking to run them at the same time then you needn't worry about having the two LAN's on different subnets and you can put the default gateway address on the streaming interface. But, if you do ever want to run them concurrently, you will need to have the two networks on different subnets or you'll really freak your computer out and it likely won't communicate with anything at all....so keep that in mind.

I presently have 3 interfaces on my work PC. One connects to my main client network. The second I use for configuring switches at my desk, and the third connects to my management network (in case I need to connect to a network appliance at a remote site).

I simply leave the two I'm not using disabled at all times. When I need to switch, I disable the active one and enable the one I wish to use. When I'm finished, I disable it and re-enable the one I need at that point. As long as you always disable the active NIC first, you won't run into trouble.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
January 29, 2015 at 19:30:27
Thanks this may be the best way to manage things I have 2 computers at my work station so I should be able to gain access to internet on one pc and still be able to stream video on the other

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#5
January 30, 2015 at 13:57:12
RDT429 you maybe doing this in futility if the source of internet and streaming video is the same lan.

Consider this diagram

internet<>router<>lan<>router1<>wired pc
internet<>router<>lan<>router2<>wireless same pc
If your media server is internet based or on the lan between the routers there is no benefit to this configuration. Internet and media streaming are both using the same lan or internet connection. There would be no benefit, in fact you added a hop with routers1 &2 thereby increasing the cost.

Now if you setup like this:

Internet<>router<>lan<>router1<>media server<>wired pc connection
Internet<>router<>lan<>router2<>wireless
In this configuration you would not have wired/wireless contention on the lan or internet connection.

If you think that adding two points of access using the same pipe to the internet will increase your bandwidth it will not. It will have the opposite effect.

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#6
January 30, 2015 at 17:53:24
Ok thinking more along the lines of two totally separate networks looking more like:
media server<>wireless router1<>wired pc connection 1 Then:
Internet<>wireless router 2<>wired pc connection 2 as there are 2 nics on each Asus z97 mother boards can this work ???

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#7
January 30, 2015 at 21:30:18
As I've already said, it can work.

Personally, I wouldn't stream through a wireless connection. I'd use a wired connection for that since it's more bandwidth intensive than your average web surfing.

As for how to do it, considering the setup you describe in your last post, see my first response.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#8
January 31, 2015 at 03:57:56
I do all that over a single 300Mbs wireless network effortlessly. So why make it more complicated?
Wife streaming from the internet to her portable device(s),
Streaming movie from PC to LDC-TV
Browsing the internet on that same PC. etc..

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