Joining 2 LANs

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Tags:
LAN
Local area networks
Network routing
Networking
Windows XP
hi, I have two internet connections cum LANs in two departments of office, each having same ISP, hub and 4 PCs. Now I want to connect both LANs only for local file sharing, without disturbing their own seperate internet connections. i want that all 8 computers can share files but an internet connction will support only 4 computers.

Software/Hardware used:
nokia simens network, windows xp
ASKED: September 16, 2010  8:43 AM
UPDATED: January 13, 2011  9:06 AM

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what you can do is, add a router. connect both your ISP routers to this router. the file sharing system will be connected to the new router.

if it is not clear, i would clarify it for you, but i would like to see a drawing of the network since it will help me more.

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  • Matt Mather
    There are good ways and bad to achieve this. Since there is no explanation as to why these need to remain separate I will not mention it any further or offer any advice about that. Simply get a switch that support 802.1q and layer 3 routing, create 3 VLANs and connect router A and all those PCs to ports in VLAN 1 and likewise router B and those PCs to ports in VLAN 2 and finally servers into VLAN 3. Users will on both networks will be able to see the servers and still use their own internet connections.
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  • tarek2000
    layer 3 device will do the job
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