Thanks Bill - hope you won't mind me pestering you some more
by NetRouser - 3/31/12 5:24 AM
In Reply to: manual operation by bill012
I'm going to head in on Monday and get all the dope on the hardware we're using as well as possibly pull up screen shots of the configuration screens on the firewall and routers but for the time being I just wanted to clarify that the static IPs are not being provided by the ISP (maybe I've actually got the terminology all wrong). What I'm trying, rather unsuccessfully, to refer to is the kind of network where there is one static IP serving up the net connection but rather than enable DHCP across the private office network I want for each PC to have an IP address defined in the network settings. Now based on the IP address defined on each PC they are either allowed access or denied it on the 2 internet networks.
Here's how I explained it to our external IT solution provider:
There are to be two arrays of IPs. Array 'A' will be allotted to the Hathway router and Array 'B' to the Airtel router. (Hathway and Airtel are the two ISPs)
To illustrate: Array A = 192.168.1.100 - 192.168.1.150 [Hathway]
Array B = 192.168.1.151 - 192.168.1.200 [Airtel]
The 2 arrays must be dedicated such that the user with an IP like 192.168.1.154 cannot access Hathway and a user with IP 192.168.1.122 cannot access Airtel. To access a different network should require a manual switch of the user IP only. Essentially, DHCP is to be disabled on the modems and manual IPs must be allotted to each user.
How this helps us manage our networks is:
1. If I run an IP scan, based on the IP range I get to know which user is on what broadband network
2. This helps control data throughput when there are crucial uploads going on that are time-bound
3. We also get to know when one of our networks is down which does not happen with a fallback system since the user is unaware of any break in the connection.
Also, Bill, to answer your question about why I need 50 IPs dedicated on each modem/network, this is essentially to allow additional users (via wifi or wired LAN) to also jump onto the network without any shortfall in available IPs.
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