2 networks together

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by mrdlouisd, May 16, 2006.

  1. mrdlouisd

    mrdlouisd Limp Gawd

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    I like to stream content to my xbox. I have two internet connections on two different networks. How would I go about being able to share from both networks to my xbox without giving up any net bandwidth between them? Is there a way to do this?
     
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    mrdlouisd Limp Gawd

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    No ones got a lead on it?
     
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    Xipher 2[H]4U

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    bigshooter [H]Lite

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    Any router with multiple interfaces should work although for home use (cheap) a linux box should work fine. You just need a route from one network to another. Your default gateway will still be whatever cable routing device you use, but if you want to access the other network it will fire you off to the appropriate interface. This router will sit in between the two devices that you are using for your internet routing.


    Edit: that linksys should do what you want for less money than another computer, but it looks like some people had issues with it. If you have ANY old system laying around, throw a second NIC in it (if you don't have two nics on it already) and fire up yoru favorite linux distro. There should be plenty of canned router distros out there too, you can probably run it off cd, floppy, or USB key.
     
  5. Dew

    Dew 2[H]4U

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    You could link the routers to a switch using a crossover cable, disable DHCP on one of the routers, statically configure the computers that used to use that router, and be done with it.

    Here is the setup:
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    A switch is not needed, you could use a crossover cable to connect the two routers assuming they have built in switches.

    It wouldnt matter which computer is plugged in where. Their internet access would be determined by their IP address settings.

    Subnet mask of 255.255.0.0 is important. It lets you use multiple subnets of 192.168.X.X so your computers can all talk to each other, including the XBOX.
     
  6. _cashel

    _cashel [H]ard|Gawd

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    What about if you have 2 wireless networks? I'm trying to do exactly the same thing as the OP, and I also have two separate internet connections coming into the same location, but they're at opposite ends of the house on wireless routers. Running a crossover cable from the routers to the switch wouldn't be very feasible.
     
  7. mrdlouisd

    mrdlouisd Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the info, and the little diagram, I had planned on doing something to that effect. Just wanted to confim it or see if there wasnt some easier way. Thanks again.