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Small Business Network Help

by caladryl / December 15, 2013 2:40 AM PST

I am starting a 2nd small business in my current location and wanted some advice on setting up a 2nd network. I currently have a single charter cable connection using SB6141 Modem.

Company A - 4 wired devices, 8 wireless devices
Company B - 1 wired device, 1 wireless device

My main goal here is to make sure Company B can not access anything on Company A computers. I'm not really worried about the other way around. None of my employees are really computer people but I'd like to have peace of mind.

What is the easiest way to accomplish this? Keep in mind I can follow basic instructions but I am 'far' from a networking specialist. I have several wireless routers laying around so if dual routers is the easiest way then I can certainly do that.

Would something like this work:
cable modem > company B wireless router (192.168) > company A wireless router (10.1)

Please post any thoughts or helpful links, thanks!

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Cisco and others
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2013 3:00 AM PST

Make managed switches that you create virtual LANs. This is mainly a consumer forum so while I know of these products you should get support and advice from Cisco and such. Be aware that setup is usually not free and this is usually much more than basic instructions as this is advanced networking.

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by caladryl / December 15, 2013 3:48 AM PST
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Ok, I thought it may be something simple.

Would your answer change any if I made company B entirely wireless? Could I use a router like ASUS RT-AC66U and just put company B on a guest network with a password?

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WiFi is rather a non-secure solution and troublesome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2013 4:16 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

If you go past a handful of users on one WAP you learn why I try to keep the user count low. If you were just doing email and web surfing (no video! or downloads) then you can hit higher numbers.

The price of a wifi router with a guest network is cheap compared to the real business gear. Worth trying.

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I'll try it
by caladryl / December 15, 2013 5:21 AM PST

Thanks again. Yes, we basically just use our internet for email and casual low volume stuff. My wireless device counts above include iphones and printers.

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