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By currera ·
I would like to know how to set up a network in two offices that are in seperate locations. I am thinking of using DSL to have remote acess to both offices, and to my home, where the server will be located at if that is a possible.I have cable internet at my home.I have two computers at one office and two at the other. I would like to use Windows XP Pro for the O/S. Any answers would be helpful. Thank you very much.
Michael E. Currera. E-mail address currera500@aol.com

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by TheChas In reply to Best small office network ...

As to XP, use ONLY XP Pro.

I think you will need 2 DSL accounts. 1 for each office. Make sure the provider has the option for a static ISP, or you will problems finding the offices.

You may need SDSL to support the upload speed you desire.Then, you will need to set up networking. Most likely, a VPN setup.

As to having the server on a cable connection, make sure that you do not have a limited upload speed from your ISP. This is very common with cable, and you may be restricted in the amount of upload traffic you can send.
Again, SDSL may be your best option.

Chas

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by claxtp In reply to Best small office network ...

Security would be a major concern of mine and leaving two offices exposed to the Internet 7/24 would be a concern. Adding a firewall and a good virus program with current signatures would help.

I would recommend that you connect to the two offices from your home using a dial-up connection if you're not throwing large files back and forth. A program like pcAnywhere can be set up to anwser the phone and ask for a log-on and password. Upon sucessful log-in it can hang up the phone and dial you back at your home. This prevents anyone from hacking your password - the office machines are programmed only to call your house. Different log-ons can have different call back numbers.

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by avidetto In reply to Best small office network ...

You never said how large your 2 offices were?

For a small network, I would get a 2wire, or other Nat gateway with a built in firewall. Then connect it to a dsl. This will do your DHCP for you, requires no configuration and is basicly a plug and pray approach. Then setup your vpn to talk to the networks remotely, there are several good clients.

For a large network, I would configure one system to do the NAT, with a VPN/Firewall client such as checkpoint or other application. DSL into that system, then second nic to push it back out. Checkpoint can do vpn/fireall and NAT. It does require a more advanced user to configure and support it.

If you only have a dozen or so computers though, I would go with the NetGear or 2wire - Rough cost around 1000 for a small network. Make sure if you do, that you also use a software firewall like Black Ice.

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by wlbowers In reply to Best small office network ...

Anything is possible, it's just is it practical. The server should be at the office that has the most computers. Your cable system while having a download of around 1.4m will only upload at around 300K.

Now depending on how many computers are at the remote office and what kind of applications are run will depend on what your dsl needs will be. DSL is on the same restriction that your cable is on. Fast upload slower download.

You might want to get a partial frame relay connection in the server office. They can provide the internet connection to the second office as well through this frame.

You can VPN to your office setup from your home over the cable connection just fine. Your just going to have problems trying to server from there.

Good Luck Lee

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