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Remote Office HighSpeed Internet configurations

By Jim_MacLachlan ·
We have over 100 remote sites that we're suddenly giving cable & DSL access to the Internet. While this raises a bunch of security concerns, I'm interested in how I should set up the internal networks for the sites when we have a non-business unit sharing the bandwidth.

These are apartment buildings. They have a small staff, generally 2 PC's & a networked printer per office. They generally have a smaller budget, but want to give the residents a couple of PC's in a community area to use.

If we connect the resident PC's to a Linksys router on a 192.168.2.x network with the WAN side of that router attached to the business PC's router (192.168.1.x), would it be easy to access the business PC's from the resident PC's?

To say it another way, the highspeed modem is connected to the Wan side of Linksys router 1. That router has 4 ports & is handing out 192.168.1.x addresses. All the business PC's have a 192.168.1.x address as does the WAN side of Router 2. Router 2 hands out addresses to the Resident PC's of 192.168.2.x.

How secure is this? I realize the resident PC's can hog bandwidth unless I find another router that can throttle it.

Remember I'm on a severe budget & these sites are unattended. I know I won't make this perfect. Thanks.

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