[Wolves] Newbie Networking Question if you don't mind

Charles Barnwell cgbarnwell at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 08:58:08 UTC 2016

On 22/04/16 13:00, wolves-request at mailman.lug.org.uk wrote:
> Subject: [Wolves] Newbie Networking Question if you don't mind
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> Hi guys,
> Long time no bother with question ;-)
> This may well be a question with a simple answer, or open a can of worms.
> I have a property that we want no down time for internet access, so
> currently have a Virgin internet
> box as well as a BT connection.
> If both services are up, VOIP phones are through one connection and
> computers all through the other, then if one fails we just
> shift a patch lead from one to the other to run all services through one
> router. DHCP done by each router.
> So, clearly to automate this I need a switch between both incoming
> routers and the two subnets.
> Guessing? This would immediatley screw up dhcp as only need one one a
> working network, but if that connection failed, would lose DHCP.
> Would the right Switch be used instead for the DHCP?
> We also have an incoming port forward to security cameras to watch
> remotely, would the right switch be programmable for this?
> Any answers or pointers to a simple tutorial?
> Thanks
> Wayne


We certainly don't mind, and I'm not sure this is a newbie question.

This is exactly what we do using PfSense 

It is very powerful, but very complicated.  It was set up for us by 
somebody who understands it well.  Would probably be quite a steep 
learning curve, but this might help: 

Let us know how you get on.


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