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Advice about Have 2 Routers on the same ADSL2 Internet Connection


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#1 gretty   Members   -  Reputation: 212

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:46 PM

Hello

 

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. Its a networking question.

 

I currently have a Router that is ADSL2 & VPN capable. It currently allows me to work from home and connect to work servers securely. I have used traceroute www.google.com in CMD to determine that all web requests/traffic goes through the VPN server rather than just the requests to access files on the VPN server.

I don't feel comfortable having all my traffic now go through work servers(the VPN) so I would like to avoid this. I know I have 2 solutions:

- Use Split Tunelling on the router where only requests to files on the VPN server will go through the VPN server, all other traffic is not through the VPN. I have heard that this can compromise the whole network as one node is currently 'unsecured' and can affect/compromise the whole network. Is this true?   
- Add a second Router that doesn't connect through the VPN. When I finish work I disconnect from the VPN Routers wireless connection and connect through the second routers wireless connection.    

I would like to take solution 2 because I wont be compromising the whole network but I have some questions:

- Is this something you would recommend?   
- Is it dangerous? Is it just as compromising as solution 1?    
- In Australia we use physical Phone Splitters for our internet physical connection. One side of the splitter connects to a phone line port on the wall. The other side has 2 ports, one for the phone line connection and one for the router/adsl connection. If I have 2 routers I'll need a splitter that has more than 2 ports so I can connect the 2nd router to the internet. Are there Phone Splitters with more than 2 ports and do ISP's allow me to do this?



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#2 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 30926

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:06 AM

- In Australia we use physical Phone Splitters for our internet physical connection. One side of the splitter connects to a phone line port on the wall. The other side has 2 ports, one for the phone line connection and one for the router/adsl connection. If I have 2 routers I'll need a splitter that has more than 2 ports so I can connect the 2nd router to the internet. Are there Phone Splitters with more than 2 ports and do ISP's allow me to do this?

Sorry to only answer one part ;)
AFAIK, all those 'splitters' do is run a high-pass filter over the 'phone' side of the connection so that you can't hear the high frequency modem noises on your phone. They're not required, except to shield any telephony devices.
They don't actually 'split' the line. To use 2 ADSL modems simultaneously, you'd need two physical copper phone lines leading into your property.

To use two routers, I'm guessing you'd just have one modem and 2 routers, or one modem/router and one router.

#3 dmatter   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3240

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

Instead of setting up the tunnel on the router, couldn't you just use a VPN client installed on your PC? Then when you finish work you just quit the VPN client.

If your router can handle the VPN then it must be a generic/popular protocol like PPTP, IPSec, SSL etc. You just need to find a software client that supports the protocol you need.

You could also try asking your network admin whether there is any particular VPN client that might work best - certain popular enterprise firewall/security solutions have their own VPN clients for download.

#4 ankhd   Members   -  Reputation: 1319

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:53 PM

you should just use a new network connection one for work and the other for home.

then log off and long back on with home network connection.






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