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Hey All!

 

Quick question for you.

 

I'm doing some IT work in a grammar school and i'm coming upon the following dilemma.

 

 

We will be purchasing a Windows Server.

 

 

We currently have 1 ISP that goes into 2 ethernet routing switch's, 1 that powers our computer lab & the other, our classrooms.

 

It is too slow using 1 ISP,

 

SO, we will be getting a second ISP.

 

 

We want 1 ISP on the computer lab switch & the other ISP on the switch for the school... Pretty simple so far, right? LOL.

 

 

***My dilemma is, how do we connect the server now? Originally, with 1 ISP we'd connect it to just one of the switches (because they currently feed each-other from the 1 modem-router from Verizon).

 

We need the server to be accessed through both switches (the Lab & the classroom).

 

 

Thanks!

 

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Welcome to the pit! This is over my head, when you say 2 isp's, you mean Verizon and a different provider? All I can think of is a splitter,

I assume that this is not wireless. I'm sorry if that's a dumb question. Fortunately for you, there are great members with big brains to help you. Wish I had the answer. I have set up networks, the same provider, 2 different buildings. And satellite/DSL,2 ISP'S. No server though. I wouldn't want to guess. And I don't know what the bandwidth is or why it is too slow. While you wait for someone who can help, I'll see what I can find out from a friend who does this for a living.

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Thanks so much for writing back so fast!!! I REALLY appreciate it.

 

They would both be verizon fios lines. We were going to increase the speed, but it would still be slow as it wouldn't be much of an increase. We currently have 50 mbps download so it should be fast, but because it's being split so many times, it isn't.

 

Not a dumb question - no, not wireless.

 

 

I really appreciate your help!!

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contact your isp, they'll probably suggest a single modem with dual wan connections then it's just a case of replacing the current modem, keeping the same switch layout etc. and setting up some load balancing so both isp lines get used at the same time until each max out and then you start seeing the slowdowns again.

 

:b33r:

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Thanks!

 

I'll ask them!

 

If they can't, what would another option be and what would I have to do for load balancing?

 

Thanks!! :)

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you can have them both run through a server running routing and remote access...or you could run them both into a router that supports that very setup (cisco will be where you'll look). either way, it's a fairly common setup for places that wish to have fault-tolerance in case one isp goes down.

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Thanks!

 

I'll ask them!

 

If they can't, what would another option be and what would I have to do for load balancing?

 

Thanks!! :)

not a network specialist and don't have any real world experience in setting up such things, so here's some links for info, the first also shows some load balancing modem/routers. which is the easiest way to setup what you want.

 

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopSearch.asp?CategoryID=48

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Load_balancing_%28computing%29

 

just curious but are the sure it's the 50Mbs download speed that's the bottle neck on your current setup? to be honest i wouldn't think a grammer school would download much if anything from the internet and most of the network traffic would be between the data server and other pc's on the network.

 

to be brutally honest if your spending money on buying a dedicated windows server, i'd spend a little extra and employ a network specialist to come in check what you have already and set everything up for you, that way you'll know your getting the best bang for the buck and have the best possible throughput available without any bottle necks anywhere in the network except for the main limiting factor of your isp download/upload speeds, and when that's reached it'll be easy to just add another isp line to the setup. some of those routers have provision for 8 lines or more i believe.

 

also might be worth looking into bonding your isp lines that may be the best option for you. eg. 2x 50Mbs lines work as if you only had 1x 100Mbs line.

 

:b33r:

Edited by terry1966

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terry said something that you should absolutely do: pay a networking consultant to check everything out. if you can get a CCIE, that would be best, but there are very few of them out there...a CCNP would be sufficient.

 

CCIE - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert

CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional

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