Divide peer2peer network into 2 isolated workgroups?

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I need to divide an existing 10 station peer-to-peer network into 2 seperate workgroups while retaining access to shared network resources, ie printers & NAS. The newly created workgroups must not be able to "see" the other workgroup, but both workgroups must be able to access existing shared printers and network attached storage devices. The shared network resources currently have static IP addresses; all stations running XP Pro.

Can a managed switch accomplish this for me? If so, which products should I be looking at?

Thanks for your help.

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John Blakley Wed, 03/25/2009 - 06:59

A layer 3 switch could do it, but it may be cheaper to do it in a normal router.

You can set up routing-on-a-stick in an 800/1800 series router. The 800 series may be all that you need, otherwise, I think you'll be looking for a 3000 series switch.

You'll need to be able to create ACLs to restrict traffic between subnets in order to allow access to the NAS and printers, but still restrict access to other users.

HTH,

John

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