Multiple Networks - Bridging or AP

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Multiple Networks - Bridging or AP
Multiple Networks - Bridging or AP
2023-01-11 20:24:06 - last edited 2023-01-11 20:26:38
Model: CPE210  
Hardware Version: V2
Firmware Version: 2.2.3 Build 20201110 Rel. 66916 (5553)

I want to have two networks connected using 2 CPE210's. Home network is 192.168.1.X. The other network is 192.168.2.X. I want to keep the networks isolated yet allow them to use the WAN on the 192.168.1.X router. The 2 CPE210's will be on their own 192.168.0.X network. The 192.168.1.X has the main router with access to the WAN. On the other end directly connected to the CPE210 there will be a TP-Link AC1200 router.

 

Starting from the 192.168.2.X network I would set the AC1200 to an AP and default gateway to the CPE210 address 192.168.0.253. Then the CPE210 would connect to the other CPE210 address of 192.168.0.254. This CPE210 would have the default gateway set to the 192.168.1.1 router.

 

I have a few questions

1) Do I have this correct?

2) I am thining the 2 CPE210's need to be set up as a bridge. This will allow the 2 separate networks and should isolate the traffic to each with the exception of WAN access. Will this work or should it they be setup as AP & Client?

3) I believe I should setup the 192.168.2.1 router as a AP and then create its own WiFi network. Is this correct?

4) Not sure if it is possible for the bridge setup to have a WiFi network SSID. If yes is there any advantage to having one in addition to what the router has?

 

A lot of questions and maybe confusing. I wish I had VISIO to do the netwrok diagram. I have attached a very poor mans network diagram. I hope that will betwer explain things.

 

Thanks for the help.

 

 

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Re:Multiple Networks - Bridging or AP
2023-01-11 22:31:35 - last edited 2023-01-11 22:39:29

  @Joeb1 

 

It's wrong, CPE210-A (in your figure) with 0.254 address cannot have the default gateway of 1.1. they should be in the same subnet. If you want two subnets to talk to each other, there should be a router or L3 switch in between.

 

One option is to set the CPE in AP Router, then CPE210-B should be in client, then you have the same issue, you should connect it to the WAN router of the "Unit Network Router".

 

Anyway, it solves the issue, but I don't see any benefit other than you limit the broadcast and multicast packets which is not a big deal in small networks.

 

If you want to provide security, putting on different subnets and then connecting all with routers does not make your network secure, it should be mixed with ACL on the managed switches.

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