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Question: Default Internet connection on Dual LAN Workstation


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I know this is not programming directly, but it's regarding a development workstation I'm setting up.

I've got a Windows Server 2003 machine that needs to be on two LAN segments at the same time. One of them is a 10.17.x.x LAN and the other is 10.16.x.x

The problem is that I don't want to be using up the bandwidth on the 10.16.x.x network for internet traffic, etc (this network is basically only for internal stuff, though it does have internet access) so I would like the system to use the 10.17.x.x connection for anything that is external to the LAN (and for anything on 10.17.x.x of course, and to only use the 10.16.x.x connection for things that are on that specific LAN.

I've tried looking into the windows "route" command but it's fairly confusing and won't seem to let me delete routes tha tI believe are interfering with what I want it to do. Is there a better way of doing this? Any good software for segmenting your LAN access?

Question author Adam-haile | Source

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I'm no network expert but I have fiddled with the route command a number of times...

route add 0.0.0.0 MASK 0.0.0.0 <address of gateway on 10.17.x.x net>

Will route all default traffic through the 10.17.x.x gateway, if you find that it still routes through the other interface, you should make sure that the new rule has a lower metric than the existing routes. Do this by adding METRIC 1 for example to the end of the line above.

You could also adjust the metric in the Advanced TCP/IP Settings window of the 10.17.x.x interface, unticking the Automatic Metric checkbox and setting the value to something low, like 1 or 2.

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