Perplexing Network Issue

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by donmadrid1500, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. donmadrid1500 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2012

    I was hoping to solve some problems I'm having with my home and office wifi.

    Some background: I recently bought 2 iMacs and a mac mini for my office which is part of my home. We are still in the process of retiring our PC's as they are running software that we need to work. The mac mini is being used as a server (I'm not running any server software however) and will have all of our office files as well as an external drive for all of our family's photos, videos, movies and music. The two iMacs are running Lion and the mac mini is running Mountain Lion (10.8.2).

    Now for the issue. I also have an apartment attached to my house that I rent to students at the local university. I provide them with wifi. I have a 5th generation Airport Extreme. I could not use the guest networking option for them because that network cannot be extended and they do not get signal for it. So, I set up two parallel networks. One with my new Airport Extreme for my home and office and another for the students using my old Airport extreme. The two Airports connect to the same ADSL router. Two different wifi networks, two different passwords.

    So why do I see their computers on my iMacs? The whole purpose of all of this was to isolate them from us.

    I'm assuming because they share the router they can see anything on the either network. Are there any solutions to this or is the only option a second phone line and router?
  2. RoadKill macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2003
    You might have two different wifi networks but you probably have one network, both wifi networks are getting an IP address from the same place??

    Are both extreme's using bridge mode?

    If so maybe you could do the following to hide one network (I am away from my Time Capsule so this is from memory)

    connect the AE wan port to your router
    Open the airport utility and connect to the correct AE
    Click the Internet icon
    Try changing the connection sharing to "Distribute a range of IP addresses"

    You may get a double NAT error but try to accept this warning.

    This should then enable a very basic firewall and hide all your devices traffic behind 1 ip addresses which the students will not be able to connect to.
  3. donmadrid1500 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2012
    Thanks Roadkill

    I will try that. But just to clarify, the AE that I make the changes to would be the one that provides the network for my office (distribute range of ip addresses) and I would leave the student one alone. (bridge mode)
  4. RoadKill macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2003
    Yes I think so as you want to hide your network from the students.

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