Setting up XP clients to use 2 gateways

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Gary D, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Gary D

    Gary D Guest

    Hi All

    At my site, I have 2 VPN links to our head office using 2 routers (Router A
    and High Speed Router B).
    Router A is the router I would like XP clients to use for the internet. High
    Speed Router B is for all other File + Print etc.

    I have tried adding both gateways in the TCP/IP set up on the XP clients
    (Router B metric=5, Router A Metric=10). This gives me good speed to the
    other site as expected, but when I open Internet Explorer there is a LONG
    wait before it goes online using Router A.

    My question :

    Can I edit the routing table using "route add" etc. to force all traffic
    destined for 10.0.1.x to always use Router B, and all other traffic to use
    Router A. This would seem to solve my problem.

    Any advice much appreciated.

    Thanks, Gary D
    Gary D, Jul 12, 2007
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    Gary D Guest

    Gary D, Jul 12, 2007
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    Bill Grant Guest

    There are basically two ways to handle the problem. You can add a
    static route to each client machine so that it knows which router to use. Or
    you can add the static route to the default router so that it redirects the

    I would set the clients to use the Internet link by default. I would
    then add a static route to this router to "bounce" the to the
    other router. The clients will soon "learn" to use this route for the file
    and print servers, because the router will send them an IMCP redirect when
    it re-routes the traffic.
    Bill Grant, Jul 13, 2007
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