1st post. Just getting started with Cisco. I am a Windows guy. I have no Cisco skills at the moment. I am hoping to broaden my knowledge via practical Cisco experience and improve on my Windows skills and experience as a by-product of leanring Cisco. I'm hoping to run add a Cisco 2801 to my existing 2x Netgear GS110T switches and Virgin Media Router without disturbing the setup too much. Depending my success, I may invest in an eBay Cisco lab and perhaps aim for ICND1. The existing home network is based on SBS2011. The family stuff runs on the IP range of 192.168.16.0/24. My ISP is Virgin Media. GW is 192.168.16.254. Virgin Media hub is currently set to router mode. The router does have a modem only modeavailable to it. DHCP/DNS comes from 192.168.16.2. Spare SOHO routers lying about = Cisco E4200 & Draytek 2900. I wish to learn Cisco IOS and simulate a remote branch containing a Windows Server running BranchCache/WDS and along side Windows clients. The Cisco router is a 2801. I have the 2 Fast Ethernet ports available to me. The 2801 is too noisy to run 24x7. Therefore, I am wondering if it is possible to add the 2801 to the existing (quiet) network. I would like it to add an additional subnet 192.168.17.0/24 to my home network and allow the additional subnet to see both the existing LAN and connect connected clients to the internet via 192.168.16.254. DHCP/DNS would come from 192.168.16.2 and internet would be via 192.168.16.254. ie: In a perfect world. When time allows, I want to be able to power up the Cisco 2801 to get the additional subnet and learn more about Cisco and Windows whilst not affecting the usability of the family friendly 192.168.16.0/24 LAN. If this is possible, I'd appreciate some pointers as this setup won't be an "out of the box" scenario that starter guides do not cover.
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