I've just come across this network diagram:
And I am thinking if it can be done with a typical home router. Normally for home router, when we plug a computer to one of its ports it will be DHCP-assigned a private IP like 192.168.0.2/24.
If I buy two switches and try to set up like the diagram. Will computers plugged into different switches still be in the same network? I think the router's DHCP will assume they should still be in the same network and assign each computer a 192.168.0.x/24 IP address, but this is not what I want.
I would like them to be in different networks. That is, computers plugged into the switch A will be in the 192.168.0.0/24 network A and computers in switch B will be in the 192.168.1.0/24 network B.
One more question, with this setup, can the computers in network A communicate with computers in network B and vice versa? In particular, do you think computers in different networks can still see each other in the
Network Neighborhood on Windows?
Note: I have a spare home router and I am thinking if it can be used in my small office.