We have two buildings about 200 feet apart connected via SMC's outdoor wireless bridge. Currently, both buildings are on the same subnet with one DHCP server in the main building. This seemed to be the easiest way to setup our network so that clients in either building could have access to the Samba drive in the main building. However, one problem with this configuration is that if the wireless bridge link goes down, then the remote building no longer has a DHCP server.
So I'm wondering if it would be better to have the two buildings setup on separate subnets. If I were to convert the two buildings to separate subnets, what configuration changes would I need to make in order for the clients in the remote building be able to have access to the Samba drive in the main building?
Other, Potentially Pertinent Configuration Details
- Linksys RV082 Wired Router in the main building provides DHCP as well as VPN access for remote clients
- Each building has a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router with DHCP disabled to provide wireless Ethernet in each building
- Aside from the Ubuntu server providing the Samba drive, we also have two other servers in the main building both running Ubuntu
- The majority of clients are WinXP Pro laptops; however, we do have a few Ubuntu and a few Mac OS X clients
- All servers and network connected printers are configured with static IPs via the RV082. All clients are configured for DHCP.