Totally new on networking and on switches, so excuse me if I use some wrong terminology.
I have 1 computer and 7 instruments. I would like to form a network setup fulfilling the following requirements:
- A LAN for computer+instruments.
- The computer needs to be connected to an outside WAN.
- The instruments should not be directly addressable.
- I wanna set this up and not tweak anything for long periods of time. The instruments can be set to have static IPs.
There is an already installed HP1820 (24 port) switch on the instrumentation rack I am using. 4 ports of it occupied with instruments using reserved WAN IP addresses (let's call it 192.168.1.x). My question is:
- Can I use this device to form a LAN with the e.g. IP space 10.10.0.x for computer+instruments?
- Can this configuration also accommodate the computer having a reserved WAN IP (supplied by my institution)?
If this is not possible I am going to opt for buying a router with 8 LAN ports and 1 WAN port and connect to the switch. Is there any better option than this?
I am not in charge of the switch, and currently don't have an access to it. If it's possible I may ask the person in charge to use it, so that's basically why I can't try it out.