Shared Network dilemma

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Shared Network dilemma

I have branch office using a LAN subnet with a Meraki MX appliance. The LAN connects back to the home office on VPN and everything works great. The problem is that they share physical space with a cooperative 2nd office that I'm not the admin of, and the two offices share printers and a local NAS file server. The 2nd network is a SonicWall on a flat network LAN of with no VLANs defined.


The previous Cisco 1841 router simply did this to make it work:

interface FastEthernet0/0

description 2ND LAN Interface

ip address

no ip redirects

no ip unreachables

no ip proxy-arp

ip virtual-reassembly

duplex auto

speed auto


I've tried defining the 2nd network as VLAN 2 with the correct LAN & same IP, verified the physical port connection, made sure the port is trunking, but no joy. I've got to be missing an obvious solution here because it's not supposed to be this hard. (or so I'm told)

Kind of a big deal

Check the per-port VLAN settings. The port they are connected to will need to have VLAN 2 set as the native VLAN.

"they" = I'm assuming this is the bridging port from our network to theirs. Which is yes, the bridging port is set to VLAN 2. Or does every port that services a client who needs access to the file server in needs to be set to VLAN 2 as the native?
Kind of a big deal
Kind of a big deal

Was the 1841 used only for your people, or was it also shared?

The 1841 was used only for our network, LAN Clients on their network, 192,168.0.0., could print to printers.

Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee

Hi @AlexGregoire ,


If the Sonicwall doesn't support VLANs, then we need to send the traffic untagged for the Sonicwall to be able to understand it. Make sure the port on the MX is configured as a trunk port with native vlan 2. It is also worth to check the port config on the Sonicwall side to match what we have on our side.


How are they routing traffic to the network? Do they have a static route configured on the Sonicwall to send that traffic to MX? If so, we need to make sure we are using the same interface IP on the MX as they have configured as next hop on the Sonicwall.






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The 2nd network's admin (a contractor) says that while the SonicWall can do VLANs, they're not configured for it. I confirmed the static LAN IP and their static routing is still as before with the Cisco, so using the same settings on Meraki should work. <br>Troubleshooting late yesterday he attempted to sidestep the VLAN tagging issue by making a VLAN 2 on his router with the subnet, bridge interface IP, and having it static route everything from both ways, leaving the original network unchanged and un-disrupted. Still no joy.
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