I am just wondering the best method to make the following work:
Bldg 1 - First Lon network done about 2 years ago. Has a ilon 100 (RNI), and about 55 nodes under it, part of that is an L-Switch w/4 ports utilized in smart switch mode (used existing network wiring so added smart switch to clean up traffic issues this existing wiring created). The smart switch is not shown on the lonmaker drawing. I also added an LIP-3ECTB last month. This building has a dedicated PC that is just utilizing the hvac web server to view graphics.
Bldg 2 - about 90 nodes with a 2 port L-Switch commissioned in lonmaker, and a LIP-3ECTB. This LIP I set up as the configuration server and this one has internet.
Building 3 - about 15 nodes with a LIP-3ECTB
Building 4 - about 12 nodes with a LIP-3ECTB
Building 5 - Location of PC/Server workstation with front end viewing software and licensing for up to 4 concurrent viewers.
All buildings are on a LAN mainly jumping from ethernet to fiber and back to ethernet between buildings. The network was designed utilizing Lonmaker 3.1 which is on my engineering laptop. Each building (1-4 ) have their own Lon network database. Ethernet and/or fiber cabling was not ready as these buildings had to come online.
I really don't want to put lonmaker on any PC that resides on this network, mainly due to cost. I've also heard merging networks with Lm 3.1 is a real pain. My thought was to utilize the LIP's and put a NIC-852 key in the PC at building 5. From the drawings/Layouts I've seen this should work, but I am really not familiar with LIP's and utilizing them as RNI's. I've mainly used ilon10/100's for RNI and when I've used the LIP's I just used them as an IP router within the LAN, each LIP commissioned in one Lonmaker database.
I have 4 external IP's - one for the ilon 100, one for another device, one for the LIP at building 2 and one I am told for "a 1:1 connection" to the PC at building 5.
What do you think of this setup? Is there a better/preferred method? Any tips/pointers/suggestions would be appreciated.