Hi Adam, Sorry I rebuilt and didn't realize I could reply here... so issue is resolved and we can close the ticket. I rebuilt the site from scratch as a multi-network, using the plugin WP Multi-Network. No longer needing the BP Multi-Network plugin. I now have segregation between the Networks (sites) and full buddypress protection rule functionality. Thanks for steering me in the right direction!!
Update... I did my homework on Multisite vs. Multi-Network. Great video here: https://wordpress.tv/2014/07/26/john-james-jacoby-multisite-and-multi-network/
I've uninstalled the BuddyDev BP Multi-Network and have installed John James Jacoby's "WP Multi-Network" Plugin. I will be setting everything back up on the new segregated "Network" and will report back.
Hi Adam... until your message above, I did not realize there was a difference between multi-site and multi-network. Let me explain the goal here and please recommend how we should set this up:
Each Site in the multi-site is created by leaftraders, not users. Each site is dedicated to a specific state. Each state needed a segregated BuddyPress community. Segregated is key, they will only be networking with other members of the same state site. The segregation of Buddypress is why I installed BuddyDev's BP Multi Network. It was all that I could find that could easily segregate BuddyPress installs.
Would you recommend we change anything in the setup... if so now is the time... we are in the final couple of weeks of development before opening up to Beta Tester users.