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By shane.mccrory ·
My company is building a new office building at one of our remote offices. At this office, we have another building approximately 400' away. We need to get network access in this building. There will be only one or two pc's in this building. Whatwould you suggest as an alternative to Fiber? I was thinking about coax? Thanks for your suggestions......

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by lemmonr In reply to Alternatives to fiber

Just a suggestion: You could try using thicknet backbone between the buildings. Using coax is risky. It would need to be in conduit and properly grounded and even with these precautions you are still open to problems. During a recent project I contemplated both coax and fiber for serveral buildings within a campus environment. Two of the buildings were within 500 feet of the main building. There were only 2-3 people in the two buildings. One was reached with fiber, the other with coax. The one with fiber is still running a year after being installed. The coax, however, has needed to be replaced along with several nic cards and network components due to interference. So in the end my opinion is to go with the fiber between buildings, it will save you in the long run.

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by david.kozischek In reply to Alternatives to fiber

I have designed optical LANs for a number of years and I can tell you coax is risky business. I would install a 6 fiber multimode cable that is a loose tube design. The short distance will provide plenty of bandwidth for the future.

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by McKayTech In reply to Alternatives to fiber

The thought of coax makes me shudder but you might get away with it using Thicknet.

Depending on what sort of network access is needed for the 2 PCs, a simple modem over twisted pair setup might work nicely.

On the other hand, if there wouldbe a possibility of putting a repeater about halfway, conventional Cat5 wiring would be within it's design limits.

If this building will also have phones, you might consider VOIP as a means of justifying the cost of fiber because you could run phones, computer and everything else over the same cable.

The final alternative would be a wireless system of some sort (either microwave, IR, laser, etc.)


paul

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by Its a secret In reply to Alternatives to fiber

fibre can keep up with company growth. coax no way. I would go fibre or wireless. Do you have an unobstructed view between buildings? if so wireless would open many more choices.
a couple of mini opticle bit drivers 300-500 each the fiber run and you are up and running.

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by wlbowers In reply to Alternatives to fiber

ISDN Modems would work. Just make
sure you use a GOOD surge suppression
on the lines. You can get them with
routers built in. Motorola, 3Com. would be
a suggestion. Motorola has a good
DSU/CSU setup you might want to look
into. This would be faster and provide
some expansion.

Good Luck
Lee

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