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By bfeltus ·
Need to connect 2 offices for a charity. Need to do this cheaply. I am leaning toward dsl. I have two w2K servers(using active directory). Users will be sharing a database Probably access, word files, they need email, and need internet access. Offices are about 3 miles apart. The servers will not be in the wiring closet. They will be in a separate rooms at each location. I don't know anything about dsl setup. Please list steps on what I need to get this setup. Where should the dsl line be install (where the servers are located or in the wiring closet). Someone told me that I can split our fax line for this. Do I need dsl at both ends. Should I have a server at both locations? Would like to hear from others who have used dsl to connect two offices and how they are setup.

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by nschulz In reply to DSL Setup

ADSL has different upload and download speeds. Usually 1.5 meg download and 512k or lower upload. If you connect 2 offices with ADSL, you would be effectively getting only the upload speed. If one office uploads at 384k then when the data gets to the other side it will only use 384k of the 1.5 meg bandwidth. Make sure you find out what your upload speed will be, many times it is not clearly stated. If that meets your needs great. There are other DSL services that have the same upload and download speeds but they are usually more expensive. Check out www.dslreports.net for more info.

Yes you will need to get DSL service for each office. Also you will have to check if your service provider will allow you to connect the 2 locations together directly as DSL is mostly sold a an internet connection. You could use a VPN and firewall solution if you decide to move the data over the internet.

Normally you setup the DSL modem as a router and make it the default gateway for each subnet. Hopefully someone else can comment on that part.

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by TechKid In reply to DSL Setup

Bridging offices is expensive if you go the direct office to office connection through an ISP. I would definitely go with the VPN solution. You have one main office where the VPN Concentrator is located and a branch office that connects to the main office. Check out Cisco or sonicWALL. SonicWALL will be cheaper but Cisco is more respected. Each office will still need DSL. The first answer pointed out that upload speed is important for the main office.

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by TechKid In reply to DSL Setup

No coax isn't needed. The DSL line should be located by the servers. At least, we've found that to be the most convenient, but it really doesn't matter where.

You can share it with the fax line with a DSL filter and a y-splitter

If you don't have servers in both locations, and your DSL line to the main office goes down, the users can't log in, can't print, can't do anything. It's a good idea to put a server at the branch office though not 'required'. Our experience is that DSL lines will go down every now and then but not for vary long (30min to an hour). Usually has to do with routing issues that the ISP adjusts or adds and things.

Good point about the static IP at the main office. That's a must have. It doesn't matter for the branch office

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by bfeltus In reply to DSL Setup

Should the dsl line be located in the wiring closet? Can I share dsl with my fax line? Is it best to have servers at both locations? Is coax involved in dsl setup? Coax was mentioned. Don't understand why it's needed. Thanks.

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by mcoya In reply to DSL Setup

One point that wasn't made, ADSL Providers generally will not offer static IP addresses. Usually they will use PPPoE which assign's IP addresses upon connection. At the main off where the VPN terminator/concentrator is housed you will need SDSL orVDSL.

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by mcoya In reply to DSL Setup

One point that wasn't made, ADSL Providers generally will not offer static IP addresses. Usually they will use PPPoE which assign's IP addresses upon connection. At the main office where the VPN terminator/concentrator is housed you will need SDSLor VDSL.

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