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Fiber Network

By nightwolfzor ·

Im looking for some hardware for a network to support 800 clients... The building the network is designed for is very large and therfore no matter where i place a central server room, CAT 5 will not be able to reach...

I was thinking of using fiber... However I have never had any experience with fiber networks...

Basically what I am looking for is a fiber optic switch with 8-16 ports... I was looking a MM fiber with MT-RJ cpnnectors... I was woundering if any 1 could reccomend some optic switches that would work... I also need 5-6 24port 10/100/1000 switches using cat 5 cable that are able to plug into the fiber switch...

So i need....
One 8-16 port fiber switch...
then i need a few gigbit switches that can be connected the the fiber switch via an uplink port or GBIC card or wat ever... I also then need to connect the fiber swtich the the server back bone...

Could some1 please give me some links and some reccomended hardware????



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by davebkelly In reply to Fiber Network

I don't quite understand your thinking behind what you say you need ??

Looking at this very simply, I would suggest that you position say 5 "Comms Cabinets" in your building. 4 Of these should be located so that Cat5e is available to each of your User locations. So in effect, what you have done is create 4 seperate Lans for your clients and one location which is where your comms room will be (with Servers etc).

Next, I would install 2 Fiber Gigabit switches in each of the cabinets and 4 Fiber switches in the comms room then fiber 1 to 2 and 5, 2 to 3 and 5, 3 to 4 and 5 and 4 to 1 and 5.

Now you have 4 locations, each connected to the comms room via fibre and each connected (in a ring) to each other. This means that if you lose a fiber, you can still work.

As for the kit....... well you wont get sacked for using Cisco. Take a look at their website and DO THE COURSES !!!

I hope this helps !!

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by jj2000 In reply to Fiber Network

If by chance you've read any of my other posts, you'll know I strongly recommend the HP Procurve products. Not only are they much less expensive than other brands, like Cisco, they actually perform better AND come with a lifetime warranty & firmware updates.

You might be interested in a chassis-based solution where you can mix MTRJ modules, 10/100/1000 and MiniGbics. If you need Layer 3, look at the 5300 and 5400 series. If you only need Layer 2, check out the 4100 and 4200 series.

Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc
HP Procurve Elite Networking Parnter

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