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Getting started with fractional T1

By MC_User ·
I am not a network person, yet I have been asked to give advice to a good friend who knows less about it than I. I need guidance.

The friend is a doctor who needs to set up a high speed internet access from her new office. Because of the location of the office the best deal she came up with is a fractional T1 which she will also use for voice communication.

OK, the physical line is about to be installed and terminiated at her office. Now what? Can someone point me at some sites that can give me some basic information on the equipment and software she will need? I want to educate myself on the fundamentals.

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by CG IT In reply to Getting started with frac ...

Prolly get a Cisco 1700 access router with a WIC-1/T1 module and fast ethernet LAN port [and if you don't know how to configure a Cisco product hire a CCNA CCNP to do it. Mucking around a command line trying to figure out access lists and the lot can be a daunting task.]

Depending upon how many computers shes got in the office and how many offices she might have or want to have, go with maybe a 2600 router as one of the other offices with a PPP WAN serial link. At the main office, and this depends upon how many computers are there, go for a 8 port 10/100 base T switch and connect the 1700 to it. Haven't seen many MD offices with more than 8 computers in it. If shes gonna have a server, maybe a DC that has an application program on it workstations access via terminal services, opt for the Small Business Server 2003. She could host her own mail service with Exchange and even do a web presence. Go with the Platinum Edition with ISA server if she goes that route.

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note: might want a 1700 that has 3 slots in it and maybe 1 or 2 RJ-11 connections justin case the T1 goes down. Then shes got a dialup as a backup.

A 1700 with a T1 module and oh, 1 expansion slot and a RJ-11 dialup fail over will set you back anywheres from $1500 to $2200 USD from a Cisco reseller. About that from auction houses to. The MS Small Business Server 2003 Platinum with ISA server runs $1500 USD and thats with only 5 client licenses. Add in another $150 to $200 for 1 lot of 5 extra client licenses. Equipment, I would always go with a server that has hardware RAID mirrored drivers and clients get XP and Office 2003. Client computers can be nothing special computers but I would build em rather than buying Dell or Compaq or Gateway. I call it womb to tomb knowledge and you'll be better off for it and so will your friend. biggest reason is not having to wait ungodly amount of time to talk to customer service at Gateway, Dell, Compaq, IBM, HP of which they won't be able to fix it on the first call 54% of the time as the front of TechRepublic had that big article on 46% first call resolution in customer service. er to get the enterprise editions with extra licenses so you can do network installs. $10k to $15k ought to do it

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by wlbowers In reply to Getting started with frac ...

Unless she is planning on using VOIP the company providing the partial t1 should provide equipment to break out the voice lines for the phone system and a separate digital line for internet access.

The digital line will have to go into a router such as the Cisco 1700 or the 2600.

You will have a lot less problems with the 2600 series. It is more configurable and has more software options. Including firewall software.

Once you have the equipment in place or if you can obtain the information about what is going in, contact Cisco. They will help you design the system, equipment and software.

Lee

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