How to build a Small Office Network

By roa_sh3n ·
I need to design a small office network with 8 computers, all the computers need to link to a network printer and fax. I should use peer-to-peer or client-server network?? And why??

My company internet uses a high speed DSL Internet connection.

I don't how to start, please guide me and explain in details, like what topology should I use, what internet or network devices required, the vulnerabilities and security measures in your network and Internet, etc.


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by Churdoo In reply to How to build a Small Offi ...

It doesn't take many users to make a compelling argument for client-server versus peer-to-peer.

I have a client with just 3 workstations that I'm trying to convince to convert from peer-to-peer to a Small Business Server.

In your case, do your 8 workstations need to share files? What about data backup? Company email solution?

If you simply need IP access to the printer an fax, then sure peer-to-peer would be OK. But if any of the above features are required, and I would find it hard to believe that they wouldn't be, then management of the above on an 8-node peer-to-peer network would be insane and it's clearly a candidate for a Small Business Server.

I would have the office professionally cabled for ethernet with Cat5e cabling if it's not already; the wiring should home to a patch panel that's out of the way -- I like to home the network distribution system near the telephone distribution system. Place a decent switch there and a broadband router appliance with your DSL modem all on a UPS to purify power and maintain the network during short power outages.

Next is server grade hardware (I favour HP) in a relatively out of the way area of the office, and MS Small Business Server (a UPS on this also). Add proper setup by a competent consultant and you're on your way with a trouble free network including shared printers, faxes, files, centralized user management, data backup, and company email.

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