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Network Design in an Institute

By shuja52 ·
We have 11 Computers in all, and need simple file and internet sharing, can anyone suggest the Design for this.
5 PCs in Lab, One at Centre Manager Room, one at Class Room, One for Director (at 1st Floor) and one for general House Keeping

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by Oz_Media In reply to Network Design in an Inst ...

What operating systems do you have in mind? Netware, MS, Linux?
What desktop OS do you need, Win2K, XP Pro?

What are the general duties of different departments, what files access and database access do they need?

I think if you answer all these basic guidelines, you'll have most of the answer yoruself.

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WIN 98 and WINXP dual booting. MS Networking,

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by mshavrov In reply to Network Design in an Inst ...

For LNA networking it's pretty easy. You just install Network Switch (or Hub), and connect all computers there. I believe, you can get Network Switch with 16 ports for as least as 35-40$ (D-Link DSS-24). It will give you 10/100 LAN connectivity between all your computers. Only thing you should be avare, that your distance between computers and switch is less than 100m. It's general Ethernet limitation.

For Internet Sharing, if you have dedicated Internet connection like DSL or Cable Internet, I would suggest installing router. It will work as DHCP server for your computers, and provide more or less appropriate security protection. Most of the routers perform NAT (network address translation), which allows you to have more computers inside, than IP addresses, given to you by your ISP. Broadband routers with one Ethernet "outside" port and a few Fast Ethernet "inside" ports starts at $35 (SMC, 3Com, D-Link).

Good luck,

Michael Shavrov

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by brv_gupta In reply to Network Design in an Inst ...

Hi Altaf,

Your requirement seems to ba a very simple one. You can go for different options for connecting all the systems.

First you can have a switch or hub of 16 port in the lab and connect all the PCs to the switch/hub. I hope you have a server among these 11 systems. If not configure one of the system as server and implement proxy on the server for Internet sharing.

Other option is if you have problem in drawing cable from Lab to other rooms you can go for a switch and a wirless Access point in the lab and connect the systems in oher rooms through wireless links. Before implementing the Wireless LAN it is better you contact a local vendor and get your site surveyed for data throughput.

You can go for Cisco/D-Link/Dax/Avaya LAN products.

If you feel you need more idea please get back to me.

All the best.

Raghavendra Gupta

CCDA certifies

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by pnunez In reply to Network Design in an Inst ...


First you need a file server such as SAMBA file server to manage the file sharing within your network. Second you need a router and a switch, in order to share your internet connection and maintain speed. Finally something like this is simple to implement as long as you are familiar with the technology, if you need help please email me.


Pedro Nunez Bautista
CCNA, Linux +

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