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By MrB398 ·
I am not even close to being considered a networking guru. I know little about it, and Im currently taking a college class dealing with networking. My problem is I've got a final project coming up soon, but I don't know what to do.

Basically my particular netowkring assignment is to network 2 buildings together. There are 40 computers between the 2, and they want both buildings to share the same inventory database. They are both warhouses about a mile apart, with houses and a creek running between them. Not to mention a large forest behind the houses. Both warehouses are on the same side of the road.

I don't really know which options are very viable, the only one I have right now is using a satellite connection to link the two, but even that sounds like a poor idea.

If anyone out there has a suggestion, I would appreciate it greatly... I don't need the specifics, but I need a nudge in the right direction.... thanks in advance!

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Phone company - frame relay

by stress junkie In reply to Networking 2 buildings to ...

Take advantage of the fact that the phone company has already done the wiring and offers frame relay service. Note that frame relay is not available in all locations.

Long ago Digital Equipment Corp. had a product that used microwave transcievers for cross-town links. They called it Metro-Link. I imagine that sort of thing is still available but I've never seen it in use.

I hope this helps. At least it should be food for thought.

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by MrB398 In reply to Phone company - frame rel ...

I also forgot to mention.... my instructer gave explicit instructions that LAN only solutions are not acceptable :-p

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Frame relay is WAN

by stress junkie In reply to

Neither of the two suggestions that I mention would be considered LAN. They are both wide area technologies.

I think that most professionals would go with frame relay. It is also called point to point leased line.

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You just beat me in

by jdclyde In reply to Frame relay is WAN

with almost the same title too.

Too funny.

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Your other post ...

by stress junkie In reply to You just beat me in

... mentions that people are being helpful because the poster was honest about this being a classroom problem. I was thinking the same thing just before I read your other post. Just contrast the reponse to this question with the reponse to the "5,000 computers to network" question.

I notice that your penguin is bigger than mine. I'm not surprised. That's exactly why I stopped going to the health clubs. Seems like everyone's penguin is bigger than mine.

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Frame IS WAN

by jdclyde In reply to

A frame relay is a WAN connection.

Another affordable and simple solution is VPN over Cable Modems. Get the cable modem at each end and then create the VPN giving you a virtual tunnel over the internet to each location.

If you have covered VPN, I would STRONGLY recommend this, if not then go with the frame relay.

Good luck in class.

NOTE: you only got hints from people because you were up front about this being for your class. Lots of dweebs come in here and try to pass it off for a business solution instead of getting people to do their homework for them. You won't get a step by step here, but you will get pointed in the right direction.

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WAN

by jbaker In reply to Networking 2 buildings to ...

If both locations have some type of broadband access, you could create a VPN tunnel between the locations. This would be cheaper than a leased line solution.

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I hate VPN solutions

by johnnywatt In reply to WAN

I'll tell ya why;
You are relying on the public internet. Although, I have never worked for an organization that used this method, I would hate to recommened this. Anyone feel me?

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VPN is quite useful actually

by TomSal In reply to I hate VPN solutions

I wouldn't use it as my first choice to be the prime link between buildings personally. I'm a huge fan of dedicated connections for such tasks myself.

However I find our VPN highly stable and very reliable for our afterhours staff, and for myself and the other IT members who get calls on the weekend or wee hours of the night to re-boot a server, reset a service or "take a look at something" at 2 am. Beats the heck out of driving 30 minutes to work at that time of morning!

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Not to mention

by Jellimonsta In reply to VPN is quite useful actua ...

The kids are sick and you are unable to make it into the office. It is great to be able to work from home (even though I only live 1 mile away) :)

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