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By agieryic ·
I have a client who owns an accounting firm of 8 employees. He is planning to merge with another accounting firm who has 4 employees. His current office can not hold the additional 4 users. the smaller firm will rent space across the street which isabout 30 to 40 yards away. Both firms will need full access to each other data resources. One firm is running a Novell 3.x network with NT 4.0 workstations. The other firm is on an NT 4.0 network. I have considered 256k line, ISDN, wireless and VPN. What is the best way to network these two firms.
Andreas

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by Erwin Marsch In reply to Networking two small firm ...

The best way to do anything is always open to opinion. So, I will offer you a way and you can pick among mine and others and decide which is the best way. I am sure your question will prompt more than just this one answer.

If you only need to run 30 or 40 yards the 'best way' is just to hook them from your wiring closet as if they were all in the same building. If you run CAT 5 out of a fast hub it should give you close to 100 Mbs performance and well outstrip ISDN, cable, wireless or other transports. It will also be very cost effective. The most difficult part will be how to politically get the wires across the street.

The IEEE 802.3u standard specifies four simple network configurations using Class II repeaters. These configurations were designed to satisfy the requirements of most networks that are built to the EIA/TIA-568 wiring standard. This standard specifies 100-meter Category 5 UTP connections from wiring closets to desktops. That 100 meters is well within your parameters.

There is a very good explanation of this concept at:

http://cio.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/fhubs/fh300icg/rptrnetc.htm


Good Luck,
Erwin

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by agieryic In reply to Networking two small firm ...

the "across the street" option won't be an option. This in near a main town intersection and the street does not have underground conduits. Thanks anyway!

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by tbradley In reply to Networking two small firm ...

Answer 1 was correct, but he missed a key point in your question which was "across the street". I assume that you are trying to do this on the smallest possible budget, so any high dollar solutions such as burying fiber optic cable under the street are out.

The cheapest, easiest, and fastest method to do this would be to get 2 wireless repeaters. The 2 units would connect into your existing LAN's, and at 10mps, would be faster than the ISDN solution.

DSL/ADSL, and other Wan based solutions will start costing money for the base equipment, as well as the monthly charges for the service. The wireless solution is best in my opinion, as once purchased, they are yours, cost no extra money per month, and can be used later if the firm moves again to a new larger building.

And as a final note, is this street a public throughfare, or a private street. If private, you could do the "home boy" solution, and string about $15 dollars worth of Category 5
cable from point to point. It's not recommended, but It will hold up for anywhere from 6 months to a year, and will provide connectivity for a REALLY low price.

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by DS9 In reply to Networking two small firm ...

Hi,
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Regards

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by agieryic In reply to Networking two small firm ...

I appreciate your input. This is much to expensive and mostly catered to broadcasting companies and/or for very large data transfers. Thanks!

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by BV2 In reply to Networking two small firm ...

My vote is for wireless - across the street is a pain, and VPN or ISDN will be much slower than wireless.

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by purfect3 In reply to Networking two small firm ...

You mentioned that no conduits underground were possible. Cat 5 is fine if it can brought to the other location & it's innexpensive, but I believe that if you can get Cat 5 over there - Use fiber. Fiber is not affected by any electrical interference. Redundancy can be implemented by a dial up connection on demand.

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