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By bokeri ·
Our firm is a Financial&Tax consultant dealing with taxation and all other fianacial consultancy work. We bought a building with four floors including the ground floor.Each floor of this building is 20 metres end to end and the floors are connected by stairways. In this building we'd like to have nine PCs in each floor in a networked environmentto take care of all customer needs.How should go all about this. please give us some advice on networking OS and hardwares. if possible, send us your e-mail please.
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by curlergirl In reply to please help us!

I'm not trying to be unpleasant, but I find this question to be a bit much. I earn my living as a networking consultant. It seems to me that you are trying to hire a consultant by email without paying for it. My best advice to you is to find a consultant nearby to you who can help you with this project. Even though by some networking standards it's a small project, you seem to be aware of the fact that it's too large and complex for you as an inexperienced individual to handle on your own.It would be well worth the financial investment involved for you to hire someone who knows what they are doing and can provide the necessary hardware, software, cabling and networking expertise. Hope this helps.

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by clpadmin In reply to please help us!

From the information you give, I would say you want to go with a client/server instead of peer to peer network. Peer to peer is good for networks not more than 10 workstations. You would like to have 36 workstations, therefore would be easier to manage if it were a client/server type environment. You can go with a 10BaseT architecture, since the max distance between floors is 80 metres (spec for 10BaseT is 100 metres max between hub and computer). I would have someone install CAT5 cables instead of doing it yourself. I'm guessing you will be running windows-based programs, so Windows NT would be fine for the server (haven't touched Windows 2000 yet). I prefer Windows NT workstations myself (more robust), but 95/98 is fine for the workstations. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

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by aokrongly In reply to please help us!

The OS you want to use is NT (2000 Server or NT Server). It's easy to find people to administer it and it's easy to learn the basics. Put the server on whatever floor you want to, leave room for growth and make sure you don't do the "well, we'll put it here for now, but if we need to we'll move it later" thing.

Put a switch in the same room as the server. Plug the server into the switch. Next put a 16 port Ethernet hub on each floor. Connect each hub's uplink port directly back to theswitch in the server room. Wire from the hub on each floor to the workstations on that floor.

The client OS you use is based on how much security you want at the desktop, high security use 2000 Pro (or NT workstation), lower security (or no realsecurity on the desktop) use Windows 98.

So you need:
1 server (get a Dell or Compaq with a RAID 5 array) depending on the amount of RAM and the size of the RAID - $5,000 - $12,000 or so
1 switch (depending on manufacturer - $400 - $800)
36 workstations (I like Ga

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by aokrongly In reply to please help us!

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36 workstations (I like Gateway - $1500 each)
about 40 Cat5 drops (figure $4500)
done

Options:
Printers? You'll need one per floor. You can either share them through a workstations or connect them directly to the network (add 5 drops if you want to directly connect, and make sure they either have ethernet cards in them or buy external boxes)

Copier? Get a Xerox 340 and connect it to your network. People will be able to fax from their desk, plus it's a fax/scanner/copier/printer. A little more expensive than non-Xerox, but worth it.

INTERNET CONNECTION/E-MAIL? Call a reputable ISP for that. DSL or Cable modem is suggested.

Done. When I need my taxes done, now I know where to send them. :-)

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by Linuxian In reply to please help us!

I have to agree with Synergy..the first person to reply. Anyone even attempting to answer such a question in this forum blatantly fails to understand the complexity of the situation. Since your company is a financial firm and has no background in complex computing systems I can understand how this makes your situation even more difficult. I CAN offer you three VERY good pieces of advice.

1) Keep all the computers the SAME. Either buy all Compaq, gateway, or all Dell. This makes them easier to maintain. Get an on site service agreement from the vendor to maintain the hardware ? Dell and Compaq are the best for this.
2) Hire a good professional to do the network design and make hardware recommendations. Professionals are expensivebut will save you time and money overall.
3) Remember??..in this industry YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! A 399.00 server from compUSA is a piece of **** no matter how you try and justify it! -- Dont for get it.

If you fail to heed this advice you WILL pay the price down

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