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By wblarkin ·
I have looked at many options, and have yet to make a decision. I have an office location with a small LAN, and they have a maintainence building approx. 2,000 feet away. They would like to connect the to locations together so the out building will be part of the LAN, but the some of the options available are too cost prohibitive. Maybe, I don't know ALL the options! Can anyone give me an inexpensive but functional way to connect, aside of PCAnywhere or the like? (not that these options would not work, however) Thanks in advance for any advice.

Bill

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by VinnyD In reply to Remote Connection

I am afraid there is no inexpensive way.

I looked into this for a customer not too long ago and all the solutions we came up with they said was too expensive.

We looked at using Fiber Optic cable, Ethernet extenders, wireless connections, etc.

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by wblarkin In reply to Remote Connection

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to Remote Connection

If you are looking at connecting the two sites together directly, then you will definitely need either a fiber link, infra-red, or microwave link (all of them $$$). The fiber would be the most reliable and expensive , and the other two may be subject to weather/atmospheric interference (also line-of-sight if other buildings are in the way).

A cheaper solution may be to get an internet link (DSL, cable) for the maintenance site, install an inexpensive firewall like SonicWall or a NetScreen 5, then set up a VPN between that site and your site (assuming you already have an internet link and firewall - if not, get them!)

Hope that helps,

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to Remote Connection

Sorry, should have addressed your PCAnywhere option. PCA is used for remote administration of a machine. It does give you remote access to a network via a machine, but if there are any file transfers or other types of data that needs to pass between the sites then a MAN/WAN should be set up.

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by wblarkin In reply to Remote Connection

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by Charles_ In reply to Remote Connection

IF both locations have Internet connectivity a HW based VPN in my mind is an inexpensicve solution. Something like a SonicWall SOHO2 with the VPN option will run up about $1500 for 10 users. Put one of these on both ends, and create your HW tunnel.

even if the remote location doesn't have Inet currently, you're only looking at $100 month for DSL ... so still pretty inexpensive in my mind.

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by wblarkin In reply to Remote Connection

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to Remote Connection

If you are truely a nerd, and you want to do it cheaply, you could network them over a HAM radio connection.

Throughput will suck. Privacy will be fairly low, but it will work, and it will be cheap.

http://www.tapr.org/tapr/html/Fpktprm1.html

Personally, If you own the land between them, I'd recommend fiber. 3M has a cheap termination kit, and 4 terminations won't be very expensive anyway. DON'T use a fiber NIC. the saving of not needing a hub are negated the first time someone puts a monitor on top of the fiber and breaks it. Replacing a Cat 5 link is cheap. Fiber isn't really that expensive anymore.

Kev.

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by wblarkin In reply to Remote Connection

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