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How to set up this network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by junesanders, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. junesanders

    junesanders Thread Starter

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    This is for a job with the water department need your help anyone. just some idea what to do.
    XYZ, a small, independent, business/home/life
    insurance company consisting of an owner, a manager,
    an administrator, and five agents, has decided to
    implement a network. The company occupies half of a
    small building in an office park. Their volume of
    business has been stable for the past four years but
    has been increasing lately. To handle the increased
    volume of business, two new agents will be hired, and
    future growth is anticipated.

    Everyone in the company has a computer. When the
    employees share information, they do it verbally or
    copy the information to floppies and swap disks. In
    general, agents handle only their specific clients,
    and the information their clients provide is
    confidential. The office administrator has an
    eight-year-old laser printer. The agents all have
    their own dot matrix printers. As part of the
    migration to a networking environment, XYZ has decided
    to purchase a high-speed laser printer. Currently,
    one computer is connected to the internet via a
    dial-up account. Full broadband access to all users
    is desired.

    Based on this information, please provide a proposal
    of work to establish a full networked computer
    environment. The proposal should detail as much as
    possible, including:

    Specific network equipment needs - Hubs, Switches,
    Routers, Bridges, NIC Cards, etc.
    Wiring requirements
    Network Operating Systems
    Network type - peer-to-peer vs. server-based
    Network Topology, i.e., Bus, Ring, Star, Star Bus,
    Star Ring
    Network Protocols - Ethernet, Token Ring, etc.

    Project cost information is not required.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You should really do your homework yourself, that's why it's assigned! What do you expect to learn if we do your homework for you? :confused: (n)
     
  3. junesanders

    junesanders Thread Starter

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    Hi Mr. Johnwill

    First of all this is not for a class assignment. I applied for a job with the city this is what one of the question ask. I so sorry to bother you. I didn't want all the help just a little to see if I was on the right track. Thank you June
     
  4. mtown_onsite

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    Well... Then post your thoughts/solutions... And we can critique them, and offer suggestions...
     
  5. junesanders

    junesanders Thread Starter

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    ok, here is the questions along with my solution. Tell me what you think. Thanks June



    XYZ, a small, independent, business/home/life
    insurance company consisting of an owner, a manager,
    an administrator, and five agents, has decided to
    implement a network. The company occupies half of a
    small building in an office park. Their volume of
    business has been stable for the past four years but
    has been increasing lately. To handle the increased
    volume of business, two new agents will be hired, and
    future growth is anticipated.

    Everyone in the company has a computer. When the
    employees share information, they do it verbally or
    copy the information to floppies and swap disks. In
    general, agents handle only their specific clients,
    and the information their clients provide is
    confidential. The office administrator has an
    eight-year-old laser printer. The agents all have
    their own dot matrix printers. As part of the
    migration to a networking environment, XYZ has decided
    to purchase a high-speed laser printer. Currently,
    one computer is connected to the internet via a
    dial-up account. Full broadband access to all users
    is desired.

    Based on this information, please provide a proposal
    of work to establish a full networked computer
    environment. The proposal should detail as much as
    possible, including:

    Specific network equipment needs - Hubs, Switches,
    Routers, Bridges, NIC Cards, etc.
    Wiring requirements
    Network Operating Systems
    Network type - peer-to-peer vs. server-based
    Network Topology, i.e., Bus, Ring, Star, Star Bus,
    Star Ring
    Network Protocols - Ethernet, Token Ring, etc.

    Project cost information is not required.

    SOLUTIONS:
    XYZ, a small, independent, business/home/life insurance company consisting of an owner, a manager, an administrator, and five agents, has decided to implement a network. The company occupies half of a small building in an office park. Their volume of business has been stable for the past four years but has been increasing lately. Two additional agents will be hired. And future growth is anticipated.

    Needs
    • Full Broadband Access to all users desired
    • Future growth for two added agents
    • High Speed Laser Printer

    Specifications

    Switch - I recommend a switch for its dedicated bandwidth for each user. Also, cost effective where the administrator will have greater flexibility managing the network. Switches make a LAN more efficient. Increase available bandwidth close to 100%.

    Router- A router acts as traffic Cop. Each message is only broadcast over the network segment that it has permission to travel over. This will enhance future growth for the company, and provide the administrators with multitude of options for managing and bolstering their performance.

    Why use a Router?
    • This reduces the number of devices on a network segment
    • It also reduces collisions
    • It protects data traveling over the network

    NIC Cards (Network Interface Card)

    I suggest installation of the NIC Cards on all computers. This is a basic hardware component of Network communications. Which translate the parallel signal produced by the computer into the serial format that is sent over the network cable. Along with preparing the data onto the network media the NIC is responsible for controlling the flow of data between computer and for incoming data. The MAC address is hard coded into the NIC.

    Wiring requirements
    Installation of CAT 5 UTP cabling would be an advantage for this network. By using Ethernet at 10mbps. This will enable ease of installation, cost, and provide maximum cable length. Also, RJ-45 jack installations for each location. This will make the horizontal cabling scheme connection to the CAT 5 UTP cables. Which will then connects to the MDF (Main Distribution Facility).

    T1 Installation
    High Speed Broadband Access that transmits DS-1 formatted data at 1,544 mbps,
    through telephone switching network. This will eliminate the need for the current dial up account. Additional CSU/DSU digital interface device will be added that connects end users to the local digital telephone loop. Used with T1 connection.

    Operating System
    Windows NT will be implemented and is intended to provide network devices to other computers on the network, and for that reason it has features and capabilities that client operating systems seldom have. This will provides file and print services, out mailing and other network traffic, supporting back-end software such as database server and internet host packages to store files on the network.
    Environment
    I recommend a Server based environment divided into partitions with different drives so that only the agents for that drive has access to it. For example, an administrative and instructional side which will provide security rights. This will eliminate the need to verbally share information. A great tool for agents who handle specific clients that has with confidential information.
    Topology
    By using a star topology all clients can communicate with each other conveniently. Is a LAN topology in which endpoints on a network are connected to a common central switch by point-to-point links. Vs. Peer-to-peer where one node is disconnected all nodes will then be affected.
    Network Protocols
    Ethernet LANs use horizontal cabling runs in a star topology. Requires little bandwidth to perform simple network tasks requested at the same time. For example, sending and receiving email, transforming files, and handling print jobs. The TIA recommends the use of CAT 5 for horizontal cabling when an Ethernet LAN uses a star topology.
    Implementations Access

    Owner Internet, His/Her computer, High speed Laser printer
    Manager Internet, His/Her computer, High speed Laser printer
    Administrator Admin rights, all printers, NT Operating system, keep eight-year- old office printer, Internet access, router, server, and clients
    Agents 5 plus two additional


    Hp LaserJet 9000 printer series
    High volume printer Continue using Dot Matrix Printers, Confidential client database, Internet access

    Owner, Manager, Administrator :)
























    ;)
     
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