network hardware and architecture

April 5, 2011 at 12:54:48
Specs: Windows XP
I hope this doesn't sound too noob ;)

We have an apartment building with 100 rooms/units. All of these units have their OWN DSL modems / lines (Its very expensive). I want to bring in a carrier Ethernet line and centralize / manage everything. The CAT5 is already ran throughout the building into 1 data/phone room. My question(s) are:

1. If Ethernet is coming into the building, what hardware do i have to have in place between the incoming carrier Ethernet line and all of the CAT5 cables? This is probably a somewhat simple diagram but i can't find any info on it.

2. I want to have a Server / firewall in place that allows me to filter URLs and applications (torrents) for example. Where does the server/firewall sit in the diagram and can i use a Windows box? I don't know Linux;(

3. I need to be able to throttle the bandwidth per apartment. How is that accomplished?

4. I need all of the units to be in essence, on their own network, as i don't want people being able to see the other machines? Someone advised to have a managed switch/router assign a different Subnet Mask to each IP. How is that normally accomplished?

any feedback / useful links are much appreciated!!!

Thank you all for reading this and sorry to bombard you with questions. If you never ask, you never learn~


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April 5, 2011 at 13:03:44
best piece of advice you can get

Hire yourself a consultant experienced in this setup.

You will spend far more time and money not doing so.

Answers you get like different subnet mask for each connection is coming from folks that don't have the level of experience you need in your project.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
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