Solved I have a networking project it should be finished soon

June 2, 2015 at 00:50:22
Specs: Windows 7
I have a project it should be finished soon and I would like any guidance that can be given.

Scenario:
A new established estate agent company with 20 employees decided to setup a network in their two buildings. The two building are 300 meter away from each other.
The front building: will have the employees who are in contact with customers it should have:
• Eight sales and letting agents with a workstation each.
• Two receptionists in the front desk on one workstation.

The Second building: located in the back and 300 meter away from first building consists of:
• The finance office with two accountants
• The payroll office with two staff members
• The office of the General Manager is on second floor including his secretary.
You have been appointed to design the network for this company, the Manager informed you about their limited budget so your role is to spend the fund wisely.
Following are the requirements:
• Each employee should have access to the company’s database
• Each employee should be able to send and receive emails
• The sales and letting agents should be able to browse websites.
• There should be Three Multitask printers shared
• Three private small printers are also required
• A server (s) is required to handle database, files and emails.
• The two buildings should be connected using a router and the stations are interconnected using switches.


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June 4, 2015 at 15:31:28
Just my two cents but this definitely looks like one of those homework questions written by someone who's never worked at the job. I had a nice chuckle when I read this:

The two buildings should be connected using a router and the stations are interconnected using switches.

Why would you use two routers between buildings? What a waste. If you need segregation then layer 2 switches at each end (3COM makes some inexpensive 8 port L2 switches that would be perfect for this) would be more than sufficient. As for the "interconnected using switches" well, from my point of view, that goes without saying. I wouldn't use a hub and you certainly can't use tin can's and string.....lol

Whether you were using VLAN's or not, one router would be sufficient for the entire network and you certainly do not need two between the two buildings.

The question states "20 employees" but only lists 16. I guess that means the other 4 don't need computers!?!?


The sales and letting agents should be able to browse websites.

So the other 12 employees aren't allowed to and/or do not have a reason to need internet access??

All in all, if I were approached by a business and handed this homework question as a list of their requirements the first thing I would do is call a meeting and get clear, concise information on their requirements (this question is neither clear, nor concise). Then I would put together a proposal including equipment required and projected costs to present to them.

NOTE: While I would prefer fiber, the "limited budget" is the defining factor. For a fraction of what it would cost to dig a trench, run underground conduit, purchase fiber and then the appropriate media converters you could buy two point-to-point wireless antenna's which would operate quite well over that short a distance.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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June 2, 2015 at 01:21:46
First tell us your thoughts, what you have done toward finding a solution, and what particular questions you have. Just baldly stating your assignment problem here without any background as to how you have approached it makes it look like you want someone else to do the work for you.

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#2
June 2, 2015 at 08:12:41
"it makes it look like you want someone else to do the work for you"

Sure does. In which case it will not help when it comes to exam time. You have to do "something" before seeking help.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
June 2, 2015 at 21:38:25
Do you know the limit of Ethernet?

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


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#4
June 3, 2015 at 00:56:04
You should put your project on a "freelancer" network and let members make a proposal. This includes the fee they ask to present the solution and assist you executing it.

Consider fiber-connection between the 2 buildings.

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#5
June 3, 2015 at 20:10:14
It does sound like it could be a homework assignment or take home test. Nothing definite, just a thought. A tech with some IT experience but not too much networking experience would have included thoughts about how he(she) would handle the more basic parts and questions about the more difficult parts. I would hire a firm to handle the planning and installation of the network once the specific parameters were decided. If the job is given to someone inexperienced to handle by himself, there could be a lot more money wasted than the cost of the hire, including time wasted, incorrect or insufficient hardware, and poor installation methods.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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June 4, 2015 at 15:31:28
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Just my two cents but this definitely looks like one of those homework questions written by someone who's never worked at the job. I had a nice chuckle when I read this:

The two buildings should be connected using a router and the stations are interconnected using switches.

Why would you use two routers between buildings? What a waste. If you need segregation then layer 2 switches at each end (3COM makes some inexpensive 8 port L2 switches that would be perfect for this) would be more than sufficient. As for the "interconnected using switches" well, from my point of view, that goes without saying. I wouldn't use a hub and you certainly can't use tin can's and string.....lol

Whether you were using VLAN's or not, one router would be sufficient for the entire network and you certainly do not need two between the two buildings.

The question states "20 employees" but only lists 16. I guess that means the other 4 don't need computers!?!?


The sales and letting agents should be able to browse websites.

So the other 12 employees aren't allowed to and/or do not have a reason to need internet access??

All in all, if I were approached by a business and handed this homework question as a list of their requirements the first thing I would do is call a meeting and get clear, concise information on their requirements (this question is neither clear, nor concise). Then I would put together a proposal including equipment required and projected costs to present to them.

NOTE: While I would prefer fiber, the "limited budget" is the defining factor. For a fraction of what it would cost to dig a trench, run underground conduit, purchase fiber and then the appropriate media converters you could buy two point-to-point wireless antenna's which would operate quite well over that short a distance.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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