|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.
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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.
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