setting up a network

March 9, 2009 at 07:10:30
Specs: Windows XP
the scenario :

Trading Store requires the installation of a network. The
company has 40 employees and 20 stand-alone computers (these are all
Pentium 4 machines with 80 GB hard drives, USB ports and 1 MB of
RAM). Currently the only Internet access is through the manager/owners machine
(this is a dial-up access) and he is keen to keep this facility. At present all
the computers are in the offices behind (13m away)the shop. The store has 4 cash points
in the shop and uses old tills that are not linked to a computer system The manger is a Certified MCSE he is the only person who will have full rights – all other users may
only access the data that is relevant to their work.
The company has made a decision to buy an integrated retail program that
uses scanners that the cash tills. However, in order to install the program,
the machines need to be networked. He does not want to buy any new PCs,
and is prepared to make 4 of his machines available for the cash points.

I thought of setting up a server cabinet in the office and a another switch in the store

I need to know how to connect all of these, including the switches and all cabling and what software can I use for the cash tills etc. and the estimated time it will take….(budget not indicated) also need pricing of everything…..can someone help????


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March 9, 2009 at 07:30:22
I need to know how to connect all of these, including the switches and all cabling and what software can I use for the cash tills etc. and the estimated time it will take….(budget not indicated) also need pricing of everything…..can someone help????

You can buy wall mount racks that lock. APC makes them. The type I'm talking about though will only hold patch panel(s) and switch(es).

It would be worth your while I think, to buy and use one of these. Pull all cables and have them terminate on a patch panel (or panels as the case may be) in the locking wall mount rack.

If you also need to house a server (or servers) then a server rack would be preferable. You can also mount patch panels and switches in a rack like this.

The amount of time needed depends on how many cables you'll need to pull. If it's 40 to 80 I could do that in a day including punching and testing cables as well as mounting the wall mount locking rack. Installation of the switch about 20 minutes and if it's not a managed switch, configuration time for the switch is nonexistent.

As to cost, well, you'll have to price out parts yourself. Having no idea where you're located means I can't give you an accurate estimate. Besides, this isn't that hard to do. Contact local suppliers and get price quotes. Go with whomever gives you the best price.

I suspect with POS devices (point of sale) you will require an internet connection. I would recommend going to highspeed and using a SOHO router to protect you.


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