[K12OSN] New Network - Fiber planned - Need advice
Terrell Prude', Jr.
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed Apr 21 22:22:16 UTC 2004
Most of our schools are running lots of fiber-based Gig-E these days,
and those few that aren't will be soon.
I normally would recommend one of two Cisco switches, the Catalyst
3508G-XL, or the Catalyst 3550-12G, which is what we use a lot.
However, Cisco gear is *VERY EXPENSIVE*, so if you're on a budget, stay
away from Cisco.
Another alternative is the SS3GR4i switch from Amer.com. It supports
fiber Gig-E and copper Gig-E.
Jim Christiansen wrote:
> Our school looks as if it is going to be rewired and soon. I took a
> couple of the replies I got from this list to school (Thank you
> everyone who answered with ideas) and explained them to my
> technician. He was happy to see that fibre was mentioned to help out
> in our long-long cat 5 runs past ballasts and chillers/air handlers
> all along inside the ceilings.
> Now, what equipment would you recommend or are using in your schools?
> My room wil be the center of the new network. It is away from the big
> electrical equipment. We have a need for one 8 port fibre switch that
> will feed 7 other fiber media adapters so that we can use our existing
> newer switches at the ends of the long runs.
> We are looking for equipment brand names, model numbers, and of course
> the cheapest workable solution. None of us here have even seen a
> fiber setup.
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