[K12OSN] New Network - Fiber planned - Need advice

Terrell Prude', Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed Apr 21 22:22:16 UTC 2004

Hello Jim,

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.
> Thanks,
> Jim

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