[K12OSN] D Day

daniel.hunt at iibbank.ie daniel.hunt at iibbank.ie
Tue Jun 1 11:22:56 UTC 2004

There are two rooms - each with about 22/23 clients, so I'll be using 2x24
Switches, each with a Gig-E port, connected to a dedicated Network card on
the server. Each on it's own subnet.

I'm sure that the rooms have Cat5 cabling - it was recently recabled (2
years ago) and I really doubt that the company would have scimped on that!

-----Original Message-----
From: Terrell Prude', Jr. [mailto:microman at cmosnetworks.com]
Sent: 01 June 2004 12:32
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] D Day

You will need to make sure that all your clients are running 100BaseTX, 
FDX (that means "switched", not "hub'd"), and that the server is on 
nothing less than Gig-E.  If you don't have a network switch capable of 
doing this, consider the Amer.com SR48G2i, which does this with aplomb 
(I tested one this weekend).  It's basically a Cisco Catalyst 3548 
without the heart-attack price tag, and it'll handle all 45 of your 
clients plus your server on one switch.

Also make sure that all of your 100BaseTX drops are actually Cat 5 or 
better.  We're still upgrading our schools' wiring plants to Cat 5e now, 
and with good reason; there's still some Cat 3 sittin' out there.  You 
don't want to even think of running 100BaseTX across such inadequate 
wiring.  I made that mistake *once.*  If that's already taken care of, 
then my apologies; I just wanted to make sure that cost was factored in 
there as well.

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