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Setting up an online network for 24 drops in 4 dldgs

I am setting up in a bed and breakfast, Internet access from their 16 rooms

I am intending to set up a network of a total of 24 drops in 4 bldgs in a 750' area for "online" Internet access.

Cabling backbone: cat. 5 solid 4 pair twisted pvc or fiberoptic?

Area: An area of 4 very small bldngs in a row

Distance: 750 feet from end to end

Stations: a total of 24 drops with RJ45 wall outlets

Use: Constant Internet connection (on line) at 64 kbps for all stations today but 400mhz in the near future

Should I go witha hub under each bldg or just swithches?

Bldgn A: 4 stations

Bldng B: 8 stations

Bldng C: 2 stations

Bldng D: 10 stations

What I have planned is:

2000 feet of cable cat 5 or fiber as sugested

Female wall connectors RJ45
Patch cables with Snuggles boots  5'
Patch Panels?

2 hubs with switches of 8 ports such as dhs-8 from d-link

2 hubs with swithches of 16 ports (dhs-16)

1 Internet router Routers from d-link (601) or  like a Cisco 805 serial w/ v24 cable and fast ethernet

Any advise as to where to go to receive assistance.
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jplazaAuthor Commented:
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Because your guests may have 10/100 ethernet cards in their PCs - I would be certain to get a 10/100 hub or switch.  If you need to save money go for hubs because it sounds like your have relatively narrow bandwidth to the Internet.  That is - the traffic pattern will be from each room to the Internet and not from room to room.  And at most the amount of traffic that will be on that LAN from one room is 400kbps or about .6% of maximum capacity of a 100Mmps hub (400,000/(.6*100,000,000.)If you can afford the extra expense then go with a switched solution as that will accomodate any future upgrades better (like if you want to add some servers to serve the guests or stream video to the rooms via the LAN or use the LAN to do telephone service over IP.)  

Your cat 5 copper will be fine for everything you describe.  

The Cisco 805 will be fine.  Good choice.  Be sure to get maintenance on it.
jplazaAuthor Commented:
I am a bit concern with the cisco 805 router

I require today a serail router and V24 cable, but will allow me to grow in the future when I get acces to broadband?

Is the a sugestion for an upgrade version of the cisco 805 that will have the serial, and V24 cable but also will have a way to expand to better tech in the future?

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Hi jplaza.  You didn't specify what technology was going to give you your 64kbps bandwith or your 400Mbps.  64k is normally associated with one B channel of a an ISDN BRI (basic rate interface.)  (Or outside the US perhaps a 64k frame relay circuit?)  The 802 comes with a BRI (with built in NT1) interface.  Actually that would give you up to 128kbps.  

Typical service offerings in the 400Mbps range are ADSL or SDSL.  Some DSL providers require that you use their own equipment.  So your router may become a moot point/unnecessary in the configuration you described.  

Let me know more details of your Internet service options locally and I can help out more on the router reccomendation

Oh - one other detail.  The maximum length of a cat5 cable with fast ethernet runing over it is 300 ft.  Just keep that in mind when deciding where to place you switches.  If you put one in each building per your description that should work.  
jplazaAuthor Commented:

Thanks for the assistance so far. I had dificulty finding out here in the frontier some info from the vendor of the "on line " service.

 - 1) Well is a leased line that requires a router with a serial port and 24V cable??

 - 2)I would like to configure this LAN with cisco 805 router and 4 micro switches cisco 1548.

 - 3)My new question is if all this equipment will be compatible, since the diagrams of Cisco small business solotions place together the router 1600 series with the 1548 switches

 - 4) I will use Cat 5e solid 4 pair as backbone

 - 5) I would like to get the Leviton - "power sum" or the AMP - "Netconnect" or the Lucent tech "Home Star" becouse seems like an integraded solution.

Please one more time your advise to reach this instalation level, then will come the features to be added such as the video streamin sugested, and the Ip telephony.

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