setting up a metropolitan area network

how do i build and set up an efficient, secure and reliable local area network and metropolitan area network and what exactly do i need? thanx.
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Handyman-XAsked:
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snerkelCommented:
Is this the sort of thing you want to do http://www.tech24.arce.co.uk/networks/wireless.htm ?

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koquitoCommented:
You will have to talk to your local telephone companies for the metro option, they are the ones that can connect your offices with point to point technologies. This is  like running a wire(high speed) from one office to the other passing through the telephone company. THey will tell you the monthly fees, the different choices, etc. You can also make a VPN between the two offices, as long as they have a permanent connection to the Internet, this option will save you a lot of money, you will need only the knowhow of its implementation. IF I were you I would try first in a lab environment, before going to the real one.
For your LAN, it depends how many computers you are expecting to host in that LAn. You will need a router which will provide the routing between the two offices, internet, etc (Maybe the phone company can include it as part of a package) , server(s) (depends on how many computers) providing DHCP, Authentication,, Web , Email and/or other services, a firewall (could be included with the router)
lrmooreCommented:
It depends on:
- Budget
- Bandwidth requirements
- Clients, or internal use only?
Secure and reliable are relative. Relative to your budget..
What do you need? Depends on your budget, depends on what is available in your area from local providers. You can get anything from 1Gb MAN services from companies like Yipes!, or even from local providers in your area.
Basically, you need:
- connectivity (fiber most likely. Lit or dark?)
- hardware (routers/switches) with appropriate fiber connections...
- security policies
- SLA's (Service Level Agreements)
- redundency, failovers, spare hardware
- power backup, UPS' , generators, etc

Awfully open-ended question. Can you be more specific?
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
it is not a question that can be answered in a few paragraphs. i suggest you read some case study articles related to your topic. you may learn what you should consider from them. some URLs are here:

http://www.thejournal.com/magazine/vault/A4254.cfm

http://ad.doubleclick.net/adi/idg.us.cpw.government/policy;pos=bottom;sz=728x90;tile=5;ord=01103236?

http://www.nwfusion.com/research/2001/1105feat.html

hope it helps,
bbao
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Handyman-X, any feedback please?
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