Network Cabling and Layout Design
Posted on 2004-09-21
I have thought of a network cabling design for a client of mine. Would like a second opinion and some advice please :)
One building with three concrete floors. No raised flooring or floor ports. Need to install a cabled network for the following setup:
First floor - 3 users
Second floor - 4 users (Install server here)
Third floor - 2 users
I thought of cabling each floor into individual un-managed gigabit switches and then linking each switch via running a Cat5e cable down the side of the building. This can be achieved by drilling holes through the window frame and back into the next floor. The server would be placed on the second floor so to optimise the traffic. The connection between each switch and workstation would be gigabit. Fibre would be too expensive (I think). I'd obviously get someone in to do the cabling but wanted to ask if this is the best solution? Having a switch on each floor means that I only have to worry about getting one cable between each. Hope this all makes sense.
I've seen 3Com do a relatively cheap 8 port un-managed gigabit switch. I could get 3 of these to do the job?
Doubt I'd need a managed switch? They already have a firewall/router and ADSL modem. These are located on the third floor, unable to move as this is where the BT line is located.
Data traffic would be basic. For example, Internet (DSL), Exchange, File Sharing/Serving (Word, Excel etc). No Database.
Any advice would be great!!