Need Help selecting Fiber equipment
Posted on 2007-04-10
The company has just acquired the building next door. Because of distance we want to run a Fiber Backbone to connect that building with our current one. The new building will need a switch to accomodate a minimum of 14 clients. Our current building has 27 clients. I am stupid when it comes to fiber connections. What is the best way to connect the fiber to our network. I've read that there are multiple types of connectors ST and SC and then I am reading about LX, SX and SFP. And the company running the Fiber only runs fiber they don't know what kind of equipment to use.
Help!!! Is there a simple switch I can purchase that will allow me to use the Fiber with our current Cat 5E Ethernet Network? Or do I need to purchase converters, transceivers and everything else. Please advise as to possible equipment options/configurations.
All I know for sure is that we are running 6 strand fiber with ST connectors (I was told connectors can be changed if needed). And my server connects to our current switch using a CAT 6 Cable.
Currently we are running a SBS 2003 Network using the following equipment:
2 - Dell PowerConnect 2324 Switch
- 24 10/100BASE-T auto-sensing Fast Ethernet ports
- 2 1000BASE-T built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Auto-negotiation for speed, duplex mode and flow control
- Auto MDI/MDIX
1 - Dell PowerEdge 2800 (with dual - Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Network Connection)