setting up new t1 from scratch - shopping list ?

Hello experts!

I am going to be setting up a t1 line in the office.  I need some help determining exactly what I will need besides the incoming t1 line itself.

Going to keep the configuration the same; we have the internet source plugged directly into our gateway server, which runs to three 24 port switches, which feeds into a patch panel that runs wires to all the clients.  Here are my questions.

Do need a new NIC in the gateway server?

Do I need new switches?

Do I need new cabling in the building?

Do I need new NIC's for the clients?

Thanks for your input.

Insane
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Only queries are:
Is the T1 replacing the existing connection or in addition to it?
How the T1 is being presented? Is the supplier providing a router to present the line to you as an ethernet presentation or are you having it presented as a serial interface at the CSU/DSU?

As far as the rest of the equipment - client nics, switches, cabling, nic in the gateway server etc - nothing changes.
A T1 is only 1.54 Mb so a standard ethernet NIC still far exceeds that bandwidth. Only bit that changes then (possibly) is converting the presentation (if serial) from the T1 to one that the gateway can understand and thats Ethernet.

Keith
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Most T1 providers will sell you everything you need to get the T1 working.  You will need a router of some type because the T1 is serial and not ethernet, so you need to make the converstion.  But the T1 provider should be able to provide that as well.

eb
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ngravattCommented:
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ngravattCommented:
oh, and i guess you will need a switch to connect to the router.  might as well get a 48 port switch so it will last a while.  

You will not need new NICs.  The T1 line will only connect to the router, and then everything else will be just like a normal network.  You can use any type of switch, NICs, or cabling.  You know, so long as it works together.  But nothing needs to be 'special' because you are using a T1

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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Unless you are good with Cisco routers I strongly recomend you let the ISP providing the T1 supply and configure the router for you.  This may cost a little more, but unless you know what you are doing router config can be dificult.

eb
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insanegainAuthor Commented:
Hello again,

The plan is:

To have this new line replace our basic access that we already have.  Maybe even supplement it if that is an option.

Now I should mention that our configuration is this:

The internet modem feeds into the gateway server which is our domain controller, so adding  a router is something I would like to avoid.

Can we make this configuration happen as is:

modem to server to switches to clients

??

If the T1 is serial and not ethernet, can we just plug the t1 into the servers serial port and go from there?
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
lol - No..... they are not the same 'form' of serial. As per my very first post, you need a router to convert the signals.
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insanegainAuthor Commented:
ok, will call the ISP and go from there, will report back soon
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insanegainAuthor Commented:
Sounds like for what our uses are for the www, there is no need to upgrade at this time.  Will verify with my superiors and if they nix the idea, then I will close the post.  Otherwise, will get back with an upgrading timeline.

thanks and talk soon./

insanegain
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insanegainAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!
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