I have to create a LAN spanning two floors, 1st and 4th. Height difference is 45 feet. Server Room and the Newtworking Rack are on the 1st floor. There are roughly 100 LAN points on each floor. My main issue is, how do I bring the CAT6 cables, hundred of them, from the 4th floor to the 1st floor? I have two options, either a) to terminate them into four 24-port switches on the 4th floor itself, or b) bring all 100 cables down to the 1st floor networking rack. I might mention that the cables will have to come down over the external building wall, in suitable pipe to guard against weather.
If I take the first option, should I use four CAT 6 cables, one from each switch, and bring them down to the first floor master switch (to which the Servers will be connected also), or should I use fibre, and how?
A section of the 4th floor users work on heavy image files stored on the 1st floor server. A mix of MACs and PCs is being used.