Need advice on IT purchase

Posted on 2008-11-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
The health clinic that I work at is willing to invest in the creation of a wireless network for our future electronic medical record application.  They also want to give me an opportunity to gain some quality CISCO experience.  I think I have everything figured out that we need, but I just want to be sure before I place my order.  

Let me say at the onset that nothing listed here will be connected to our actual network until my setup and configuration has been checked by a CISCO security expert.  This is as much a training project for me as it is a way to expand our capacity and increase our network security.  

Here is my shopping list:

Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Controller

6 Cisco 802.11a/b/g Access Points

10 Cisco 802.11a/b/g Wireless CardBus Adapters

4 Cisco 802.11a/b/g Wireless PCI Adapters

6 Cisco Power Injectors for Access Points and Bridges

And because we can only order CISCO products once per year:

Cisco Security Router/Managed Switch with Dual Fast Ethernet WAN

Cisco ASA 5510 Security Plus Appliance

Can anyone think of anything else that we need or should get?

Question by:KMDComp
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    Accepted Solution

    Your list looks pretty comprehensive. The only other thing to look at is your existing switches. Do they need upgrade? In the medical world, security is very important, make sure your switches have security capabilities like 802.1x

    I noticed you have 4 wireless PCI cards listed.
    Do you have desktops not within reach of your wired network?
    Given the choice, wired is always the best.

    Have you completed a Wireless Site Survey to determine quantity and placement of your WAPs?
    If not, you may find yourself with dead zones; and your wireless controller is limited to 6 WAPs.

    Author Comment

    Thanks Kdearing,

    We are getting some new switches through our parent organization.

    The wireless cards are mainly to give us some flexibility if we ever needed to set up a few desktops in an odd spot.  

    Both of our buildings are 2 storys and not very large.  4 is probably plenty, 6 is just extra insurance.  In the past when I've needed to go wireless for an event that we were hosting, I was able to disconnect all our workstations and server from the network and provide full wireless internet to both buildings with 3 small linksys wireless routers.  I'm really looking forward to not having to do that again.  

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    Expert Comment

    Sounds like everything's covered.
    I can't think of anything else.

    Author Comment

    GREAT!  The accountant has asked me to hold off on the order until monday, so I'll leave this open until then.  

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