Fiber Optic cable and switches selection
Posted on 2011-03-21
I know close to nothing about fiber optic cable and networks. I know a decent amount about copper networks.
I need to setup a Fiber network over a large area and outdoors.
We have a 10 ancre apartment complex that we currently have analog security cameras on and we are looking to upgrade to IP based cameras.
I need giga bit plus ability (a cable that will support faster than 1 gigabit switches in the future) in order to support a large number of cameras.
I also need it to be weather proof since this will be run on roof tops.
At certain points this will be arially suspended.
So cable with a messenger would be nice but I can always come up with my own suspension system to support the wire.
The switches will need a fiber uplink and down link port (or at least they will be used that way) the rest can be rj-45 ports.
In other words the switches will be connected to each other via fiber, and to the cameras via copper.
I dont need more than 8 ports on each switch.
Can you please recommend a cable and switches for me to use, and a termination method.