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Best Network Design for a 2 Floor Building

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mamelasFlag for Greece asked on
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Dear All,

I would like to design & install lan cabling on a 2 Floor Building.
Each Floor will have computers, cisco ip phones, network printers & network photocopiers, access points.
Ground Floor will have 2 servers, 1 firewall, 1 antispam and 1 cisco call manager.

*Installing one switch on the Ground Floor would require all Ethernet cables being passed from one floor to another in order to be connected to the switch.

*On the other hand installing a switch on each Floor would minimize the required cables needed to pass from each floor.(I am attaching you a drawing made for that case)

Q1) In my case what network design you would follow? (one of the above or another?)

Q2) Kindly refer the prons and cons of each network design you suggest

Q3) which are the available connection types between switches and which is the best (for example fiber channel)

Q4) In case of installing a switch on each floor how this will affect network speed?
For example if Client 1 sends a packet to Client 7 is as fast as connecting both
of them on a same switch?

Thanks for your time.
Manager of IT

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