We have a client that has an old manufacturing plant (1 block square) and a 200x200 ft office above one corner of the building. They have cat5 & wireless run through part of the building using a residential type AT&T 2wire router and a Comcast EMC gateway for internet access and 20 year old AT&T PBX 40 handset phone system. We are designing a new network that will replace all the wiring, wireless, include a VIOP and Windows 2008 R2 file server.
The distance from the network switch to the outer areas of the production floor is over 300 Ft.
The production floor has many 220 lines, panel boxes and machnes causing EMF. We know wireless in the production area is poor at best and we want to run cable to eliminate any outages.
My question is will a few 300 or 400 ft runs of Fiber work better that Cat5 or Cat6 from the network switch to the four main sections of the production floor?
Any suggestions on the type of fiber and/or connections that will work the best and be trouble free? I'm looking for recommedations from experts who currently use Fiber and have experience with it.