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network design for two level building

I have a class that I need to design a network for a two level building supporting  25 computers spread. I need redundancy and expansion.  I am thinking of a mesh design with switches and hubs.   4 switches two on one floor and two on the other.  Utilizing cat 5 to connect the computers to the switch and fiber from one switch to the 2nd switch.  I will have security, but I don't know what security software to utilize.  Where will I place a server that manages a central file storage?    I just need a starting point from a network GURU.    Thank YOU
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Sinan Barghouthi

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Norm, Sinan, and Tank.  Thank you for the detail.  One more thing if I may ask. What free software if possible would be good to make a topology for this solution?
Sinan Barghouthi

I would go with Dia (http://dia-installer.de/) and it is open source . I haven't used it much as I personally can do everything I want to do with Visio. If you want to create professional diagrams I suggest you import 2d Isometric svg's, and then import an ISO Grid (isometric gridlines rather than squares) that way you could create a topology that has depth.

You can download all kinds of network shapes from the same website just go to Dia Shape Search and type in "network" and you will get all kinds of goodies.

Hope that helps.

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