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Hello Experts,

I have 2 buildings out in the country about 3/4 of a mile apart from each other. I already have conduit in place between the two buildings. What would you recommend to connect these 2 buildings? I was thinking using fiber with 2 fiber uplink switches on either side.

Thoughts? Recommendations? Best Practices?
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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There are different types of fibre and different gbic modules for switches.  
For 3 quarters of a mile, your choice is between
SFP and GBIC Long Wavelength Modules
and
SFP and GBIC Extended Wavelength Modules
see
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/routers/7200/install_and_upgrade/gbic_sfp_modules_install/5067g.html
The former is good for 5km, so you'd be chancing it,, so you are looking at the latter, single mode fibre, and the same types of gbic (verify what ones your switches or planned switches support) at both ends.
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by:triphen
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I am trying to stay away from Cisco. Will NetGear be viable option?


NETGEAR AGM731F 1000BASE-SX SFP (AGM731F )
NETGEAR 24 Port Gigabit Smart Switch  (GS724T)
and using Multimode fiber.
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Joseph O'Loughlin earned 2000 total points
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Mulitmode fibre may be a problem, but if that's what you have and/or that's what your gbics support, give it a try before swapping to single mode fibre and the appropriate gbics.
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Thanks!
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by:Michael Dyer
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Another option to consider is the AirFiber products by Ubiquiti Network.  The AirFiber 5 gives you a gigabyte connection up to 100 Km.  These would allow you to connect the two buildings via a radio link and you would not have to run the fiber optical cables in the conduit.  Two units would run you around 2000 dollars, but that may be cheaper than getting cable run.  Check it out at this page:  http://www.ubnt.com/airfiber/airfiber5/
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by:triphen
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Sweet. Never knew about this. Wish I could give you some points too :/

THANKS!!!
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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Ask on the community support page about reassigning points.  
Don't assume multimode fibre will work.
Is there a clear line of sight between the sites?
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