Networking Gear for School
Posted on 2014-11-19
Ok, it is time to give serious thought to equipment as I get ready to upgrade my network but, I need also some help on design consideration. The high school servers approx 350 users.
First - The school campus has three basic structures.
Bldg 1 has servers and Internet routers located in basement. One cable from this room goes to Bldg 3 and one cable goes upstairs to closet 1. (cable being Cat5)
Closet 1 serves- 20 classroom/office drops, A feed to Bldg2, and serves as a feed for the next closet in this building (Closet 2)
Closet 2 serves 20 drops and as a feed for Closet 3
Closet 3 is the endpoint and this also serves about 20 drops, a couple of which in labs, have multi-port switches.
Bldg 2 fed from Bldg1 Closet 1 serves a dozen or so drops. One drop has a small switch to serve that lower level.
Bldg 3 fed from Bldg1 server closet serves 10 drop, once again one drop has a small 5 port switch serving a small cluster.
Server closet to Closet1 has two Cat5 runs a small fiber (single mode?)
Closet 1 to Bldg same as above.
Closet 1 to Closet 2 and Closet 2 to closet 3 have two Cat5 350 mhz certified in link aggregation for redundancy and bandwidth.
All of Bldg 1 Closets and Server Closet use either Cisco/LinkSys SRW2016, SRW2024, or SRW2048. The other Bldgs use Trendnet switches.
Besides the obvious of trying to upgrade cabling/links between closets, I need to think about equipment that can handle future PoE for AP's, potential VOIP, and bandwidth between hops. Layer 3 for future static routing and definitely managed.
Thoughts and suggestions? Brocade, Cisco SG -300, Hp Procurve, Juniper? Oh, we are a small non-profit so budget is always a concern.