Logical and Physical Network Design

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The Difference Between
Logical and Physical Network Design
University of Phoenix – Online
Network and Telecommunications Concepts II
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May 11, 2005

Connecting computers together to create a network greatly increases the communication capabilities and can even save a company substantial amounts of time and money. A well thought out network design from a small home network to a large corporate intranet can be a deciding factor in the success of a network. Two important steps in the designing of a successful network are the logical designing phase and physical designing phase. The difference between the two and the importance of each are explained in the following pages. To help in the explanation of the difference between logical and physical network design I will be using a fictitious textile company and work through the two design steps.

The Difference Between
Logical and Physical Network Design
The company that will be getting the network designed for them is a textile manufacturing company. They have a small office occupying one floor of an adjacent office building to process all the information concerning the business such as inventory, sales, and payroll.

The first part of the designing process consists of collecting as much information about the company as possible. Everyone in the company is important for this part to gain an insight from every viewpoint and as many different departments as possible. Surveys will be sent out to the manufacturing employees in the plant and meetings will be scheduled to get information from the upper management.

The information gained from the employees on the manufacturing floor provided a starting point for how many computers would be needed there. They would only need a few in an employee break area for employee access to the company information they need such as emails and company updates. The maintenance department would also need a few computers to help track...
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