By: James Hawkins
Existing Office Network Environment
Ocper Incorporated currently has 20 Microsoft/Windows computers connected via a ThinNet Ethernet network in a peer-to-peer client configuration. Ocper Incorporated has plans to increase 100% over the next two years requiring the network to expand as well. Ocper Incorporated currently does not have dedicated IT personnel to maintain the current network environment. Ocper has also indicated a concern for drastically changing the computing environment. Recommended Network Changes
In your present network configuration of coax cabling and given the fact that you will be expanding over the next two years NCF proposes that Ocper change their network configuration to Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Cat5E cabling and reconfigure your current network structure to a Star network configuration utilizing port switches for your existing peer-to-peer client connectivity. This configuration is relatively inexpensive, easy to install, configure and will give you the best cost benefit to expand, incrementally or rapidly. The Cat5 cabling allows for greater speeds, up to 1000 Mbps, and greater distance from switch to computer connection, around 200 meters. Cat5e cabling is also the most widely used type of cable and has a high resistance to cross talk and electrical interference. The proposed network configuration will allow for greater network throughput over your existing configuration. The proposed network configuration will also have much less network collisions and bottlenecks over your existing configuration. In fact expanding your existing network configuration will increase your broadcast domain and decrease your network data through put. Coax cabling is also more expensive then the Cat5 cable.
Alternative Network Changes
Another possible type of network cabling for your network configuration to consider would be Fiber Optic. This type of network cabling has...