Cisco 887VAIntegrated service router$ 474.991$ 474.99
Cat 5eUTP to connect hubs to router$ 60.004$ 240.00
RJ11 cableConnect 887VA to internet $ 2.991$ 2.99
GRAND TOTAL OF PARTS$ 717.98
This backbone will be a pretty simple setup since we are talking about such low network speeds. Since we are only tying together four 100base-T hubs, we only have to have four 100base-T inputs on our device to get to the internet. This is a key point. Since we are using a hub and not a switch, each hub no matter how many ports will only operate at 100 Mbps each. Since I do not see a router or gateway in the description, I will assume I need a device to perform both of those functions as well as layer-2 switching to tie the four individual hubs together. I chose to use cat5e cable to connect the hubs to the integrated service router. Cat 5e will easily support future speeds up to 1 Gbps, they are easier to install, and they are cheaper to install. I am assuming that we are dealing with either ADSL or VDSL since the current network is using older hub technology, so I chose the Cisco 887VA integrated services router for several reasons. It performs the functions of a switch, router, firewall, NAT, DHCP server, wireless capability, and gateway...