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#1 forgivenone

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 02:50 PM

:thumbsup: This is just about how I feel right now. I'm supposed to design a computer network for a coffee shop as a school project and have no clue what I'm doing-can someone help?? The coffee shop is 400 square feet and we're supposed to design a system that will support 5 computer stations along one wall of the shop while providing wireless access to other customers. The shop owner is on a tight budget and wants only what is expensive as needed. We're supposed to recommend a system: file server, terminal-to-host, or client/server? Which protocol should I recommend and which network switching device should I recommend for the 5 computers on the LAN and for wireless access? I'm going to suggest cat 5 cabling but need to know something about which media type would be best suited for the project?? What telecommunications device should the coffee house purchase? and which Internet Service type would be best (I'm going to recommend DSL???) Not only am I supposed to answer these questions but I need to give a cost estimate for the whole thing and guys and gals I do not know where to begin. This is such short notice because I'm supposed to turn in the assignment by Friday 3-10-06 and I just found this site today. If anyone could help and can get back to me that would be great. If I don't fully understand how to access your response here please email me at REMOVED EMAIL ADDRESS


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#2 acklan

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:33 PM

First welcome to BC. We are happy you choose to join our community. I removed you email so that you are not flooded with spam.
The internet issue is fairly straight froward.
Pick a WiFi router, less than a $100
A hub (4 port or larger)$40 to $100
Cat5 to reach your station (2-20' 2-10') $50 to $100
Print server (optional) $70
NAS (Networked Attached Storage) less then $300 example
The protocol will be TCP/IP. The standard.

I prefer cable but DSL will be fine. You will pay twice as much a month (or more) for being a busniess. I recommended the NAS instead of a server so you would not have the expensce of a server. Divide the drive up and assign password protection to each folder. I assume you will be offering storage to the customers? 400 sq ft is a tiny space. 20x20 feet. Set the router on a shelf above the computer stations and reach should not be an issue. I would be very cause offering storage to your customers. All kind of sticky issues could arise for securing the files, to storing illegal software on your machine. Most users will probabily have online storage anyways.
How you secure you LAN is up to your, but I would not have the store computers on the same internet connection as the public LAN. You leave store buniess open to everyone. Put the store computers (cash reistes, work computes) on a seperate router. I woold make it wired. Have the 5 work stations and the public WiFi on the second router. If you add a full server instead of a NAS you can add $1000 to the cost plus learninig how to use the server software. My opinions were based on doing it cheaply, right? For your work stations learn on of the live versions of Linux (DSL, Puppy, knoppix, Unbuntu,..). This will run from RAM and reduce the time reinstalling windows because of malware and malious clients.
It is pretty simple actually.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 04:26 PM

:thumbsup: Thanks for being so quick about a response and for watching out for me with the spam. A great help you have truly been.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 06:25 PM

Please do not act solely on my suggestion. There are as many way as stars in the sky. Another member will have a different approach that may be better suited for your needs. Research what I have given you, but give it a day or so for more replies.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 10:45 PM

You gave me a starting point which is what I needed. That's what I'm thankful for.

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:26 AM

You are very welcome. Good luck on your project. Please post and let us know how it went.
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:07 AM

Acklan can you do my homework to pleas...

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:11 AM

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 12:22 PM

I suppose Klinkaroo has never had to ask for help??? :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 12:59 PM

Oh yeah he has. That is why he is picking at me... :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 May 2006 - 12:40 PM

You are a life saver!!

I have the same assignment due today and I was totally lost.

This is great information - thank you!

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 08:50 PM

I can not believe I found this. I have this exact same project. This has really helped. I was a little lost and this example is a huge help. Thanks.

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:56 AM

Nice to see the post is still helpping.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 11:06 AM

Oh yeah he has. That is why he is picking at me... :thumbsup:


I didn't get this many post only by helping people :flowers:...




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