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#1 Computer Lifeline

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:33 PM

Hi,

A client is getting a T1 line for their office. We are going to set up their office network that uses the T1 line, which is provided by the phone company. Most of the work we have done has been related to setting up cable and DSL connections. My question is - does T1 line come with a modem like the cable modem and DSL modem? If it does, I'd assume it has a router built into it. Is setting up a small network using T1 any different from those using cable or DSL?

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:28 AM

The T1 line will connect using a different connector coming in from the outside which then has to be connected to your router or switch. T1 lines are fiber optic lines that use a different connector from the standard ethernet cable I can't remember the name of the connector at the moment though. Seems to me it is an S something or other.
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 07:52 PM

Will a generic router, such as the Linksys routers, work with the T1 line? This T1 is for a small office that will have fewer than 10 computers. It is hard to justify purchasing an expensive router like Cisco.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 07:32 AM

I don't think the linksys routers have the capability to adapt to a T1 connection. Usually there is a WIC card that plugs into the Cisco routers for that purpose. Speaking of hard to justify, it seems hard to justify a T1 line for an office of only 10 machines but I guess it's not my money.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 11:13 PM

As you will be the one in the gun if it doesn't work, why not check out the websites of the routers you are thinking of using to find compatible gear.

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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:54 AM

It can also vary a lot with what equipment the telco uses. I do some contract work for ATT occasionally, setting up routers onto t1's, DS1's, 3's, etc. Many times they provide everything so that all the customer has to do is plug an ehternet cable into the telco equipment and then into their own router/switch. Check with the telco, see what they provide and also what they would suggest for the end-user side of things. FWIW, a T1 is not fiber, it's still using signal over copper lines. I suppose since they're just digital signals a T1 could use a fiber network, but it would be a terrible waste of the potential bandwidth of fiber.




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