Report Detailing Network Solution for Extension Site

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Network Solution for Extension Site DeVry NETW206: Introduction to Switching Submitted 14/04 Introduction For a network that is concentrating on sensitive and specific co-ordination of information such as security cameras, the topology should ensure that the defectiveness of one section does not interfere with the flow of data. The communication between the nodes in the network and the main server is very vital (Alexander, 2004). The network should also allow flexibility and easy addition of nodes in the network. This should facilitate for scalability of the network.Network Design RequirementsThe efficiency of the network to be set-up at the university’s school of nursing extension site, depends on the acquisition of the right equipment to meet the goals that the network intends to achieve. The router should have a minimum of three interfaces. The first interface connects directly to the server. The second interface provides a connection to the sub networks while the other one connects to the internet for synchronization with the remote back-up servers, and databases. This takes place while also allowing the system to synchronize with standard global time. The fixed port switch provides connectivity from the router to the hosts. This switch should be able to sustain the traffic on the network. The network should also support voice, video and data to be transmitted simultaneously over the network. The transmission of voice and data will facilitate communication on the network and exchange of information. The users are divided into four subnets that support an approximate equal number of hosts. This can be classified according to departments. It will improve communication between the users.The network should also allow flexibility and easy addition of new nodes such as the university’s school of nursing extension site. The initial set up supports 24 hosts and these will be divided into the subnets. They should however facilitate the growth of the network, which involves the increase in data traffic and consequent increase in user activity (Alexander, 2004). The use of a local file server helps manage the data in the network. It is essential that the network have a local server for effective data management. The use of the outlined equipment will help save on costs for developing the network that supports a few users and can deliver efficiently. The network’s design allows for scalability because growth in any institution is inevitable. ReferencesAlexander, B. (November 9, 2004). 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation. Indianapolis: Pearson Education, Cisco Press. .