At 9:25 AM -0500 2/20/04, John Isenhour wrote:
>We have several buildings coming online and I would like to move from
>from CAT 5e to CAT 6. After investigating, I am wondering if we
>just go with fiber to the desktop and be that much ahead of the game.
>It does not seem that much more expensive. I was wondering what the
>trends are and about any pros/cons of just going straight to fiber?
>PS, I also got a site license for Norton AV for our students for
>reduced cost (I went to Symantec and had them push the deal to our
>VAR). I know from a previous position if you get a state wide multi
>university deal it gets really cheap.
unless we anticipate that all desktop devices (computers, VOIP gear, and other information appliances) are going to start showing up real soon with fiber interfaces, I'm not sure what fiber to the desktop would buy you, except great expense adding interface cards or media converters and wiring closets full of switches with fiber interfaces.
I have one building on my campus that was wired with fiber long ago for historical reasons. It is the bane of our existence--doing anything in that building costs much more than any of our buildings w/ copper-to-the-desktop cable plant.
Joel P. Cooper
Director, Information Technology Services
Northfield, MN 55057
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