My first question would be how easy it will be to get fiber network cards
for your workstations? For example, I've never seen a fiber NIC integrated
on any Dell motherboard. I'm also unaware of any fiber attached VOIP
phones. I would think that you would have a hard (expensive) time finding
network switches with dense fiber port configurations. Given that Cat6 can
handle gigabit, is easy to work with, well known by installers, etc., I
don't see any reason to go to the trouble of fiber to the desktop. Very
few of our users even use half of the 100 Mbps they have over copper to
their desktop now so bandwidth isn't yet an issue. However, given that
uncompressed HDTV is something like 1.5 Gbps, the day may come.
If you have the money, it is probably cheaper in the long run to pull a
structured cable that has Cat6 copper and fiber at the same time. You have
a lot of labor costs in pulling cable and doing terminations. Pulling the
fiber at the same time means you don't pay for that labor twice so your
only extra cost is the materials. You can then terminate the copper for
now and terminate the fiber when you need it. I actually did this at my
house when I remodeled. I paid a few dollars extra for a structured cable
that had several cable types, including fiber, and only terminated what I
need now. I can then use the fiber as more advanced video and data
solutions become available.
Ron Parker, Director of Information Technology, Brazosport College
Voice: (979) 230-3480 FAX: (979) 230-3111
On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, 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.
> John L. Isenhour, Ph.D.
> Director of Information Technology Services
> Kennesaw State University
> Phone: 770-423-6620 Fax: 770-423-6706
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