Have you contacted your local telephone or cable company? Most are now
offering MAN (metro area network) where using their fiber network, they
give you a 10, 100, or 1000 mpbs ethernet port on each side. We have had
a 100mbps link to a remote campus 40 miles away for a few years now, and
the cost is very reasonable ($1500/month) considering speed and distance.
We are looking to expand to several other remote buildings too.
On Fri, 26 May 2006, Matthew Burfeind wrote:
> (apologies for the cross-posting)
> I'm hoping to gather some information about what other schools do to
> network administrative buildings that are separated by city streets.
> We've been struggling with this since we moved staff to a second
> building a couple of years ago. We're using a microwave bridge, a Proxim
> Quickbridge, with line-of-sight between dishes on the roofs of the two
> buildings. It gets 34 Mbps, which is significantly faster than a T1
> would give us, but we're still experiencing some problems with our
> administrative database systems, and we are also concerned about
> redundancy. We had some problems with the device last week, and all of
> our offices here had no network for close to two days. Part of the
> problem is that all of our network services are currently run from the
> main building, so file storage, print serving, authentication, etc. all
> have to go through the bridge. We're in the process of changing that,
> which should help, but I'm also curious to know what kinds of
> cost-effective solutions others have implemented.
> Matthew S. Burfeind
> Director of Information Technology
> Boston Architectural Center
> 320 Newbury Street
> Boston, MA 02115
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