I suspect the obvious answer to the following might be ' Don't do it' but anyway . .
I run an NT system for about 40 users, and am moving offices. Myself and my collegue are going to put the cabling in ourselves.
I have a vague idea of what to do, but I have some doubts about the hardware I should use in the rack. I'll describe what I'm intending to do, and if anybody can comment on this, I would be very grateful.
I will install about 100 rj45 points around the office, and use them for either voice or data. In the rack will be hubs with 48 points (less uplinks). I will connect the main server to the first hub, and put 1 link between that hub and the next hub etc.
I will also have in the rack the phone company's kit. I'm letting them worry about that, I just expect to get 48 rj45 female ports, corresponding to extensions.
I think so far that's clear. The question now, is what to I connect to?
As far as I can see, I just need simple patch panels, right? I hardwire the utp cable to the back of the patch panels, and run the cables around the office to the rj45 female points. All I need to do then is patch from the hub/phone co panel to the patch panel.
So where does a switch come into this? Is a switch a fancy hub, or a fancy patch panel? Do I need it? Most of my workstations only have 10mbps NIC's, so I don't need (er, can't afford) to use 10/100 stuff.
Thanks for reading.