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 Question by Marc M posted 16 Mar 2006
 cableing two joining apartments
Hi All,

I am tring to create a WIRED SOHO network (smartly) from the ground up that will span over two adjoining apartments (apt a apt b).

I want the two apts to access the server, one internet conection, network printers; all stemming from apt A.

I also need them to be independant so they can be separated and protected if one apt. gets sold. Then have seperate internet connections.

I think the best way to go is to have all cat5 cables running from all rooms to a "data closet" in each apartment then have cat 5e running between apts. not sure of hardware for switches routers cabeling etc.

any help is appreciated greatly :)

Thanks in advance
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 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 17 Mar 2006
Dear Marc,

Starting with your requirement for separation, Yes do wire each apartment to its own data closet and then add 1 or 2 category 5e between the closets. You don't say how many ports will be required in each apartment, so recommending equipment will be difficult. Also you do not mention the voice requirements so I will ignore that requirement for now.

Apt A will need a modem/router (for the Internet connection) and a hub with sufficient ports (plus expansion) for Apt A side drops. Use a connecting category 5e cable between the apts as an up-link from the router in Apt A to a 2nd hub in Apt B. Don't forget a print server for the printers if it is not built into the printer.

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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