I currently have a UC520 in a home office with 3 phones and desktops connected to it. But I also have an office in a shop at the other end of the property, around 700 feet away.
We have had a Cat5 ethernet cable linking the 2 sites for the past few years, with a switch in the middle (around 300ft) and a switch at the top. At the top office there hs been 1 cisco phone and 1 desktop. This has worked ok, the network speed is not super fast and there are some lost packets, but overall the connection is has been ok and no problems.
But now we are adding a 2nd desktop and Cisco ip-phone to the top, when I do this the connection dies. So I think we need a better solution to linking the 2 sites together now. We might be adding a 3rd phone and desktop at the top soon as well.
I was thinking that a fiber optic connection might be best, since the distance is well within the fiber 1800ft limit or whatever it is. So with a fiber line there would be no need for the switch in the middle. But the switch at the top is just a Linksys WRT54GL router. The UC520 has an empty expansion bay, so I think you can buy a fiber optic module for that? I'm finding it hard to get more info on this, I have no idea what i need to buy. And the linksys router at the top will have to be replaces I presume, since there is no way to extend fiber capability to it. We have a spare Cisco Catalyst Express 500 swtich we could use, but it appears to not have an expansion slot. I have seen some external standalone ethernet to fiber convertors though, maybe one of those could be used on the top end, or on both ends?
Anyway any help or advice would be excellent.