I am in the process of designing a network for a 16 floor building. The network is going to Include around 400 IP Cameras- all POE or UPOE going back to a central location. Everything is going to be Multicasting. My questions are:
What switches should be used? I was thinking 3750-X with Dual 1100w power for the core switches and for UPOE devices drawing 50w each.
Some floors are only going to have 20 POE+ devices on so what to use for those? they need to be multicast capable.
What about network design? Can I daisy chain say 4 floors at a time so 4x4
So many more questions, This is my first complete network design so i want to be sure i have thought of everything.
Here's what I would do:
List all the end-point devices that require PoE power on each floor
with that data I can compute, and compare what and how many switches I am going to place on each floor
For your core switch, the more redundant the better, and also have a 3750x stacked switch,
and on each physical switch have one connection to each of the switches, since it is stacked i.e., one logical switch I can configure port-channel since cameras can utilize a lot of BW specially there number
and oh yeah, If ever I where you, with that many floors, I would stack probably 4 switches.
The IDFs can have 2 1G links to the MDFs (again some may require 2-4 links depending on the BW requirement esp. since there are cameras) and link aggregate them.
for your CS power plan! well the more redundant the better.
And hey if you have the budget, you can even setup stack switches on your critical IDFs. (e.g., switches connected to them)