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School Network Switches and Routers

Doing an assignment where I need to set up a school districts WAN and LANs and I am not very familiar with what would make a router/switch better suited for these situations. Could someone please help me.
I have a  set up a WAN consisting 27 schools and the LANS are 200 computers each, four subnets, I want to use either 2 routers per school with 4 switches OR 4 routers to break up the subnets and offer redundancy possibly still with 4 switches.
Can someone suggest the actual hardware models that may be suited for this and why?

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

If it not a heavy traffic then i would suggest to go with 1800 or 2800 series routers with 2960 G series switches for your setup.

Regards

Ganesh.H

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

What is the type of traffic which will flow across the network and amount of bandwidth allotted for eac

h school.

Regards

Ganesh.H

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

Its not heavy traffic, students using using the network and internet, and database traffic$ running from schools to a central office in the WAN.
Traffic isnt heavy and dont have a set bandwidth alloted to each school

Re: School Network Switches and Routers

If it not a heavy traffic then i would suggest to go with 1800 or 2800 series routers with 2960 G series switches for your setup.

Regards

Ganesh.H

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

Thanks Ganesh,  most helpful

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

The 800 series are also not viable:  870(W), 860(W), 880(W), 890(W).

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

I know you are saying the the traffic will not be heavy. But please remember that it is students that will be accessing the internet and they will try all sorts when the teacher back is turned.

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Re: School Network Switches and Routers

Hi Cameron,

I'm currently looking after >150 public school sites for the state government.  They are currently using c871 ISRs and the only thing that's slowing their access to the internet is the infernal cost for DSL lines.  Other than that, the students and staff can surf the internet and/or do their emails and stuffs without any major issues.

If you financial budget allows your organization, then 1800/1900 or 2800/2900 routers with 2960, or 2975 L2 switches would be ideal.

Hope this helps.

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