Hi guys I have been handed this network assignment that carries with it 50% of my module’s marks. I am wondering is there any networking purists here that could give me some pointers. Here’s the criteria I have been given: Heart link is a newly created computer dating agency with a 200% growth rate. In order to deal with the expected increases the company hope to increase the number of staff in the following years Staff Year 1 – 5 people Staff Year 2 – 35 people Staff Year 3 – 70 people Staff Year 4 – 110 people Staff Year 5 – 150 people They have purchased the following premises and you are to recommend how should network their premises 10 metres long ------------------ | | | | | | ------------------ 5 metres wide Task 1 Write an informal report to management detailing the different types of LANs that could be used with their advantages and disadvantages. Make a firm recommendation as to the type of LAN that should be used with used with reasoned arguments. 30 marks Task 2 Draw up an effective layout of the computer and any ancillary equipment that would be required. Take into account the projected growth of the business. 10 marks Task 3 Explain how the components in the network interact when data is sent across the network 30 marks Task 4 Using e-commerce source the equipment that would be required. 30 marks I was thinking in terms of topology using star, but any other opinions would be welcomed. I am wondering however since the agency will expand in due time what procedures would I need to set in place. What lines of equipment will I be putting money towards (i.e hub, switches, routers, print servers etc). Also would it be worthwhile investing in a wireless network so as when people are out of the office carrying their laptops. The layout design has me buggered on this one. The assignment is flexable (so the lecturer states), so this is why I stress opinions are important. You’ll have to excuse me. I am fairly new to this area. I am more a programmer. Any advice on costs and implementation would be helpful.