OK. Well, as you know UTP has radius of approx. 100 meters. Calculate if it is enough. If not - then optical fiber (2 - 5 km) As about switches... I would do the following - 1. 100Mbit switches for relatively close groups 2. 1000Mbit switches as aggregating in the following way- "debian-1.bmp" > It will be good to have 100Mbit/s. > > > What architecture? > > What distances? > > Etc... > > Is a number of let's say 60 hosts generaly high > for an Ethernet LAN, with switches? I think, no. It depends on what you are playing with though. > What kind of cable can be used outdoor for connecting the buildings? UTP > will work? Or STP is better outdoor? Personally, I don't like Coax... IMHO, STP is anyway better especially outdoors. > The bigest concern however is an office that is 2km away. Probably it > will connect through dialup(or leased line if permanent connection is > necessary). Is there any other not very expensive solution to give him a > faster connection? You can use optical fiber as it costs not so much nowdays. Or some kind of xDSL modems - up to 7 Mbits. Good luck!
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