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Hardware Requirements for Different Networks

Obviously, network needs are variable from place to place and user to user. A small office with a dozen power users might need more bandwidth than an office three times that size full of people who use nothing but Telnet. These, however, are some guidelines for purchasing bandwidth based upon the size of your network:

  • 1–10 workstations—Recommended bandwidth: 56–128Kbps. The following are your options:

    • Low: 56Kbps modem connection

    • Middle: ISDN

    • High: IDSL

  • 11–50 workstations—Recommended bandwidth: 128–256Kbps. The following are your options:

    • Low: ISDN

    • Middle: ADSL or cable

    • High: Frame Relay

  • 50–100 workstations—Recommended bandwidth: 256–512Kbps. The following are your options:

    • Low: Frame Relay

    • Middle: Frame Relay, SDSL, or cable

    • High: Frame Relay

  • 100–500 workstations—Recommended bandwidth: 512–1.5Mbps. The following are your options:

    • Low: Frame Relay

    • Middle: SDSL or HDSL

    • High: T1

  • Over 500 workstations—Recommended bandwidth: 1.5–45Mbps and up. The following are your options:

    • Low: T1

    • Middle: Fractional T3 or HDSL

    • High: T3

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