Another new Server etc…

Yes we have had another install of a new Microsoft Server 2012 R2 HP Server, but added to this a 4 way bonded ADSL line, a 10 phone Hosted VoIP phone system, a full height network cabinet and 100+ network points and network equipment. So you can imagine we have been busy preparing the server and ordering the equipment.

The office is a new build so everything is new, excluding the 10 PC’s and printers. There are 100+ network points spread over the complete site, which patch back to the new cabinet. Fortunatley we have a contractor running the cables and we only have the patching to do. There are also 2 x 24 Port Gigabit POE switches which will power the phones, WI-FI access points and security camera’s. We have a second ADSL connection dedicated to the phones, but sharing the same network as the PC’s we have fallback to use the bonded ADSL should the line fail.

A quick lesson in POE or Power Over Ethernet. If you have every looked under your desk you will see any number of small cubes of black plastic plugged in to different computer related devices. They covert 240 volts to a low voltage, devices require. More devices are becoming available that can be powered over an Ethernet cable and we have taken advantage of the latest VoIP phones and WI-FI access points to save having to seat them next to mains sockets. The security company being used is also taking advantage of the POE and can run a single Ethernet cable rather than power.

Being in Marsh Barton the site has a slow 6Mb broadband connection and Fibre is not available. We have therefore supplied a 4 way bonded ADSL, which used 4 phone lines and 4 ADSL services and bonds them together us a Cisco router. They now have 24Mbs download and 3.9Mbs upload, so a great improvement. The single ADSL VoIP line is 6 Mbs and will allow around 10 to 12 concurrent calls.

We have installed another Hosted VoIP system with 10 extensions including walkabout phones and a couple of different area code phone numbers. Being VoIP the handsets connect to Ethernet ports and can be moved around the site as required. The client is advertising in London and Bristol and has taken new numbers which are routed through to their Exeter office.

All in all a busy couple of weeks and lots to do.

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