1) What kind of distance are you talking about? Ethernet will reach 100 meters (theoretically) without a repeater.
2) How many clients are you looking to support?
3) Internet Sharing?
I'm in the Army and will deploy to Iraq this fall. I'm in charge of installing and maintaing our LAN. I know that we will have units that are physically far away. I want to use coax to connect the switch that all the users are hooked up to. Yes I know fiber is faster. But: 1) Coax is cheap. 2)Easy to repair 3) I can buy it locally in Iraq rather than hving fiber flown in.
Now my issue: Physically how do I connect my distant switches? I will have a central rack that has everything. I can get switches for the users to connect to using CAT 5. Each switch will have 1 coax/BNC port to take the line to my main rack.
But what do I do at my main rack? I will have about 3-5 sites that need a coax line. I don't want to have 2 switches for each site dedicated for each line. Do they make switches with multiplpe coax ports?
I haven't really used thinnet before some my concept of the network architecture might be off. Any adivce would be great.