The Bead Bar is in need of a network that not only meets the needs of the corporate office, but also allows the corporate office to communicate effectively with the individual studios. In addition to this, the Vice President of Bead Bar on Board, Mitch, travels extensively and needs to be able to connect to the network from on board the cruise ships. The network recommendations contained herein are designed to meet the specific needs of the Bead Bar and those that will be accessing the Bead Bar network. Recommendations will be made on the specific network topology that should be used, such as bus, ring, star, mesh, tree, or hybrid; on the network architecture, and the advantages and any potential drawbacks that the recommended network would provide to the Bead Bar organization.
The Bead Bar has three divisions: studios, franchises, and Bead Bar on Board. The company has six bead bar studios the original studio in New Canaan, Connecticut, two studios in New York City, one studio in Long Island, one studio in Washington, D.C., and one in Boston, Massachusetts. The company also has five franchises Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; and Miami, Florida. Each franchise sells bead packages to businesses that want to open their own bead studio. Bead Bar on Board is a portable bead bar that is designed for cruise ships. The Bead Bar employs fifteen full-time employees and about twenty part-time employees. The part-time employees help the customers in the studios and work the cash registers. (Malaga, 2003)
We are going to recommend that a Local Area Network (LAN) be established in the original studio in New Canaan, Connecticut. The other studios and franchises will be able to securely access the server housed in New Canaan from their individual workstations via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). The VPN can also be used by Mitch, who spends most of his time out of the office. Mitch can access the VPN from anywhere he can access the internet.
Due to its functionality, we are going to recommend that an Ethernet protocol be used. This is by far the most widely used protocol. The Ethernet protocol allows for a variety of network topologies. The data that is transmitted can be transmitted over wireless access points (WAPs), twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, or fiber optic cable at speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. (University of South Florida, 2005)
We will also be recommending hardware for the network. A variety of hardware including file servers, workstations, network interface cards, hubs, and routers will be recommended. The file server will be housed at the studio in New Canaan. The network operating system...