Designing a wide area network

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Need help designing a wide area network (WAN) Here are the instructions that were given. Design a wide area network (WAN) between offices that includes appropriate math calculations to meet the bandwidth. Describe the general type of WAN connections and network hardware that will be used to interconnect the offices. 1400 words in length...
ASKED: February 17, 2008  5:29 PM
UPDATED: February 18, 2008  2:36 PM

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Bandwidth (or throughput) is not necessarily the only consideration to take into account. Latency due to buffering and distance are critical to performance on the WAN. You can have a big fat wide pipe, but if your client is in Mumbai and your server is in Chicago, you will still have to cross a big ocean and all of the devices between the client and the server. Some things can be tweaked to get better performance but those things play with the TCP/IP stack and may not be compatible with all applications or uses.

There are lots of bandwidth calculators out there like http://web.forret.com/tools/bandwidth.asp.

Looks like you want someone to write this paper for you ;).

Good luck!

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    Try doing your own homework...you might learn something ;)
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