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8, IS589 Chapter Exercises 8-3 8-3. You have been hired by a small company to install a backbone to connect four 100base-T Ethernet LANs (each using one 24-port hub) and to provide a connection to the Internet. Develop a simple backbone and determine the total cost (i.e., select the backbone technology and price it, select the cabling and price it, select the devices and price them, and so on). Prices are available at, but use any source that is convenient. For simplicity, assume that category 5, category 5e, category 6, and fiber-optic cable a have fixed cost per circuit to buy and install, regardless of distance, of $50, $60, $120, and $300, respectively. Device Product Price Switch $595.00 Router Cisco Catalyst 2960-8TC-S Cisco 861 Integrated Services Router Cable Circuits (5) Category 6 $600.00 Total $449.00 $1644.00 The hub of each LAN would be connected to the backbone switch. The BN switch would then be connected to the router to direct its way onto the internet. (Business Data Communications & Networking, Fitzgerald/Dennis) Parts and prices sourced from ... View Full Document

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