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Manufacturing Plant Network Setup By Kimbra Dunn Application of Management Information Systems South University
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Manufacturing Plant Network Setup Jams manufacturing is a small company that manufactures widgets. The company has three manufacturing plants, including an office building next to one of the plants, in three different locations. The manufacturing plant currently operates on personal computers along with manufacturing computers connected to its own modem or router to connect to the Internet. With that being said, the computer system needs a series update to benefit financial and technical planning. Transition Step 1 The need to meet with coworkers is important to uncover business requirements for performance capacity and network ports. Local area networks (LAN) support a single location, for example, the office building. These networks use switches that provide ports to connect servers, storage hardware, computers, phones, and printers to the network. The LAN itself consists of cabling, switches, and routers that proved connectivity to the Internet as well as additional locations and routing between LAN segments. Step 2 Plan and design the cable layout. Cabling plays an important role of network design as it provides the physical communication path for the manufacturing company. Consulting with a cable design professional experienced in manufacturing areas to minimize the potential for equipment interference. This will ensure the correct type of cable and include fire code specifications. Step 3 2
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Manufacturing Plant Network Setup Create and organize a spread sheet to gather important details needed for the design of the network. The information must include numbers of users per location, their roles, LAN port speeds and node types (printers and hardware connected). List the total number of users per site and classification type, such as office, engineers, manufacturing. This should also address the computer room, identifying each server and the applications hosted, along with operating systems and network card speeds. Step 4 Analyze network performance in its current state. Use protocol analyzers and network management software and perform the analysis at various times of a business day, such as at the start of shifts, after lunch and during periods that typically result in increased traffic, such as running month-end financial processes or moving complex engineering data over the network. This activity provides information associated with LAN and WAN performance, protocols used and areas in the existing topology that create performance bottlenecks along with application characteristics. The protocol analyzer may be able to identify protocols running by default on
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