A small IT company would like your help to improve the performance of their network.
They have a range of network components, all connected using ethernet cables but are not too sure how all the equipment are connected together. Before upgrading their network, they would like you to draw a diagram representing their network topology.
Luckily, all the ethernet ports on all the equipment used in the office have been clearly labelled, so these labels should help you draw an accurate design/topology of this network.
Here is all the information you will need to design this network.
- 8 Desktop computers spread across two rooms,
- 2 inkjet printers,
- A server rack with a file server, an e-mail server, a web-server and a backup server,
- A main switch (in the server room),
- A hub (in the extension room),
- A router,
- A firewall,
- A Wireless Access Point (in the main office area).
The employees of the office can also connect their smartphones and laptops wirelessly.
Improving the Network Performance
The employees find that the network performance is not great especially when:
- Accessing the Internet
- Connecting their laptops and smartphones wirelessly in the extension room.
To improve the performance of this network, the office have contacted their Internet Service Provider and upgraded their Internet Connection to a higher bandwidth.
They were also told that, installing a cache server could improve the performance of the network when employees access the Internet.
Finally, they found out that the network Wi-Fi signal in the extension room was fairly weak due to the distance to the Wireless Access Point and the presence of partition walls between the extension room and the main office area where the WAP is located. They were advised to install an extra Wireless Access Point in the extension room.
Could you upgrade your network diagram by adding:
- A cache server, connected to the main switch,
- An extra Wireless Access Point (WAP), connected to the main switch.