If there is a chance in the future that you would want to do more across
this link, it may be beneficial to set up the link now. You can explore
outdoor wireless solutions (Cisco 1310) or possibly LRE (which would require
running a physical line). You'd need to probably bury a conduit to run the
ethernet cable, but you'd be able to run fiber through that later on.
Caculate what a cable modem would cost you over the next 3-4 years and see
if you can pay for a private connection with that. If so, I think it would
be worth it. If you are paying "business" rates, then you are probably
paying at least $80/mo for service, maybe more.
Hope that helps,
> The volunteer fire department is trying to save money by sharing the town
> office's cable modem connection. I suspect that it would be cheaper to
> for an additional cable connection. So far, what I suggested that they do
> is write Internet access for the town hall, fire department and school
> the cable company's next contract with the town and forget about
> the offices together directly.
> This is not a life critical system.
> > Is this a "life-critical" system or for non-critical access? If it's
> > non-critical access, setup a VPN through the Internet using a PIX at the
> > town hall and the Cisco VPN client at the firehouse - both locations
> > Internet access - you can use a dynamic DNS service to allow for a
> > non-static IP at both ends if you don't have the money for a static at
> > town hall.
> > > While this is not really a Cisco question, this seemed like the kind
> > > where someone with the answer might pass through. Suggestions as to a
> > > better place to post the question are also appreciated.
> > > I live in a small town and do some volunteer work for the town,
> > in
> > > network and systems issues. I am a network/systems administrator when
> > > earning a living. I am trying to find the least expensive way to
> > one
> > > computer located in the firehouse to the 100BaseT network in the town
> > hall.
> > > The distance between the buildings is about 300 yards through town
> > > woods and across an unpaved parking lot. What would be the lowest cost
> > > reliable option to achieve this connection?
> > > Thanks for any suggestions!