I want to set up a Community Technology Center in a rural area: 30 PCs to have Internet access, email, and educational applications. There are four telephone lines available to connect to the ISP. Do I need a router, a server? Which would you recommend? What is the most cost effective solution?
I think the most cost effective solution would be using cable or DSL for Internet access. You can buy a low cost cable/DSL router for $100. If you are running a windows network and would like internal email you will need a windows 2000 server to run exchange standard edition. Exchange will cost you around $600 and then you will need to buy a CAL for each user (usually around $30 a piece). If you just need access to outside email like Yahoo or AOL then all you need is the cable/dsl service and a router.
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