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Take the challenge, part 8

Take the challenge, part 8

Do you consider yourself a networking expert? Test your knowledge and offer your opinion or advice by responding to the latest Challenge set. Review this list or visit the Networking Challenge forum to answer the latest Challenge questions and complete against your peers for a $25 gift certificate to our bookstore.

CHALLENGE #36: --> --> --> --> .ftssadJ8r3S.18@.1dcf90b3/226>Network design
Question as presented to our experts:
I am trying to design a network box whose main function is to translate the customers LAN (1 port) to our local LAN (8 ports). I plan on using an AMD SC520 Micro with built in PCI bus master then an Intel 82559 Ethernet controller (PCI bus 0) for the customer LAN. I want 8 ports in the local LAN. How do I accomplish this? Do I hang another 82559 on the PCI bus (1) then use some sort of repeater to get me 8 ports? Is there an all in one chip PCI option for this? Thank you very much for your help.
Question submitted by Mike

CHALLENGE #37: Networking student looking for advice on configuration
Question as presented to our experts:
I'm taking introduction course to networking and have a basic assignment. I'm trying to configure a network that would have 25 users and 1 server. Any suggestions as to what type of NOS, clients and hardware devices such as a switch or router should be used. This fictitious network is in a single floor warehouse/front office setup. I realize this is simple but I want to approach this within a 25,000 budget. Thanks
Question submitted by James

CHALLENGE #38: Implementing gateways
Question as presented to our experts:
What are some techniques for implementing gateways?
Question submitted by Tammy

CHALLENGE #39: Databases
Question as presented to our experts:
How do databases support interactive Web sites?
Question submitted by Anil

CHALLENGE #40: Improve bandwidth
Question as presented to our experts:
Here is my network setup: Cable modem<--router<--switch 1<--switch 2(via uplink) Would the computers connected to switch 2 see the same bandwidth (100mbps) as users connected to switch 1? Would it be better to connect switch 2 to another port on the router to improve bandwidth?
Question submitted by Leonardo

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