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Strayer Univeristy Computer Science Networking Technologies Discussion

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In the past few weeks, you’ve been “consulting” on the various networking technologies. As a manager, you will need to know how to evaluate the recommendations of the people on your team, many of whom may be more qualified than you to decide the best course of action. You must have a working knowledge of how the various technologies work. Reliability may be your most important concern. Another is cost. As a leader, you’ll have to find a balance between quality issues and expense.

  • Discuss how you are going to evaluate the recommendations rather than just saying you will evaluate them. What will you take into consideration? Will 802.11 be sufficient for your small business? What about a larger one? Do you need ATM? Why or why not? What about gigabit Ethernet?
  • Fully develop your ideas so your instructor will know that you have understood the learning objectives for this week.

Please respond to student’s comment below:

First and foremost I would ask my team members to explain why they felt the individual technology would improve our overall performance and work experience, and most especially if I am unfamiliar with the technology as I freely admit to not knowing everything. That being said lets answer the actual questions presented this week:

Will 802.11 be sufficient for our small business? Not in the slightest. 802.11 and I am assuming we are talking about 802.11 a or b (sometimes referred to as WiFi 2 and WiFi 1 respectively) for this discussion although acceptable for connecting to an older network, it is by current standards not as fast as the current iteration of 802.11ax (WiFi 6) which is currently the newest and fastest I was able to find (1) incidentally WiFi 6 would be the choice for a large business as well for the reasons stated before.

I would most likely choose to have an ATM network, Asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) is a switching technique used by telecommunication networks that uses asynchronous time-division multiplexing to encode data into small, fixed-sized cell, (2) in simple terms its because I would expect my company to need the bandwidth to transfer files of many different types from documents to interactive media and I would want to ensure that we would be able to do this with as little fuss as possible.

Gigabit ethernet, if I am going to go for WiFi 6 and an ATM I figure having the potential ability to transfer a full gigabit (1,000 Mbps) a second would make complete sense. Gigabit ethernet is capable of running on Cat5e cables for short distances, it is very effective when run via fiber optic cables over longer distances, and not losing a great deal of data quality.(3)

In general terms I want my company to be competitive in what is likely a very competitive market. Being able to effectively transfer our product out to the market place and the end user is vital to our success, with that I also acknowledge that when your staff works hard they should also be able to play hard, a lesson I learned years ago that sometimes on a Friday you just have to have a World of Warcraft raid day on the companies network with your entire team, and amazingly fast and robust internet makes that happen, which makes your team feel more included and they will go the extra mile for you. (4)

  1. https://www.lifewire.com/history-of-wireless-standard-802-11a-816554
  2. https://www.techopedia.com/definition/5339/asynchronous-transfer-mode-atm
  3. https://www.lifewire.com/definition-of-gigabit-ethernet-816338
  4. https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/ 

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