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Prior to completing this interactive assignment, be sure that you have completed the hands-on activities from the course text: 7A, 7C, 8A, and 8B.
A company has hired you as a contractor to install their backbone to connect four 100base-T Ethernet LANs (each of which uses a 24port hub) for connection to the Internet. Let’s assume Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, and optical fiber cables all have a fixed cost per circuit to purchase and install of $50, $60, $120, and $300, respectively (disregard the installation distance of the cables).
For this assignment, consider how you would design an efficient backbone and create a total cost worksheet for your design. Your worksheet should include selecting and pricing of the backbone technology, cabling, devices, etc. You can get an idea of the prices at sources such as www.cdw.com (Links to an external site.).
In your initial post, attach your total cost worksheet for your design and provide a rationale (to the company that hired you) for your selections.