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Chapter 9. Wrap-Up > SOHO LANs Review

SOHO LANs Review

SOHO networks fulfill a multiplicity of applications, from simple peer-to-peer resource sharing to sophisticated client server configurations supporting mission-critical applications. The simplest of SOHO LANs is a home-office or home-entertainment resource-sharing network permitting PC hosts to share disk drive storage, printers, and high-speed Internet access. Such a network costs around $250 for Network Interface Cards (NICs), an Ethernet cable modem/DSL router/switch, and CAT-5 unshielded twisted pair wiring. A single Wireless Access Point, four-port switch and DSL/cable modem router combination runs $200 and wireless LAN cards run $80 each. Most homes with high-speed Internet access could easily benefit from this simple SOHO LAN configuration.

A more sophisticated small-office configuration would incorporate wireless LAN connections and a VoIP router/switch. The increased cost to add wireless and VoIP technologies can range from several hundred dollars to over tens of thousands of dollars depending upon the capabilities installed. Such a small-office VoIP LAN could realize savings by avoiding substantial LAN wiring coats and by reducing the cost of long-distance and international telephone calls. The VoIP savings should pay for the extra SOHO LAN component costs when the user makes many long-distance and international telephone calls.


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