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Question:
I would like to know if it is currently possible to run a computer lab using fiber optics. We have a lab of 26 Macs and are using Appletalk. This is obviously slow. As we discuss upgrading to ethernet, I began to wonder about fiber optics. Is it costly or realistic? Does anyone know of a possible source that we could contact to be a pilot for such a network?



Replies:
Yes, there are computer network cards that allow for fiber optic cabling, but they are cutting edge. You know what cutting edge means; it means $$$$$$'s. I do not think it would be cost effective for you. If you are running Appletalk, just upgrading to ethernet cards should show a major difference (I think Appletalk runs about 2 MB and ethernet can be from 4 MB to 10 MB). Look at ethernet.

Chris Baker


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