With the rapid development of today's networking field, many people tend to build 10G network for their increasing network requirements in small and medium-sized businesses. Then why do they choose a 10G network? How do you design a cheap one? If you want to construct such a network, what should you recognize?
The need for a 10G network
Actually, the need for a 10G network is quite easy to comprehend. As time goes on, there will be more traffic and apps operating on your current networks and they will continue to grow. At that moment, the commonly used Gigabit network will no longer meet the pressing requirements for greater networking speeds and bigger network development.
How to Build An Affordable 10G Network?
There are several essential components you need to build a 10G network, such as 10GbE switch (10G core switch and 10G uplink access switch), 10G SFP+ modules, fiber cables, severs and storage devices, etc.
10G Network Fiber Cabling Solution
The server or storage has a 10G SFP+ port under such circumstances. And it is suitable as the core switch for applications matching a 10G fiber switch. You can connect all equipment to the steps below:
Step 1: Connect Server Or Storage to A Core Switch
For the connection between the server (or storage) and a base switch, you can insert a 10G transceiver module connecting to the server or storage with one end of a LC cable and then connect the other end of the LC cable to the core switch.
The transceiver we use here is the 10G SFP+ module supplied by Unoptix. It can reach a maximum cable distance of 300m over multimode fiber OM3 (MMF).
The LC cable we use is LC UPC to LC UPC duplex OM3 MMF, which has less attenuation when bent or twisted compared to traditional optical fiber wires and will make the installation and maintenance of fiber optic cables more effective.
The network switch is a 48-port 10Gb SFP+ L2/L3 carrier grade switch with 6 hybrid 40G/100 G uplink devices. It is a high-performance rack (ToR) or leaf switch to fulfill the demands of the next generation metro, data center and business network.
Step 2: Connect the Core Switch With An Access Switch
Next, you need to link the main switch to an access switch. Just like step 1, insert a 10G transceiver module linking to the base switch with one end of a LC cable and then connect the other end of the LC cable to the access switch.
Here we use Gigabit Ethernet switch with 10G SFP+ as the access switch. This is a fanless switch that is appropriate for SMB network quilt requirements. In addition, it has 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports and 4 10Gb SFP+ ports for uplinks.
And the LC cable and 10 G transceiver we use is the same as the products used in step 1.
Step 3: Connect Your Access Switch to Computers
You can use Cat5 or Cat5e cable (here we use Cat5e) after the prior two steps to connect your access switch to pcs or other devices you need to use. Just remember to connect the 10/100/1000BASE-T ports instead of the 10Gb SFP+ ports.
From all of the above, you can become clearer about how to build affordable 10G network with 10GbE switch, fiber cables, Ethernet cables, etc. for small and mid-sized businesses. As long as you use the right way, you can build not only an affordable 10G network, but also a strong network for future network rebuilding.