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Message 1367174 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 15:36:44 UTC - in response to Message 1367090.  
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No offence Gary, but find your post confusing.

Pulled connection? Our mobiles won't be connected to the network, they have their own net connection.

Didn't know if you were going to use the office Wi-fi for your skype or if you were planning on using telco. Just reminding you, you might upset the office Wi-fi in doing the work and not to rely on it. Sounds like you have that covered.

Jacks are all connected

So at some point you have been behind all the plates already, didn't know that
& yes, they do need labelling. So, yes, it could be that they may be shorted out/broken or just not punched down sufficiently.

Local switches for printers? maybe on a medium sized or larger business, but not in this case. 8 employees & boss with 5 desktops, 6 laptops, 9 printers, 1 NAS spread between 5 rooms on 2 floors.

Future expansion plans? Or are they already shoe horned in with no possibility of growth?

So, taking into account the uplink to 2nd switch & router, with leaving 1 port free for a 3rd switch should it be needed, that's 24 ports in total leaving 24 free.

2 routers?! That's an RX for disaster, unless their factory defaults are for different subnets. Reason being someone will press reset on the device [part of the trouble shooting script from the ISP] and if they aren't default to different subnets you end up with two DHCP servers giving out the same IP to two different devices and that is disaster.

My personal disaster story on that is we had config'd the ISP supplied box as a bridge and all was fine. Then they pushed a software update onto the box through a backdoor. When it rebooted default turned the DHCP on. Took a few days for devices to need to renew leases. Nasty, nasty.
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Message 1367194 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 16:30:43 UTC - in response to Message 1367174.  

Oops, sorry Gary. To clarify...

5 desktops, 6 laptops,9 printers, 1x NAS. 2x data switches, & 1x router. So that's 21 devices, 2x uplink ports (1 free for future expansion if req) & router = 24 ports. For the size of the building & office space, can't really see the business expanding beyond 48 ports.

If that does become a requirement, he will have to move again (current building is 1st move due to expansion).

No problem with the reminder, as the more one moves into networking, the simple things often get overlooked.

As for the plates, finally got the opportunity to fully check them while the boss was with the insurance assessor. They are all wired up, so like you said, short/break/not punched or not connected to either switch or patch panel & are the only issues that I can think of.

Just finished working out how long it will take us & allowing for any unexpected hiccups, it shouldn't take us more than 36 hours.

I'm going to enjoy the look on his face when I give him the quote tomorrow. Had he done what I suggested from day one, he would have saved himself £3,000.
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Message 1367196 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 16:35:44 UTC - in response to Message 1367194.  

Hope you get the green light on the project and wish you the best in getting it all sorted.
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Message 1367201 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 16:51:50 UTC

Had he done what I suggested from day one, he would have saved himself £3000

I assume that you will be pointing this out to him?

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Message 1367219 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 17:26:34 UTC - in response to Message 1367201.  

Already have which is why he asked for a quote on Friday. The main problem here is that I've told him to take the guy that did the job to task as he failed to do what he was paid for.

Unfortunately, they cannot contact him. I wonder why?

@Mark, already got the green light, but there is, shall I say a highly volatile issue involved, & being a law firm I'm not stating that anywhere - that's between me & him, & he knows the answer, but getting him to go-ahead is now the issue.

Fortunately for me anyway, the firebombing on Monday pushes the issue in my favour.

As I've already stated, I really want to walk away from this, but......
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Message 1367253 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 19:16:10 UTC
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If they have a conference room make sure it has some extra jacks. Never know when a client team will all need to plug in. Speaking of which they might want them on a separate sub-net so they don't have file share access to the rest of the firms computers.

<ed>Total number of ports in the switch room is rarely the issue. You can daisy chain those until the cows come home. You will run out of electric and A/C in the closet first.

I see you said he has NAS. Is he doing automated offsite backup? The firebombing should really get his attention on that.

It sounds like the fire was more cosmetic than disaster level. Wasn't sure, but at first I was thinking that walls may have been open. That is one of the rare times you can get access to put in conduit for expansion.
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Message 1367254 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 19:20:16 UTC - in response to Message 1367253.  

That'll probably happen on the next expansion as the current building is not that large.
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Message 1367523 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 16:15:45 UTC - in response to Message 1367253.  

If they have a conference room make sure it has some extra jacks. Never know when a client team will all need to plug in. Speaking of which they might want them on a separate sub-net so they don't have file share access to the rest of the firms computers.

<ed>Total number of ports in the switch room is rarely the issue. You can daisy chain those until the cows come home. You will run out of electric and A/C in the closet first.

I see you said he has NAS. Is he doing automated offsite backup? The firebombing should really get his attention on that.

It sounds like the fire was more cosmetic than disaster level. Wasn't sure, but at first I was thinking that walls may have been open. That is one of the rare times you can get access to put in conduit for expansion.


Yes, the NAS is his Legal Database Backup, unfortunately, its onsite. Even though you raised very valid points, I've given up on informing him of the insecurity of his office/network as he doesn't listen.

Maybe the firebombing woke him up - Personally, I very much doubt it as he won't spend the money.

Quote's gone in which his reply to was "ouch".
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Message 1367533 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 16:21:39 UTC

Samsung's breakthrough

Nice, but too late for me, I'll be retired when that's mainstream.

However, more worrying is this: -

Pilotless Aircraft trialled in UK

UK Airspace is crowded enough as it is, how long before an unmanned aircraft loses its ground control & crashes in a densely populated area?
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Message 1367537 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 16:24:36 UTC

that samsung breakthrough seems to be an extension of Telsas work on transmitting electricity over distances wirelessly.
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Message 1367564 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 16:55:19 UTC

Pilotless Aircraft trialled in UK

This is like driver-less trains and computer controlled cars. All technically possible but does not have the public confidence. A modern 747 can take off on it's own, fly from the UK to the USA, and land itself, all without human involvement. But the public wouldn't accept it in a million years.

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Message 1367568 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:00:31 UTC - in response to Message 1367564.  

Pilotless Aircraft trialled in UK

This is like driver-less trains and computer controlled cars. All technically possible but does not have the public confidence. A modern 747 can take off on it's own, fly from the UK to the USA, and land itself, all without human involvement. But the public wouldn't accept it in a million years.



Maybe we need this: - Genesis II

"An elaborate "Subshuttle" subterranean rapid transit system was constructed during the 1970s, due to the vulnerability of air transportation to attack. The Subshuttles utilized a magnetic levitation rail system. They operated inside vactrain tunnels and ran at hundreds of miles per hour. The tunnel network was comprehensive enough to cover the entire globe"
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Message 1367572 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:03:57 UTC - in response to Message 1367564.  

Pilotless Aircraft trialled in UK

This is like driver-less trains and computer controlled cars. All technically possible but does not have the public confidence. A modern 747 can take off on it's own, fly from the UK to the USA, and land itself, all without human involvement. But the public wouldn't accept it in a million years.



I glad they have humans in the cockpit. What would happen if a human was not there to do a reboot when it goes into a BSOD?
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Message 1367574 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:10:27 UTC
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Maybe we need this: - Genesis II


Made by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame. It will happen one day. How many know that the London underground Victoria line was designed from the start in 1972, to be fully automatic with driver-less trains. The Unions wouldn't agree because of staff redundancies. I can still remember back in the 70's seeing trains pull in to stations with the "driver" standing by the platform side window, nowhere near the controls. Then we have the DLR ..... It will all happen in time it has to.
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Message 1367577 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:14:55 UTC - in response to Message 1367574.  

Maybe we need this: - Genesis II


Made by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame. It will happen one day. How many know that the London underground Victoria line was designed from the start in 1972, to be fully automatic with driver-less trains. The Unions wouldn't agree because of staff redundancies. I can still remember back in the 70's seeing trains pull in to stations with the "driver" standing by the platform side window, nowhere near the controls. Then we have the DLR ..... It will all happen in time it has to.



Whoa, hold your horses there Tonto!

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Message 1367583 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:36:06 UTC

Construction began in 1962 on the initial Walthamstow-Victoria section, opening Walthamstow-Highbury on 1 September 1968, and the full Walthamstow-Brixton line was completed in 1972

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Message 1368991 - Posted: 17 May 2013, 16:28:51 UTC

Apple learning from Microsoft?

Since mobiles went mainstream, my 1st was a cheap no brand one which over the space of a few months left me tearing my hair out.

Replaced it with a Nokia 5510 & every update from that was always a Nokia.....

..until now. New IPhone is a joy to use.....

...unfortunately for me, on connecting it to PC & not sure as to how it happened, ITunes wiped out all my music & video on my IPod. Had them all on a backup drive so just replaced them, or so I thought....

Many came up with these issues on both the IPod & IPhone: -

Video Format not supported by IPod

Unable to sync

Using Handbrake, they are now back on the IPod with a few on the IPhone.

It seems there are many Macboys peeved at Apple! Who needs virus's!

Ain't progress grand!
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Message 1369296 - Posted: 18 May 2013, 10:33:18 UTC

Any thoughts on this?

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Message 1369303 - Posted: 18 May 2013, 11:10:02 UTC - in response to Message 1369296.  
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Any thoughts on this?

Dongle

Nice find! I hadn't even heard of these yet they are available on Amazon

Justop Android Internet Adapter

Or

Justop II Android 4.1 TV Adaptor

Quite a few positive reviews.

Basically an Android PC on a stick!!

Having recently brought a new TV(not internet connected) I may well look into buying one of these.

PS. And loads on eBay
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Message 1370143 - Posted: 20 May 2013, 22:50:19 UTC
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It seems that Microsoft in conjunction with the Daily Mail have solved the time travel problem!

Any chance Daily Mail of e-mailing me this Friday's winning Euro Lottery Numbers tomorrow?



Silly buggers came back too early & updated it LOL.

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