View Full Version : A big headache

9th June 2004, 10:37 PM
At my school (Canberra Institute of technology) I'm studying audio engineering.

There are 4 mnain rooms, the main studio, a dubbing studio an audio lab and a midi studio

the two studios (main and over dub) have dual 2.0ghz g5's and digidesign protools.

the midi studio has one g4 and various other stuff

the audio lab has about 20 dual 1 ghz g4s

the audio lab machines need to have high speed network between them, with one high speed line to each of the main studios
So you can record in control 1 dub in cr2 and then mix in audio lab

they have the 2 g5s on no network and the 20 g4''s on the CIT 10mb network, so if you wanna copy a file to your collegue sitting next to you, it has to go to the hub, downstairs, over to the machine room, (via netware i might add) then all the way back to the machine...

There must be an easy cost effective faster solution...

what is it (oh yeah we can't afford to buy new X serve machine or any over the top crap like that so don't ask)

the only reason it needs to be connected to the CIT network is thats where we get internet from...


10th June 2004, 03:01 AM
from my interpretation of your setup, i think you would want to install your own 100mb or gigabit ethernet switch/hub for your audio labs, so all machines connected to it will get fast file transfers. link this switch to the main CIT hub to retain your internet access. i've included a diagram that might help.

10th June 2004, 07:24 AM
Which campus is that?

10th June 2004, 11:43 AM
I'm with macpimp on this one.
Wherever there is a 10mbit hub, replace it with a 10/100 switch. That will speed up transfers heaps!
Dell make good unmanaged switches that are reasonable priced and some with good support, so check them out.
http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/c...c=au&l=en&s=bsd (http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/network?c=au&l=en&s=bsd)

The PowerConnect 2224 has 24 ports and is $218

10th June 2004, 08:19 PM
Dell make something good? Wow! :lol:

11th June 2004, 10:14 AM
Southside, woden Campus

11th June 2004, 10:16 AM
is there such a device that can connect the two g5's together with gigabit, and then have a 100mbit connection to the other network (of g4's in audio lab)

kim jong il
11th June 2004, 12:39 PM
Try google 'gigabit ethernet switch' 732,000 results (result from australia: 12,700) Manufacturers? Many. Price? Not expensive. (expansys, for example sell a 5 port switch for Au$290) Just about any of these devices will do all you ask and then some. I assume/suspect that virtually all (possibly with the exception of some really exotic specialist gear) will be compatible with 10/100 ethernet.

On a different note, maybe your network admin' is due for some retraining??? Just a LITTLE bit?


11th June 2004, 01:15 PM
Originally posted by Jimbo@Jun 11 2004, 11:16 AM
is there such a device that can connect the two g5's together with gigabit, and then have a 100mbit connection to the other network (of g4's in audio lab)
The Dell PowerConnect 2324 has two Gigabit ports and 24 Fast Ethernet ports. Should do what you want to do well for it's price of $299 :)

11th June 2004, 01:42 PM

Have a look at that.