Patton-Fuller Community Hospital Integrative Network Design

Patton-Fuller Community Hospital Integrative Network Design
By: Sarah L. Morris
July 30, 2012

Patton-Fuller Community Hospital Integrative Network Design
The backbone of the network structure for Patton-Fuller Community Hospital is the 1000 BaseT. The 1000 BaseT is a Gigabit Ethernet on copper cables and uses four pairs of Category5 (unshielded twisted pair) in order to achieve the gigabit data rate of the 1000 BaseT. The network structure is divided into individual sections of the departmental networks that use different types of the 1000Base. There is a power backup system with an automatic cutover to a large diesel motor generator set in order to ensure completely power and functionality when necessary. Patton-Fuller Community Hospital has decided to take a review of the current network structure that is in place to analyze that the structure is proper, efficiently and effective for the everyday operation of the hospital.
Network Fundamental Characteristics
The network of the hospital is important for the day-to-day operations and is essential for efficiently and effectively running a sound hospital. The hospital needs to maintain and effectively distribute the data throughout the hospital and the network is the hospital accomplishes this. The 1000BASE-T can be used in data centers for server switching. In addition the 1000Base-T is used for uplinks from desktop computer switches, or for directly to the desktop for broadband applications. One of the advantages of using the 1000BASE-T is that existing copper cabling can be used instead of having to rewire with optical fiber and this helps to reduce cost when changing from a different system to the 1000Base-T system.
The 1000Base system design is an IEEE shorthand identifier. The “1000” in the system refers to the transmission speed of 1000 Mbps. The Base in the system refers to the baseband signaling that means that only Ethernet signals are carried on the medium of the system....