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    How long has your school had its network?

    And how long have you been part of it?

    Ours was 'opened' I believe in 2001. Before that it was standalone computers or the 'high tech' library had a suite of computers all sharing an ISDN line (which still sits on the wall to this day)

    Ive been here since early 2005 and its changed enourmously in that time alone

    What prompted me to make this was that I just found some old powerpoints from the network opening ceromoney - fascinating seeing pictures and just how much its changed in 6 years

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    "how long has the school had its network?"

    Absolutely no idea how long either have had theirs. The CURRENT network (talking about the vast bulk of the hardware) in my one school has been set up for about 1.75 years and the other school I have recently replaced all the curriculum machines in and am still in the process of doing so.

    But as for how long they have had a network operational, I have no idea. I do not know much technical history of either of the schools.

    "How long have you been part of it?"

    One year and three months.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    We fitted a brand new network on the existing cabling/fibre architecture coming up to 2 years ago. Basically we bought new servers, wiped CSE off the old system and setup a vanilla 2003 network with XP clients. Eveyrone is much happier with the new system compared to the old as it is much more industry standard and so far much more reliable.

    *touches wood*

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    I turned off an old ThinNet repeater that I found in a cupboard a few months ago - circa 1996?

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    To my knowlege, ours has just sort of "built up" over time.

    The county council ICT centre about 10 years back installed servers etc for all the local schools and probably thats when our network "officially" started.

    Since I've been here bits are just "bolted on" here and there.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    The first networking side begain back in 1997 when me and some other "geeks" offered to help share the 56k internet across 3 pc's instead of one. Then in 2000 we built a network across 2 of the boarding house's and 2 teaching buildings and installed our first server.

    Now every room has at least one point.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    The earliest network I remember being here was when I was a student. Back in 1991. There was a PC based Netware 3.11 10base2 network in two rooms (approx 40 machines, a mix of 386 and 486 based Elonexs.) The other two IT rooms a (much older, I presume late '80s) RM Nimbus network of similar size.

    It all got chucked out in 1996 when the current IT block was built. Although we still have some relics from that (and earlier times) to scare and confuse pupils with.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    All network hardware (and servers) was replaced in January 2006, runs like a dream with several gig connections where I need them although most clients are still on 100mb.

    We still have a few Windows 95/98 clients but these are so old I don't really support them anymore. You have to draw the line somewhere and frankly soon I'll do the same with Windows 2000 - although at least it's stable and controllable easily via AD the same as the XP clients.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    I'll have to check - but I believe the Head of ICT had several BBC's networked together some time in the 80's, we then had an RM380z network, RM Connect 2 was installed in 1998, RM Connect 3 was installed in 2002 - and all is running well!

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    When I started as a pupil at the school in 1998 there were no networked computers, just a room of standalone Windows 3.11 machines and a single Windows 95 computer.

    The original RM Connect 2.4 network was installed in around 1999 with 30 worksations. The new and current RM Community Connect 3 network was installed in December 2002 which has served us well and continues to do so.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    Our network was installed in Jan 2006 and formally made available to all a couple of months later when I arrived.

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    Actually I assume ours had some suites of Acorns or something in the early 90's, as I have found some old relics, so technically it probably did have a network of some sort

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    hey

    you wanted to see the size of the net work at the uni i just graduated from, good lord it must have had 35000 network links on a t1 connections. absolutely massive. go UCLan

    NEo

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    Here the network has been around for around 11ish years (in it's simplest form).

    I joined as a student in 1998, and have been working here since 2005.
    It's changed a hell of a lot

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    Re: How long has your school had its network?

    When I was cleaning out the storeroom and looking around I found the old style pre cat5 Ethernet cables. I think you call them Coaxial cables with BNC connectors, bit before my time never was sure on the name. Along with all the old style hubs. So who knows when this school first had a network must have been a very long time ago.

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